Neuropathic pain or nerve pain can be cause by many different things; like a spinal cord injury, pinched nerve, or some diseases such as diabetes, just to name a few. Nerve pain can be very painful but it also manifests itself as numbness, tingling, and hypersensitivity. I have a spinal cord injury with nerve damage which causes pain, numbness, and tingling. You can read my story here.
I have worked with patients for over 10 years and many of them have neuropathy. I have to say that before experiencing it myself I always brushed it off, like maybe they were over reacting. Well I can tell you now that they were not! The nerve pain in my feet feels like i am stepping on red hot nails, and it doesn’t stop, it is constant. It can vary in severity from day to day. Sometimes the pain will keep me up at night. I have found that certain essential oils can help lesson the day to day pain and can be very effective at night with the heavy aching pains.
In the past I took Gabapentin for my nerve pain and it did help a bit, but the side affects were awful for me. I felt as if my head was floating like a balloon and I got super paranoid. After a few months I weaned myself off this medications because it just wasn’t right for me. I am currently taking a high dose of Notryptline which is for headaches and nerve pain but I don’t feel it has helped with my nerve symptoms at all. I am not too keen on taking a bunch of pharmaceuticals so I started doing a bit of research on how to use Essential oils to ease nerve pain.
The following is a list of oils that I have found, through my research and self testing, to be helpful when dealing with nerve associated pain.
- Black Pepper
Spinal Cord Injury
- Black Pepper
With all of these oils you can apply directly to the affected area or to the correct vita flex points which are pictured below. You can also massage them into the base of the neck working them into the brain stem. This helps stop pain and reduces production of noradrenaline and cortisol. For the best results you will want to be consistent, and apply the oils 1-3 times per day. Being consistent is the key.
If you suffer like me from nerve pain I hope that you will try out some or all of these oils, and see for yourself that there can be relief from nerve pain!
Caution! For those with sensitive skin dilute your oils with a carrier oil and discontinue if they cause pain or skin rash. If you are pregnant or take prescription medicine please talk with your doctor before starting an essential oil regiment for pain.