Aches and pains in different parts of your body are never welcomed. They make you irritable, slow you down, and, sometimes, affect the way you go about your daily life. There may be different causes for pain. You may have injured yourself, pulled a muscle, or pinched a nerve, or you may be suffering from certain conditions that may be causing headaches and acute or chronic pain. Luckily for you, whatever the cause of the pain may be, essential oils can help you feel better. These oils are very potent and effectively work on areas that hurt by loosening muscles and reducing inflammation to help you get right back on track. Using essential oils to treat various health issues is not a new thing. They have been used for ages because of their therapeutic properties. Here are some essential oil recipes you can easily make at home to get instant relief from pain.
1. Soothing Salve For Headaches
If you have to deal with a lot of stress in your life then you are definitely no stranger to tension headaches. Such headaches are incredibly annoying and don’t seem to go away. Luckily, you can make your own salve using 3 essential oils – peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils – to get instant relief from such headaches. Peppermint contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help relieve pain. Lavender essential oil relieves pains and body aches caused by sore muscles. Eucalyptus also soothes and relieves pains and is found in a number of commercial products.
Virgin coconut oil
10 drops each of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils
A glass container with a lid
Heat a pan of water until it is hot then turn off the heat.
Put 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a small bowl and place it in the pan.
Wait until the oil has melted.
Add the essential oils into the bowl and mix it well.
Pour the mixture into a glass container and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Put it in the fridge and store it.
Use this salve on your temples whenever you have a headache.
2. Oil Rub For Sprains
Twisting your ankles or wrists can be very painful. The swelling and bruising caused by it can make it very difficult for you to move around and to perform your daily activities. Since it takes quite a bit of time to heal, using essential oils can reduce inflammation and speed up healing. Lavender and peppermint essential oils are very effective in providing you with much-needed relief from the pain.
Virgin olive oil
10 drops each of lavender and peppermint essential oils
Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over low heat.
Once the oil is warm, add the essential oils.
Mix them well and rub it into the sprain while it is still warm.
Repeat the procedure as and when needed.
3. Balm For Sore Muscles
If you perform rigorous activities like hitting the gym or swimming, then you may be left with sore muscles the next day. Although there is no way to get rid sore muscles instantly, you can use essential oils to increase circulation and to reduce inflammation to help you feel better. You can use a mixture of a variety of essential oils like cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, rosemary, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, and black peppermint. Cinnamon has prostaglandin-inhibiting properties that can help relieve pain. Camphor acts as a mild anesthetic and is easily absorbed into the skin. Rosemary reduces muscle pain associated with arthritis. Ginger essential oil reduces muscle pain by increasing blood circulation.
8 ounces of sweet almond oil
1 ounce of beeswax
5 drops each of rosemary, ginger, eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, and cinnamon essential oils
2 drops each of black peppermint and lavender essential oils
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and almond oil together.
Add in all the essential oils and pour it into small glass jars with lids.
Allow the mixture to cool.
Apply it on your sore muscles as and when needed by massaging it until it is absorbed.