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The Best Essential Oils for Nerve Pain

Updated June 14, 2019 203 votes 73 voters 12.4k views15 items

The most popular essential oils for nerve pain include: wintergreen, peppermint, helichrysum, spruce, lavender, and rosemary. These oils are the most recommended for helping people successfully improve their chronic nerve pain. Essential oils have the power to deliver specific beneficial healing properties from different plants in a highly concentrated and direct form to your body, which can quickly alleviate nerve pain effectively. When used properly they have been recognized for centuries for having therapeutic properties. What are the best essential oils for nerve pain?

Depending on the type of oil applied, the healing effects of essential oils are limitless, from antibacterial defense to relief of pain and even aiding in emotional therapy, and applying essential oils topically when diluted quickly attacks places of pain and inflammation. From a strictly scientific perspective, oils are extremely effective due to the 50 million smell receptors that are located inside the nasal passageways that connect directly to the brain’s limbic system, the area that is responsible for emotions and memories.

This list features the most popular essential oils for nerve pain. Vote up the best below.
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    Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates its limbic area, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands. It can be blended with all oils. 
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    Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) relaxes you and makes you more alert. It can balance any personality. Possible dangers of not using lavender properly are: irritation of the skin, allergic reactions, nausea, headache, chills, or vomiting. It can be applied topically or diffused in a room.
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    When helichrysum is used as a massage oil it can significantly reduce the symptoms of joint pain. Helichrysum (also known as "immortelle") is useful for reducing inflammation, headaches, acne, promoting the healing of wounds or burns, detoxing and boosting the immune system, reversing the signs of aging in the skin, and fighting fungal infections. There are no known side effects to using the essential oil, but taking it internally can be toxic. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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    Peppermint is an excellent way to relax joint pain when diluted and applied topically. It can also ease headache tension when rubbed on the temples and gently massaged. Peppermint Essential Oil is useful for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, morning sickness, cramps, gas, colds, coughs, imflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus and respiratory infections, headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint problems, and toothache. There are no known side effects to using peppermint oil, but mild skin irritation could be a factor. It can be taken internally, topically, and used in a diffuser.
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