Before we start looking at essential oils for nerve pain, it is important that we understand that there are different types of nerve pain. The most popular are neuropathy and neuralgia.
Neuralgia happens when there is no inflammation or damage to the nerve but recurrent pain happens along its pathway.
Neuropathy is most recognized as a tingly feeling that spreads in the hands and feet. It is caused by damage to a peripheral nerve.
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Nerve pain can be caused by any of the following contributing issues and these include.
Although this is not an all-inclusive list, it will give you some idea of the potential causes for your nerve pain before you begin treating it with essential oils.
So keep reading to find out!
Geranium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 5 mlPlant Therapy Lavender Essential Oil. 100% Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 10 mlBasil 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 ml
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The two different kinds of nerve pain constitute the necessity for essential oils that are specific to the causality.
Since I cannot determine which form of pain you are experiencing, I decided to provide you with the benefits of those essential oils that can be utilized in either case.
This way, you can begin relieving your nerve pain without hesitation or need for clarification of causality.
Once you have relieved some of your pain, it will probably make finding the underlying issue more bearable.
The antispasmodic qualities of peppermint make it hugely beneficial in attempts to relieve nerve pain. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties as well. Because it also contains a significant amount of menthol, it may help ease tension and pain allowing you to feel more relaxed. It is also one of the best essential oils for arthritis pain.
Lavender is very well known for its pain-relieving qualities. In fact, it has been used for centuries to bring relief to people experiencing migraines and other headaches.
It contains a mild sedative that helps bring on relaxation and relieve tension. And, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a good essential oil for topical application to painful areas.
You can use it in a diffuser too because inhaling has been shown to create a pain-relieving experience.
If you are suffering from knee pain, muscle aches, or back pain associated with your nerve issues, geranium is highly recommended.
It has even been shown to help relieve the pain associated with the shingles virus.
In fact, it could be considered one of the best essential oils for nerve pain caused by shingles. It is safer than a host of other anti-inflammatory drugs and can offer similar positive effects. It may help reduce inflammatory skin responses too.
Basil essential oil is an exceptional antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory oil utilized in nerve pain relief.
Like lavender, it has been used for centuries in this capacity. Perhaps its analgesic properties are what offer the greatest amount of relief to people enduring nerve pain.
You are welcome to use these essential oils on their own to determine which ones have the greatest effects on your nerve pain issues.
However, if you would like to make a blend to add some extra strength to your pain fighting, here is an essential oil recipe for nerve pain you can use:
This is a 5% dilution. You should only use it for one to two weeks at the most for moderate-severe pain!
The original recipe I had was a 10% essential oil dilution. (20 drops of each of the listed essential oils). Even though that is a strong dilution percentage, it may sometimes be needed.
I always recommend trying a lower dilution amount first for a couple of days before going to a stronger dilution. Remember, a stronger dilution is only recommended for very short term use.
You can always decrease the amount in the blend to use it for a more extended period. I would recommend a 2 to 3% dilution for a healthy adult. For this you would put 4 to 6 drops of each listed essential oil together (total of 12 to 18 drops) with the 1 oz (30 ml) carrier oil of your choice.
You could probably add peppermint as well. But I am certain that the three listed above will blend well with one another.
You will need a carrier oil to make this blend. Jojoba is frequently used in massage treatments where essential oils are being applied.
But, you could use fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond or olive oil interchangeably.
Now that you know which oils will work best for your nerve pain, it is a good idea to apply them to the painful areas a couple of times a day.
Then, do your best to determine whether you are suffering from neuralgia or neuropathy. That will help you do further research on more pain specific essential oils.
When dealing with neuralgia, yarrow, peppermint, nutmeg, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, ginger, clove, basil, clary sage, lavender, and tarragon are recommended.
Whereas, neuropathy necessitates peppermint, geranium, juniper berry, helichrysum, lemongrass, lavender, basil, cypress, tangerine, marjoram, blue tansy, patchouli, and ylang ylang extract.
You can see that the 4 essential oils recommended in this post can be used for either neuralgia or neuropathy nerve pains.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.