4 Best Essential Oils for Nerve Pain

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Discover the Best Essential Oils for Nerve Pain that Can Help Relieve Your Pains!

Before we start looking at essential oils for nerve pain, it is important that we understand that there are different kinds.

Best Essential Oils for Nerve PainNeuralgia 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.

Nerve pain can be caused by any of the following contributing issues.

These include alcoholism, Vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, exposure to metals, pesticides, and chemicals, diabetes, or too many pain killers.

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.

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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.

#1. Peppermint Essential Oil

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.

#2. Lavender Essential Oil

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.

#3. Geranium Essential Oil for Nerve Pain

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.

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#4. Basil is One of the Best Essential Oils for Nerve Pain

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.

Essential Oil Blend for Nerve Pain

essential oil blend recipe for 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 essential oil recipe for nerve pain you can use:

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 though.

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To make the blend, consider adding 20 drops of each of the suggested essential oils for nerve pain into a 30 ml roller bottle and fill up with carrier oil. You can increase the amount of essential oils if you feel that you need a stronger blend.

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, juniperberry, 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.

This post is purely for educational and informational purposes and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease.

Essential Oils for Neuralgia and Neuropathy


  1. Colleen Stahlhut says:

    Can you make a bath salt using these oils? I love soaking in the tub and have been told by doctors I have gout in my hands.

  2. Dixon says:

    For gout a chiropractor told me a long time ago to use cherry juice…. unsweetened, concentrate, 1 to 2 oz mixed with water or your favorite beverage, everyday til container of juice is gone. Should relieve pain… starts up again… start another bottle. Great for repetitive joints you use.
    Used this for years!

  3. Rhonda says:

    My husband has neuropathy in both feet and legs. It is now moving to his hands. He also has restless leg syndrome. He is on the highest pain meds they will give him and it still has his pain level at a 5 on a good day. I don’t have access to roller ball bottles, can this be fixed with lotions and which would you suggest. Thank you.

    • Carol Dike says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s condition Rhonda. Yes you can add the essential oils to his lotion. Natural unscented lotion is always better. You can even make a balm using only coconut oil and the essential oils!

    • Kathleen says:

      I also have neuropathy in my feet and legs. I’m in pain most of the night, trying to keep my legs cool . I’m 82 fed up with the medication I have taken for years, Now looking for more natural help. Thank you

  4. Liz D. says:

    HI Carol, I have been making pain salve now for about a yr, and found that adding Hypericum (st johns wort) is also very good for painful nerve conditions. I started adding it to the salve and have had great feedback. I also add arnica, knit bone (comfrey) and cannabis infused oils as the carrier, lavender and lemon balm essential oils and beeswax and shea butter to firm it up.

  5. I am never without a few essential oils in my home. Apart from those mentioned here, I’ve read in forums about 2 other essential oils that can provide relief from nerve pain – helichrysum and oregano.

  6. Charlene Holloway says:

    My husband suffers from nerve pain in his lower legs and feet. He says they feel cold all the time. Nothing seems to help. What essential oils could we use to help him. His pulse is good and circulation is good.
    Please help!

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Charlene,
      I am sorry to hear about your husband’s condition. It’s important to note that I am not a medical doctor, so would not know what might be causing his persistent cold legs and feet. Only his doctor can diagnose that. However, check out this post to see some of the best essential oils for cold feet and how to use them. I hope you find the post helpful.

  7. Theresa says:

    Hi, Carol – I’m very excited about your combination of oils for neuropathy/ neuralgia pain. My husband recently retired, partly because the diabetic neuropathy in his feet and legs made it so painful for him to get around the office and commute over 100 miles a day. I have neuralgia from fibromyalgia and also have severe arthritis in both knees and had to retire on disability. I’m trying to wean myself off of my meds that have the worst side effects and switch to natural pain relief solutions. Thanks so much for the info!

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Theresa,
      I am really sorry to hear about your/your husband’s health challenges. I hope you find the information here helpful.

  8. PAMELA ERWIN says:

    Hi Carol – My Mom had a severe case of shingles 2 yrs ago, which has left her with deep scars and continous pain. i am wanting to find a blend to help her. My carrier oil on hand is grapeseed oil, I was wondering if that would work? Or if it would be better if I purchased the coconut oil. I am thinking of adding the peppermint to the blend you have stated. All of your thoughts will be Greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Pamela,
      I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s condition. Yes, you can use grapeseed oil – any carrier oil will work.

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