I’m sure there are many of you out there, like myself, who are suffering from back pain. It’s the worst! I was a competitive gymnast when I was younger and that left me with some serious back issues. That, on top of sitting in a chair at work all day and .. well just getting older… my back has been giving me a lot of trouble lately.
I do technically have an “injured” back, having a crushed disc in my lower spine. I’ve done tons of physical therapy and I have to mention the one form of PT that I found worked the BEST was the Pettibon System. It was literally the only form of PT that made any difference for my back. If any of you are out there looking for helpful methods for back issues, you should definitely look into this. That said, I didn’t do what I was supposed to, meaning I didn’t keep up my therapy, exercises, stretches, etc. and now I’m paying the price.
As I prefer not to take pain medications, I’ve turned to essential oils to help alleviate the pain. Now, obviously essential oils, or pain medication for that matter, cannot cure a back issue. However, they can certainly help take the pain down a notch or two while you figure out a way to work through whatever it is going on with your back.
Essential Oils for Back Pain
Essential oils have medicinal properties and can definitely help on both a physical and mental level when it comes to dealing with pain and promoting healing. One of the best ways to use essential oils for back pain is through massage. Just add a couple of drops of your selected oil(s) along with some fractionated coconut oil (FCO) and have someone massage them into your back.
You can also mix your selected oil(s) along with FCO and rub it on your back, into your muscles, and down your spine yourself. The oils will still be effective if they are not massaged in. But massage in itself does help to increase circulation and relieve tension, so that is my favorite options!
Taking an aromatherapy bath is a great way to soothe your back and help alleviate muscle aches and pains. Add 5-10 drops of essential oils directly to warm bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Adding Epsom Salt to your bath is also incredibly beneficial. An Epsom Salt bath is known to help ease pain and inflammation. I take Epsom Salt baths when I’m incredibly sore from a challenging workout. Sometimes my muscles don’t recover quickly and the Epsom Salt bath helps to speed the process up.
Lavender essential oil is antispasmodic, therefore incredibly helpful in preventing muscle spasms and inflammation. It can also help relieve tension, which always seems to worsen my back pain, pulling my spine even further out of alignment! Tension relief is a huge help when it comes to alleviating back pain.
Marjoram essential oil has a warming and soothing quality which can help ease muscle and joint pain. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory.
Basil essential oil is one of my favorites in helping ease back pain. It’s amazing for tight muscles as it helps to relieve muscle tension. Basil oils is also soothing for mental fatigue. You know when you’re in pain ALL DAY LONG, that can really wear you down mentally.
Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and has analgesic properties, meaning it is a natural pain reliever as well. This oils can be very effective in relieving pain and inflammation.
Peppermint essential oil is another go to for me when it comes to reducing pain. I use it often for tension in my neck. Peppermint is an uplifting oil and also contains anti inflammatory and analgesic properties, which makes it an ideal option to help reduce back pain and tension.
Rosemary essential oil is such a powerful oil. It can be used for so many different ailments and is known to be effective in helping alleviate muscle aches and pains. Rosemary oils has analgesic and antispasmodic properties and can also help improve blood circulation.
Clary Sage essential oil is a very soothing and warming oil. I use it quite frequently for other issues as well as for back aches. Clary Sage has calming qualities, therefore helping you to relax which in turn helps to relieve muscle tension. It’s also anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory.
Frankincense essential oil is an all around great go to oil. It has anti inflammatory properties and can act as a mild sedative. You could try diffusing this oil while you stretch your back, in a bath, or while you are just trying to relax.
I hope some of this info is help for you! There or so many factors that go into having back issues… many of us sit all day at a computer, sports injuries, gym injuries, just getting old injuries, bad posture, bad beds… the list could go on forever.
Since I do have an actual back injury along with some other factors such as bad posture and sitting improperly in my chair at work all day, I’m making a concerted effort to sit property while at work, pay better attention to my posture and get back into my stretches and exercises for my back.
I use essential oils to help relieve pain, tension, and inflammation in my back. They definitely do make a difference for me, especially at the end of the day, when I’m trying to sleep and my back is aching. Essential oils to the rescue! Please click here to learn more about the healing qualities of essential oils.
Please leave any comments below if you are using essential oils for back pain! I’d love to hear about what has worked for you.