Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort

essential oils to ease discomfort

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Aromatherapy makes use of various kinds of essential oils, usually derived from herbs and other plants that when smelled, evoke reactions in the brain. Some aromatherapy oils create states of decreased tension and relaxation, while others are more energizing.

You can have a set of aromatherapy oils—some to use to relax you when you are anxious and others to revive you when you are feeling fatigued and need a pick me up. Aromatherapy oils are safe and can be purchased at many health stores or on the Internet.

Using essential oils to ease discomfort is a natural way to relax. It is worth checking out. Essential oils can be a great addition to your healthcare regimen.

Common Essential Oils

Here are some of the more common essential oils to ease discomfort and what they are used for. Some oils can be used topically and some for breathing. Do some research on any oils you want to try to make sure of the proper application. Some of the oils could belong in multiple categories but only appear once to avoid confusion.

Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort and Pain

  • Lavender OilLavender is a wonderful sweet calming oil that induces relaxation to help manage pain, muscle tension, headaches, and spasms. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
  • Mustard Seed Oil – Mustard Seed oil is used for arthritis pain. Use warm seed oil to make a plaster apply to painful areas. 
  • Thyme Oil – Thyme is a natural antispasmodic, which makes it good for muscle and joint pain.
  • Wintergreen OilWintergreen improves digestion and topically for rheumatism, sore muscles and lower back pain and reduces tension.
  • MarjoramMarjoram is used to treat headaches, muscle spasms, and toothaches.

Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort and Treat Minor Ailments

  • Eucalyptus OilEucalyptus is used for nasal congestion, asthma, tick repellant, and topically for arthritis and skin ulcers.
  • Sandalwood OilSandalwood is used as an antiseptic and astringent, treats head and stomach aches, urinary and genital disorders.
  • Yarrow OilYarrow is for fever, cold, hay fever, dysentery, diarrhea and other gastric intestinal issues.
  • Cedarwood OilCedarwood is for treating asthma, coughing, congestion, and to ease breathing difficulties.
  • Peppermint OilPeppermint treats IBS, nausea, the common cold and headaches. Topically it treats itching and head and muscle pain.
  • OrangeOrange is for arthritis to disinfect, allergy relief, improving the GI tract.

Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort and Provide First Aid

  • Clary Sage OilClary Sage is used as an antibacterial, reducing menstrual cramps and to diminish pain (with a carrier oil)
  • Tea Tree OilTea tree is common and is used as a hand sanitizer, insect repellent, deodorant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and to speed up healing.
  • Myrrh OilMyrrh is used for healing wounds by calming the tissue inflammation and is used as an antiseptic.
  • Lemon GrassLemon grass is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort and Increase General Wellness

  • Juniper OilJuniper is for internal cleansing and detoxifying; it also supports urinary tract and healthy kidney function. Topically, it is used as a skin toner and reduces skin blemishes.
  • Lemon OilLemon is used to fight fatigue and insomnia, stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, weight loss, acne, depression, Worts, and varicose veins.
  • Ginger OilGinger detoxes, boosts digestion, eases GI discomfort, reduces inflammation, and clears the respiratory tract.
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon boosts brain function, improves blood circulation, is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and is used for diabetes and respiratory issues.
  • Helichrysum OilHelichrysum reduces wrinkles, soothes the skin, treats allergies, arthritis, and is thought to reduce inflammation.
  • Rosemary OilRosemary is used to stimulate hair growth, soothe inflammation, headaches, reducing pain, conditioning hair, strengthening the immune system.

Essential Oils to Ease Discomfort and Invoke Relaxation

  • Chamomile OilChamomile is for stress reduction and easing unpleasant feelings.
  • Frankincense OilFrankincense reduces anxiety, diminishes signs of aging, stimulates the immune system.
  • JasmineJasmine is used for stress reduction and depression.
  • RoseRose is used for acne, balancing hormones, relieving anxiety, and increasing libido.
  • Ylang YlangYlang Ylang is used as an antibacterial, lowing blood pressure, increasing the libido, and for relaxation.
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Application Of Essential Oils

Be careful of applying essential oils as most cannot be placed directly on the skin without dilution. There are many ways to use essential oils to ease discomfort, and application will typically depend on the specific oil, here are some examples:

  • Use a few drops of essential oil in a carrier oil, like Jojoba for use in massage and other topical applications.
  • An aromatherapy diffuser fills the air with healing fragrance
  • Place a couple of drops on bedding for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Add a few drops to a warm bath

Research the specific oils you want to use for best application methods.

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Be sure to ask your doctor if essential oils are a possibility. Ask if any of them interact with any medications or supplements you are taking. You might need to do some research depending on your family. Certain oils are not safe for babies, children, or pets. Cats in particular are very sensitive to the smells of oils and can have adverse effects on them.

Trying essential oils to ease discomfort can reduce the need for other medications. It will improve your quality of life so that you are not burdened with a constant rotation of minor aches and pains. You can use the cheaper oils you see at your store to try and if that works, you could research and find a higher quality oil. For more natural ways to manage discomfort read Natural Treatments to Manage Chronic Pain. Let me know which oils are your favorite in the comments below.

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