Looking for an essential oil recipe for pain relief? Why not learn how to come up with your own that exactly meets your personal requirements? There are many types of pain with different causes and symptoms so learning how to make a customized essential oil recipe is a must if you are constantly in pain.
Make Your Own Customized Essential Oil Recipe for Pain Relief
Instead of looking for one generic essential oil recipe for pain relief, why not make your own that’s suited to your specific needs? Yes, you can and by the end of this article, you’ll know how to do it!
All it needs is an understanding of the potency of essential oils to determine the measurements you’ll need, knowing the intensity of your pain, a few other ingredients to combine the oils in and some time on your hands.
Once you make your own essential oil recipe for pain relief, you can stick with it for life and even keep improving it to match your preferences in future!
Common Types of Pain & Essential Oils that Help
Pains are of different kinds and causes – some types of pain are caused by inflammation, others due to injuries and some might be due to nerve issues. Below are the common types of pain and what essential oils are the best for each.
1. Back pain
lavender, marjoram, lemongrass, eucalyptus
Read more: Essential Oils for Back Pain
2. Eye pain
peppermint, eucalyptus, vetiver, lavender
Read more: Essential Oils for Eye Pain
3. Joint pain
lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus,
Read more: Essential Oils for Joint Pain
4. Muscle pain
thyme, clove, marjoram, black pepper
Read more: Essential Oils for Muscle Pain
5. Foot pain
wintergreen, peppermint, clove
6. Knee pain
ginger, lemongrass, clove, thyme
Read more: Essential Oils for Knee Pain
7. Sciatica pain
frankincense, ginger, camphor, lemongrass
Read more: Essential Oils for Sciatica Pain
8. Nerve pain
basil, roman chamomile, helichrysum, juniper berry
Read more: Essential Oils for Nerve Pain
9. Stomach pain
ginger, cinnamon, fennel, peppermint
Read more: Essential Oils for Stomach Pain
10. Menstrual pain
peppermint, clary sage, eucalyptus, marjoram
Read more: Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps
What You Need to Make your Own Essential Oil Recipe for Pain Relief
You need a pain relief blend with essential oils and then you can incorporate it into a base ingredient to create a specific type of treatment you’d like, such as a roller bottle blend, massage oil, pain relief gel, salve, hot/cold compresses, etc.
Measurements of Essential Oils to Use
For mild pain, you can use a 5% essential oil dilution rate which is 5 drops of essential oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil or base ingredient.
For acute pain relief symptoms, you can use a 25% essential oil dilution rate which is 25 drops of essential oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil or base ingredient.
The above essential oil dilution rates are very powerful and so, are for short-term use only. If you want something to use on a regular basis, then use a 2% dilution, which is the recommended dilution rate for adults. Read more: How to Dilute Essential Oils.
Using them for long periods can lead to essential oil sensitization. Read more: What is Essential Oil Sensitization?
Tried and True Essential Oil Blends for Pain Relief
1. Cooling Pain Relief Gel
What you need
- ½ cup pure aloe vera gel (where to get it)
- 20 drops eucalyptus oil (where to get it)
- 10 drops peppermint oil (where to get it)
- 4 oz amber glass jar (where to get it)
- Mix up the essential oils in the pure aloe vera gel using a popsicle stick.
- Transfer it to an amber glass jar (amber to protect the aloe from light which easily degrades it).
- Apply liberally on the painful area for cooling relief.
2. Hot and Cold Compresses
What you need
- A bowl with 1 cup of hot or cold water (for hot compress use hot water and cold compress, use cold water)
- 5 drops wintergreen oil (where to get it)
- 5 drops frankincense oil (where to get it)
- Soft microfiber washcloth (where to get it)
- Place the drops of essential oils into the bowl containing hot or cold water.
- Stir the oils into the water using the microfiber washcloth.
- Wring out the washcloth and press it on the painful area for a minute or two.
- Repeat until relief is felt.
3. Synergistic Pain Relief Blend
What you need
- 8 teaspoons of peppermint oil (where to get it)
- 8 teaspoons of rose geranium (where to get it)
- 8 teaspoons of black pepper oil (where to get it)
- 8 teaspoons of rosemary (where to get it)
- Use a pipette to carefully measure the essential oils needed and transfer them using the pipette again, into an amber-colored glass dropper bottle.
- Once you have transferred all the oils, close the amber bottle and shake to mix all the oils evenly together.
- This is your synergy blend that you can use in any pain relief treatment by diluting a little of it in a base ingredient. You can use it in massage blends, facial steaming, bath blends and more. Just be sure to dilute it before use – 2 to 5 drops of the blend in 1 tsp of carrier oil or base ingredient.