Nerve pain or peripheral neuropathy is one of the more frustrating conditions to get under control for some people.
The symptoms can range from numbness and tingling in your extremities, to agonizing pain, muscular weakness, and loss of balance.
Doctors and health professionals will typically prescribe medicines and recommend physiotherapy for most sufferers, although it depends on the individual.
If you want a natural alternative to treating your symptoms you can use essential oils for nerve pain.
More specifically there are essential oils for numbness and tingling, sciatic nerve pain, and nerve regeneration. So, if you have any of these specific conditions you’ll find this article of use too.
While not regulated by the FDA or classified as a drug, essential oils are widely used in the medical field, they are recommended by healthcare professionals, aromatherapists, and more.
I’ve been using essential oils for years to treat a number of wellness issues. As well as just using them to help me unwind and sleep better.
So, I have no doubt the right oils can help relieve nerve pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms associated with neuropathy.
Why not give them a try and see how you get on?
Best Essential Oils for Nerve Pain: 8 of My Top Picks
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense has a long history in aromatherapy for its ability to help relieve pain, relax the mind and body, and boost the immune system.
It has mild sedative and anti-inflammatory properties, is easy to use and blend with other oils and should be a consideration when treating nerve pain.
Lavender Essential Oil
It has antispasmodic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties which means it can help relieve nerve pain too, with its lovely scent it’s worth picking up a bottle.
Peppermint Essential Oil
It’s also effective at increasing circulation and used in aromatherapy to relieve nerve pain, especially in the lower back. Peppermint is one of my picks for an essential oil for sciatic nerve pain.
Geranium Essential Oil
One such use is relieving neuropathic pain and pain from nerve damage. Geranium is a great choice to take the time out to relax and diffuse it around you.
Chamomile Essential Oil
It reduces joint pain, nerve pain, and can help relieve the symptoms of depression, blood pressure, and more. A great essential oil to get started with.
Clove Essential Oil
It has a spicy and sweet fragrance. It’s used in dentistry to numb gums before dental work and is one of the essential oils highest in antioxidants.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is rich in anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties, and stimulates better circulation. Which is why it’s used in aromatherapy to help treat nerve pain, numbness, and tingling.
Ginger Essential Oil
You may have seen or used ginger in food and drink to help reduce inflammation or ease digestive issues.
The essential oil is also used to soothe and comfort sore muscles, joint pain, nerve pain, and the warm and spicy aroma has an uplifting and energizing effect.
How to Use Essential Oils for Nerve Pain
Here are some of the ways you can use essential oils to help relieve nerve pain, numbness and tingling, and peripheral neuropathy:
Essential oils can be used topically, by this I mean rubbing into your skin like a massage oil. You must always dilute the oils with a carrier oil however as they are often too strong for direct contact with skin.
It’s advisable to check with your healthcare professional and test a small area of skin first to check for any sensitivity issues.
To use, mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil and gently massage the blend into your skin on the areas that you’re dealing with nerve pain.
Do this morning and night for a few days and see if you start to notice any difference. You can start experimenting with different oils and combinations of oils as you become more comfortable with essential oils.
They diffuse a fine mist of oil and water into the air. Breathing in the oils is also an effective way to enjoy the benefits of the oils so it’s worth investing in a good diffuser.
In a Warm Bath
Essential oils offer a powerful and natural way to compliment modern medicines and treatments.
You have nothing to lose by trying one or more of the essential oils for nerve pain above, and everything to gain when you find that the right oil is making your life so much more enjoyable by relieving your pain and discomfort.
So, give them a try or recommend them to someone you know. Feel free to let me know how you get on!
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.