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    Recommended Essential Oils for Peripheral Neuropathy

    May 20, 2015 2 min read

    Recommended Essential Oils for Peripheral Neuropathy

    Peripheral neuropathy is, simply put, damage caused to the nerve ends of feet, hands and legs. It is often associated with diabetes but it may be caused by physical trauma, diet, alcoholism, cancer or vitamin deficiency.

     

    Symptoms vary from numbness to tingling to burning or sharp unrelenting pain. The following essential oils may help with symptomatic relief for neuropathy sufferers and, in some cases, even the re-generation of nerve tissue.

     

    Frankincense

    A natural painkiller as it inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules. Frankincense oil promotes healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy. 

    Juniper berry

    It helps with aches and pains as it is antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic. Also helps to rebuild muscle tone.

    Helichrysum 

    Strong natural inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, nervine. It is often used for tissue pain and repair.

    Lavender

    Sedative, analgesic, anti-depressant, adaptogenic (increases body’s ability to resist stress and to restore normal physiological functioning.) and anti-inflammatory.

    Cypress

    Antispasmodic, vasoconstrictor, sedative, anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic.

    Marjoram 

    Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic. It can reduce anxiety and help people to cope better. It is also useful for muscular aches and pains. Given the pain, stress and depression associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, this is a very useful essential oil to add to any massage blend or rub.

    Basil Leaf

    Analgesic, and provides natural pain relief.

    Patchouli

    Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (among others!).

    Peppermint

    Use for headaches, muscular and nerve pain, joint pain and mouth inflammation. It a refrigerant - apply peppermint oil to take the heat out and reduce inflammation.

    Geranium

    Cytophylactic (promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and the regeneration of new cells), relieves stress and depression and reduces irritation and inflammation.

    Wintergreen

    Its cortisone-like properties make it a natural analgesic. It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and warming (which soothes and helps blood flow). However, you should never use Wintergreen if you may be allergic to aspirin.

     

     

    Massage Oil Blends for Neuropathy


    Pain Blend
     

    10 drops Juniperberry

    10 drops Geranium

    10 drops Helichrysum

    6 drops Orange

    6 Drops Lavender

    5 drops Frankincense (especially if related to cancer)

     

    Nerve Repair Blend

    10 drops Basil

    10 drops Helichrysum

    10 drops Juniperberry

    6 drops Marjoram

    6 drops Peppermint

    6 drops Lavender

     

    Mix with carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut on a 1 drop E.O to 10 drops carrier oil basis. It is generally best to start with a lower dilution rate and increase if needed.

    Warnings: 

    •          Possible skin sensitivity – spot test first
    •          Always keep essential oils out of reach of children
    •          Best avoided during pregnancy
    •          If nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor first
    •          Avoid contact with eyes
    •          Avoid sunlight for up to 12 hours after applying Pain Blend

     

     

     

     

    Jan Askew


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