Aromatherapy, a form of therapy that uses scents and essential oils from plant extracts to relieve the body of discomfort and pain, has been used for thousands of years across many cultures and countries. Different types of aromatherapy have been used throughout history to manage both acute and chronic pain for centuries. Different types of aromatherapy are integrated in different ways. How you treat chronic pain will vary from how you treat acute pain and different aromatic extracts and plants are used for different ailments. Here is a list of common aromatics and their uses:
- Chamomile – an essential oil with anti-inflammatory properties, it has been known to help with tension, headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, and back pain. It is also known to be a digestive aid.
- Lavender – an essential oil that is touted as being one of the best for pain management. It is helpful for muscle cramps and strains, headaches, neuralgia, nervous tension, and can help relieve mood swings.
- Sandalwood – an essential oil that is considered to be one of the most valued for aromatherapy. It can soothe muscle tension, improve circulation, and help with the sciatica.
- Sweet Marjoram – an essential oil that has potent sedative properties. It helps soothe muscle stiffness and cramps, improves circulation, and is used in treatment for Rheumatism and osteoarthritis.
- Vetiver – an essential oil that helps detoxify tissue, balance the central nervous system, and can be beneficial for tension and depression.
Aromatherapy has been a major type of therapy for those diagnosed with MS and is also becoming a pain management option during labor and delivery. While most of the oils used in aromatherapy are strong, you can use them at home simply by dropping a few drops in your bath water or using them as an aid for massage.
If you are looking for pain management and don’t want to contaminate your body with chemicals, aromatherapy may be just the outlet that you are looking for.
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