Essential Oils for Pain and Infection
In this post I'll share two of my favourite essential oils for pain and infection. This blend not only eases painful and uncomfortable symptoms, it builds up the immune system and protects us from infection.
You can use this recipe for yourself, your family and your friends.
You can also use it to help your clients, whether or not you're an aromatherapist. Everything you do to give your clients a better experience makes it easier to raise your prices, encourages rebooking and increases your holistic therapy income. So you can keep helping people and keep doing what you love.
At the end of this post you'll know
I call this blend the Pain and infection Zapper for a very good reason as you will see. If you prefer to watch
rather than read have a look at the video below which is part of my free course
This powerful and incredibly simple blend will quickly ease the pain of toothache, muscle tension and lots more. I have seen lots of cases where it prevented an infection from developing.
If you're not an aromatherapist, I will share ways you can use the blend to enhance your treatments without putting essential oils on the skin
Essential oils in the Aromatherapy for Pain and Infection Blend
First up, Eucalyptus. If you're familiar with essential oils at all, you probably know Eucalyptus is great for all kinds of respiratory conditions. You may not know that that is just part of what Eucalyptus is great for.
These properties make it wonderful for infections like tummy bugs as well as colds and flus. And for pain, including muscle pain, headaches, toothaches and lots more
Lavender is the other essential oil in the recipe. I think of Lavender as the "Leonardo da Vinci" of essential oils because it's absolutely freaking amazing at treating and preventing so many common ailments.
Lavender has a LOT more properties, but those I've mentioned above are what makes it so good for pain and infection
Natural Vegetable Oils
It's not just the essential oils that give this blend it's almost magical powers, we also use 3 amazing natural vegetable oils. You'll probably be surprised at how unexotic and common these are!
The vegetable oils I use in the blend are Olive Oil (yes, the one you cook with!) Castor Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Even without using essential oils, these vegetable oils are great for pain and infection.
Olive Oil is a great painkiller and it's anti inflammatory.
A little tip, extra virgin olive oil, which comes from the first pressing of the olives, is the best one to use. Virgin Olive Oil comes from the second pressing of the olives and is not as effective. So called "pure" Olive Oil is produced at high temperatures (above 70 degrees) and has few, if any, therapeutic properties. So not great at all for pain!
Castor Oil is another amazing painkiller and anti inflammatory. It's also antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and anti fungal. Even on it's own it's great for pain like sciatica and infectious conditions like athletes' foot and warts.
Sweet Almond Oil is also pain killing and anti inflammatory. It's a light oil so great to use with Olive Oil and Castor Oil which are thicker and harder to work with.
â€‹The Tummy Bug That Never Happened
Years ago I worked in a day spa. One day I noticed another therapist was looking quite pale and ill. She told me she was feeling quite nauseous and was worried she may have caught a nasty tummy bug which was doing the rounds. I made her the blend, told her to rub it on her tummy and suggested that she went home. I was very surprised to meet her later, still at work. She told me that half an hour after using the oil she felt fine.
Although this is a really typical effect, I can't, of course, claim that everyone
who uses this blend will have the same result. â€‹
Where Did The Toothache Go?
Several years ago I was teaching a weekend aromatherapy course. On the first day I noticed that one of the students, who I knew quite well from other courses, was very quiet and not herself. She told me she had an abscess on her tooth and was on anti biotics. The dentist couldn't remove the tooth until the abscess had gone. She had given up on the painkillers because she had been "eating them like smarties" and they had no effect.
I really had not idea if my painkilling blend would help much, or at all. But there was no harm in trying it so I made it up and told her to rub it on the outside of her cheek. I don't know which of us was more surprised when the pain completely disappeared soon after.
Both she and I used the blend for toothache several times and each time the pain eased really quickly.
Of course this is only a temporary solution to the problem and anyone with a toothache must see a dentist.
Also, although this result is very typical, I would not claim that everyone will get the same result.
What Else Is It Good For?
I could tell you loads of stories about using the blend for migraines, muscle pain, sinusitis, colds & flus. But let's move on to your "shopping list", then to how to make the blend
Your Shopping List
To Make the Blend
1. Measure 2 1/2 ml (half a teaspoon) of Olive Oil, 2 1/2 ml (half a teaspoon) of Castor Oil and 5 ml of Sweet Almond Oil into the small jug. (10 ml/2 teaspoons in total)
2. Pour into the dark glass bottle
3. Lable the bottle (list the oils plus the cautions below)
4. Store the bottle away from light and heat (in a press or drawer is perfect) with the lid closed and it will keep for at least 2 months.
5. Apply as required to any painful or infected area as required (temples for migraine, on the chest and under the nose for a cold, on the outside of the cheek for a toothache)
You can of course make up more of the blend but use these proportions. When you use 2 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of a vegetable oil, this is called a 2% blend and it's suitable for anyone over 12 years old who doesn't have sensitive skin, is pregnant or is frail, elderly or convalescent.â€‹
Although essential oils are natural, they can have unpleasant and dangerous effects if they're not used properly. There are very few contraindications and they are reasonably easy to remember.â€‹
How to Use the Blend to Increase your Holistic Therapy Income
(even if you're not an aromatherapist)
If you want to use essential oils on the skin as part of a treatment and you're not an aromatherapist check your insurance company and/or your state laws.
Tension Tamer Massage
That being said, there are several ways to enhance your treatments with this blend even if you can't use essential oils on the skin.
If you have a massage qualification you can use the vegetable oils in your massage. Use extra virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil and Sweet Almond Oil in a 25:25:50 mix. So a quarter of your massage oil will be Olive Oil, a quarter will be Castor Oil and a half will be Sweet Almond Oil.
To make the oils even more effective warm them slightly first. Don't use a cooker or microwave for this, put the oil in a glass bottle and put that into a cup of warm water. Check the oil is not too hot or too cold before you use it.
Don't be afraid to charge a little extra for this treatment as the oils are probably more expensive than the oils you normally use for massage. Also your clients will benefit a lot from the painkilling and anti inflammatory properties of the blend.
If your client has sinusitis or hay fever, there's a lovely and very effective way to sue the blend, without putting it on the skin.
Put one drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Eucalyptus in a bowl of hot water and place it directly under the facehole. When your client is lying face down for a back massage the oils will relieve pain, infection and congestion.
Alternatively, put one drop of Lavender and one drop of Eucalyptus on the pillow close to the client's face. Then use the mix of Olive Oil, Castor Oils and Sweet Almond Oil in a face massage.
I hope you enjoyed learning about aromatherapy and essential oils. If you'd like to learn more, why not sign up for my free aromatherapy course "Easy Aromatherapy Recipes for Skin, Mood and Health"â€‹
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