Essential oils have become increasingly popular in recent years for their healing properties, and with good reason. The essential oils discussed in this article not only provide relief, they also smell absolutely divine.

How to Use Essential Oils

It is imperative to know how to use essential oils correctly. The best way to use essential oils is through a diffuser or by diluting them in a carrier oil and applying them to the skin.You should not ever ingest an essential oil.

Essential oil diffuser

With an essential oil diffuser, you can distribute essential oils into the air of your home or office.

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There is a wide array of aromatherapy diffusers on the market today that range from the simple to the elaborate. There are six main types of diffusers available: lamp ring diffusers, terracotta and sandstone diffusers, candle diffusers, fan style diffusers, electric heat diffusers, and ultrasonic diffusers.

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Each type of diffuser has its own advantages and disadvantages, but they all send essential oils into the air so you can breathe in their benefits.

Carrier Oils for Topical Use

When applying an essential oil to the skin, you always dilute it in a carrier oil first.

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Essential oils are potent and putting them on your skin full strength can lead to irritation, burns, and other negative reactions. Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, olive oil, and blackseed oil are the best carrier oils. When diluting an essential oil in a carrier oil, use 12 drops of your essential oil for ever ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil. This creates a standard 2% dilution. If this is too strong for you, try using a 1% solution instead, by adding only six drops of essential oil rather than 12.

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For more information on how to use essential oils safely and effectively, please watch the video below:

Essential Oils for Muscle Pain

Muscle pain can be caused by overuse, injury, or medical conditions such as fibromyalgia.

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Regardless of the underlying cause of your muscle pain, essential oils can help you find relief. When applying oils topically to relieve muscle pain, remember to always dilute it in an appropriate carrier oil first to prevent serious adverse reactions.

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  1. Roman Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant.
  2. Majoram can help ease aches, pains and muscle cramps.
  3. Rosemary can help with muscle soreness.
  4. Thyme can help with rheumatism.
  5. Vetiver can help with joint stiffness and muscle fatigue.
  6. Eucalyptus can help relieve pain after a muscle injury.
  7. Wintergreen can help with pain from muscle injuries.
  8. Sandalwood can help with muscle pain, skeletal pain, and neuralgia.
  9. Clove can help with muscle and joint pain and soreness resulting from overexertion.
  10. Lavender can relieve pain from sore muscles.
  11. Peppermint relaxes muscles in the lower back and can help relieve fibromyalgia pain.

Essential Oils for Joint Pain

Nearly everyone experiences joint pain at one time or another.

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Arthritis, osteoarthritis in particular (also known as wear and tear arthritis), affects millions of people around the world. Medically, treatment options are limited. For those who want to avoid pain medications and invasive joint replacement options, essential oils may be a viable option to help manage pain levels.

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In addition to traditional medical interventions, essential oils are a bonus part of your treatment plan.

  1. Helichrysum can help with deep nerve pain and painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
  2. Idaho Balsam Fir can ease sore muscles, joints, tendons and back pain.
  3. Spruce can relieve pain from arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, sciatica and bone pain.
  4. Palo Santo can help decrease inflammation.
  5. Chamomile can help with back pain.
  6. Rosemary can reduce joint pains and muscle soreness. It is also particularly helpful when treating rheumatism.
  7. Juniper can be useful in treating rheumatic pain.
  8. Wintergreen can help ease the pain of arthritis.
  9. Cayenne can relieve the pain of arthritis, rheumatism, and neuralgia.
  10. Ginger can be helpful when treating joint pain from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

Essential Oils for Allergies

The uses of essential oils for physical ailments aren’t limited to just joint and muscle pain.

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Essential oils can also help those who suffer from allergies. When using oils for muscle and joint pain, they are usually mixed with a carrier oil and applied topically to the affected area. When treating allergies, however, the essential oils can be placed into a diffuser so that they can be released into the air and breathed into the body.

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  1. Lavender can help soothe the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  2. Sandalwood, frankincense, and Ravensara oils can be blended to treat perennial allergic rhinitis.
  3. Eucalyptus can help to relieve seasonal allergies and nasal congestion.
  4. Peppermint, lavender and lemon oils can be combined to soothe allergies.
  5. Lemon can help clear the sinuses, reduce congestion, and relieve the common symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  6. Basil reduces the body’s inflammatory response to allergens.

Best Essential Oils

Like most things, not all essential oils are equal. When buying your oils you should remember that you get what you pay for. Cheap oils lack purity and strict adherence to quality. If you are using essential oils to manage your pain or other medical conditions, it is vital that you purchase a quality product. There are a multitude of lists and reviews on the internet that rank the top essential oils on the market today. The following two brands made it onto every list of the best essential oils that I looked at.

  1. doTerra
  2. Young Living

Both doTerra and Young Living offer therapeutic grade organic oils. Plant Therapy essential oils touted as a great brand, puts out a quality product at a reasonable price. For more information about the best essential oil brands, watch the video below.

Start Using Essential Oils to Relieve Pain Today

Whether your pain is the result of a muscle injury or you live with a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, essential oils can be an effective part of your pain management toolbox. Always contact your doctor regarding any type of persistent joint or muscle pain and follow his/her medical advice in addition to using alternative therapies, including essential oils.

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