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Essential Oils for Pain Relief: Which Ones to Use?

by Route 40 Home & Wellness

Pain can make it hard to perform daily tasks, maintain energy levels, and otherwise function throughout the day. For those in search of natural ways to promote healing and manage pain, here is a breakdown of the most common herbs and essential oils for pain relief. 

Best Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Camphor

Camphor essential oil is extracted from the camphor tree. While there are multiple colors of camphor oil, a person should only use clear or very pale camphor oil.

Camphor oil has a variety of benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, skin irritation relief, easing headaches, and pain management. Used in pain relief medications, camphor oil interacts with the nerves to calm muscle aches and pains. It also stimulates circulation and has shown to reduce chronic muscle and joint pain.

Cajeput

Extracted from distilled leaves and branches of cajeput trees, cajeput essential oil is known for its antiseptic and analgesic qualities. The cajeput tree is closely related to the melaleuca tree, which is commonly known for its tea tree oil. 

Along with being used in antibacterial ointments for the skin and used in hair care routines, cajeput oil is a helpful natural solution for muscle and joint pain, toothaches, the common cold, respiratory illnesses, sinusitis, and more.

Peppermint

Other than its refreshing scent and flavor, peppermint oil has more to offer to the world. A cross between spearmint and watermint, peppermint is used as a natural treatment for digestive issues, colds, headaches, itching, and muscle pain.

Peppermint essential oil is a popular go-to for relieving tension headaches and migraines. Many studies have shown positive results after applying peppermint oil to the forehead and temples. Peppermint oil has also helped many people experiencing digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and nausea. 

Favored for its antimicrobial properties, peppermint oil has effectively fought against various types of bacteria and fungi. 

Clove Bud

Clove bud essential oil comes from an evergreen tree originally from India. Popular for its pleasant scent and taste in various dishes, clove bud oil is also a natural remedy for pain relief.

Both teething babies and adults suffering from toothaches can benefit from the soothing properties of clove bud oil. In addition to helping with tooth pains, clove bud oil is also ideal for calming pain that results from bunions and warts. When applied topically, clove bud oil will decrease nerve pain and other skin irritations. 

Cassia

The cassia plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve pain, calm nausea, support menstruation cycles, and in antimicrobial and antiviral treatments. Closely related to cinnamon, cassia has a strong, bright, autumn-like scent. 

For muscle and joint pain, cassia effectively boosts circulation in order to relieve pain and promote healing. Inhaling cassia essential oil also decreases nausea and supports the immunity system. 

Other Herbs That Help With Pain Relief

Growing mainly in Siberia and central Europe, arnica is an herb that produces flowers which are used in medicine. While unsafe to ingest, using arnica topically has shown to soothe pain caused by sore throats, surgeries, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. It also is utilized to heal bleeding, bruising, swelling, and other post-surgery effects. 

essential oils for pain relief
Yellow Arnica - herbs and essential oils for pain relief

Comfrey is an herb used to help heal a variety of issues. When taken by mouth, comfrey is used to treat heavy menstrual periods, bloody urine, coughs, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, angina, and even serious conditions like cancer and bronchitis. By reducing inflammation, applying comfrey to the skin will soothe wounds, muscle soreness, ulcers, varicose veins, fractures, bruises, and gout. Comfrey contains poisonous chemicals; therefore, it is important to use comfrey as directed by a doctor. 

Menthol has been around for a long time, and is used to relieve muscle aches and pains. Discomfort caused by arthritis, backaches, and sprains can all be calmed by applying menthol. When applied to the skin, menthol will cool and warm the skin in order to distract the user from pain. Menthol should not be ingested, and hands should be thoroughly washed after use. 

The pain relief offered by the collection of these essential oils and herbs has been combined and put into Route 40's Pain-B-Gone oil. Anyone experiencing joint pain, headaches, backaches, muscle soreness, autoimmune complications, arthritic pain, or any other bodily pain will benefit from the addition of Route 40's Pain-B-Gone oil to their medicine cabinet.

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