Did you know that about 80% of the adult population suffer from lower back pain? It is one of the most common ailments found amongst Singaporeans. The exact cause of which may be tough to diagnose, it is usually an indication of strained muscles, joints, ligaments or discs which can greatly inhibit daily activities.
Let’s categorise them into two main groups – acute and chronic backpains. Acute or short-term back pains can last from a matter of days to up to six weeks. Good news is that this sudden development of pains can be cured with proper pain medications and bed rest. On the other hand, chronic back pain which tends to develop gradually over time and could progressively become worse, a shakeup in lifestyle may be required.
Besides modification of lifestyles, adding aromatherapy to your daily life can be helpful to your back pain woes.
Recommended Essential Oils for Back Pain
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is known for its icy cold, refreshing scent and feel. It is known to be made up of at least 44% pure menthol content which studies show, can be used as a pain relief.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass comes with a clean, crisp aroma, with a distinct citrusy lemon feel and touch of botanical. Its anti-inflammatory properties aid in reduction of inflammation which could potentially lead to reduced pain.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
A whiff of Eucalyptus is literally a breath of fresh air - green and minty, with a clean sweetness that shines through to buffer its sharp notes. Commonly used in ointment and massage oils, this particular essential oil has a name in pain relief. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help joint inflammation and pain relief.
Sandalwood has a mellow, lingering woody undertone with a subtle green and floral note. Its soft smokiness further enhances the comforting and sedative qualities. With a scent that encourages concentration and calmness in meditation and diuretic properties which aid in the elimination of toxins, Sandalwood purifies both the body and mind. It is also a relaxant that can be used to treat spasms such as coughs and cramps and also inflammations in joints.
How to Use Essential Oils for Back Pain
There are two ways of usage – apply topically onto your back or inhalation. If you would like to go with the method of applying topically on your back, you’re required to dilute the essential oil and do a patch test before usage. To go with the method of inhalation, you would need a nebuliser and the right essential oils.
Applying TopicallyWhat you will need:
- Essential oil that help with pain relief
- Carrier oil (Jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil)
- Glass container
Pour about 5-10 drops of essential oil into a carrier oil. Mix until completely infused together. Use this oil mixture as a massage oil and massage the pain away.
Inhale in Aromatherapy
What you will need:
- Essential oils that help with pain relief
For a start, add 5-10 drops of essential oils to water in a nebuliser and leave it running. You can add more essential oil to the water progresses.