Posted on: March 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm
Last updated: October 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

Like you needed another reason to love essential oils—they can help with pain!

Essential oils can help alleviate any chronic or temporary pain you’re experiencing. The great thing about them is that they’re natural, they’re travel-sized, and they’re relatively inexpensive. Plus, they last a long time! You can use essential oils to help with an injury, any type of inflammation, joint or muscle aches such as from arthritis or even from a workout, migraines and headaches, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, and more!

Let’s take a look at some popular essential oils that can help with pain.

Which Ones to Use

I know the essential oil section of your favorite store can be a little overwhelming. There’s organic, there are different brands, there’s those “tester” bottles. Some may even be discounted! How can you ever decide which ones to get?

Here are a few essential oils that can help alleviate your pain:



Camphor oil is actually from two different kinds of trees, and this essential oil has many, many uses. But for pain, camphor oil is an effective antispasmodic and can help your muscle spasms or cramps. Camphor oil has a stimulating, sharp clean scent.


Peppermint essential oil is perfect for that migraine that’s hurting you. Peppermint has such an invigorating minty smell.


You knew turmeric was a popular spice with a ton of health benefits, but did you know it’s also an essential oil? The same properties the spice boasts of are also true about its essential oil form: great for any type of inflammation!


Clove essential oil is warm and comforting, and of course, from the clove buds that are used to make this popular spice. Clove essential oil is well known for helping with toothaches!


Bet you haven’t heard of this one before. This essential oil is made from a plant that’s native to countries in the Mediterranean. It has a vaguely fruity smell that isn’t always liked among its users! However, helichrysum essential oil is renowned for its pain-relieving abilities around the world.


Lavender can help to relax you and bring your tension to an end. It has a light flowery smell and is one of the very few essential oils that can be used full strength.



Eucalyptus essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus smells crisp and clean.


Rosemary is brilliant for headaches and muscle pain. Rosemary oil has a clear yet robust scent.

How to Use

Using essential oils is about as easy as it gets, just be careful to always remember that using essential oils at full strength is not recommended and often hazardous to your skin and health. Always dilute them first! Even lavender, which can be used at full strength, isn’t always great to be using on your skin at full strength. For people with sensitive skin, even lavender in all its gentleness can irritate!

So how do you use these wonderful essential oils to help relieve pain?

The best way to use essential oils for pain is as a topical application. This means you’ll need a carrier oil, such as almond, coconut, olive, avocado, or jojoba, in order to use with the essential oils. You could also use a lotion of your choice, just be sure it doesn’t have any weird ingredients like paraben or fragrance in there!


For each essential oil—depending on which one you’re using to help relieve your pain—about 12 drops for every 30 milliliters of oil is a good place to start. How much is that, exactly? About two tablespoons of oil. You can adjust to the desired strength as needed. Essential oils like lavender tend to be more gentle while essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus can be overwhelming, so it’s best to start small and then you can increase the amount as needed!

Apply gently to the affected area. If you’re using lavender, you can soak in it in the tub! If you’re using cloves for a toothache, apply on the outside of your face to the area that’s hurting. You can also combine these essential oils. Lavender with peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus make good pairs!

Where to Find?

Essential oils are widely available at many natural local health food stores. However, if you find they’re too pricey (certain ones are more expensive than others) or can’t find them at your local store, look online. Nothing quite beats going to the store to smell these amazing oils though! From their smells to their pain-relieving properties, essential oils can help relieve your pain, naturally!
A note of caution: Remember to never use essential oils at full strength (with the exception of lavender in some cases) or to take them internally unless directed by your health guru!

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Jenn Ryan
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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.

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