Back Pain and Aromatherapy

back painNo matter what started your back pain, it can be miserable.  Back pain can be in the upper back, lower back, occasional or chronic (meaning it never really goes away).

There are several causes of back pain.  It can come from lifting something incorrectly, being pregnant, being over weight, poor posture, or ill fitting shoes. It can also come from standing too long, a previous injury, a mattress that doesn’t align your spine correctly, and sleeping in a strange position.

Aromatherapy is a nice way to help alleviate back pain.  By using essential oils to massage the back you not only get the benefits of them in the massage, you also get the healing benefits of the scents you inhale. One caution to keep in mind.  If you are pregnant be sure to read everything you can about the oils to make sure they are safe for your baby. Another way to use the essential oils is to take a hot oil bath.

One recipe for back pain is two drops of Eucalyptus Oil, two drops of Lavender Oil, and 1 drop of Lemon oil.  Add this blend to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  (Carrier oils need to be used to dilute the concentration of the essential oils). Carrier oils can be Jojoba oil, Peanut oil, Grape Seed oil, Virgin Olive oil, and regular cooking oil.  For this recipe Jojoba oil is suggested.

Essential oils work in three ways, inhalation, ingestion, and application.  Our skin contains pores and the chemical properties of the oils are absorbed into the pores like any other topical medication you might use.  You can rub the oils directly on your back. Hands and feet have the largest pores and putting the oils there will take the healing properties to you back. When oils are inhaled they are carried by the airborne molecules and sends a message almost immediately to the brain. To ingest means to swallow the oils. This is a less common use for oils and does not apply here.

Back Pain and Aromatherapy

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