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20 Of The Best Essential Oils To Stop Pain And Inflammation (Don’t Miss #9)
Everyone on Earth feels physical pain at one time or another. There are dozens of things that can cause you to feel pain, including overworked muscles, muscle spasms, inflammation, bad posture, stress, or PMS — just to name a few. Pain can come in the form of a headache, aching muscles, backaches, and many more. Chronic pain can make everyday life very difficult and uncomfortable.
There are also dozens of over–the-counter pain relievers, but almost every single one has some kind of side effect including bleeding in the stomach and concerns about overdose. Why bother with those chemical pain relievers when you can simply turn to natural essential oils instead?
Many essential oils contain analgesic compounds, meaning they reduce or relieve pain. Still others have anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, or anti-spasmodic compounds to fight other types of pain.
This article is going to tell you about 20 of the best essential oils you can use to stop many types of pain and inflammation. There are many more essential oils that will also work, but this list narrows it down to the top 20 that are well-known for having pain relieving compounds and that are the easiest to find.
Please note that some essential oils are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, or nursing mothers. Please consult with your physician before using these essential oils to ensure your own safety.
1. German Chamomile
This contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving compounds, in addition to having terrific antioxidant compounds. German chamomile is soothing, calming, and has been found to support joint health.
2. Sweet Marjoram
This herb also has sedative compounds that can help relieve muscle pain and muscle spasms, migraines, joint stiffness, osteoarthritis, and rheumatism.
This strong-smelling oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for nerve pain and muscle pain. It will clear out your sinuses at the same time, which can offer you relief from sinus headaches.
This is great for back pain, muscle pain, headaches, and joint pain due to its antispasmodic and analgesic compounds.
5. Clary Sage
Clary sage has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds and is well known for being calming and soothing to the mind and body. Use this in small quantities as it is very powerful. It works best for muscle spasms, tension, and the pain caused by PMS.
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This is a great choice for nerve pain. It also works well on joint pain and muscle aches or muscle spasms.
It is so much more than just great incense! Frankincense is a mild sedative with powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. This oil can relieve stress and relieve general pain.
It is not as common as some other essential oils, but this one is very effective when it comes to treating headaches, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, and arthritis. This oil has many of the same pain relieving compounds as aspirin, minus the dangerous side effects.
This oil might be a bit on the expensive side, but it is well worth it. Helichrysum is highly valued for its analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory compounds that work wonders when it comes to reliving arthritis pain. Most people who have tried just about everything else to relive their pain but have not found relief state that this oil works when nothing else does.
Similar to wintergreen, camphor is naturally anti-inflammatory and has analgesic compounds. This oil works well for stopping pain caused by bruises, muscle aches, sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism.
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11. Blue Tansy
This oil can help lower blood pressure, as well as stop the pain from rheumatism and arthritis. With its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving compounds, blue tansy has been used for many years for pain relief.
The oil from this herb is well-known in India, but not as much in the U.S. Vetiver has been used since time began for pain relief. This oil is good for general aches and pain such as muscle pain, headaches, and arthritis.
Good for joint aches and pain as well as muscle aches and muscle spasms, yarrow is a powerful restorative and analgesic pain reliever.
This one is well-known for easing the pain of backaches and improves joint mobility almost instantly. Ginger is highly anti-inflammatory so it’s perfect for arthritis and rheumatic pain.
Sandalwood is often used to sedate the nervous system, which makes this a good choice to stop nerve pain, as well as the pain from muscle spasms.
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This ancient oil is antispasmodic so it works well for PMS pain, menstrual pain, muscle aches and pain, as well as those annoying backaches.
Often used to stop headaches, peppermint oil also works well for stopping the pain caused by muscle aches, joint pain, and nerve pain.
This is perhaps the most popular oil when it comes to pain relief and relaxation. Lavender oil has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and sedative compounds that work well for stopping the pain from muscle tension, muscle spasms, joint pain, and headaches.
Not to be confused with German chamomile, this type of chamomile (the most common type found in the U.S.) is well-known for its anti-inflammatory compounds that work well to stop the pain in the lower back, headaches, and PMS pain.
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This herb is commonly used in Chinese medicine to stop general pain, including bruises and muscle aches and spasms.
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How to Use Essential Oils for Pain Relief
Most essential oils are highly concentrated and are too powerful to use on the skin directly. Mixing these oils with some good quality base oils is the best way to use them. Never ingest essential oils!
For most pain, you can mix 10 drops of your choice of essential oil with two tablespoons of a good base oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or borage oil. Mix well, then gently massage on the affected areas. You don’t need to use ALL of the oil if it is not necessary. For example, for headaches, all you really need is a dab on each temple and perhaps another on the back of the neck to get relief from your pain. However, if you are massaging the entire back of a large man, for example, you might need to double this mixture in order to get proper coverage.
Keep in mind that what works for one person does not work for another. If you find that your chosen essential oil does not give you the relief you want, try another oil. One of these is bound to work with your body and give you the desired pain relief.