Peppermint is one of the most effective essential oils for blocking pain. In one study that compared the effectiveness of Peppermint oil to acetaminophen for headache pain, Peppermint “efficiently alleviated tension-type headaches and… was a well tolerated and cost effective alternative to conventional therapies.” (Gobel et al., 1996)
Peppermint inhibits smooth muscle contractions by blocking calcium influx into the muscle cells, thus blocking the transmission of pain signals. (Forster et al., 1980; Giachetti et al.,1988)
Two essential oil blends from Young Living are well known by users for their pain-relieving properties. The first is PanAway a blend of Wintergreen, Clove, Helichrysum and Peppermint. The eugenol in Clove has a long history of use for pain relief in dentistry and for rheumatism, arthritis and headaches.
The second blend is Relieve It is a blend of Spruce, Black Pepper, Hyssop and Peppermint. Conifer oils such as Spruce have traditionally been used for topical relief of rheumatism and arthritis. Black Pepper essential oil can help relieve muscle aches, pain and stiffness by dilating blood vessels and bringing additional circulation to the area.
Other Essential oils that have also been useful for pain discomforts:
- Copaiba (strong anti-inflammatory properties)
- Motivation or Gentle Baby essential oil blends (I like these for muscle cramps)
- Idaho Balsam Fir (anti-inflammatory properties)
- Nutmeg (anti-inflammatory)
- Palo Santo (this has worked well for my stiff neck)
- Frankincense (helps muscles to relax)
I very rarely use one single essential oil for my aches and pains, I prefer using 2 or 3 at a time with 1 TBSP Cle-Lite Magic Massage Oil. I like the synergistic effect that occurs when they work together.
Ortho Ease and Ortho Sport are two wonderful massage oils to use before and after sports or exercise. Ortho Sport is the stronger of the two.
Cel-Lite Magic is also a massage oil that can be useful when lymph is sluggish.
Common Sense Precautions
Young Living essential oils are highly concentrated. When applying topically, dilute one or two drops of essential oil in one tablespoon of pure vegetable oil. If any skin irritation results, add more carrier oil or discontinue use.
- Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Marjoram, Thyme, Oregano, and Thieves oil are considered ‘hot’ spice oils, so test skin sensitivity first by applying a small amount on the inside of the arm with a little V-6 Massage Oil.
- Hot essential oils should always be used with a carrier oil, such as V-6.
- Dilution with V-6: 2 drops essential oil to 1 TBSP V-6. Yes, you can always dilute your essential more if you like.
- Never dilute essential oils with water when being used topically. Always use V-6 or another pure vegetable oil.
- If essential oil gets into the eyes, use a drop of your carrier oil to dilute, do NOT use water.
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