I believe in the therapeutic properties of herbs, plant extracts and essential oils. I love that I can share my experiences and recipes.
My Pain Relief Oil Inspiration Story
Let's set the stage: I’m five feet tall and for a split second, I thought I was the Hulk’s little sister. I tried to pick up a bed on my own. I knew I was in trouble when a sharp pain shot up the right side of my back. I froze and then found that I couldn’t move without another stabbing pain. I was stuck on the floor with my hands wedged under the mattress and my knees hugging my ears. It was excruciatingly painful. I had to call my dad to lift me off the floor and practically carry me to the nearest chair. I don’t want to be the Hulk’s little sister anymore!
It took me a little while, and some pain killers, to get off the chair. Standing hurt. Walking hurt. Sitting hurt. The pain killers only lasted for an hour or so. I needed another remedy. I’ve made a DIY tiger balm before, but it takes time. So, I improvised and made a pain relief oil instead. It worked like a charm and took the edge off the pain. I applied the oil twice a day and used a hot compress for added relief.
This recipe is especially useful for muscle and joint pain. It’s a good option after exercise or after digging a three-foot hole in the garden. That’s a story for another day. All I can say is that it definitely helped my aching muscles. Digging holes apparently uses muscles I did not know I had until they complained.
Ingredients for Pail Relief Oil
- 4 ounces (120 mL) tinted glass bottle, with a dropper lid
- 3.5 ounces (105 mL) carrier oil (eg: olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil)
- 20 drops camphor essential oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 10 drops clove essential oil
Instructions for Mixing Pain Relief Oil
- Pour the carrier oil into the glass bottle. I used a small funnel to avoid spilling on my table.
- Drop the essential oils into the bottle.
- Replace the dropper lid and seal tightly.
- Roll the bottle back and forth between your palms to mix the essential oils into the carrier oil.
Storing Your Pain Relief Oil
It’s important to use a dark, tinted glass bottle because essential oils can corrode plastic over time. The dark bottle is important because essential oils are vulnerable and will oxidize (break down) if they are exposed to light, oxygen, and/or heat.
It's important to store your oil in a cool dry place. I store my oils in the refrigerator where the temperature is constant. You can store this oil for up to six months.
Notes on Essential Oil Properties and Compatibility
I chose the essential oils in this recipe based on complementary therapeutic properties.
- Cinnamon essential oil: Muscle pain relief and warming
- Clove essential oil: Muscular pain relief and muscle fatigue
- Eucalyptus essential oil: Muscle pain relief and anti-inflammatory
- Peppermint essential oil: Anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic
- White camphor essential oil: Muscular pain relief, anti-inflammatory, warming
Alternative Essential Oils
I always have at least twenty different essential oils in my refrigerator, but I understand that we don’t all have so many oils to choose from. You may only have a handful at home. A number of different oils can be used for pain relief. That’s perfectly alright because you have the option of switching out some of the oils in this recipe and still reap the therapeutic benefits. Here are some alternatives.
- White camphor essential oil may be switched out for cajeput essential oil. Both have pain-relieving and anti-spasmodic therapeutic properties.
- Peppermint essential oil may be switched out for spearmint essential oil. Both have pain-relieving therapeutic properties, but peppermint essential oil is also anti-inflammatory.
- Eucalyptus essential oil may be switched out for atlas cedarwood essential oil. Both have anti-inflammatory therapeutic properties, but eucalyptus essential oil is also pain-relieving.
- Cinnamon essential oil may be switched out for black pepper essential oil. Both have pain-relieving therapeutic properties, but cinnamon essential oil is also anti-spasmodic.
- Clove essential oil may be switched out for ginger essential oil. Both have pain-relieving therapeutic properties, but the ginger essential oil is also anti-spasmodic
Not sure about the properties of essential oil? Do your own research! Make sure to read as much as you can about plant-derived oils to fully understand their implications of use! Many informational databases exist where you can do your own research. Aromaweb.com is one thorough, reliable resource I've used in the past.
Caution When Working With Essential Oils
Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. This article is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.
Need help diluting your essential oils? Read about essential oil safety and dilution to be sure you're using safe ratios!
Take Extra Caution With the Following Oils
Don’t confuse white camphor essential oil with brown or yellow camphor. Brown and yellow camphor are toxic.
- White camphor: Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Cinnamon: Do a skin test if you have sensitive skin.
- Clove: Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Do a skin test if you have sensitive skin.
- Eucalyptus: Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Peppermint: Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Tisserand, Robert, and Young, Robert. 2014. Essential Oil Safety. Second Edition.
Wilson, Celeste. Isla Verde Spa Training Academy Certificate of Aromatherapy Course.
Wilson, Celeste. National Higher Certificate in Beauty Therapy. The Durban University of Technology.
Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. 25th Anniversary Edition.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Celeste Wilson
Celeste Wilson (author) on October 21, 2020:
Hi Danny, it amazes me daily how essential oils impact my life in a positive way. Thank you for reading the article.
Danny from India on October 21, 2020:
I also find Ylang Ylang oil to be healing. Thanks for sharing a wonderful article on the properties of essential herbal oils.