Analgesic essential oils:
Many essential oils have an analgesic effect. Their action can help to control or reduce the pain, or to act on its causes, for example by fighting against inflammation. The mode of application is obviously important: baths with essential oils help to relieve tensions, while massages activate healing processes by stimulating blood circulation. The active ingredients can also be absorbed by the olfactory route.
Certain essential oils, such as cinnamon, clove or peppermint, reduce the perception of pain by their anesthetic action. Others are interesting because of their decongestant power. It is the aldehydes, the sesquiterpenes, the terpene esthers and the terpenes contained in the essential oils which contribute to their antalgic action. To enjoy a maximum effect, it is better to combine different oils, in order to enjoy a synergy pain, these molecules do not all have the same mode of action.
The 5 analgesic main essential oils:
Anti-inflammatory essential oils:
The salicylic acid contained in aspirin and originally extracted from white willow, before being synthesized by the pharmaceutical industry, is one of the best known anti-inflammatory molecules. The molecule has now fallen into disuse for other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. But it is found in the benefits of aromatherapy. If the latter helps fight against inflammation, it is because the components of some essential oils produce salicylic acid. This is the case of wintergreen oil, which is highly concentrated in methyl salicylate. This salicylate is converted to salicylic acid when it comes into contact with the skin.
The essential oils of cajeput, lemon, laurel and clove have an antinevralgic action, while lavender, peppermint or clary sage are anti-inflammatory. Wintergreen is particularly suitable for the management of inflammatory joint pain, such as sports injuries or rheumatism. Against strains, you can also use rosemary.
Compresses, massages in a carrier oil, aromatic baths are the main modes of application. But there are also preparations ready for use, in the form of ointments or ointments with essential oils for joint pain or trauma. These preparations often incorporate a camphor base, traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory action.
The 5 main anti-inflammatory essential oils: