While working in a hospital years ago as a nurse, the only way I knew of treating pain was with medications. Then I discovered John Gregory “Greg” Toews. Greg, an early innovator of advanced medical aromatherapy, trained with healers all over the world and has done extensive research into the use of essential oils for medical syndromes, symptoms, and disorders.
The information I learned through Greg expanded the options I could offer my clients.
We usually describe pain by location, duration, intensity and situation, such as a bug bite, a fall, stress, etc. The source of the pain can be muscle, bone, nerve, PTSD, or psychosomatic. Regardless of the symptoms, pain can be similar or very different.
Choosing Essential Oils
Below are six tips for the essential oils you can use for specific issues. Before you purchase oils, assess the source. Essential Oils with synthetic ingredients will not have the same effect. I recommend using high-quality products from professional manufacturers, such as Original Swiss Aromatics, Mountain Rose Herbs, and doTERRA.
Here are 6 specific issues and the essential oils to use to alleviate them. To use, simply place the essential oil bottle directly under your nose and inhale deeply three times, several times a day.
- Muscle Spasms: Marjoram, Basil, or Lemongrass
- Swelling: Wintergreen
- Nerve pain: Helichrysum, Palo Santo, Peppermint, or Sage
- Shingles: Geranium (Note: Only use around the skin, not on the sores)
- Trauma: Tarragon, Galbanum, or Rue. The use varies with the stage of the trauma, but are effective for trauma, including PTSD, war trauma, abuse, and severe falls.
- General pain relief: Follow my recipe below then inhale or rub the blend on the painful area.
Essential Oils Recipe for General Pain Relief
Blend the following in a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Follow the recommended dilutions for Clove, Spearmint, and Wintergreen. For the remaining ingredients, you can choose the concentration:
- Black Pepper
- Clove – recommended dermal limit = 0.6%
- Spearmint – recommended dermal limit = 1.7%
- Wintergreen – recommended dermal limit = 2.4% (Note: Not recommended for children, those on anticoagulants (blood thinners), or pregnant or breastfeeding women.
If you would like to see how essential oils might help with your particular health challenge, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 319-631-0824.