Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for pain April 24 2014

Lavender oil (lavandula angustifolia) has amazing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial for use on sunburns working wonders for easing pain and reducing the healing time of a mild to moderate injury. It has long been used to treat stress, induce relaxation, and has powerful properties that transpire on both emotional and physical levels. It also impacts the nervous system to combat stress and tension that result from pain and deliver a relaxing sense of calm throughout the body.

 

How to use lavender oil to ease pain:

 

Add a few drops to a warm bath or shower. The heat and steam penetrate the skin and cells to absorb oil and circulate it throughout the body. 

 

For an effective quick fix, rub a drop of this soothing oil on the base of the neck to immediately relieve tension.

 

Apply 1-2 drops to additional points on the body, such as the temples, inside of the wrists, between the toes, and in the armpits.

 

Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are also an easy way to disperse lavender oil. Add 3-5 drops, sit back, and inhale. 

 

You can also create your own vapor treatment by boiling a few cups of water and adding 3-5 drops of lavender oil. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam concentrated around your face, bend (carefully!) over the pot and slowly inhale.

 

If available (depending on the source of pain) when combined with massage, lavender oil can be extremely effective for relaxation and the reduction of stress due to pain. Add 3-5 drops to a teaspoon of unscented lotion or carrier oil and slowly rub into skin for a full body effect.

 

This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.

 

 

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