Updated: Jan 22
From someone who lives with osteoarthritis every day, I know what a struggle this can be and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy!
Did you know that 34% of the UK population live with chronic pain every day and it's more common in women than men! (Source: Versus Arthritis)
“....your brain remembers pain and holds onto those memories to bite you in the bum...”
How to manage your pain
I've tried lots of different ways to manage my pain, which at times has been chronic. From painkillers to acupuncture, massage, tens machines, light therapy, hydro pool, exercise, physiotherapy, meditation and aromatherapy. Some has been effective and some hasn't.
I am a great believer that stress and tension play a major part in the cause of my pain and therefore the holistic therapies have always given me some relief. I have also tried brain training with a system called Curable which is a very interesting way to look at it, the basis of which is that your brain remembers pain and holds onto those memories to bite you in the bum later on in life!
I used regular massage, by a qualified therapist, for about a year after my second round of spinal surgery. And I do believe that this is what saved me both physically and mentally. My massage therapist, Chris, is very talented at knowing where the pain is and how to release it. He really understands how the condition affects my body and my mind, giving me ideas on what to do with exercise, diet and other treatments.
With the skin being the largest organ of the body accounting for 15% of your body weight, essential oils can get into your bloodstream through your skin in under 30 seconds! Therefore aromatherapy is something that has been providing relief for centuries. In 1400BC even Egyptians with the lowest jobs were given body oils as part of their wages.
These days, I use a combination of aromatherapy and daily gentle exercises to keep the aches and pains at bay and as long as I don't overdo things, this has been the most effective way to keep me as pain free as possible.
The best essential oils for pain relief would be Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Ginger, Rosemary, Lavender and Chamomile.
This information is intended to be educational only and not as medical advice.
As with all essential oils, you should never apply them directly to your skin and they must be used with a carrier oil or base cream. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children.
Wild Eve products that use pain relieving essential oils are Blend #3 Soothe Me.