Essential oils for Neuralgia and Neuropathy

Neuralgia or the feeling of recurrent pain along a nerve pathway, without any nerve damage or inflammation can be improved by massaging with essential oils from plants. Organic oils that come from whole plant parts are ingestible and therapeutic grade. They help naturally support body systems. 

Essential oils can help both neuralgia related problems as well as neuropathy which is damage to peripheral nerves (other than spinal or those in the brain).  

Some other factors that can cause neuralgia include: Diabetes, alcoholism, Vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, too many pain killers, exposure and absorption of chemicals, metals and/or pesticides.

Essential oils make an ideal remedy as they are inexpensive and natural with overall excellent results. Essential oils have many purposes and their use helps balance hormones and toxins within the body and home.

Natural and holistic alternatives give the body what it needs to get back to balance and heal itself. Rather than just addressing symptoms, you address the root cause of the problem and have a better chance of not having recurring symptoms. You don’t just take a pill, feel better and then the problem starts all over again.

Suggested essential oils for Neuralgia and Nueropathy:

Yarrow root
Yarrow helps increase circulation and blood flow and has many uses
such as anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic

Peppermint
 

Peppermint is an antiseptic cooling essential oil that helps relieve soreness in muscles, cramps and it is antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory. Peppermint also helps to soother upset stomach and increase sex drive with ongoing use.

 

 

Helichrysum

– wonderful for nerve pain also helps to support immune system, lymphatic support, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial

Lavender  – antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties both physically and emotionally and is considered an adaptogenic (helps to restore balance)

Geranium – immune and lymph support, antibacterial, anti fungal, skin tonic and also known as an adaptogenic

Clove and Cinnamon
 

Reduce pain and get better rest with all natural warming cinnamon oil . Clove is an numbing oil also greatly helps balance hormones and is good for gum and oral health.

Frankincense
frankincense essential oil (for its anti-inflammatory constituents and benefits to the skin)

 

Other oils that greatly help are basil, rosemary and coconut essential oil to be use to dilute and as carrier oil.

The best application methods for oils are baths, compresses, gentle massage

Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Fill the tub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture and swirl the water around you. Massage your skin and breathe in the aroma. Remain in the tub for 10-15 minutes.

It is generally best to start with a lower dilution rate and increase if needed.
 
I would recommend that you do a small patch test on the inside of your  elbow with any essential oils that you choose. It is always best to check for any reactivity before applying essential oils to larger areas such as in a compress or massage.