There are a number of essential oils that have proven useful in relieving inflammation. They range from lavender to cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense, rosemary, clary sage, camphor, chamomile, peppermint, ginger and yarrow to name the most commonly used ones. Blue Tansy and Vetiver oil are particularly good for arthritis.
Tips To Bear In Mind Before You Begin
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§ Don’t put pure essential oil directly onto your skin – only a drop or two is needed in a solution of base oil.
§ Be careful if your immune system is compromised or if you have sensitive skin as you don’t want to develop a rash or other side effects.
§ Start off with a few drops and gradually work up to stronger solutions as you become more confident with essential oils.
§ Some oils can be taken internally while others can make you very ill! Always consult a naturopath or medical practitioner first. Also, check the label on the bottle.
§ Always buy the best quality essential oils as they are pure and will give the best results.
Five ways to use essential oils for relief from pain and inflammation
Take 6 drops of essential oil and mix with a tablespoon(that’s 15ml) of a base oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil. Both these oils are good for the skin and will be absorbed if you massage in gently giving the essential oil time to penetrate and get to work on pain relief.For a headache when you are going to massage only the temples and back of the neck and shoulder cool airs, which is where a lot of tension leading to headaches is held, then 2 drops to a teaspoon (5ml) should be sufficient.
We don’t want to change the structure of the oil by applying heat as in an oil burner, but instead, create a fine mist of the oil which can be breathed in for a calming effect when in pain.Lavender oil is particularly good for diffusers as it allows a person to have a good night’s sleep.Diffusing is advised if you have generalized pain and inflammation caused by anxiety.
Heat some water and place in a bowl – do not boil it, as your oil will be destroyed by excessive heat – and add a couple of drops. Place your face in the bowl and drape a towel over your head to absorb the vapours. This is particularly good with Eucalyptus oil when you have inflammation in the sinus passages or chest congestion.
If you are not getting sufficient relief from one oil you may need to use two in combination but don’t mix them – put one layer onto the skin and gently massage in, wait for around 15 minutes for it to be absorbed before adding the second oil solution and massaging that in.
Use a humidifier to spread the aroma of the essential oil to all parts of the room to create a relaxed feeling lessening the perception of pain and inflammation while the other essential oils go to work through massage.
Best Time To Use Essential Oils
The best time to use essential oils is after a bath or shower when pores are ready to receive the oils and before bedtime so they can work through the night.