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Chronic Back Pain Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
August 26, 2014

Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.


Natural Care for Migraines

Author: Dr. Larita
February 13, 2014

headacheI recently saw a friend as we were both leaving work and I thought she looked like she was going to have a stroke. One side of her face was very slack and I asked her how she felt. She said she had a migraine headache and was going home. I told her she looked like she needed to see a doctor. I just saw her again today and she looked fine but she told me she did go to the emergency room that day because she got lost on the way home! Migraine headaches are nothing to play around with and aromatherapy will not help you if you don’t use it in a preventative fashion.

Once a migraine attack begins, the sufferer may be unable to tolerate being touched or to smell essential oils but it is possible to use aromatherapy oils to stop a full blown migraine attack by using the following methods:

  • Cold compresses with equal amounts of lavender and peppermint can be put on the forehead and temples. Change them as soon as they begin  to warm up.
  • Massage the temples with a very light touch using lavender essential oil only if touching the head does not make the pain worse.
  • Since many migraines seem to be due to a restricted blood supply to the brain, a warm or hot compress with a couple drops of marjoram on the back of the neck can increase the flow of blood to the head. Marjoram is a vasodilator (it causes blood vessels to expand somewhat) and of course the heat also helps.
  • Some migraines are the result of stress so regular massage to tension in the neck and shoulders is an excellent preventive measure. It is also advisable to include light tapping on the scalp at times when there is no pain.

Lastly, many people with migraines have food triggers that often involve cheese, chocolate and red wine and they should investigate that angle too. Other non-food triggers may cause an attack so migraine sufferers should pay close attention to bad lighting, industrial and household chemicals.


Chronic Back Pain Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
October 17, 2013

Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.


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