We know it’s been a tough week for everyone, so this is worth reading! …. and smelling :-)
For thousands of years Mother Nature has been providing us with remedies, so it should be no wonder that plant based medicine can aid the body’s natural healing processes. While we may be inclined to reach for the medicine cabinet in most instances of pain or inflammation, consider some of these plant derived oils with the potent power to heal.
Essential Oils are the purest and most potent form of the actual plant. Simply put it is a highly concentrated form of plant extract. Through low heat extraction processes the oil is safely removed preserving the unique properties of the oil.
This oil then must undergo strict authentication study. Therapeutic Grade” approves and oil for use on your skin. When choosing an essential oil it is imperative you choose a reputable company with high quality standards and up to date authentication on their oils. You should always choose a therapeutic grade essential oil when applying it to the skin. Be wary of synthetics and other lesser quality oils disguised as “natural”. Never use essential oils undiluted. Choose a base or carrier oil for diluting (such as coconut or sweet almond oil) with your essential oils for your specific applications.
How can you relieve pain using essential oils?
Just like each medication you take is intended to provide a different effect, so are essential oils. Some of the most common and widely used essential oils are lavender (for calming), peppermint (for soothing), eucalyptus (for anti-inflammation).
When you reach for that tube of muscle rub, have you looked at the ingredients? Chances are you’ll find a form of Eucalyptus or Camphor. The essential oil of the Eucalyptus plant (known for its anti inflammatory properties) and the Essential oil of the Camphor Tree (known for its antispasmodic properties). Both are used widely to relieve inflammation giving cooling, relief to your muscles.
Using extra Virgin Coconut Oil as your base, measure out 1/2 C. of coconut oil into a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid. To that add 5 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme and Marjoram oils. Mix well and store in a cool location or even in your refrigerator. Once the coconut oil is in its solid state it can be used as a salve. As necessary, scoop out your salve and massage liberally onto the areas you are experiencing pain. This unique combination of oils provides, relief for muscle fatigue, pain, and inflammation around the discs.
The next time your back is asking you for a break, treat it with your own DIY muscle relieving salve. Don’t forget to contact Terry Chiropractic to keep your spine in shape. The trusted staff has years of experience to Alternative Forms of Healing using new trend setting treatment options including Chiropractic Biophysics, Applied Kinesiology, as well as nutritional counseling and weight-loss programs.