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How to Use Essential Oils to Manage Pain.

Pain is never pleasant whether it is chronic, fleeting, mild, or severe. After my Spinal surgery in 2016, I have had chronic pain in the form of daily headaches/migraines, and neck pain that radiates to my shoulder, and nerve pain in my feet from the spinal cord injury I received during surgery. If you would like to read more about my story click here.  I have used narcotics and over the counter medicine for my pain, but I realized that i am just doing more damage to my body. So what can you do if you have pain but dont want to use, or over use, pain killers?

Essential Oils.

Essential oils are not a new idea people have been using them for decades. But they have become common over the past few years. They are safe and easy to use. And they do not harm the body in the process. I am going to focus on the essential oils and combination of oils that have helped me over the past 2 years.

General Pain.

General pain is anything that causes you pain and does not last longer than 3 months. You can use a wide variety of essential oils to help with this type of pain. For general pain you can apply oils topically directly to the point of discomfort. You can apply the oils every 20-30 minutes until symptoms subside and then every 2-6 hours or as needed. The most effective and widely know oils for pain are:

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

Chronic Pain.

Chronic pain, is pain that lasts over 3 months. There are several oils that help tremendously with chronic pain. The key to helping with chronic pain is that you apply them directly to the affected area 2-3 times daily. Below are the top 4 single oils and 1 oil blend that help ease chronic pain:

  • Wintergreen
  • Cypress
  • Fir
  • Helichrysum
  • Valor (blend from Young Living Click Here for ingredients)

If you would like to make your own blend to apply try; equal parts Wintergreen, Elemi, and Idaho Tansy. Apply directly to affected are 2-3 times per day.


Headaches are another thing I have struggled with since discovering I have syringomyelia. I have a headache everyday and at least 1 migraine a week. Essential oils are a huge part of my daily headache routine. Personally I apply 1 drop lavender and 1 drop peppermint to my temples and back of neck 2-3 times per day. This help manage my headache and relieve some of the pain. I have found a few other blends that also help and you can make them at home!

Migraine Interrupter:

  • 1-2 drops Juniper Berry and Helichrysum directly to the back of the neck.

Headache Blend:

  • 7 Drops Peppermint, 5 Drops Lavender, 5 Drops Frankincense, add all to a 5ml roller bottle and fill with a carrier oil. Apply to back of neck every 30 minutes as needed.

More Blends for Pain Relief.

I have found 3 blend that are really helpful when dealing with those day to day pains. For both of the following blends it is recomended that you work them into the brain stem, ie the base of the neck. This helps stop pain and reduces production of noradrenaline and cortisol.

Blend #1:

  • Equal parts; Vetiver and Valerian. Together these two are a powerful pain killer.


  • Equal parts; Palo Santo and Frankincense. I have not personally tried this blend for pain but it came highly recommended from several sources.

Blend #3:

  • 20 Drops Valerian, 5 Drops Vetiver, 2 Drops Helichrysum, 1 Drop Clove, 1 Drop Peppermint. Add all to a 5ml amber bottle shake and apply 3-6 drops as needed.

For all of these oils and blends you can also apply them to the Vita Flex point (pictured Below).

Essential oils can be so helpful in so many ways! Next week I will focus in on essential oils and how they can help with neuropathic 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.




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