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The Pain-Relieving Powers Of Essential Oils

Essential oils, which are concentrated plant oils, are natural pain killers that can be used instead of toxic drugs.

Chronic pain is very common health issues worldwide, affecting over 1.5 billion people, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Unfortunately, many people turn to pain medication as their first or only solution for pain. But, as we all know, conventional drugs can cause trigger harmful side effects.

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide warns that over-the-counter pain relievers can cause liver damage, headaches, stomach problems, dizziness, and risk of kidney or heart problems, depending on the type. In addition, The Cleveland Clinic notes that prescription medication can cause hormonal imbalances, constipation, depression plus many other unwanted side effects.

Because of these side effects, it’s worth considering alternatives. Surprising to most people, essential oils – which are concentrated plant oils – are natural pain killers that can be used instead of toxic drugs.

How do essential oils actually reduce pain symptoms?

A 2011 study in the journal Molecules found pain-killing properties within essential oils that can affect the brain by entering the bloodstream and creating a pain-relieving effect within the central nervous system. Researchers, in this study, explained that essential oils are being studied for use as alternatives to conventional pain relievers because they are natural and studies find them effective, so they might be used more as mainstream pain relievers in the future.

The Molecules study tested many applications for taking essential oils, including taking them orally, receiving an injection, applying them on the skin and more, so various application methods might be available over time. However, some of these methods are still being studied and might have potential dangers depending on the type of essential oil, so you should stick to using them on your skin or inhaling them until we know more about potential side effects from taking them in other ways.
Even when you use them on your skin, essential oils can cause allergic reactions – so test them in a small area before using them liberally.

How to get natural pain relief – at home – with essential oils

For pain relief, natural health experts recommend that you use essential oils of lavender, peppermint, Roman or German chamomile, eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, rosemary or thyme because these oils have strong analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties.

You can use essential oils in different ways to take advantage of their natural gifts.  To use them safely, at home, try these methods:
Apply them to the skin. To do this, add a few drops of the oils to a base oil like almond oil, and rub the mixture into your skin.
Inhale the scent. You can do this by simply smelling the oil straight from the bottle it comes in. Or, add some drops to water in a spray bottle and spray it around your home or use a diffuser to distribute the oils into the air.

Overall, essential oils can help you find relief from a variety of physically painful issues – naturally and effectively. Plus, they give you the added bonus of smelling delightful. If you have a positive experience with essential oils – post your comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

References:
http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx
http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/16/3/2233
http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/07/the-down-side-and-side-effects-of-painkillers
http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/12-things-you-should-know-about-pain-relievers.shtml
http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=14048


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For health professionals wanting to learn more uses of essential oils consider the online continuing education course:

Essential Oils for Health

Essential oils are nature's medicine. They have been used for over 3,500 years worldwide for their therapeutic and healing properties. Once these oils and the plants they come from were standard tools physicians used to treat their patients prior to the institution of the pharmaceutical industry.

Natural remedies have been used in every culture, sometimes considered quackery or witchcraft. Essential oils are a part of the re-emergence of natural remedies. Many people use them every day to maintain their health, physically, mentally and emotionally. They can be used to assist the body to heal and have proven to be very effective. Daily we see more research that supports what many have experienced that essential oils are a safe and effective way to treat everything from common cold, to severe infections, headaches, hormonal imbalance, mental disorders and so much more.

As nurses part of our role is to constantly stay informed of new therapies and essential oils are becoming more and more popular. Educating yourself to the benefits of essential oils is as important as every other form of new treatments. The world of natural medicine is no longer considered alternative but rather complementary. I believe that exploring the world of essential oils will open your mind to new possibilities and you will find it very intriguing.

Those interested in this subject may also like this online CNE course:

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