A lot of people are in pain. That is very clear to me.
At least judging from my readership.
My comments box is filled people looking for natural pain solutions, so they don’t have to take potentially addicting drugs.
Even the pain relievers you can buy over the counter can cause serious side effects. (I once met a woman whose skin peeled off after taking ibuprofen. She nearly died, and is lucky to be alive.)
Besides, drugs don’t always work. (OTC pain relievers didn’t touch my chronic nerve pain.)
So it’s no wonder that people search for more natural solutions.
One of them is essential oils. I’ve tried a number of pain relief blends and I’m always open to trying more.
But let me tell you about my very favorite formula. It’s a blend of multiple essential oils, each known for their natural analgesic properties.
Mixed together these oils seem to kick inflammation to the curb.
At least they do for me. However, bear in mind that I’m not a doctor or a health professional. So I make no claims that anything that works for me will do the same for anyone else.
Essential Oils for Muscle Strain
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However, I can share my own experiences of using essential oils for pain. I’ve used a lot of different kinds of oils and a number of different pain blends.
The one that works best for me is Natures Fusions Cooling Waters Anti-Inflammatory Blend.
It’s inflammation that causes pain. This is true whether your pain is chronic, caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Or whether it’s acute, such as pain caused by a muscle strain.
The Natures Fusions formula is the one I use for my chronic pain, as well as when I strain something.
Lots of people now use essential oils for pain relief, if you go by the number of pain relief blends on the market.
Hands down Natures Fusions Cooling Waters Anti-Inflammatory Blend is my favorite.
Can Essential Oils Help With Muscle Strain?
People who use pain relief blends obviously believe that aromatherapy can help. So do the companies that sell these blends.
But what does mainstream medicine have to say about essential oils and pain?
A number of studies exist that show essential oils can be used for natural pain reduction. One group of researchers looked at a number of previous studies and published their results in the Pain Research and Treatment Journal.
This paper included results from a Swedish study that showed people who were massaged with ginger essential oil experienced a significant improvement in pain.
Separate research showed that ginger essential oil can also reduce knee pain, after four weeks of use.
The authors concluded that, “This study found a significant positive effect of aromatherapy in reducing pain.”
These results indicate that aromatherapy should be considered a safe addition to current pain management procedures as no adverse effects were reported in any of the included studies.”
How To Use Essential Oils for Pulled Muscles
Natures Fusions Cooling Waters Blend works very well for me. These are very high quality essential oils sold outside the multilevel marketing networks. So you save money because you don’t pay for several layers of commissions.
Because this blend is so high quality it’s also very strong. So make sure to dilute it very well with a carrier oil before putting it on your skin. I like the ratio of 3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. (Carrier oils protect your skin and help carry the aromatic compounds into your body.) It’s recommended that you use less essential oil for an elderly person.
Natures Fusions Cooling Waters contains peppermint and ginger oils, which some aromatherapists do not recommend for children under 10. If I had a child between the ages of 2 and 10 I would use lavender essential oil instead, which is considered safe for children.
Natural Remedies for Muscle Strain
Essential oils are not all I would use if I had moderate to severe muscle strain. I would also take a certain homeopathic remedy that’s often recommended for bruises when there’s no external bleeding. This very common remedy is good to have in the house.
For best results work with a professional homeopath. Here is an earlier post I wrote on how to find a good homeopathic practitioner.
Don’t forget to seek regular medical care if needed.
For More Reading
The Effectiveness Of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain