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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Arthritic Pain, Back Pain, Bursitis, Joint Pain, Muscle Pain, Neuralgia, Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Pain is the body’s way to alert us of a potentially damaging situation.  In the skin, muscles, and other organs of the body there are nociceptors or sensory neurons that translate physical stimuli into signals that are sent to the brain through the nervous system.  As these signals reach a certain threshold we interpret the stimulus as pain.  This could be the pinch of the skin, the scrape from a fall, the strain of a muscle, the pressure of a headache, the rubbing of an arthritic joint, or the achiness of the flu.  Pain can be light or intense, it can be momentary or chronic, and it can come from external or internal sources.

Pain can be used to give a primary understanding of the root problem of a health concern.  While sometimes it is necessary to deal with the pain directly it is also very helpful to recognize the root cause of problems and deal with them as well.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Massage Blend, Soothing BlendC, EucalyptusEC, FrankincenseC, HelichrysumC, LavenderEC, MarjoramEC, MelaleucaC, Tension Blend, PeppermintEC, Vetiver, White FirC, WintergreenEC

Essential oils based products: Massage Blend Technique

Also consider: CypressC, FrankincenseC, GingerC, GrapefriutC, LemonC, LemongrassC, MyrrhC, OreganoC, Wild OrangeC, Ylang YlangC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Muscle and Joint - Soothing Blend (Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus) is a blend of essential oils to ease muscle, joint, connective tissue and other pain.  It may be applied topically with or without a carrier oil.

Massage Blend (Basil, Cypress, Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint) is a blend of essential oils that some find more soothing than Soothing Blend and more effective for some types of pain.

Chronic - The Massage Blend technique utilizes a number of oils in a massage-like application that helps establish homeostasis or balance in the body.  For chronic pain some will find this application, repeated often, a source of relief.

Headache - Tension Blend (Basil, Cilantro, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Wintergreen) is a blend specifically for headaches that many have reported help with other types of pain. ie Joint and skin.

Soothing Blend also comes in a ointment and Tension Blend comes in a roll-on applicator for easier application.

Other combinations of the oils listed above have proven effective for others.  Many point out that each body may react differently and experimenting to find the right combination of oils for an individual will produce the best outcome.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Tamalu - Pain formulas I have found successful (associated with cancer treatments):

White Fir and Frankincense applied topically. 

In a capsule for internal consumption:
    12 drops Wintergreen
    8 drops Vetiver
    8 drops Helichrysum       

For nerve-type pain,  topically and in a capsule for internal use:
    1/3 Vetiver
    1/3 Peppermint
    1/3 Soothing Blend   

Some may work better for you than others.  The correct process with any essential oils treatment is finding what works best for your biochemically unique system.

Editor's note: Tamalu's protocols for pain above suggest using Wintergreen or Soothing Blend internally. These oils are not recommended for internal use and caution would suggest not following this protocol. I leave the protocol on the website because of my high regard for so many of Tamalu's experiences and suggestions.


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Carrie - I have not been involved in with (...) oils for very long, but my experiences have been mind blowing. I had been taking anti-depressants and ADD medications for over 25 years.  Of course when you take those drugs then there will be others added so you can get to sleep at night, its a viscous cycle.

I have tried to get off of them for 25 years, with no hope..until someone told me about (...) oils and my life changed forever.  Within 1 week I was off all anti-depressants, and a few days later I realized I didn't need the ADD mediation. I'm still working on getting to sleep at night by myself, but I think that will come in time.

So I was telling My brother in-law this a few weeks ago on the phone and after I hung up he called me right back and asked if these oils would help Dad, who has been suffering from terrible pain in his hip and shoulder for some time now.  I said yes, I was going to say something but I really didn't think he would try them... So I sent him some samples..so the following week David (by brother in-law) was visiting my father in-law again and he was in severe pain and David said "Dad didn't Patti send you some oils?"  he said "yes, but they are not going to work!"  Well how do you know if you don't try them..just go put them on what will it hurt... so he does that and comes back a few minutes later and David asked him how the pain was and he said...THERE IS NO PAIN...  now he is singing the (...) song!!  These oils change peoples lives!


Debbie - A friend of mine called me last week desperate for help. Her daughter was getting married in a few days and there was no way she could get to the wedding in the shape she was in.  She had been in bed for weeks with excruciating pain in her leg, and extreme exhaustion.  She does everything natural and had exhausted her resources.  She had been to holistic doctors with no success.   I was nervous she had a blood clot.    She wouldn’t go to a doctor to have it checked out.  It is a little scary to be the one working on a person when you know their life literally could be in your hands.  Blood clots can break loose and when they do, they go to the heart and people die instantly.  I did the Massage Blend Therapy on her and prayed  A LOT.  (We added Birch, Cypress and Helichrysum.)  She got out of bed the next day feeling quite encouraged.  We did the therapy 3 times and she was able to go  to the wedding and is now doing well.  


Kathy - For a pain blend - what could I blend with Birch for back pain?

Jan - You might try this recipe: 2 drops Helichrysum, 10 drops Birch, 8 drops Cypress, 15 drops Basil, and 4 drops Peppermint. I use this for pain and stiffness.

Also the Massage Blend technique, over a period of time is really good. It will heal the pain. The Soothing Blend is also good for immediate relief.

I am not a doctor, but I have used the oils for over 12 years and (...) is by far the most potent and beneficial essential oils I have ever used.

Misty - My son had pain in his knee and wrist so I made a blend of Vetiver, Cypress, Basil, Lavender, and Peppermint.  He took it to school and most everyone liked the smell until he put it on heavily.  My daughter said one teacher had to spray the room with air freshener after he left.  She was the TA in the class right after.  Another teacher claimed her headache was gone while he was in her class, so she wanted to get a roll-on bottle of the same blend!  


Jenny - I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me on what I can recommend for severe foot and leg pain in a 60 yr old man with type 2 diabetes. The doctor has told him that the leg pain is from restless leg syndrome but he only get's limited relief from the medication he was put on. I truly believe that his pain is caused by the diabetes. This is someone who is very special to me and all in my family and we truly need all the help we can get to get him back to feeling better. We have him using the Soothing Blend for pain and Grapefruit for circulation, (to be used both topically and internally) And are trying to get him on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)..

Rob - You are smart to try to get him on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).  That might help him more than anything.  The Massage Blend has been a blend that people have found successful for RLS.  I like your blend of Soothing Blend and Grapefruit,  It shows some logic and understanding of what the oils do!!  Other oils that may help would be Cypress and Marjoram.  Also, don't just apply the oils and send him to bed.  I'm sure you know that massage is very healthy for diabetes.  It invigorates the extremities, gets the blood circulating and can block pain receptors.  So apply the oils with a good carrier and a good massage to the legs and feet.

BK - I have found that different people have differing success when dealing with restless leg.  I don't have it serious, in fact its never been diagnosed, but I have the written symptoms at night.  Just by accident one night I used Grounding Blend and Orange because they were near my bedside, and there are no accidents, right?  It gave me great relief.  I have a friend who swears by Basil, and VCO.  And I have heard of Massage Blend as being helpful.

John - For the diabetes, try Cypress on the neck and Cinnamon on the abdomen twice daily.  Eat like you wan to live and get on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).

Dana - I have also used the Grounding Blend at night to help me sleep.  There is a very calming scent about it.  It with the Soothing Blend seems to really help me.  However I do not have diabetes.

Pat - Getting your friend on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) would be essential with his problems, also Massage Blend is what he needs to use on his legs. It has a great blend of oils and many people have used it for Restless Leg Syndrome and circulation problems.

Christine – If it is RLS that is usually a magnesium deficiency.

Pat – The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) have 100mg of magnesium in the VM blend.


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