Essential oils for Neuralgia and Neuropathy

Neuralgia: Recurrent pain along a nerve pathway, without any nerve damage or inflammation.

Neuropathy: Damage to peripheral nerves (other than spinal or those in the brain), generally starts as tingling in hands and feet and slowly spreads.

Possible contributing factors: Diabetes, alcoholism, Vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, too many pain killers, exposure and absorption of chemicals, metals and/or pesticides.

Suggested essential oils for Neuralgia:
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
***anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic
Peppermint Mentha piperita
***antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory
Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
***analgesic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic
Geranium Pelargonium graveolenes
***adaptogenic,  stimulating, astringent, sedative
Rosemary  Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole
***analgesic, antidepressant, digestive, nervine
Sandalwood Santalum album
***a
nti-inflammatory,  antispasmodic, sedative
Clove Syzygium aromaticum
***analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic
Ginger Zingiber officinale
***analgesic, antispasmodic
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
***analgesic, anti-depressant, adaptogenic, sedative
Tarragon Artemesia dracunculus
***
antispasmodic

Basil Ocimum basilicum
***a
nalgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, balancing
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
***antispasmodic, sedative, nervine

Suggested essential oils for Neuropathy:
Peppermint Mentha piperita
***antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory
Juniperberry Juniperus communis
***anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent
Geranium Pelargonium graveolenes
***adaptogenic,  stimulating, astringent, sedative
Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum
***antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, nervine
Lemongrass Cymbogogon flexuosus
***analgesic, antidepressant, sedative, anti-inflammatory
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
***analgesic, anti-depressant, adaptogenic, sedative
Basil Ocimum basilicum
***analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, balancing
Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
***antispasmodic, vasoconstrictor, sedative
Marjoram Origanum marjorana
*** anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic
Tangerine Citrus reticulata
***antispasmodic, sedative, calming
Patchouli Pogostemon cablin
***astringent,  sedative and tonic
Blue Tansy Tanacetum annum
***anti-inflammatory, analgesic
Ylang Ylang Extra Cananga odorata
***nervine, sedative

Application Methods: baths, compresses, gentle massage

Suggested Dilution: 1-10%
It is generally best to start with a lower dilution rate and increase if needed.

Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. (You can also add the essential oil to 1/2 cup of whole milk or heavy cream.) Set aside. If you have muscle aches, add Epsom or Dead sea salts. 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.

Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times. Leave the last compress in place for 3 minutes.

Massage: Mix 6-60 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free,  natural lotion.

RECIPES

Recipe #1
10 drops Juniperberry
10 drops Geranium
10 drops  Helichrysum

Recipe #2
15 drops Geranium
10 drops Helichrysum
6 drops Cypress
10 drops Juniperberry
5 drops Peppermint

Mix with carrier oil such as Tamanu or Sweet Almond or an all natural lotion (one that does not contain any petroleum or synthetic fragrance.)

Pain may occur as damage starts to reverse.

 

Are there essential oils that I can use to help ease the symptoms of my 83 year old grandmother’s neuralgia?

Answer:
Given that your grandmother is in her 80’s I would recommend starting with a 3-5% dilution of essential oils in a carrier oil such as Rose Hip or Tamanu.

How to make a 3-5% dilution
3% would be 18 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil
4% would be 24 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil
5% would be 30 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil

It is generally best to start with a lower dilution rate and increase if needed.

The essential oils that I would suggest are:

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

Lavender, Bulgaria or French – 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

Peppermint – analgesic, cools over heated skin, eases nerve pain

Synergy Blends
Your other option is to look at the Synergy Blends such as Head Soothe and Inflammation Blend

Head Soothe contains: Chamomile Roman (also very calming and soothing emotionally and physically), Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint.  (I personally use this blend a lot. I use it for headaches, muscle aches and sometimes when I am just feeling stressed.)

Inflammation Blend contains – Chamomile German (one of the best anti-inflammatory essential oils), Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree (a good all round antibacterial, anti viral, antifungal) and Wintergreen. (Wintergreen main chemical component is Methyl salicylate which basically acts similar to a topical aspirin. Wintergreen does need to be used with caution but given that it is only a part of this blend and if you use this blend in 3% dilution you should not have any problems.)

I would recommend that you do a small patch test on the inside of your grandmother’s 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.

 

Interesting  Links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12583650

http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/showthread.php?t=18995&highlight=Vicks&page=2

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