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Dr. Ana KnollaOct 15, 2018 12:07:27 PM6 min read

5 Essential Oils that Can Help You With Your Back Pain

5 Essential Oils that Can Help you with your Back Pain 

Back Pain can occur for many different reasons and will plague most Americans at some point in their life for one reason or another.

Back pain can make everyday activities such as sitting, standing, lifting, and even lying down almost completely unbearable. 

Luckily, there are Essential Oils for Back Pain Relief.

How do those work, you wonder?

In this blog, we take a look into back pain and how essential oils contribute to relieving it.

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Back Pain and Essential Oils 

Whether your back pain has been brought about by an accident causing a misalignment in the spine, or simply from a prolonged strain, there are ways to find pain relief from the discomfort that you're feeling in your back. 

The spine is one of the most important parts of our body, and it needs to be properly cared for.

Using Essential Oils to reduce back pain and inflammation is just one of the many uses for these potent fragrant oils. 

Essential oils can be found in the stems, roots, petals, and other parts of various plants.

They are usually removed from the plant through steam distillation. 

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Pain Relief without a Prescription 

For those who are suffering from back pain and looking for an all-natural remedy to relieve their pain, Essential Oils may be what you're looking for. 

Essential Oils can be much more powerful than one might initially think.

They can be great for acute and chronic back pain and can reduce muscle tension and inflammation. 

For those who prefer natural remedies over addictive prescription pain medication, using essential oils for back pain relief may be the treatment that you have been searching for. 


What Essential Oils Help With Back Pain Relief? 

There are many essential oils that are useful for pain and inflammation reduction, therefore if you are sensitive to one or more of them, there are several options for you to choose from:

Peppermint Essential Oil

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint essential oil make it one of the top choices to relieve back pain.

Anti-inflammatory properties are very useful when trying to reduce muscle pain.

Peppermint is refreshing and uplifting, which can also assist in soothing the stress that comes from dealing with pain.

Peppermint Essential Oil is known for helping to relax and ease muscle tension, spasms, and aches. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This oil is one of the most commonly used oils to treat muscle pain and aches.

When used topically it has strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as analgesic properties which makes it ideal for relieving stiffness, pains, and aches in the back.

You can use a lotion or cream to massage into the sore or painful area of the back. Eucalyptus is recommended for helping treat sprains, strains, nerve pain, and aches. 

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is a wonderful multi-use oil with anti-inflammatory properties that can treat a large range of ailments.

Although lavender is not warming or hot like the other two oils listed above, it still contains powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that are great for helping to relieve pain.

Lavender is also known for helping to relax the nerves, reduce stress, and ease insomnia. 

Marjoram Essential Oil

The antispasmodic properties of marjoram make it a great choice for relieving pain anywhere in the body. It works especially well with overextended muscles helping to relieve discomfort.

Marjoram has a soothing and warming effect that eases the muscles and joints.

While helping to reduce inflammation Marjoram also has a calming and soothing effect that helps to relieve stress. 

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger is another warming essential oil that is perfectly fit for applying to tired, sore, and painful muscles.

Ginger has been known for being effective for helping tightness, arthritic conditions, and rheumatism.

Ginger can penetrate and soothe muscle aches and soreness when applied topically. 

When using Essential Oils for back pain relief, it is advised that you use a few drops of the oil along with a "carrier" oil, such as organic coconut oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil.

Using a carrier oil will allow you to use only a few drops of the essential oil which will go along way when using on sore muscles. 

By being able to choose from several different essential oils that can all assist with back pain, it should be easy to find one that works for your skin.

Choose the one that you most like, and let the oil do its job.  


How to use essential oils for back pain

Knowing which essential oils you need for your pain is just the beginning.

Once you know which oils t use, you need to know how to use them properly so you don’t get skin irritation or other side effects. Essential oils may be inhaled in aromatherapy or diluted and applied topically or used in a bath.

Apply them topically

Essential oils can be used during a massage or rolled directly onto your back, but you must dilute them first.

Mix up to 6 drops of your selected oil with 6 teaspoons of a carrier oil, such as jojoba or olive oil. Do a patch test of your diluted oil on a small area of skin. After 24 hours, if no irritation develops, it’s likely you can safely use the oil on a larger area of skin.

Apply your diluted mixture liberally, massaging in lightly for more absorption. Be sure to wash your hands before touching your face, as you don’t want to irritate your eyes. Also, make sure the oil does not enter your mouth.

Inhale them throughout the day

Inhaling essential oils for pain and inflammation is another method. Add several drops of pure essential oils to water in a diffuser and leave it running in your home or office. You can add more oil or water to the diffuser throughout the day as needed.

Take an essential oil–infused bath

For a sore back, a warm and relaxing bath can alleviate pain and inflammation. As a bonus, you can add diluted essential oils to your bath water too, adding 10 drops to running water. Take care of getting in and out of the tub in case the oils make surfaces slippery.


Essential Oil Side effects and Precautions

When used as directed, essential oils shouldn’t cause any major side effects. Skin rash and irritation can occur without proper dilution or patch testing ahead of time.

Talk to a doctor if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any underlying medical conditions. Keep in mind that aromatherapy can effects pets, children, and others in the area. Remember that essential oils are extremely potent. Also, don’t take them by mouth or use them on or near your eyes.


See a Chiropractor for Your Back Pain Injury

Although Essential Oils can be very beneficial to help relieve your back pain, it's still important to be seen by an experienced Chiropractor if you were involved in an accident or are suffering from a back pain condition. 

The Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic specialize in treating those who are suffering from back pain, and they have been serving their communities for over 40 years.

Chiropractor Adjusting Patient with Back Pain

Chiropractic care is an all-natural, non-invasive treatment method that is used to realign the spine and help promote the body's natural healing.

As chiropractors, we believe in helping the injured in a holistic and all-natural without the need for surgery or addictive pain medications.

This means we highly recommend other natural forms of pain relief, such as using Essential Oils to help relieve aches and soreness.

We believe that coupled with your chiropractic adjustments, essential oils are great to use at home and might be exactly what you need to help you get through the day. 

Our Chiropractors offer a free consultation so we can speak with you and find out how we can best assist with your recovery. 

If you're suffering from back pain, let our Chiropractors help you. Click below to schedule your free appointment today. 

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Dr. Ana Knolla

I graduated from Life University in Marietta and I've been practicing for almost 20 years. I started at Arrowhead Clinics in 2001 and have continued in either a part-time or full-time status ever since. I love working with injured patients and having the gratification of seeing them get well! I'm born and raised in North Florida/South Georgia...I've traveled extensively but always enjoy coming home to the South! I have 5 dogs...from chihuahuas to pit bulls... and 4 cats... and we all live in a farmhouse out in the country.