Top 20 Essential Oils To Relieve Pain And Inflammation

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Although physical pain can result from several sources, including arthritis, rheumatism, sports injuries, bad posture, the abuse of your back by lifting things incorrectly, migraines, tension headaches, abdominal pain, cramps, or plain old indigestion, most types of pain involve some level of inflammation.

By easing inflammation, then by blocking the pain signals, people find relief from pain and they do so by using essential oils.

There are numerous essential oils that can offer relief from pain and inflammation, but have you ever noticed that people who use essential oils seem to heal more quickly than others?

Many essential oils have analgesic compounds, which means that they can relieve or reduce pain levels. Many more essential oils have anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and anti-spasmodic compounds.

We have compiled a list of 20 of the best essential oils for relieving pain and inflammation. There are many others, but these are the cream of the crop, so be sure to keep plenty of these essential oils on hand.

It’s important to note that essential oils do much, much more than just smell pretty. They are serious medicine. Do not use or consume essential oils if you are taking prescription medications, if you are seeing a doctor for any medical condition, or if you are pregnant or nursing. Always consult with your doctor before using essential oils.


1.  Clove

Clove is not just for curry sauces and toothpaste (although it does taste great). Making a paste with clove oil can help to stop inflammation and pain caused by gingivitis, toothaches, and even the digestive system. Additionally, a drop of clove oil in a glass of water after each meal can stop nausea, vomiting, indigestion, cramps, and excess gas.


2. Chamomile

Although chamomile is best known for its soothing properties that can help you get a good night’s sleep, it isn’t as well known for its ability to improve digestion, relieving the pain of cramps and other types of stomach pain. It can also help to relieve muscle spasms, muscle pain, migraine headaches, muscle stiffness, osteoarthritis and rheumatism.


3. Rose

There are several types of rose infusions that you can use for different ailments.

Rose water, or rose hydrosol, is the type of rose treatment that most people know of. This versatile water makes the perfect toner, body splash, deodorant, air freshener, or even an anti-anxiety spray. This is perhaps the most inexpensive of all natural rose products.

Rose absolute, sometimes called rose otto, is by far the most expensive of the rose products on the market. It takes about 50,000 roses to get 1 ounce of pure rose oil. Most people purchase this pure rose oil and then dilute it with another oil, thus enjoying the scent while saving some bucks.

Rose essential oil is well-known for sedative and anti-depression effects and can help those who are suffering from insomnia, nervousness, grief, and depression, but most people are completely unaware that rose essential oil is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  Dilute this wonderful oil and use it as a massage oil for sore muscles and stiff joints.


4. Sweet Marjoram

Like chamomile, the oil extracted from this flowering herb has sedative compounds and can help relieve the pain of migraines, rheumatism, muscle pain and muscle spasms, as well as the pain from rheumatism and osteoarthritis.


5. Orange

Orange oil, especially when combined with ginger, can provide some major pain relief. One study, which used almost 60 elderly subjects that had stated they had moderate to severe knee pain, were given 6 massage sessions over a 3 week period with a mixture of 1 percent ginger oil and 0.5 sweet orange oil. A placebo group received a massage with olive oil and the control group received no massage. When compared to the other two groups, the subjects that received the orange/ginger oil had significantly decreased knee pain and stiffness.

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