Pain comes in many forms. Chronic, acute, mild, or recurring, there’s pain due to injury, surgery, or disease, and then there’s unexplained pain. Whatever the type, or the cause, it’s horrible. Being in pain can stop you in your tracks, prevent you from carrying out normal day to day tasks, or ruin your enjoyment of things you used to love. Sometimes, pain relief medication just doesn’t work as it should, or you might just want to try some alternatives. Fortunately, there are many. Most people don’t think of essential oils as a pain relief option, but there are many different kinds which could offer you relief. These are six of the best.
CBD oil is a pure oil, made from hemp. While CBD (Cannabidiol) is found in cannabis, in its pure form CBD oil is not a psychedelic, and won’t alter your mood in any way. CBD oil can boost the nervous system’s responses and communicate directly with the brain’s pain receptors to make pain more tolerable.
Lavender has many different uses. You may have heard of it as an oil that can help you relax or sleep, and this is why it’s often found in relaxing bath oils. Lavender’s soothing effect makes it great for use in treating migraines or tension headaches. However, it is also a mild sedative, which can help reduce stress, which could potentially be the underlying cause of the pain.
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Lavender is also thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, so rub a few drops into aching or sore muscles for instant relief.
Camomile oil is another essential oil with analgesic properties, as well as having a general calming effect. Camomile oil can be rubbed into joints and muscles to relieve pain, and it can also be taken orally to help to treat bowel disease and relieve other stomach pains. Camomile oil can also be used as an anti-depressant by helping to lift spirits and control depression.
Juniper oil comes from the berries of the plant juniperus communis. Taken in tea, it can help to treat indigestion and heartburn. A bath with a few drops of juniper oil works well to relieve the painful symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Peppermint is incredibly refreshing. This wonderful smell comes from its active ingredient, menthol. Menthol is used in many medicines to treat coughs, colds, and blocked noses. The antispasmodic effects mean peppermint is also useful for treating nausea and stomach conditions.
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Clove oil is a powerful analgesic. Especially useful for treating toothache, a few drops on the painful area offers instant relief. Mixed with water, clove oil can be gargled to treat sore throats, or rubbed onto painful muscles.
You might need to experiment with a few different oils to find the combination that works best for you, but there will be one, and they should all help to some extent. Don’t let pain ruin your life, use essential oils to help manage or eliminate it.