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