The Top 16 Essential Oils to Relieve Pain and Inflammation

The Top 16 Essential Oils to Relieve Pain and Inflammation
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Acute or chronic pain can make our everyday life very difficult, uncomfortable or even debilitating. Physical pain can result due to several reasons, such muscle aches, spasms and inflammation, sports injuries, arthritis and rheumatism that can cause joint pain, or even bad posture that can cause backache or neck pain.

Pain can also come as a headache or migraine, and even PMS can cause abdominal pain. Also people with fibromyalgia experience pain in ways no one else can really understand.

There are many essential oils for pain relief, and people who use them seem to heal more quickly than others. Some essential oils have analgesic properties, which means that they have shown to relieve or reduce pain, as well as anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties.

This article will cover the most common essential oils to relieve pain. This list is not conclusive as there are many more essential oils that can help relieve pain, but I’ve concentrated in the more familiar ones. At the end of the article I will explain you how to use these essential oils to relieve pain.

Important note – Some essential oils are not suitable for pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions. Check with your doctor before using them.

1. Chamomile – is well known for its effective anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to relieve muscle pain and spasms, low back pain, headaches and pain caused by PMS.

2. Sweet marjoram – has sedative properties. Helps to relieve muscle pain and spasms, stiffness, rheumatism, osteoarthritis and migraine.

3. Lavender – this is probably the most famous essential oil for pain relief and relaxation. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and sedative properties and it helps to relieve muscle tension and spasms, joint pain and headache. Lavender is also one of my top 5 essential oils for allergy relief.

4. Eucalyptus – has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Good for muscle pain and nerve pain. Use in small quantities.

5. Peppermint – good for muscle and joint pain, headache and nerve pain. Also read my article about the top 10 uses for peppermint essential oil.

6. Rosemary – has analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Good for relieving back pain, muscle and joint pain and headaches.

7. Thyme – antispasmodic, good for joint and muscle pain as well as backache.

8. Clary sage – has calming and soothing properties, as well as anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to ease muscle tension, spasms and PMS pain. Use in small quantities.

9. Sandalwood – relieves muscle spasms. One of sandalwood’s most important uses is to sedate the nervous system, so it helps to reduce nerve pain. Read more about this oil in my article about the best uses for sandalwood essential oil.

10. Juniper – has antispasmodic properties. Relieves nerve pain, joint and muscle aches and spasms. Also read my article on how to make juniper berry ointment for joint, muscle and arthritis pain relief.

11. Ginger – can ease back pain and improves mobility. Can be used to treat arthritic and rheumatic pain, muscle pain and sprains.

12. Frankincense – has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as a mild sedative. It’s also used to alleviate stress and relieve pain.

13. Yarrow – a powerful restorative and analgesic pain reliever with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Good for muscle and joint aches and pains.

14. Wintergreen – this is not a well known essential oil, but it’s very effective to treat painful conditions including headache, nerve pain, arthritis and menstrual cramps. This essential oil is created by steam distilling the leaves, and it contains a very high percentage of methyl salicylate. This oil has pain-relieving properties similar to aspirin (salicylate is the principal component of aspirin).

15. Vetiver – not very known in the west, vetiver has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine. Vetiver essential oil is extracted from the roots of a grass known as Vetiveria zizanoides which belongs to the same botanical family as lemongrass and citronella. It brings relief to general aches and pains, especially for rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pain and headache.

16. Helichrysum – this essential oil is quite expensive and valued for its pain relief properties. It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties. It helps to relieve arthritis pain and supports the nervous system. Pain relief reported by most users happens nearly instantly – certainly within minutes of application. Read more about this oil in my article about the health benefits and best uses of helichrysum essential oil.

How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Pain?

While you can use any of these oils on their own, it is also beneficial to blend some of them together. Don’t apply essential oils directly to the skin, but dilute them first with a carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, etc.

For headache – blend 4-6 drops of essential oil with one tablespoon of a carrier oil and apply a small amount of the mixture to the temples and massage gently. Make sure to stay away from the eyes.  Headache can also be relieved by smelling the oil: sprinkle a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or use an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

Bath soak – good to soothe tired, aching muscles, relieve arthritis and rheumatism. Put a few drops of essential oil in a hot bath (you can also add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt to enhance the effect). It’s a good idea to mix the essential oil drops in a small amount of carrier oil first and then add to the bath.

Massage oil – use about 10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage this oil blend into any body part where your muscles are sore.

Hot or cold compress – According to WebMD website there is some evidence that heat can help decrease low back pain. Although there is little proof that cold will help, some people do find that heat or cold help them: apply heat, such as hot pack, for 15-20 minutes at a time. Ice and cold packs can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation from injuries and other conditions such as arthritis. You may also want to try switching between heat and cold. Use heat for 15-20 minutes, then a few hours later use ice for 10 to 15 minutes.

To make hot compress take about a pint of hot water, as warm as you can comfortably tolerate, and add about 4 drops of your selected essential oil to it. Then place a small towel on top of the water and let it soak it up. Next squeeze the excess water and place it over the painful area. A cold compress is made exactly the same as the hot compress, but ice or refrigerated water is used instead of the hot water, and the compress is replaced when it has heated up to body temperature.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

If you are interested to make your own oils to relieve pain, read my other posts:

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109 Responses to The Top 16 Essential Oils to Relieve Pain and Inflammation

  1. Rajinder Kaur says:

    Am raj am just want to know that my bro in law have problem last 4 5 month he have pain problem. He always complain he feel pain from left buttocks to knee sometime he can’t walk properly can u help me which home remedy or whatever he have to use plz

    Tx raj

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Raj, I think the best option would be to consult with a medical practitioner to first find the source of the pain and to make sure it’s not something more serious.

    • Denise Hofstra says:

      Hi Raj, I have these same kinds of pain. Mine stemmed from lumbar , sacrum issues. I agree about having it seen by a practitioner.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Raj, your brother should consider see a chiropractor for this pain if possible. In the meantime, he could use ginger essential oil diluted with a carrier oil for pain. Tumeric is very good for inflamation – take it through adding it to meals or through pills. But he should see a chiropractor soon.

    • sher a says:

      hi raj seems like pretty common problem in sub continent, my father had the same problem the fever is called Arqun nisa, He used to do exercise and lie on flat hard board bed very thin mattress on it.. we consulted doctors from sub continent to New zealand america, but exercise was only cute.

    • Stevie Cornell says:

      Hi Raj, Sounds to me as though your brother in law has has a pinched sciatic nerve. Perhaps he should see a chiropracter? JMO. You are kind to post for him here. I hope he finds relief asap via whichever mode he chooses.

    • lisa says:

      Sounds like u have sciactica. Which is nerve pain/pinching. Probably stems from a bulging disc or ruptured disc on your certebraes somewhere. I have the same problem. It is dibilitating. Go see an orthapedic dr.

      • Mitzi says:

        sounds like sciatica to me too….I have been suffering with sciatica for around 8 has been super painful. About 3 weeks ago I started using Frankincense on the bottom of my feel…..the pain is not gone, but it is not anything like it was. it hurt so much I wanted to cry. The most painful thing I have experienced 2nd only to child birth.

    • Rochelle Ferriell says:

      I had that pain. A friend in Australia told me his Dr had him sit on a fairly hard chair with a golf ball in the indentation about 1/4 up from where is leg and buttox met and about 1/4 of the way in from the separation. The exact spot is hard to describe, as we are all built different, but you can find it by experimenting. There is a spot on your butt cheek that is about two fingers wide/square and when you press hard it will have an ache if you are suffering from sciatica. This helped me after using the method for several weeks. It feels good, not uncomfortable, so it is easy to continue.

    • Denise says:

      He should google the exercises for relief of sciatic pain and do them 2-3 times a day. Simple stretch exercises that yu hold for 10 seconds each stretch. It has helped me significantly

    • Deb says:

      Sounds like the ciotic nerve is punched but yes see a dr…i have ciotica stretching helps and ice packs

    • Kristen says:

      That is most definitely sciatic nerve pain. I have had this and it’s horrible! I couldn’t even vacuum a rug without crying.

  2. Nico Redelinghuys says:

    What about sinus pain? Sinus headaches are not the same as other headaches and sinus sufferers are better off staying away from floral EO such as lavender… but what else to use?

  3. Jeanette says:

    Do you have a natur a l remedy for diabetic macular edema?

  4. Shonnie says:

    Hi, do you have a hard copy of your book Magical Aromatherapy? I love your posts and find them very helpful. I would like to order the book but prefer a hard copy.

    Thank you

  5. Aditya says:

    Where can I buy these from ? Pls let me know .

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy essential oils from your local health store or online from places like Amazon, Mountain rose herbs (, vitscost (, Young Living essential oils (, doterra ( or

    • Susan Bergacker says:

      Purchase pure grade essential oils such as Young living from a representative that has you order directly from the company. That is the only way to guarantee pure undiluted untampered essential oils. If you are interested, go to official website. You could order under my member # 1864879.

      • Bj says:

        I ordered some young living oil from amazon and it was horrible. Came with no directions or info. It stunk badly but was for putting on skin for pain.

        Even with a carrier oil it inflamed the skin and underlying tissues that were already inflamed. When I complained, they had excuses not an offer to refund my order.

        It was called Pan Away. It stunk so badly I had to wash it off, and wash everything that touched it, sheets etc… Horrible experience

        • NR says:

          Pan Away is wonderful. I had unbearable pain when I would lay down to go to sleep at night. With this awesome oil, I was able to relax after a short period of time and fall asleep. I use it full strength. Awesome stuff!

        • Diane says:

          Bj: NEVER order Young Living Essential Oils from Amazon. It is against our contract to sell on Amazon.
          I have heard that you can order the lids in bulk, then people dilute the oils with who knows what.
          ONLY order directly through Young Living, or from a YL Independent Distributor that you know.

          • Rebecca says:

            I agree with that also. Other excellent oils are Ameo essential oils. They are Clinical grade oils. I would never go thru amazon for oils though.

    • Chi says:

  6. Meredith says:

    Could Shea butter ever be used as a carrier?

  7. Vivekanand says:

    Hi Jenny. Do you have any specific solutions for allergies to cold and dust which cause a running nose?

  8. I have pain at the last bone of the backbone -doctor suggested for Physiotherapy which also done as per the 6 weeks course but still the pain is there -I have been told to do some exercise and water therapy everyday which i am doing but still the pain is always there-

    • Jenny says:

      You may want to consider visiting a chiropractor to see what he/she can suggest. Go to the best chiropractor you can find with a lot of experience and recommendations.

    • Michelle says:

      Message therapy could help as well go to a clinic or check with local chiropractors for treatment of specific areas.

      Spa massage may be effective so long as it is not a chain the therapist there tend to burn out due to the nature of the business.

  9. sunita says:

    Hi. I hv back pain. L4 and L5. I am doing my exercises regularly. Still pain is not diminishing. What can I do.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sunita, have you tried to go to a chiropractor? read more about it in my article “How to Relieve Back Pain and Muscle Tension Naturally” –

    • American says:

      Sounds like a possibility that you may have sciatic. The pain can stem across your L4L5 in to your buttocks and run down to your foot. This can stop you in your tracks. I am recovering from a second surgery and my pain management is through essential oils. They do work. I’m a walking testimony. You must follow directions in mixing them and write down your directions and the order in which you mix. Sometimes I take black pepper EO and put it right on my sciatica or add extra drops of Ginger to help.

  10. Raquel says:

    Where can we buy sweet marjoram?

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking, essential oils can be bought in herbal/nature stores, or online from places like Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.

  11. Janet says:

    If you see a chiropractor, give it a reasonable amount of time. If it doesn’t get much better see a doctor. I thought I had sciatica when I first started seeing a chiropractor. I finally went to an orthopedic. I had a herniated disc. I tried everything. I did physical therapy, two different chiropractors, acupuncture and saw a neurosurgeon. I spent thousands. I finally saw a surgeon that recommended surgery. What he found was a mess! He said it was all splintered. No chiropractor could fix that. He didn’t have to take all of the disc (thankfully). Try everything else first but just don’t suffer for four years like I did.

  12. Sharon says:

    I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet and am currently on medication. Can you recommend a treatment as the burning sensation will not stop when I go to bed. I have recently started a regimen of multi complex B but so far am not feeling the relief effects, but I am continuing anyway as I know it takes time. I had started this before but ran out of the vitamins and had to source another place, so I have been taking them for about 3 weeks now.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sharon, I don’t have enough knowledge to recommend treatment for this condition, but you can have a look at several suggestions from trusted websites and discuss these suggestions with your doctor:
      1. Alternative medicine suggested by Mayo Clinic –
      2. WebMD website – (pages 2-4) –
      3. Dr. Whitaker –

    • Tanya says:

      Geranium Oil
      Clinical studies have shown that using the essential oils of geranium and clove topically can temporarily decrease neuropathy pain. One research trial compared three strengths of geranium oil (100%, 50%, and 10%) with a mineral oil placebo and Zostrix, a capsaicin ointment. Subjects with post-herpetic neuralgia and moderate or greater pain were recruited. The patients completed pain assessments at times 0, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, and 60 minutes following medication.


      Treatment with geranium oil produced a highly significant reduction in pain (p £ 0.002) compared to treatment with the placebo.
      The reduction in pain produced by geranium oil appears to increase as its concentration increases (p £ 0.003). The observed increase is roughly linear, but a formal dose-response function cannot be defined because of the subjective nature of pain intensity.
      These conclusions were true both for spontaneous pain and for evoked pain.
      The response of an individual patient to treatment with geranium oil was similar for spontaneous pain and evoked pain (p £ .008): those who experienced relief with one kind of pain also experienced relief with the other.

      The trial demonstrates that patients with neuralgia experience less spontaneous pain when treated with 100% and 50% geranium oil than when treated with a placebo, p £ 0.002. The averaged pain relief across all evaluated patients increased with increasing dosage of geranium oil, p £ 0.003. The same conclusions hold for the evoked pain (allodynia), p £ 0.0002.
      Approximately one third of the patients had major relief, with little or no pain remaining; another third had some relief, such as reduction from severe to moderate pain; and the remaining third did not experience any benefit from geranium oil. There were no significant adverse events from the use of geranium oil. Only four patients of 30 had any adverse reactions, all mild, which were either a transient rash that resolved within the hour, or a burning sensation in the eyes that resolved within minutes.
      Generally, users of geranium oil have reported that relief is experienced within
      5 minutes and lasts for between 45 minutes and 6 hours, depending on the type and severity of the neuropathy

    • Stevie Cornell says:

      Sharon, I don’t know much about the required herbs etc, I’m relying on Jenny for that! But Diabetic Neuropathy is a VERY serious condition (I am an RN and a Midwife and I have Type 2 Diabetes). Basically, it means that the low blood supply to your feet is playing havoc with your nerves now, but that will stop and numbness is next. At least you still have some blood supply! Herbs, poultices, foot baths, reflexology to improve blood flow ~~ anyone? suggestions?

    • Mary Ann says:

      Hi Sharon,
      Check out the youtube video at
      titled “neuropathy , diabetes cure in 1 day – cost 4 cents/day” by Michael Weir (6.42 mintues long). It isn’t actually a cure, but a way to eliminate the symptoms. I found it interesting and worth a try!

  13. I use one drop each of lemon, lavender, and frankincense to a little bit of jojoba oil for amazing results to my face. No more chemicals!

  14. Elena says:

    I have seen a lot of people recommending that people see chiropractors for their pain. I recommend a Doctor of Osteopathy. A good D.O. will apply chiropractic principles along with a full history and assessment of the body structure and will treat the patient hands on with manipulation OMM which is much different than a chiro. Improving blood flow to tissues and lymphatic systems. Correcting rib and spine displacements and Neuro-Prolotherapy for inflamed nerves which accounts for a lot of body pain in general. This is just a little of what they can do. If you live in Michigan and need an excellent D.O. look up Dr. Mitchell A. Cohn. D.O. on – He saved me from having surgery (which the MD’s said was my only option) on my shoulders. 80% torn glenoid labrum tendon and torn rotator cuff. I am full functional now. No chronic pain. No more pain meds. Prolotherapy (glucose/procaine solution) shots. Healed!

  15. laura says:

    Hi im laura and im 34 im just about to be diagnosed with ME/cfs i have alot of pain all over my body especially in my arms and legs due to PEM which in short stands for Postexercise Muscle Soreness this can seriously depend on what ive done the day before? Pain and the fatigue are about the same i need help..
    I use lavender and eucalyptus with epsom salts once or twice a week what else can i use ? I also use arnica

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Laura, I have heard that Helichrysum essential oil (no. 16 in my list) is especially effective for pain relief, so you may want to try it as well. Beside arnica, you may want to try comfrey ointment which has wide uses including relieving pain. As for general fatigue, you may want to refer to my article about CFS here.

  16. Sara R says:

    It would have been helpful to use the genus and species in this post since certain species are more therapeutic than others. Good essential oil companies put the genus and species on the bottle.

  17. Deb N says:

    Hi, I am trying to research pain relief for my niece. She has Crohn’s disease and is in immense pain internally in her stomach but also in her joints. she has inflammation and Crohn’s sores. She is followed by Mayo doctors and is allergic to most pain meds. I read your list and saw that you recommend mixing up to three oils. Can you recommend some combinations that have been good for others? Also would putting these oil in a diffuser help as well as topical application? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Deb, I would probably try helichrysum and peppermint – dilute 3 -5 drops of oils in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. I’ve seen another essential oil that was used by people who suffer from IBS – it is called Copaiba which is used to reduce pain and inflammation anywhere on the body, and even inside it (2 drops in a capsule). I’ve also seen several references of DiGise (blend of several essential oils that can be ingested or applied topically) – read more in Crohn’s forum. Using EO in a diffuser is more suitable to relieve stress and anxiety or to purify the air. For pain and digestion issues it’s best to apply it topically or in some cases ingest it in very small quantities (EOs are generally recognized as unsafe to ingest but there are few exceptions. Some EOs are food grade and can be ingested internally in a capsule in very small amount).

  18. kenya says:

    I have heel spur and would like to try an oil that will help with the pain. I’ve had 3 cortisone injections right through the bone and the left foot still gives me problems. Please advise.

  19. Laura says:

    can you use almond oil and lavender instead of carrier oil?

  20. Tammy says:

    I walk 10 to 15 miles a night at work on hard cement floors, it is more of a faced pace brisk walk I have to do for 10 hours. At the end of the night my ankles and feet are swollen and hurt so bad I’m in tears. Usually they are still hurting the next day when I have to start work again. Is there an oil to stop the pain?

    • Jenny says:

      There is no specific oil I can recommend from the list but probably helichrysum is the strongest. But you may need to experiment or blend several oils to find what brings you the most relief. You can also add a few drops of the oil to an Epsom salt foot bath (add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a large bowl) and soak your feet for about 20 minutes.

  21. EO RN says:

    As a RN who has worked with hundreds of patients with chronic pain and inflammation, i concur with Jenny on the various essential oils to treat pain. The problem we have with most alternative treatments is that we do not know how such natural substances can react with other medications that people are taking. So i guess we should consult with out Doctors before using such. I also see a trend that people are more informed now than ever before and have realized that medications do not fix everything. Sometimes i think old is gold and i love my Frankincense oils in attempts to reduce inflammation. I have used that without any problem.

    • Bj says:

      I respect your profession and it would be an ideal to consult a physician on an essential oil but I find that many doctors do not understand alternative pain relief and have sometimes gotten blank looks when I have asked about alternative ways to deal with any issue that might come up

      Many doctors will not even give you the name of a good shoe for a high arch. It took me years to learn to just use my own judgement or call my pharmacy for med info, and cross my fingers on that one

      Telling someone to consult a doctor on alternative therapies is really saying they don’t want to answer the question so why bother. As a med professional you should already know this

  22. Madhur says:

    You have stated all the oils correctly.

    Among all of these oils, I prefer to use peppermint essential oil to apply over painful body part by diluting with jojoba oil. Actually i had got muscle spasms during my workout, then my physiotherapist has suggested this natural cure to me. But, you will not believe sometimes finding natural essential oil can become a daunting task. Then, one of my friends has recommended me to this online store

    One more thing I would like to tell you. Never ever use peppermint oil over body without dilution as it may cause a burning sensation.

  23. sylvia says:

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I’m looking for alternatives for pain I’m new at this but willing to try anything. What oils would you recommend?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sylvia, there is no specific oil I can recommend from the list but I have heard that Helichrysum essential oil (no. 16 in my list) is especially effective for pain relief, but you may need to experiment or blend several oils (such as peppermint, wintergreen, or lavender) to find what brings you the most relief. Every person is different and it’s hard to know what will work best for each person.

    • Edie says:

      I also have fibromyalgia and have found that emu oil capsules have really helped, along with magnesium citrate and topical essential oils for breakthrough pain

  24. Jason says:

    Am searching for the best possible oils for relief of the pain that Lyme disease does to someone, she already has put together a mixture or two, am just looking for more, and really any information or anyone’s personal discovery of pain relief would be appreciated…

  25. Bobby says:

    Hello All,

    I have tried some of these Essential Oils with my knee pain and I found that the only one that seemed to work well for me was Lavender. I have a bad sciatic nerve that is acting up now in my lower back and runs down my leg as well. I see on this list above that Eucalyptus is good for nerve pain has anyone tried this oil for nerve pain before? Any suggestions would be grateful..

    Thanks for the great information on Essential Oils great read..


  26. Dianna says:


    Could you please give a recommendation to treat Morton’s Neuroma?

    Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Dianna, I don’t have a personal knowledge about this condition (I’m not a doctor), but I’ve found one reference that suggested using 35% Helichyrsum, 25% Rosemary, 20% Basil and 20% Lavender + carrier oil. I’ve seen another reference that used a blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint with carrier oil. As you can see, it’s hard to find a formula that works for everybody, but I would include in the blend Helichrysum, Wintergreen and peppermint. Essential oils are not a magic solution for all painful conditions, and in some cases they may not help, but it worth a try.

  27. Margo Collins says:

    I am looking for an essential oil blend that would relieve nerve and muscle pain in the leg due to a traumatic injury. Is there a blend where I can use juniper Berry Oil and Peppermint oil together?

  28. Kim Davis says:

    Jenny, what can I do to treat heel pain? I do not have heel spurs. Any suggestions?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kim, I have an article about Natural Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis (Jogger’s Heel). I’m not sure if that’s what you have, but you can try the suggestion there including at-home physical therapy. As for essential oils, I can’t recommend specific blend but you can experiment with Helichrysum EO which is specifically good for pain relief, as well as adding other oils from the list. Sometimes the pain is so strong that EOs will not help as they are not a magic solution. In this case please seek medical advice.

  29. Raye Landry says:

    I wake up in the middle of the night with hip pain on my left side. I have tried sleeping on my right and it does the same thing. The pain is so sharp it wakes me up. Please anyone have any ideas. I am starting to collect and use essential oils.

  30. MK says:

    This description of your pain sounds exactly what my doctor called bursitis. It was so severe I had to have cortisone injections and had to completely stop excercising for several weeks. Am learning about essential oils to help any future issues.

  31. Cathy Tucker says:

    you have 16 different oils for fibromyalgia pain,do I put all these oils together or that is the ones that are good to use,i use frankincence,,and lavender,and peppermint I have a lot of pain in my lower back and in my shoulders,,i get shots some times when the pain is so bad I can’t stand it,but the oils sure do help,,and I get my oils from amazon they are cheaper than some of the other places, one more thing my feet ,,,,,my feet looked like well terrible ,,now since I started using the oils my feet look like a humans feet,i use almond oil with my oils……….and my nerves well I am a different person,,my son said what are you doing mama,,,he said that I sounded like a different person,,,,i just thought I would let you know how the oils have helped me

    • Zibby says:

      I realize I’m a bit late coming to this post but I felt I had to comment in response to C. Tucker. As a Fibromyalgia sufferer since 1994 I can attest to how debilitating the pain and fatigue can be, since it’s altered my life significantly with several major traumas to my body since my diagnosis (another child, 2 auto accidents caused by drunk drivers, 4 months of chemotherapy from breast cancer, 5 surgeries to treat it, and recently a cholecystectomy – a gallbladder surgery) all which have exacerbated and worsened the severity with each “trauma” to my body. Currently I’m taking OxyContin 3X/day but it doesn’t always work. I tried 2 creams for pain relief that actually work, out of just about every pain ointment or lotion I’ve tried that’s available over the counter!
      Both creams are made up of primarily essential oils BUT, one oil that is in both is ARNICA extract. It’s often used successfully, by athletes for muscle injuries. In the 22 yrs I’ve had Fibromyalgia – these 2 creams have really worked. One is called Penetrex, the other is called “Back to Normal”. They’re both very effective but cost $20-$25, respectively. I’m now planning on making my own cream and many of the EO’s in the OP’s list ARE ingredients in both creams. As a former RN (unable to currently work because of the Fibro) I have researched pain management for years and find that using essential oils for pain relief , well it’s been around since the beginning of mankind and they are a wonderful, effective alternative or adjunct therapy to pills. Anyhow, sorry for the rant but I wanted to offer some knowledge about using Arnica as well. I’ll be creating my own cream using almost ALL of the EO’s in the list above and will follow up after I try my own pain specific recipe. Oh yeah, I don’t recall if it’s included in the 16 but, Sandalwood oil is also in one of the 2 creams I bought and use. I researched that one too and it does have its use for pain relief (it’s not cheap though….about $25 for 10ml bottle) Hope some of this info helps and THANK YOU to the author. Your compiled list has been a great resource!!

  32. Gina says:

    Is the essential oils safe for children with juvenille R Arthritis and juvenille Lupus

  33. Mary creel says:

    I’ve suff with migraines for 20 yrs. now my migraines are chronic daily migraines and chronic fatigue syndrome. what oils are good for severe pain and inflammation

  34. Gary Smith says:

    What would be good for severe carpal tunnel? I might add that I also have panic disorder an I’m afraid to take almost anything.

    • Jenny says:

      Choose essential oil with strong analgesic properties, such as wintergreen or helichrysum. Then choose EO to increase blood circulation, such as rosemary or peppermint. Then choose EO with anti-inflammatory properties, such as lavender or chamomile. Lavender and chamomile are also good for relaxation so may help with the panic disorder. For each ounce (30 g) of carrier oil add about 10-12 drops of EO, and gently massage the area. Remember that you also need to find out what causes you to overuse your wrist and that you need to give rest to the area to speed up recovery.

  35. Liz says:

    I am curious as to why this article doesn’t add Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) as a powerful anit-inflammatory? It should be on the list in the top five, IMO.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Liz, tea tree oil can be added to the list. This is not a closed list and there are other EOs that can be added. The reason that tea tree oil was not listed here is that it’s prime use is for its antiseptic properties and application on the skin for infections such as fungal or bacterial infections rather than relieving pain due to internal inflammation.

  36. Anita says:

    I would like to know if I can blend the rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus for muscle pain in shoulders? If so how much of each to use for a rub with olive oil?

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you can blend them. The usual recommendation is around 12 drops of essential oil/s for one ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil (such as olive/coconut/jojoba oil). In this case you can mix 4 drops each of rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus.

  37. Zibby says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for compiling this list. It will be extremely helpful as I mix my own batch of pain cream since I regularly use a $20 2oz jar which I go through like my Bath and Body Works hand soap! I use A LOT! Being that all of these are indicated for use as pain relievers, what would you recommend as far as which ones to use the higher concentration of, say as ingredients are listed in labels in order of high to low concentration? I know I plan to use more of the Arnica, Lavender, Frankincense and Sandalwood but, after that I don’t know if I should use equal amounts of all of them or lesser amounts of some? And, I chose to purchase Sweet Almond Oil for my carrier oil but only because I picked it up at a good price. Do you suggest one carrier over another? And any suggestions for using one butter over another, such as Shea or Cocoa butter? Thanks in advance!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Zibby, I will start from the easier question about sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil is one of the most versatile skin care oils available. It has many benefits which I’ve covered in my article on How to Use Sweet Almond Oil for a Great Hair, Skin and Health. It is a very good choice as a carrier oil, and while there are other good carrier oils, such as rosehip, jojoba, avocado and more, it comes to a personal preference and price. The other question as per which oils to use in higher concentration in the total mix is difficult to answer. I can’t recommend specific EOs to mix in higher amounts as I don’t have a personal experience or research I could refer to. I have heard that Helichrysum essential oil is especially effective for pain relief, but you may need to experiment or blend several oils to find what brings you the most relief. Every person is different and it’s hard to know what will work best for each person. I apologize I cannot be more specific.

  38. Ruth Evenden says:

    which essential oils should I avoid because I am on Xarelto (blood thinner) and have high blood pressure (controlled by meds) and have AF (atrial fibrillation, also controlled by meds)?

  39. Kristi Q says:

    Hi! I’m having a horrible time with pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia. Any EO suggestions? Thanks!

  40. Elaine says:

    What oils would you recommend for Rosacea?

  41. Pam says:

    What oil(s)/blends do you use for autoimmune modulation and inflammation? Specifically Sjogrens Syndrome, small fiber peripheral neuropathy and restless legs syndrome

  42. Shelly Currier says:

    Thank you for the great info! I just bought a diffuser but I was wondering what would be the best way to apply essential oils for Nerve pain and inflammation?

  43. Rael says:

    Hi, my name is Rael, my daughter have been suffering severe abdominal pains during her menses, what can she use to cure such pains?

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