Relieve Aches and Pains with Essential Oils

Posted by on April 13, 2012

This article was submitted by Sara Krugerud, Massage Therapy Program Chair. It was posted on Natural by author: Fleur Hupston. Read on to discover ways to relieve common pains with essential oils!

There are many essential oils extracted from plants, trees and flowers that  contain powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and detoxifying properties. These  can bring pain relief to the muscle spasms and inflammation which result from  sports injuries. Joint and muscle pain and menstrual pains can also be relieved  with the healing properties of essential oils.

Generally, essential oils  are too concentrated to use directly on the skin. Use 10 – 12 drops essential  oil of choice blended with a carrier oil such as grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond  or coconut oil. These vegetable oils have the advantage of being excellent  natural skin moisturizers when massaged into the skin. Add diluted blends to  bath water or massage affected areas. A compress for pain relief may be used by  soaking a piece of cloth in a basin of warm water along with essential oil/s of  choice.

According to Shellie Enteen, Aromatherapist of 20 years standing,  some of the best essential oils with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties  include chamomile, sweet marjoram, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary  and thyme. Oils which have a therapeutic, warming effect for massage or in a  bath include juniper, birch and black pepper.

Muscle ache relief blend:  Combine 5 drops lavender, 4 drops marjoram and 3 drops rosemary with 30ml  carrier oil and use for massage or in a bath.

Coriander muscle rub for  pain relief: Blend 4 drops coriander, 4 drops juniper and 4 drops black pepper  oil to 4 teaspoons grapeseed oil. Massage into tired, aching muscles.

PMS cramp rub: Blend 5 drops clary sage, 5 drops geranium and 5 drops chamomile oil – massage affected area, rubbing in a clockwise direction.

Jasmine  massage for menstrual cramp: It takes large quantities of jasmine flowers to  produce a small amount of expensive jasmine essential oil. However, only a few  drops are needed to produce a pleasing, soothing effect. Blend 4 drops jasmine,  4 drops clary sage and 2 drops lavender with 5 teaspoons sweet almond oil.  Massage in a stroking motion over the abdomen, up and around hips and around to  the small of the back.

Cardamom massage oil for stomach cramps: Cardamom  essential oil is distilled from the seeds and has a warm, spicy aroma and a warming quality. Add 2 drops cardamom, 2 drops basil and 3 drops marjoram to 2  teaspoons vegetable carrier oil of choice. Massage in a clockwise direction over  the stomach and abdomen.

Rub for painful, tight chest: Add 3 drops  niaouli, 2 drops hyssop and 2 drops myrrh to 3 teaspoons vegetable oil and rub
into the chest.

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