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 Back Pain  Holistic-online.com

Aromatherapy

Treatment with essential oils can often help relieve the painful muscle spasms that contribute to back pain. Several of these--sage, rosemary, thyme, horsebalm and mountain dittany--are rich in thymol and carvacrol, compounds that help muscles relax. 

How To Use: Add a few drops to a couple of tablespoons of any vegetable oil and massage the oil mixture directly into the affected area. Alternately, you can add a few drops of the oil to a hot bath and soak for a while, inhaling the steamy vapors. 

Other compounds with potent muscle-relaxing action that can relieve back spasms are borneol and bornyl-acetate. Plants rich in these chemicals include cardamom, sage and rosemary. Borneol is an effective antispasmodic compound at a very dilute concentration, making it even more potent than menthol, camphor, thymol and carvacrol.

Here are some essential oil formulae for best results.

Aromatherapy Oil Blend for Severe Backaches

4 drops of blue chamomile essential oil
4 drops of birch essential oil
4 drops of rosemary, coriander or eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops of ginger or black pepper essential oil
14 drops of lavender essential oil
ounce of carrier oil.

Mix together. Use daily as needed, rubbing it into the affected area after a hot bath, when muscles are relaxed and pores are open.

Aromatherapy Oil Blend for Minor Aches

2 drops of blue chamomile essential oil
2 drops of birch essential oil
2 drops of rosemary, coriander or eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops of ginger or black pepper essential oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
ounce of carrier oil

Mix together and use daily as needed, rubbing it into the affected area after a hot bath, when muscles are relaxed and pores are open. 

Essential Oils Useful for Back Pain

For muscular fatigue: lavender, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage.
For acute pain: black pepper or ginger, birch. 

Caution: Never to ingest an essential oil. Even small quantities of some oils, on the order of a single teaspoon, can be fatal.

See Also: Aromatherapy Infocenter on holisticonline.com

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