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What Are Essential Oils?   Household Uses    Oil Properties    Oil Safety    Prices

"OUCH!   OOOHHH!  That hurts!  What can I do to relieve my aching neck, my sore knee, and all the pains I feel today??"

You can lie still and try not to think about it, or you can do what I do... I use essential oils to relieve my pain.

Massage is one of the most effective methods of using essential oils.  Massage has the extra benefit of relaxing me, too. 

During the massage, the capillaries just under the skin's surface carry the oil throughout the body. Please understand that essential oils are very concentrated, and care must be taken not to use oils that irritate the skin when applied neat (undiluted).   Most oils should be applied mixed with a carrier oil, such as or almond or olive oil.  Undiluted oils (with the exception possibly of lavender) should never be applied directly to a child's skin, or in sensitive areas.

So, when I get an ache or pain, I massage the area with an essential oil or blend mixed with a carrier oil and I have found it to be very soothing.  I have used it with success on areas like my neck, shoulder, knee, and elbow.  I can't say for sure that you would have the same results, but it sure beats eating aspirin like candy!

Hot and cold compresses can also be beneficial...  About.com has these instructions for making them:

Properties for the Oils used in these products

Only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils should be used for effective therapeutic use.

The oils listed below are contained in the products recommended above. For a more complete listing of oil properties, click here.

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
CONSTITUENTS: Phellandrene, dipentene, elemol, elemicin, terpineol, carvone, terpinolene.
COMMENTS: Has been used for bronchitis, catarrh, extreme coughing, mature skin, scars, stress, wounds.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Australiana)

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) Tree: oils obtained from leaves and twigs
CONSTITUENTS: Monoterpenes; Sesquiterpenes; Monoterpene alcohols; Sesquiterpenols; Oxides (cineole 70-75%); Aldehyde; Eucalyptol
COMMENTS: The oil contains eucalyptol, which has been found to be antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-viral, an expectorant, and mucolytic.  Has been used for arthritis, bronchitis, catarhh, cold sores, colds, coughing, fever, flu, poor circulation, sinusitis. This is a strong oil that should be diluted when used on sensitive skin.
SCIENCE: Research has found Eucalyptus to be a powerful herb when dealing with viruses of the respiratory system.

Juniper (Juniperus Communis) a bush from which the oils are obtained from the berries
CONSTITUENTS: Monoterpenes (pinene 34-46%, sabinene 9-28%, mycrene 6-8%); Sesquiterpenes; Terpenes alcohols 5-10%; Aldehydes; Cetones
COMMENTS: Historically used as a detoxifier and cleanser, in relieving skin disorders such as acne, dermatitis, eczema; to alleviate arthritis, and joint pain; has been used to promote better adrenal, nerve and kidney circulation/function, and to alleviate bed wetting. 

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) a grass from which the oils are obtained from the whole plant
CONSTITUENTS: Monoterpene alcohols; Sesquiterpene alcohols (farnesol 12%); Monoterpene aldehydes 60-85% (citrals 75%, neral 27%, geranial 46%).
COMMENTS: Traditionally, Lemongrass has been used to improve circulation, oxygen flow, for purification (especially the lymphatic system); may be beneficial for the digestive system and has been reported to help regenerate connective tissue. It has been found to be anti-inflammatory, supportive to the digestive system, and a vasodilator. 

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) an herb from which the oils are obtained from Flowering tops and leaves
CONSTITUENTS: Monoterpenes 40%; Sesquiterpenes; Monoterpenols 50%; Esters (terpenyle acetates, linalyle acetates).
COMMENTS: The healing constituents have been found to be anti-infectious, anti-bacterial and antiseptic. It has been used as a diuretic, to help relieve headaches (migraine and nervous), is calming to the respiratory system and assists in relieving spasms, and Marjoram may help heal to smooth tissues such as the heart and lungs (Ravensara is the most powerful anti-infectious essential oil for the bronchial and lungs). Used four hours prior to a trip, Marjoram has been found to alleviate motion sickness. 

Oregano (Origanum compactum) an herb from which the oils are obtained from flowering tops and leaves
CONSTITUENTS:  Monoterpenes 25%; Sesquiterpenes; Monoterpenols; Monoterpene phenols 60-70% (carvacrol, thymol); Methyl-ester phenols (menthyl carvacrol); Cetones.
COMMENTS: The healing constituents in Oregano have been recognized to have powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. Oregano may be beneficial in balancing metabolism and strengthening the vital centers of the body, as well as to reduce arthritic symptoms.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) an herb from which the oils are obtained from the whole plant
CONSTITUENTS:  Monoterpenes 2-18%; Sesquiterpenes; Monoterpenols (menthol 38-48%); Monoterpenones (menthone 20-65%); Terpene oxides (cineole 5%); Terpene esters; Coumarines.
COMMENTS: The healing constituents in Peppermint have been found to soothe, cool and dilate the cells of the entire body, making it an important oil for hot weather.  Peppermint may help with candida, dehydration (put in water on cold days to hydrate the body), fevers, decongests prostate (anti-inflammatory), immune system support (sesquiterpenes), nausea and vomiting; aids the function of the liver, ovaries (has a hormone-like action that regulates),  pancreas, sinus, and respiratory system; and reduces inflammation to damaged tissues and bruises. 
SCIENCE: (Study at the University of Cincinnati) Dr. Dembar discovered that for students inhaling peppermint oil, the student's mental accuracy was increased   by 28%.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) an herb from which the oils are obtained from the leaves, stem, and blossom
CONSTITUENTS:  Monoterpenols; Terpene esters.
COMMENTS: Has been used for arthritis, colds, cuts, dermatitis, flu, insect bites, laryngitis, lice, muscle aches, oily skin, poor circulation, scabies, sore throat.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
CONSTITUENTS:  Benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a-vetivone, B-vetivone, vetivene, vetivenyl vetivenate.
COMMENTS: This oil has been used for its antiseptic, immune-stimulant and rubefacient (local warming) properties, which make it an excellent oil for arthritis, insomnia, muscle aches, skin problems (including oily skin), rheumatism.

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
CONSTITUENTS:  Esters (methyl salicylate 99%) (the same active ingredient as birch)
COMMENTS: The healing constituent in Wintergreen has been found to have a cortisone-like action that has been found to be beneficial for bone, muscle and joint discomfort, for decreasing pain from arthritis, rheumatism, sports injuries, and tendonitis.  Has been used for massage associated with these discomforts, also to relieve backache and, gout. Has also been used for gums, cavities, and bad breath.  This is a strong oil that should be diluted.

What Are Essential Oils?    Household Uses    Oil Properties    Oil Safety    Prices

I am not a doctor, and you should follow the advice of your preferred physician.   I try to present accurate information on this site, but of course there could be mistakes... if you find one, please let me know.
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