Research shows that lavender essential oil can help with headaches as well as menstrual, arthritis, muscle, and post-operative pain. Meanwhile, peppermint can help ease headaches along with gastrointestinal, muscle, and neck pain. Chamomile, mandarin, black pepper, and rosemary can also help manage pain.
There are a few ways to do this yourself, as often as needed: by inhaling from a prefilled sniffer; by using a diffuser, a machine that releases particles of essential oil into the air; by mixing a few drops of oil with body lotion and massaging it into the skin; and by adding oils to bath water. Just read and follow instructions carefully.
Note: Aromatherapy is not a cure for the disease; it’s the use of oils from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of certain plants to reduce stress and create a healing environment. These essential oils are absorbed through different routes: inhalation, topical absorption, or, in some cases, ingestion. Inhalation is the fastest and safest way of getting oils into the body.
While essential oils aren’t usually harmful, some people may experience skin irritation if oil is not diluted before being applied topically. Some oils can react with certain medications, so it’s best to check with your doctor first. In particular, people with asthma, allergies, seizure disorders, heart conditions, or high blood pressure, or who are pregnant or have certain types of cancer, should avoid them.
Our quality essential oils are researched, gathered, quality-tested, and packaged by the Julia Lawless/Aqua Oleum company in the UK and distributed in British Columbia by Nigel Strike
(1-800-932-7531), registered aromatherapist and the owner of Natura Trading Aromatherapy, Vancouver, BC, Canada.