Essential oils have been used for many years for many different things, from indigestion, stress relief and pain.
I have always used the oils for topical pain relief, indigestion and stress-relief. What I didn’t know is there are many other ways to use the oils besides applying it locally to your skin. Below, is a list of ways that essential oils can be used other than the typical topical application.
What are essential oils? The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemical (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, 2015).
How should I use essential oils? _ _ Essential oils have traditionally been used topically and through ingestion. Here’s a list of ways to use these oils to best meet your needs.
- Apply oil topically to affected areas of pain, muscle stiffness, areas of inflammation and for your digestion and sinus problems. Topically applied essential oil relieves pain at the source, promotes immune system regulation, and relieves discomfort and symptoms.Most like to apply to their feet, inner wrists, temples forehead and along the spine.
- If you need to ingest the oil, you can put the oil in a gelatin capsule, close it, and then swallow it or put it under your tongue to treat your health issue.
- Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils burned in an oil diffuser to fill your room with the fragrance of your choice.
- Use essential oils on cotton pad so you can inhale it ten times, which will clear up your sinuses and reduce stress.
- Warm and cold compresses are used to apply the oil to a towel or eye mask and apply the oil of your choosing.
- Include these oils either alone or in a layering effect, of multiple scents, to your favorite fruit smoothie and green drinks, for a healthy digestion and a clear throat, mouth and sinuses.
Aromatically used oils for pain and stress release will help to deal with the symptoms of a spinal fracture or fracture of the hip, ribs and other areas. Aromatic use is when you emit the fragrance into the air through a spray or oil diffuser. When we are healing from a major fracture this increases your stress levels and we know that elevated stress hormones—cortisol—cause further bone loss, which isn’t what we would want during the healing phase of a fracture. I used these techniques while healing from my last fragility fracture and it help to diminish the pain; it increased my range of motion and helped me to sleep better, which is so very important for successful healing.
Lavender has a calming effect on the body and mind, and promotes healthful sleep.
Peppermint helps with stomach problems due to pain and medication side effects.
Chamomile is effective as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Rosemary is a natural analgesic (pain reliever).
Sandalwood is a natural sedative which helps to promote restful sleep and it reduces nerve pain.
Eucalyptus can be used as an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and nerve pain reducer.
Try some of these wonderfully natural essential oils for pain and stiffness today. These oils are good for many other medical issues, so give them a try today.
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Pam is a patient educator and digital health writer who has worked for Remedy Health Media on their osteoporosis web site since 2008. Pam is also a group leader and moderator with the National Osteoporosis Foundation Inspire online community since 2012, answering questions and guiding members who are newly diagnosed with bone loss.