Using essential oils for your back pain is a great idea, one way that many people get into using essential oils. Before we start, it’s worth noting that using essential oils will not help much with severe back pain. But, if you have an occasional backache here or there, or just need to relax, using essential oils for back pain works great in these circumstances. For back pain, you have many choices. Depending on the severity of the pain and where it’s found will tell you what you need to do about the pain.
Most people will want to start out using one or two oils at a time. But, you can use many blends and recipes depending on what you need. If you are just starting out and don’t have a large collections of essential oils, don’t worry, there are a few basics that are good for back pain.
Two Basic Essential Oils for Your Back Pain
#1: Lavender Oil
One of the first ones is lavender oil. You see this essential oil mentioned all the time because it is a good general use oil. However, for back pain, you honestly do have many other, more efficient alternatives. But, if you have a slightly sore back and no other choices, go ahead and try lavender oil. Because this oil is one of the more mild essential oils, many people do not experience skin sensitivity issues while using it.
You can place a few drops of this oil directly on the affected area and you will be good to go. However, if you have a large area of back pain such as your lower back, you will want dilute some lavender essential in a carrier oil and massage it into the sore spot. If you have massage oil, you can add the lavender essential oil to it as well. For large areas, you will want to dilute your oil and use it with a carrier oil so you do not waste your essential oil.
Now if you have more essential oils or don’t mind going out to the store to buy more, you have more choices for dealing with back pain.
#2: Chamomile Oil
Chamomile oil is up there with lavender oil for being soothing and helpful with all sorts of back pain. However, it’s most useful for controlling muscle spasms and is also good for inflammation. You can combine chamomile and lavender essential oil for a mild, but potent blend of essential oils.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath with a blend of chamomile and lavender essential oil is a great way to relieve yourself of your aches and pains. It also helps that these two oils smell great together. Some combinations of essential oils do happen to smell less than stellar, which can be an issue if you are going to be interacting with other people all-day long.
Two Lesser Known (But Still Effective!) Essential Oils for Your Back Pain
#1: Copaiba Essential Oil
These next two essential oils are effective, but people know little about them. Even people who own many essential oils may have to go out and buy these oils if they want to use them. Both copaiba and ocotea essential oil have great properties which lend them to being useful for back aches and muscle spasms.
In particular, copaiba essential oil has the highest number of beta-caryophyllene out of any known essential oil. Beta-caryophyllene is a chemical that is known to control the body’s response to irritation. High quality copaiba essential oil contains over 50% of this compound. It is one of the main reasons it is so effective at controlling muscle aches and back pain. Many other essential oils that are highly rated for back pain only have around 15% of this compound.
#2: Ocotea Essential Oil
Ocotea essential oil has some of the highest amounts of alpha-humulene out of most known essential oils. Like beta-caryophyllene, alpha-humulene is a compound that deals with your body’s response to irritation and inflammation. It specifically lessens your body’s response to irritation. It’s a great oil to use after your back irritates you and is sore. But, it’s a GREAT oil to use before you engage in that you know will irritate your back. Often we know that something we are going to do will irritate our backs, but we do it anyway because we either love what we are doing or have to do it because of work.
Diluting a little ocotea essential oil and putting it into a roller bottle is a great way to use this essential oil before you begin your day. Before you do that irritates your back, you can rub a little this oil on your back first with the roller bottle and then you should see less irritation than you would before. It’s important to know that it won’t necessarily stop the irritation, but you will feel better than if you didn’t use it at all.
As with many back injuries and pain, the proper way to fix the injury is to work on healing the injury with a proper recovery plan. Using essential oils alone won’t necessarily fix the problem, they will just make you feel better in and will make living with the pain more bearable.