The agony of pain can be unbearable. It can be taxing, distressing and debilitating. It can wreck your daily routine, making you victims of suffering. Every time you experience pain, you hunt for a painkiller to seek instant relief. You think you can surpass the agony of painful moments by taking a simple pill. You get temporary relief and then, the pain pounces on you again. You resort to the cycle of painkiller-pain-relief-painkiller to keep pain at bay. This process can make you tired and weary, especially if you are the kind suffering from migraines, constant headaches or chronic pain like arthritic pain.
Nasty painkillers: All praise and credits to the medical world for discovering painkillers. Sure, they are wonder drugs that ward off pain from your body and give you relaxation and relief. But they are pretty nasty too. Almost all painkillers come with a load of side effects. Some can be debilitating and fatal. Some can lead you to an addiction system, making you addictive to the drug and result in serious withdrawal symptoms. The pain point in this is, you take painkillers to get complete relief, but all they do is provide you temporary, instant relief (where the pain comes back after sometime).
How are essential oils different? So how are essential oils different from painkillers? The first and foremost difference is, they do not cause any side effects, whatsoever. Even those rare skin irritations can be avoided if you mix your essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it. Another marked difference is in the way they function. Since essential oils are applied topically, they do not metabolize in the body, causing you indigestion problems or liver or kidney disorders associated with oral consumption of drugs. Third factor, essential oils are completely herbal and natural. They provide instant relief, mood changes and create a calm and peaceful ‘you’ without pain. They are also completely safe to use.
Essential oils for pain relief: There are various essential oils which can be used in pain relief. However, only a few are most popular and successful. Below is a list of pure essential oils which are used as pain relief remedies:
1. Lavender oil: Lavender oil is extracted from the plant lavender vera. It is antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Lavender is indicated for muscle spasms, sprains, strain, cramps, contractures and rheumatic pain. It has a soothing and relaxing effect on the body, relieving pain sensations completely out of the system. In spirituality, lavender is said to balance the physical, astral and ethereal planes and thereby bring peace to an individual.
2. Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil is extracted from Mentha Piperita. It has been extensively used in the treatment of pain through the ages – headaches, migraines, backache, shoulder pain, arthritic pain and other chronic pain from accidents or other ill-health conditions. A powerful anti-inflammatory, it is smooth and cooling on the skin.
3. Clove oil: Clove oil or Syzygium Aromaticum provides great relief from toothaches. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a good pain relief remedy with minimal or no irritation. Mixed with base oils, it works well when massaged on to the body.
4. Basil oil: A modest herbal wonder, Basil is a plant sets off miracle cures. Basil oil, from the ancient times, has been homemade and used for various ailments, even influenza, common cold etc. An anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory oil, Basil treats muscle and nerve pain readily. It is also an excellent muscle relaxant.
Caution is to be used while treating pain with essential oils. Some oils can be concentric absolutes which may cause skin irritation or skin problems. To avoid this, mix essential oils with base or carrier oils and then apply/massage on to the body.