natural pain relievers

There are natural pain relievers headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, and more. These natural ones are derived from a singular or combination of essential oils and other plant materials. I personally have used a natural essential oil pain reliever for years!  Even if any essential oil does not work completely on your pain, this is still beneficial, as this means you can use fewer pharmaceuticals.

Peppermint Plant




Some companies have started regulating essential oils. Canada has but the United States has not. For instance, just like supplements, essential oils are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that essential oil products do not need to gain FDA approval before they are brought to the market and sold to consumers. Another reason to make your own natural blends from reputable suppliers.

The top natural pain relievers for headaches and more are:

Chamomile oil:

  • for inflammation and pain
  • inflamed joints, nerve pain, and sore muscles
  • for headaches
  • penetrates skin to reduce inflammation
  • also good for rheumatic pain, muscle spasms, eczema, back pain
  • use topically in a carrier oil, or
  • inhale via a diffuser for headaches

Lavender essential oil:

  • used for centuries
  • good for migraines, headaches, reducing stress and anxiety
  • also for tension headaches, muscle pain
  • contains anti-inflammatories and analgesic properties
  • can inhale or massage in for the benefits
  • lavender is safe to apply to the skin not diluted
  • for larger body applications, use a carrier oil

Sweet Marjoram:

  • sedative and anti-inflammatory properties
  • for headaches, migraines, nerve pain, neck pain
  • power combo would include marjoram, black pepper, lavender and peppermint
  • toothache pain, drop directly on the tooth (can dilute with olive oil)

Eucalyptus:

  • good for nerve-related pain, headaches, arthritis, muscle and joint pain
  • also for blocked sinuses and sinus pain
  • perfect for relieving cold and flu symptoms

Peppermint:

  • an antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal
  • can treat intestinal problems, including IBS symptoms
  • good for relieving blocked sinuses
  • naturally contains menthol – good for easing tension headaches, muscle aches
  • can apply undiluted to temples for headaches
  • I can personally vouch for this essential oil for relieving the unrelenting aches and pains in my feet from working two full-time jobs, on my feet, on concrete floors!

Lavender field




Rosemary Essential Oil:

  • an analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  • for pain relief, increasing circulation, muscle pain, and spasms
  • a good topical compliment to analgesic drugs

Thyme essential oil:

  • known for relieving backaches, muscle pains, inflammation, joint pain
  • replicates NSAID properties relating to suppressing enzymes that cause inflammation
  • is antispasmodic regarding menstrual cramps, effective like ibuprofen

Clary Sage essential oil:

  • known for relieving muscle cramps and menstrual pain
  • power combo is clary sage, lavender, and rose, massaged into the abdominal area
  • mentally calming and muscle relaxing

Sandalwood essential oil:

  • fights inflammation and joint pain
  • relaxes muscles and prevents muscle spasms
  • calms the nervous system by inhalation – reduces adrenaline
  • anti-inflammatory similar to ibuprofen and NSAIDS
  • use topically for pain and soreness
  • use with a diffuser or inhale for relief from headaches

Black Pepper essential oil:

  • for relieving muscle aches and pains
  • can increase blood circulation, reduce inflammation
  • anti-bacterial
  • power combo is black pepper, marjoram, lavender and peppermint
  • specifically works well in the neck and shoulder area

About essential oils:

Some are potent and powerful. As a rule, dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, or castor oil. You can use essential oils by massaging into the skin via a carrier oil, inhaling vapors from a hot water bowl or vaporizer, soaking in the tub with a few drops, and compresses.

More on essential oils here, the bug repellent essential oils, some of which are on this pain relief too!




Here is a page on the FDA website, linking to more info on the regulations regarding “aromatherapy” and natural pain relievers for headaches.




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