Best Essential Oils for Pain

Physical pain is not something that is only exclusive to aging. Whether you obtain injuries from sports, working, or just the occasional headache/migraine, pain does not discriminate. However, taking painkillers in the form of pills too often can be very risky to your health. You wouldn’t notice it because it is a slow process, but it would most likely show after years of taking pills regularly. Unknown to some of the population, there is a way to treat pain naturally.

Essential oils is a homeopathic remedy that naturally soothes pain and even other problems like anxiety and depression. Essential oils can also be used in many ways such as topically on the inflected area, through a locket worn around the neck so that the user can breathe in the oils, or through a diffuser that disperses the oil into the air. There are also many different kinds of oils that are used for different types of ailments. Here is a list of oils for a few selected problems.

Best Essential Oils for Pain

Please note that some essential oils are not meant to be used by women who are pregnant or people with certain medical issues. Please do your research when thinking about trying a new essential oil and it would be a good idea to consult your doctor as well.


Chamomile is a popular ingredient in teas because of its effective anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile can also help to relieve pain in the muscles as well as muscle spasms, back pain, headaches, and pain caused by a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram has sedative properties, which could probably also help with anxiety.  Some other ailments that sweet marjoram can help with is muscle pain and muscle spasms, stiffness, and more severe pain issues such as rheumatism osteoarthritis, and  sweet marjoram has also been known to help with migraines.


Lavender is a very well-known essential oil due to its ability to help the user relax, which reduces stress. Many people use lavender to help them sleep at night. I keep some in a locket around my neck at night. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial (an agent that kills microorganisms) and sedative properties. Lavender also helps to relieve muscle tension and spasms, joint pain and headache. It can also be used for allergy relief and acne.


Many people use eucalyptus in their bath products. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it good for the use of soothing the skin and its numbing qualities are good for muscle pain and nerve pain. But be aware that eucalyptus should be used in small quantities.


Not only is peppermint oil good for muscle, joint pain, headache and nerve pain, but it has also been known to help fight dandruff and scalp build up. It is also quite pleasant and cooling to use on your skin and in the shower. As a bonus add some to lipstick to make your lips plump.


This essential oil is very aromatic and sweet. It has been said since ancient times that spruce has the ability to relax the body and calm the mind, as well as ward off various infections. Spruce is also known to be able to keep the immune system in check, and has often been used to ease arthritis symptoms, rheumatism, and back and bone pain.


Sandalwood is often used to soothe muscle spasms, lymph node problems and sciatic nerve pain. It is efficient in relieving skin issues such as poison ivy and insect bites because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. The anti-inflammatory properties also make it a good acne fighter. In fact, many drugstore brand acne treatments list sandalwood as an ingredient.

This oil has a very earthy and pleasant scent. In fact, a lot of people also buy incense in a sandalwood scent. Sandalwood also helps the user get a better night’s sleep and can calm a person down after a long, hectic day.


Fennel is most often used as a relaxing agent on many important internal devices such as different nerves, muscles, intestines and the respiratory system. Fennel can cause a numbing sensation, which can relieve the many different types of pain by getting it at the root of the pain. Not to mention, fennel also makes a great cup of chai tea.


This is another essential oil that has anti-inflammatory and numbing properties. It can be used for tooth pain and can also help soothe throat infections. It is often added to medicinal and dental products. Clove oil is said to help stimulation and can also warm the targeted areas of the body, these two qualities combined make clove oil perfect for improving circulation and helping the metabolism stay in check.


Rosemary oil is a great oil with many different uses. Rosemary has the ability to calm the mind, and it also has numbing properties which help ease various aches and pains, even more serious ailments like arthritis. Rosemary can also be applied right on an afflicted area for pain.


Thyme is great for treating joint and muscle pain by causing a warming effect on the target area of the body. It’s like having a portable heating pad!  Because of its warming function, it is also recommended for soothing arthritis and rheumatism. It also lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation, which is good for those with physical disabilities Thyme is particularly effective for aches and pains caused by extreme physical activity.

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