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.
For those new to essential oils and aromatherapy, essential oils are extracted from plants and used in aromatherapy to treat a wide range of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness applications.
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.
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Lavender Essential Oil
It’s no secret I love lavender oil. I’ve covered some of the benefits before, I use it to help me relax and sleep better, and it’s commonly used in aromatherapy.
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.
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Peppermint Essential Oil
It’s handy to have a bottle of peppermint oil at home to help with digestive issues and is great in the diffuser for relaxing with a lovely peppermint aroma.
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.
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Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is another oil with anti-inflammatory properties and is used in aromatherapy to increase circulation and stimulate the body to heal quicker.
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.
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Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy to help reduce inflammation and stimulate the body to heal.
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.
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Clove Essential Oil
Clove has a long history in Chinese medicine to help treat a wide range of health issues. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties mean it’s effective in helping to relieve nerve pain.
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.
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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.
It’s also great for soothing sore muscles when applied topically with a carrier oil. As well as clearing sinuses and helping with breathing difficulties.
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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.
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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.
Diffusers allow you to enjoy the aromatherapy of essential oils while going about your day or taking the time out to relax.
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.
You can check my reviews of the Radha Aromatherapy Diffuser, and the doTERRA Lotus Essential Oil Diffuser as two of the best options.
In a Warm Bath
Some people find a warm bath helps with their nerve pain. Essential oils compliment a warm bath perfectly so just add a few drops of your chosen oil to the bath water.
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.