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Essential oils for neuropathy and other nerve pain can help manage the symptoms, but getting rid of the pain requires dealing with the underlying cause.
Neuropathy refers to damage to the peripheral nerves. These nerves send signals to your brain. When the nerves don't work properly, you can have symptoms such as numbness, prickling or tingling, pain, and muscle weakness. Neuropathy most often occurs in the feet or hands and has many causes, including diabetes and alcoholism.
Although neuropathy has no known cure, essential oils may help alleviate symptoms. Here are two suggested blends from the Essential Oils Desk Reference:
Neuropathy blend #1:
Neuropathy blend #2:
Dilute the essential oils at least 50:50 with carrier oil. Apply 2 to 4 drops to the affected area 3 to 5 times a day.
Neuralgia is pain caused by a damaged nerve. The many types of neuralgia include carpal tunnel syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia (stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in the face). If you want to use a single essential oil, three of the top choices are peppermint, helichrysum, and marjoram.
Here are five blends of essential oils for nerve pain that may help. Gently massage a few drops of the blend into the affected area several times a day.
Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home
Blend oils together and a small bottle with the cap. To use, add 3 to 5 drops of the plan to 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
Blend oils together and a small bottle with the cap. To use, add 3 to 4 drops of the plan to 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
Source for #3 and #4: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Source: The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness
Blend the following oils and apply to legs two or three times a day as needed:
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
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