I have always hated taking medicine. Having Muscular Dystrophy has caused me to need to take various pain medications over the course of my life. They all seem to numb the pain, but I never really liked the way they made me feel.
Recently, I have been trying to figure out ways to treat my muscle pains and spasms without a prescription. I have seen a lot of people using essential oils, and after doing some research of my own I decided to take a chance and ordered some essential oils.
When I was younger, my mom had a diffuser and every day she would put a few drop of peppermint oil in it and the aroma would fill the house. Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body. My mom mostly used it to make the house smell good, but it also helped to relax everyone after a long day.
Thanks to my Amazon Prime account, I was able to get a pack of 18 essential oils and a jar of coconut oil for a low price. The oils came in an assorted pack, with various oils, but I made sure that I had the ones I would need.
Essential oils can be used for many different things, and have various health benefits.
Essential oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree, and just one drop can have powerful health benefits. When using essential oils, you typically use an oil concentration to dilute the oil. In my case, I use coconut oil. Many people use essential oils for aromatherapy. They are a great way to treat a variety of medical conditions and can be used in combination with many other therapies.
Each oil has different benefits. A few of my favorites are lavender, clary sage, eucalyptus and rosemary. These are actually the four that I mixed together in my muscle pain blend, and my go-to oils for stress relief.
Lavender is a popular oil because it is so versatile. It helps with relaxation, improves your mood and heals burns and cuts. Clary sage can be used to help treat depression, fungus and infections, as well as menstrual discomfort and an insomnia relief.
Each night before bed, I rub lavender and clary sage on my wrists and behind my ears and it has helped me to get a good night sleep.
Eucalyptus is an oil that can be used to improve respiratory issues such as bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies. It is also invigorating and purifies the body.
If you have thin hair and would like to thicken it, rosemary is the oil for you. This oil can help naturally thicken your hair if added to a homemade shampoo. It also helps to improve brain function and memory.
There are many more benefits for each of these oils, but these are just a few of the more common ones. There are also many oils that can be used for the same things.
Using essential oils isn’t for everyone. You should consult with your doctor about what oils you should use, and if it is even a good idea to try them. Before doing anything, you should do lots of research to make sure you are using the oils for their intended purpose.
My muscle pain remedy consists of lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and geranium. These four oils leave a cooling effect on my muscles, and after massaging the blend into my leg for a few minutes, the pain starts to go away.
Using essential oils has helped to reduce my anxiety and pain and I am so happy that I decided to try something natural instead of opting for more pills.
This originally appeared in The Ruston Daily Leader