The human body is particularly prone to pains and aches. These may be a result of injury or over-exertion or even due to stress and nervous tension that causes muscles to tighten and cause pain. Muscular pain can even be caused by poor posture while sitting or sleeping or if the body is exposed to damp or cold. Pain arising out of medical conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, slipped disk, etc. is also quite common.


Among the various ways pain can be alleviated, a very common way is the application of essential oils, topical applications, oil blends, etc. Some recommendations:


Lower Back Pain


More than 80% of the adult population of the world experience lower back pain at some point in time in their lives. The most common type of lower back pain unfortunately also happens to be non-specific, which means that it is not possible to work out why the pain is being experienced. In some people, this pain can last quite some time while for others it may disappear after a few days. Among the best ways of tackling lower back pain is by taking an Epsom salt bath to which a few drops of the oil of jasmine, sandalwood or frankincense have been added. A good alternative is a mixture of lavender, rose, and ylang-ylang. Usually, patients report a substantial reduction of pain level and an increased degree of mobility in just a few days.

Using Essential Oils to Manage Common Pains

Neck Pain


Baths with Epsom salts have also been found to be very effective for treating neck pain, especially when lavender oil or peppermint oil has been added to it in the morning or a combination of lavender and chamomile oil has been used in the evening. A study conducted in Hong Kong observed that acupressure when done with lavender oil lead to a substantial reduction in neck pain. When compared to the control group, patients undergoing acupressure with muscle release oil for a month reported a reduction in the intensity of pain by 23%, reduction of stiffness in the neck by a similar amount, and a 39% reduction of stress. Apart from these, the patients reported improved lateral flexion, neck flexion, and extension. Soreness in the throat has been found to reduce when tea with thyme oil or balsam fir oil is taken twice or thrice in a day.


Gut Pain


Pain in the stomach and abdominal spasm can be relieved with a bath of black pepper oil. This oil has been found to have a soothing effect even when used internally. Not only does it reduce inflammation but also a recent study suggests that the antioxidants present in it help in the reduction of blood pressure as well as the level of blood glucose in Type 2 diabetes. Peppermint oil too has been found to be very effective in reducing abdominal pain; those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome have reported far lesser pain than a control group. During the period of high stress, you may find it useful to drink it to relax your stomach. Studies have established that nerolidol, a compound in essential oils extracted from ginger, lavender, jasmine, tea tree, lemongrass, among others, can inhibit the growth of various bugs like E.coli, Salmonella, C.diff, Clostridium, etc., that are responsible for deadly stomach illnesses.




There are a number of essential oils that work better and safer than aspirin to relieve headaches. Some of the most effective are oils of lavender that acts as a sedative, and that of peppermint that works to stimulate. Rosemary and eucalyptus oil work remarkably well to relieve nasal congestion and also headaches that are caused by a sinus infection and inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes. Inhaling any of the four oils can significantly help to clear congestion while lavender oil can be rubbed on the temples directly to give relief. You can also apply a cold compress on the back of the neck or on the forehead.