Pain

knee pain cold packPain is a normal way that the body lets us know that something is wrong or something may damage it. Feeling a pain from fire or a cut alerts our brain through our nervous system. Our body contains nerves (nociceptors or sensory neurons) which helps give us our sense of touch or sense of pain. Pain can be light or intense. Pain can also be chronic or momentary. It can be triggered by external things such as a cut/burn or internal things such as food poisoning. Pain in different areas of the body help give us an idea as to what might be the root problem. It is important as we treat pain to also try to find the source of the pain.

Some sources of pain may not be obvious. For example, I personally have had food allergies to certain foods which triggers stress then later triggers a horrible migraine headache. The body is highly connected and one problem can affect another problem. Its important to try to find out what the real issue is by listening closely to our body over time and recalling what may have triggered the pain. We should consider our diet, exercise, and sleep. We may experience headaches because of our poor diet. We could be eating too much of one thing and/or not enough of another. We could be missing out on vitamins and minerals that our body needs to recover from an illness.

With exercise we may feel sore. This can be a good pain. Letting us know our workout was affective. However some workouts may cause too much strain on our body. When exercising always know your limits but still push yourself to keep your body feeling and working great. A lack of sleep or even too much sleep can be a root or even a sign of a problem. Lack of sleep or too much sleep can be habitual or work related. Some people get little sleep because of working for long hours or staying up late. Lack of sleep or too much sleep can also be a result of stress or depression.

Trying to understand why you are experiencing pain is very important in solving the root issue. Essential oils can help with the root of the issue and they can also help with the pain symptoms that some illnesses express.

Suggested Oils to Use

Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen

Also recommended: Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Oregano, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang

Suggested Ways to use

The ways to use oils for pain are vast. In general it is good to apply oils on the feet, wrists, or back of neck. These are areas where some stronger oils will not irritate the skin. Simply the smell of some oils such as peppermint and wintergreen can help reduce the pain of a head ache. Taking a few deep breaths with the oil bottle near your nose can help for some. For others a head ache can be helped by applying peppermint on the back of the neck. Also consider winter green or other suggested oils. Some find that any citrus oil can help with a head ache as well.

Stress related pain such as neck pain, stomach aches, or heart burn etc can also be helped with oils such as lavender. Lavender is calming and can help relax your body. I sometimes get stressed and often find my mind racing. I put a few drops of lavender and orange in my hand, rub them together and inhale from my hands. Also I take some time to lay down and tell each part of my body to relax which is very helpful. For neck pains or muscle pains in general people have often found combining peppermint, wintergreen, and helichrysum applied topically to sore muscles or sore areas of the neck can greatly help relieve pain. Also consider diluting this mixture of these oils with a carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, etc) if oils are too strong.

Often times aromatherapy practitioners will recommend a back and foot massage with oils. The great thing about the topical application of oils is that the oils can easily absorb into the body. A massage will also ease muscles and any stress related pain. For joint pain, people have expressed great relieve by applying peppermint, wintergreen, and white fir on joint areas to help relieve pain. Also consider adding a few drops of an oil to a bath. Consider making a warm bath with lavender, cypress, and rosemary.

In all cases of pain consider finding the root of the problem.

Also be sure to consult a professional for help if pain is severe and/or long term.

If you have had any personal experiences with essential oils helping relieve pain let us know at essentialoilspedia@gmail.com.