Your choice of essential oils for pain relief will depend on the nature of your pain. The following list shows the effects of various essential oils:
For a numbing effect:
To reduce swelling:
For a heating effect:
To relax and sedate:
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
Other essential oils with pain-relieving qualities include anise, coriander, eucalyptus, niaouli, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, and wintergreen.
Blend your chosen essential oils with an aromatherapy carrier oil. Rub a little of the blend into the painful area.
For arthritis, back pain, and general muscle pain:
Massage a little of the blend into the affected area.
Source: Healing with Aromatherapy
The book also suggests the following blend to reduce heat and inflammation:
Soak the affected area for 20 minutes (you can use a compress).
Add up to 5 drops of one of these essential oils to a warm/hot bath: eucalyptus, German chamomile, juniper, lemongrass, or marjoram.
Sprains, strains, and swollen joints:
Add up to 8 drops of essential oil to 4 teaspoons of carrier oil and gently massage the blend around and above the injury. Use German or Roman chamomile, cypress, frankincense, juniper, lavender, marjoram, or rosemary. Another option is to make a cold compress using 4 drops of essential oil, and apply the compress to the affected area.
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