Back pain is an extremely common problem that affects millions of people. While there are many medical treatments available, more and more people are looking to natural remedies like essential oils to find relief. Essential oils have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and relaxing properties that can be beneficial for back pain sufferers. Here are some of the top essential oils to try.Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils used to relieve muscle aches and back pain. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds that help reduce swelling and discomfort. When applied topically, tea tree oil can help ease tense, stiff muscles in the back. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage into the affected area.
Lavender is renowned for its comforting, relaxing properties. It contains linalyl acetate which acts as a natural pain reliever. Lavender oil also helps take the edge off muscle soreness and tension. Apply diluted lavender oil to the lower back and gently massage. The soothing aroma also promotes relaxation which can help reduce pain sensitivity.
Peppermint contains menthol which provides a cooling, anesthetic effect that helps relieve achiness. It also has muscle relaxant abilities that can ease cramping and spasms. Peppermint oil should be well diluted before applying to the skin. Try mixing with lavender oil and lightly massaging into tight muscles for a soothing relief. Or try TerraCure's Blue Balm or Blue Turbo, both of which contain Peppermint and Lavender oils, as well as other healing essential oils.
Ginger is very appropriate in creams and oils for osteoarthritis, or in blends for muscular spasm, pain, and inflammation. The high sesquiterpene content in ginger contributes to its anti-inflammatory and pain-neutralizing effects. Ginger is a potent antioxidant and offers a warming, comforting effect and brings circulation to the area to which It is applied. Ginger is wonderful for pain relief.
Many traditional herbal healers use rosemary to ease pain. There was a study done in 2017 which found that using rosemary topically may ease musculoskeletal pain in dialysis patients. There is a good reason that rosemary is used extensively in massages and creams for pain relief. Rosemary is used to relieve pain from rheumatic arthritis and also back pain of all kinds thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
How to Use Essential Oils for Back Pain Relief
There are several ways to use essential oils to gain relief from back and muscle pain:
- Massage - Mix oils like peppermint, lavender, rosemary with a carrier oil and gently massage into the affected area. Repeat daily.
- Hot compress - Soak a towel in warm water with a few drops of rosemary, ginger or lavender oil. Apply to sore muscles.
- Use specially crafted creams like TerraCure creams, which contain a high concentration of Dead Sea minerals and healing essential oils like Rosemary, Peppermint, Ginger, Tea Tree and many others. There is a special synergy between the Dead Sea minerals and the essential oils.
- Bath - Add 10-15 drops of relaxing oils like lavender and marjoram to a warm bath and soak. Make sure to add soap that will help mix the oils with the water. Otherwise they may float on top and burn the skin (except lavender which is safe to use directly on the skin).
- Diffuser - Diffuse soothing oils like lavender and ginger in the bedroom for overnight relief.
Always ensure you dilute the essential oils properly before applying directly to skin. Perform a patch test first to check for allergic reaction. Consult your doctor before using essential oils if you take medication or have a medical condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to apply essential oils directly to the skin?
Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil before applying to the skin. Most essential oils cannot be used undiluted or they may cause irritation, rashes, or burns.
How often can I use essential oils for back pain?
Essential oils can be used 2-3 times daily as needed for back pain relief. Make sure to take periodic breaks from use.
What is the best essential oil blend recipe for back pain?
A soothing blend for back pain contains 4 drops lavender oil, 4 drops marjoram oil, 4 drops peppermint oil, and 2 Tbsp coconut oil. Mix well and massage into the problem area. An even better option is one of TerraCure's Dead Sea-rich creams that have just the right amount of essential oils added, for healing and pain relief.
Can I use essential oils if I have an injury?
Check with your doctor first, but generally diluted essential oils are fine for muscular strains, sprains, or minor injuries when used correctly. Avoid certain oils if you have an open wound or broken skin.
Are essential oils safe during pregnancy?
Some essential oils are considered safe if used sparingly. Stick to gentle oils like lavender and avoid oils like wintergreen. Consult your OB-GYN before using any essential oils when pregnant.
Essential oils can be a great addition for finding relief from recurrent or chronic back pain. Many essential oils have potent anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, muscle relaxing, and analgesic compounds. Oils like lavender, peppermint, ginger, tea tree, and rosemary can help target sore, stiff, achy muscles when used properly. Always dilute essential oils before applying them topically and consult your physician if you have any concerns using them for your back pain. With some patience and persistence, essential oils may help provide soothing, natural relief.