The management of chronic pain can be done with topical analgesic compounds found naturally in therapeutic value essential oils. Therapeutic value essential oils that are used for pain often soothe the area they are applied to in a very quick and efficient manner. Several essential oils can be utilized for pain relief; but, proper blending of essential oils offers a special chemical makeup that can be more beneficial than a single essential oil. The art form of essential oil blending utilizes many aspects best known by a Certified Aromatherapist through extensive training and practice. The best way to ensure proper blending is to visit with a who can custom make therapeutic value blends that are personalized.
Pain can be greatly reduced when inflammation is decreased in the body. Inflammation is often the main culprit in the ‘dis-ease’ that we experience, hence causing pain. Analgesics are in a category of therapeutic action to reduce the pain, as are anti-inflammatories. The blend of essential oils that is achieving significant pain reducing potential is Deep ReliefTM, synergistically combined in a perfect ballad of therapeutic action, Deep ReliefTM should be tried by everyone who has pain. This perfected blend has pure therapeutic grade essential oils that stimulate the tissues physiological mechanisms by blocking certain pathways that cause pain to begin with. By increasing the blood flow and the nutrient flow to the area in pain helps in the relieving process. (Young, 2012)
The single essential oils found in the Deep ReliefTM blend are as follows:
- Peppermint: Well known for the relief of surface pain and tension. Containing anywhere from 25% – 50% Menthol, as the main chemical constituent, the therapeutic action will be a cooling sensation wherever it is topically applied. Good for so many things, this is a well-known fragrance and food additive. As an adaptogenic oil, depending on the needs of the body is what action the oil will be drawn to; peppermint oil could stimulate or sedate depending on the body’s desire.
- Fractionated (virgin) coconut oil: Used as a stabilizing carrier to create a strong foundation to hold the precious essential oils, as it nourishes and moisturizes the skin. (Young, 2012)
- Lemon: Acts as an immune booster within the body; has relaxing effects; has Cacos nucifera, Menthe piperita, Citrus lemon anti-depressant action. When chronic pain is unresolved, risk factors are present in the individual.
- Idaho Balsam Fir: Has medicinal effects in soothing muscular and rheumatic pain.
- Clove: Shown to have strong analgesic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory action; it is also a great antioxidant.
- Copaiba: By itself, it has anti-inflammatory action andreduces muscle spasms. When added to other essential oils, it enhances the other oils and is a perfect addition to almost any blend.
- Wintergreen: A well know analgesic, reducing all types of pain. An antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. The main chemical constituent is Methyl salicylate, approximately 90%. Similar to the action of Aspirin; Aspirin being derived from Methyl salicylate found in nature. Has anticoagulant properties along with Helichrysum.
- Helichrysum: Not to be combined with a client on any blood thinners as it will enhance those effects. Drug interactions are something a Certified Aromatherapist will always consider when practicing Aromatherapy.
- Vetiver: Anti-inflammatory action Syzygium aromatic Abies balsam Copaifera reticulate/langsdorfii Gaultheria procumbent Helichrysum, Helichrysum Vetiveria zizanioides)
- Palo Santo: Harvested in Ecuador in a similar way as Bursar graveolens Frankincense . Can be used on joints and has anti-inflammatory action. Emotionally, can be useful as a stress reliever and can help one’s recovery from emotional trauma. (Life Science Publishing, 2014) (Boswellia carterii)
Both peppermint and wintergreen can be found in over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers; but, not with the same concentration that Mother Nature intended. The synthetic Menthol, found in OTC products, is made in a lab and there is considerably less Menthol in it.
Use either of the massage preparations OrthoEase® or OrthoSport® for an added bonus to the Deep ReliefTM roll on. “The phytochemical make-up of these oils causes the skin to feel cool [from Deep ReliefTM] then warm and provides activity similar to the therapeutic practice utilized by health professionals – like physical therapists and chiropractors – that alternates applying cold and heat packs to painful areas (Young, 2012).”
In looking for pain relief, one may feel doomed to suffer a lifelong of pain when reading the growing lists of negative side effects and potentially life threatening consequences of surgery or long time pharmaceutical drug use
Jennifer Georgi Davis, CPhT, Certified Aromatherapist
Life Science Publishing. (2014). Essential Oils desk reference Sixth edition. In G. Young, (pp. 154-155). Utah, USA: Life Science Publishing.
Young, D. G. (2012, June). Quench the Fire Within: Real Answers for Resolving Chronic Pain. , 5. United States of America: Life Science Publishing.
Essential Oils desk reference Sixth edition