Back Pain Relief

Many Essential Oils are used routinely for back pain relief due to their anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, antinociceptive as well as anesthetic properties.

Oils are easily absorbed by the body and can go to work very quickly with a numbing effect similar to cortisone. They can relax the mind and sensory nerves that produce pain sensation as well as block channels that transmit pain signals to your brain.



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This study found a significant positive effect of aromatherapy in reducing pain. These results indicate that aromatherapy should be considered a safe addition to current pain management procedures as no adverse effects were reported in any of the included studies.  PubMed.gov

the American Chiropractic Association considers lower back pain to be the single leading cause of disability worldwide and each year, one in two American workers have reported experiencing problems.

Many of the pain medications available at your local pharmacy were formulated through the study of Essential Oils and their effects on our bodies. Unfortunately many of these "synthesized" products come with their own brand of health issues. 

Fortunately we can still go to the original source of these treatments; there are several Essential Oils which can assist with pain and we will present a few recommendations for you here on this page.

Single Oils For Back Pain Relief

Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Balsam Fir Essential Oil has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which provide back pain relief and relaxes aching muscles. 

Massage areas of concern in your body with a 50:50 blend of Balsam and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut. This can also help with chronic conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. 

Use the above dilution to create a compress. Place the compress over the area. Cover with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth and apply heat using a heating pad to increase the absorption.

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil can be used to provide back pain relief as well as relief of muscle aches in your neck and shoulder. 

It helps to increase blood flow which reduces inflammation and helps with pain management

Can be mixed with LavenderMarjoram and Peppermint for a concentrated attack against pain and inflammation. 

Massage the area with a 50:50 mixture of oil and carrier oil such as aloe and coconut.

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German Chamomile Essential Oil

German Chamomile Essential Oil can help with back pain relief by reducing inflammation.  

Apply German Chamomile externally for arthritis, inflamed joints, muscle pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, and sprains.

Mix with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or lotion at a 50:50 concentration and massage the painful area.

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Lavender Essential Oil

The effectiveness of relaxation acupoint stimulation and acupressure with aromatic lavender essential oil for non-specific low back pain in Hong Kong: a randomised controlled trial. PubMed.gov

Lavender Essential Oil contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which are useful for back pain relief.

Lavender's linalool content acts as an anti-inflammatory and a pain killer.

For pain control at bedtime mix True Lavender Essential Oil with a carrier oil and massage the area just before going to sleep. This slows the activity of your nervous system which helps you relax.

I also recommend applying Lavender to the bottoms of your feet to assist with a great sleep.

Massage Lavender oil into overused muscles to ease muscle tension.

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil is great for back pain relief without the harmful side affects that can occur from many other analgesic pain relievers. It is known to target specific muscle groups of your body and works to relax them.

Dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut at a 50:50 ratio prior to application.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil has analgesic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties which have a calming and numbing effect on areas of inflammation.

Peppermint oil has been used effectively to block channels that transmit pain signals to your brain.

It is well known for back pain relief and can also ease the stiffness and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and apply directly to areas of concern. For children dilute 2-3 drops 50:50 and apply to the spine and neck.

Take a warm bath with 10-15 drops of peppermint and a cup of Epsom salts

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is a powerful antispasmodic which makes it very effective for back pain relief.

Roman Chamomile can be combined with a carrier oil such as coconut and aloe in a 50:50 blend and massaged into painful areas.

To increase effectiveness, follow up with a warm damp cloth and heating pad.

It can also be used in a relaxing bath. Just add 10 drops to a cup of Epsom Salts and add to the water while the tub is filling.

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil has analgesic, antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory properties which may be helpful for back pain relief.

Massage 50:50 Rosemary and carrier oil such as fractionated coconut into your muscles to reduce back pain as well as muscle pains, rheumatism and even arthritis.

Use Rosemary in a diffuser to relax the mind and sensory nerves that produce pain sensation.

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Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen Essential Oil is one of the best sources of methyl salicylate in the world and is a natural analgesic; very effective for back pain relief.

Methyl salicylate is an ester which is often used in ointments due to its powerful effectiveness in treating acute topical pain.

In fact, a synthetically formulated version of methyl salicylate is often used in commercial pain relieving products such as Absorbine Jr. and Bengay.

A synthetically produced version of Methyl salicylate is also the active ingredient contained in pain relief products but, since it is not natural, it can have some unfortunate side effects such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. - see drugs.com for more info

Wintergreen is absorbed by the skin very quickly and goes to work immediately as a numbing agent similar to cortisone.

Dilute Wintergreen 20:80 with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and apply it to the painful area. I suggest application while your skin is still wet after a bath or shower.

note: Moisture activates the heating properties of the oil. If you find it is too hot apply some more carrier oil to reduce the concentration.

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Recommended Oils for Back Pain Relief:

Blends that can Help

Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:

  • Pain Blend
  • For Muscular Pain – Add 3 drops Lavender and 3 drops Roman Chamomile to a small bowl of water and allow them to remain on the surface. Use a facecloth to dip into the oils then apply the damp cloth to the area of pain.

I will soon develop pages with suggested blend formulas to match the above list. As I do the items in the list will become links.

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