Many people suffer from the discomforts of muscle pain. How often have you pulled or twisted yourself in the wrong way or overdone it in your exercise program only to find the aches and pains bad enough you had to do something about it. There are many alternatives for the care of these discomforts. You can use painkillers like ibuprofen, hot or cold packs often work or you can try using natural pain relief with aromatic essential oils.
Essential oils, those fragrant bottles of mysterious natural healing, are made from plant materials such as leaves, bark, flowers, berries or fruit. All of these can easily be found at your local grocery store or health shop. You’ll find that they are not overly expensive for what they are able to do.
To overcome the discomforts of muscle aches and pains caused by cramps or cramping you have quiet a variety of aromatic essential oils you can use. Eucalyptus is one of the best natural remedies available. For pain an adult may mix .05 milligrams of eucalyptus oil with warm water. This is one that can be taken internally. Mixing it with five hundred milligrams of warm water should dilute thirty milligrams of this essential oil. Then use this mixture by putting some on your temples to ease the pain of tension headaches. When using this oil remember that a mere 3.5 milligrams take internally can be fatal. Before using internally it’s a good idea to talk over treatments with a knowledgeable professional.
If there were only one essential oil you were able to choose, it would have to be Lavender. This wonderful natural healer is able to do so many things. It has widespread uses and is especially useful not only for pain relief but for relief of headache pain as well. It can be used directly on the skin and is known to be particularly useful in the treatment of minor burns. It also stimulates blood flow and this aids in healing. Rubbed into the joints it eases the pains of arthritis. As well, a therapeutic massage with lavender oil will do wonders for any aches and pains.
Ginger is another essential oil that works wonder for aches and pains. It lessens the inflammation as well as lowers the amount of prostaglandins in the body. These are the body’s receptors that effect constriction and so pain. Massage ginger oil into sore aching muscles; it will definitely give some relief to overworked muscles. Rheumatoid arthritis responds to ginger as well. Nothing better for that painful condition than a massage using ginger oil. The pain improves as the inflammation decreases.
Another oil that comes highly recommended for pain relief is peppermint. Unlike the others we have discussed, all of which assist in improving muscular pain, peppermint acts on different pain centers. Peppermint works very well in relieving the pain that is caused by any colicky condition. It is also used to reduce pain following surgery. Often the most common pain after surgery is caused by intestinal gas. Peppermint helps with this and especially for woman who have had to undergo a c-section peppermint removes this painful problem. Some people swear by peppermint as the reliever of the terrible pain suffered by those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). On this one, studies are inconclusive.
For all the women who are trying to look into the best possible scenarios for giving birth, essential oils now give you another alternative. The use of clary sage in the delivery room is making a big difference! Place a couple of cotton balls under the pillow of the mother in labor. It has a strong smell so you won’t need to use much. Clary sage helps with process of labor, often aiding the contractions with becoming more regular and so speed up the labor. It also relaxes the mother and so lessens the pain she is experiencing. Rubbed into the skin it can be sufficient to alleviate enough of the stress of delivery to mean that she will require no other pain medication. Remember though, when using in the delivery room make sure it is clary sage you choose as sage can be toxic to the unborn child.
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