Neuropathy is best explained as a term used to encompass or describe a problem with nerves in the body. Typically referring to the peripheral nerves, which is called ‘peripheral neuropathy’ and causes numbness, tingling, or pins-and-needles. There are other forms of neuropathy, but in this article I am looking at the best essential oils for neuropathy and numbness that specifically relates to peripheral neuropathy.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
The first signs are usually the feelings of ‘pins-and-needles’ in the toes or fingers. Often leading onto throbbing, freezing, or burning sensations working further up the arms and legs. The symptoms are usually always worse at night, the condition varies from person-to-person, but can worsen very quickly in some cases.
Why Use Essential Oils for Neuropathy?
There are medical treatments available and you should always consult your doctor the best cause of treatment for your conditions. But, as with many health conditions, there are essential oils that can help and a more and more people are turning to essential oils to complement their medical treatments.
Essential oils are concentrated aromatic liquids made by extracting oil from flowers, seeds, roots, leaves, and fruits. These oils retain the healing properties of the plants and can easily be used in aromatherapy to deliver these health benefits.
The pleasant aromas, the process of enjoying the oils while relaxing, the health benefits that directly help with certain conditions make using essential oils an easy choice for most people.
I love using oils, if you haven’t used any yourself before I ask you to reserve judgement until you have. Just read on to see how the following oils can help with the symptoms of neuropathy.
Best Essential Oils for Neuropathy and Numbness
Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram oil is high in anti-spasmodic properties. This means it’s effective at soothing muscle and nerve spasms, which can directly reduce the amount of pins-and-needles you’re feeling in your extremities.
It’s a spicy oil that blends well with other spicy oils and has a real ‘warming’ feel when diffused. Great for use just before going to bed when your symptoms may be at their worst and will help you sleep better.
Tansy Essential Oil
Tansy essential oil contains analgesic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-itching properties. It’s a powerful oil used in a wide range of aromatherapy blends to help strengthen the immune system and clear up ailments.
It’s very effective at relaxing muscles and reducing the pain associated with neuropathy. It’s one of the lesser known oils, but well worth a closer look and worth a try.
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress essential oil is known to improve circulation. This means more blood flow to the extremities reducing those pins-and-needles and painful, numb tingling sensations on your fingers and toes.
The oil has a nice spicy aroma that appeals to a lot of people. It also helps you to breathe easier and sleep better. It’s a great oil to diffuse at night and help you achieve a better night’s sleep.
Wild Orange Essential Oil
Wild orange essential oil from doTerra is one of my personal favorite oils. I wrote about a lot of the uses for this oil, and it’s one of the oil effective in helping with the symptoms of neuropathy.
It’s a stimulant so it helps to stimulate blood circulation much like cypress oil. This oil also contains some strong antioxidant properties, so diffusing this oil will help to calm your nerves and reduce the uncomfortable tingling.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum essential oil is another interesting oil that you may not be familiar with. It’s another oil that is effective at reducing pain, and helping to calm nerves. So it’s a natural choice for treating the symptoms of neuropathy.
It’s been used for thousands of years in the Mediterranean, it has sedative, healing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It smells great too, so it’s a fun and beneficial oil to use.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to relax the mind and body. It has a very pleasant floral scent, and specific to neuropathy it promotes a healthy nervous system.
Mixed with a carrier oil it’s a great oil to use topically and relax your muscles deep into the tissue.
How to Use Essential Oils for Neuropathy
There are a lot of different ways to use essential oils, being safe to use it’s fine to experiment a little and see what works well for you. Here are some of the most popular ways to use them, see if any of these methods appeal to you:
Using essential oils topically is a great way to absorb the properties of the oils through your skin while breathing in the oils too. Not to mention massages are one of the most relaxing experiences you can have!
You don’t need to visit a professional. Massage is one of the most fun experiences between partners, or you can just rub the oils into most of your body yourself.
Adding a couple of drops to a hot bath is one of the easiest ways to experience and enjoy essential oils. The steam produces a vapor that enters your lungs, while the oil in the water can be rubbed into your skin.
I love diffusers and have reviewed some of the best on the market, such as the best-selling Radha diffuser, or the Anton Pilgrim diffuser. This is a good way to enjoy oils as you drift off to sleep, a diffuser will continue to spray a fine mist into the air.
If you’re busy and don’t have time to use any of the above methods you can always inhale oils straight from the bottle. Try putting a couple of drops on your pillow, a tissue, or just carry the bottle with you.
Essential oils are more popular than ever, and it’s easy to see why. They are natural, easy to use, smell great, and it’s fun making blends and enjoying these oils while giving you some pretty powerful health benefits.
Above are just some of the best essential oils for neuropathy. Neuropathy can have a serious impact on your day-to-day life, not just from a physical health perspective, but also the mental aspect of this painful condition.
My advice is, bring essential oils into your life. They hold a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, you can experiment with different oils and blends, and with the various methods of using oils you will find a way to use them that works for you.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.