Essential Oils for Back Pain
Essential oils for back pain are a great way to relieve pain and to reduce swelling and inflammation. When used for sciatica pain essential oils can buy time for the back to heal. Essential Oils can relax and decrease swelling within the muscle tissue. Some people have found great relief when using helichrysum followed by peppermint oil. Another oil that is highly recommended is Palo Santo, this oil comes from South America and has both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
Essential Oils can be used in a variety of ways including: massage, aromatherapy, soaks and soaps. Please consult with a specialist on the exact method and dilution you should use with essential oil for back pain.
Below is a list of essential oils that have been know to relieve back pain along with their descriptions:
Helichrysum- This essential oil is an exceptional oil, quite expensive and valued for its pain relief properties, as well as its usefulness in reducing bruising, inflammation and scarring.
Peppermint- Peppermint oil is applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes.
Nutmeg – Nutmeg oil is very useful for treating muscular and joint pain and sores as it is an excellent sedative. Nutmeg oil is also anti-inflammatory and therefore massaging the part that is in pain with nutmeg oil may bean effective treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago, etc. Nutmeg oil is an essential part of the Chinese medicine when it comes to treating abdominal pain, and inflammation. It reduces the swelling of joints. Often, overexertion leads to body or muscle ache. In such cases nutmeg oil can be very useful to remove the pain.
Spruce- Spruce oil has been used traditionally for infections and for supporting the immune system. It’s also know to be very good for helping arthritis, rheumatic, sciatica and lower back pain.
Basil – Basil has been used extensively in traditional Indian medicine to treat migraines, chest infections and to ward of “evil spirits”. Considered to be a cleansing and clarifying herb it is used to clear blockages. It is a powerful anti-spasmodic (ability to ease spasms or convulsions), kills viruses and bacteria, combats inflammation and relaxes muscles.
Rosemary – This crisp and clean smelling essential oil is great for stimulating the brain, improving memory and mental clarity, while helping with a variety of congested respiratory tract problems, stiff muscles, coldness as well as boosting the liver and gall bladder. It is also used for improving hair and scalp health.
Clove – cloves and clove oil are used in alternative and conventional medicine to help treat a variety of symptoms because of their antiseptic, anesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Cloves can be used to treat toothache, earache, indigestion, headache, respiratory difficulties, infections, skin problems, stress and more. Because of its ability to reduce pain and swelling, cloves are often used to treat the symptoms of joint and back pain.
Lavender – This essential oil for back pain has many health benefits. It can be used to help individuals relax, get rid of tension, alleviate pain and increase blood circulation. It also can be used as a disinfectant agent and can help with respiratory problems.
Lavender oil can be quite effective in treating the nervous system. It has a calming effect is great to be used by individuals who want to relax or calm their nerves. It can also be used to treat migraine headaches, depression, stress and tension. Lavender oil is also good to help encourage mental alertness. It is also known to be highly effective for relieving pain. Individuals who suffer from achy muscles, back pain, rheumatism, sore muscles, sprains and joint pain, may find that lavender oil allows them to treat their pain without the use of costly medication.