Do Essential Oils really help with back pain?
In our quest for optimal health we now explore the usage of some of the best essential oils researched and presented as another set of possible remedies for lower back pain.
More revelation and knowledge are emerging regarding essential oils and their usage in this Age of Enlightenment. They continue to play a pivotal role not just in our general well-being, but also in the treatment of specific ailments such as lower back aches.
As we explore these oils, certain important considerations should be prioritized. We first need to ensure that our essential oils of the highest quality ranked among the top ten brands which include ‘Living Young’ and ‘Edens Garden’. Labels should be carefully read identifying the Latin name of the plant used to make the oil and the word ‘pure’ essential oil noted.
Nine Best Essential Oils:
We are now ready to select our best essential oils specifically for the treatment of lower back pain. Among the best ones identified are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, wintergreen, lemon grass, otherwise called ‘fever grass’, ginger oil, lavender, rosemary oil, Roman and German chamomile and sandalwood oils.
Some Therapeutic properties of Essential Oils:
These oils are considered the best due to some of their powerful and effectively proven properties which range from analgesic, antispasmodic, antioxidant to anti inflammatory. Ginger, rosemary and roman chamomile improve circulation with the latter two also reducing muscle cramping and aches.
Sandalwood and Roman chamomile promote relaxation, grounding and calm and are also effective in treating insomnia. Lemon grass blends well with peppermint essential oil and is often used for treating aches and pains.
Eucalyptus and rosemary oils are immune boosters, whereas peppermint oil constitutes mostly menthol and menthone. By nature peppermint oil is a stimulant, antispasmodic. Antimicrobial antioxidant and a powerful analgesic.
The Lavender oil, ‘ Lavandula Angustifolia’ dubbed a ‘ powerhouse’ essential oil due to its large quantities of multi components ranging from sedative, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, immune boosting to antispasmodic.
This essential oil should never be absent from your medicinal cabinet along with peppermint and eucalyptus. Growing up as a child I do remember that my mother always had these three oils in her medicine cabinet along with gentian violet.
All essential oils can be inhaled in aromatherapy, used in a bath, or massaged directly onto the back. However, before usage, it is best to dilute each oil with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. It would also be wise to test patch a small amount unto your skin before actual application. Once the oils are sufficiently diluted in their correct proportions, we should expect synergistic desired results.
At the same time one cannot be naive in thinking that essential oils are an end in themselves. Like any other remedies they normally work in tandem with treatments such as yoga back stretches, other lower back exercises’ chiropractic care where necessary, heat pads, ice packs, correct posture and an overall balanced holistic lifestyle. They can also be viewed as viable alternatives in the health domain where traditional medicine no longer produce ready and lasting solutions with little or no serious side effects.