see also Back
Sciatica is used to describe the symptoms that result
when the sciatic nerve is damaged or compressed.
The symptoms are sharp pain couple with or, followed by,
numbness and loss of strength in the lower back, hip, or
leg down to the foot. The sciatic nerves (left and
right) are the largest nerves in the body with nerve
roots coming from the spine at vertebrae, L4, L5, and
S1. (Minor nerves also go to the upper leg and
buttocks from S2 and S3.)
Depending on where the nerve root originates sciatica
symptoms may be different.
· L4 – Pain, numbness, tingling symptoms on the inside
lower leg and foot. Difficulty in rotating foot
· L5 – Pain, numbness, tingling symptoms on the top of
the foot and between great toe and second toe.
Weakness will be in ankle and great toe.
· S1 – Pain, numbness, tingling symptoms to the outer
side of foot. Difficulty in raising the heel or
walking on tiptoes.
The sciatic nerve roots leave the spinal column in the three
vertebrae mentioned then come together as one. The
nerve then travels
through the hip and thigh area and divides and subdivides as it
continues down to the foot. Damage or compression
anywhere along this path can cause the symptoms
[search helps: sciatic
nerve, lumbrosacral radicular syndrome, radiating low back
pain, lower back pain, nerve root pain, nerve root entrapment]
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
AromaTouch, BalanceC, Birch, Deep BlueC, FrankincenseC,
HelichrysumC, White Fir, Wintergreen
Essential oils based
products: AromaTouch Technique
BasilC, Black Pepper, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, LemonC,
Marjoram, Myrrh, Oregano (use Oregano topically with
a carrier oil), PeppermintC, Rosemary,
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note: These protocols are very similar
to those suggested for back pain in general. Remember
the sciatic nerve starts in the lower back, vertebrae L4,
L5, and S1 then thru the hip area to the legs. The
nerve pressure or damage can be anywhere along this path.
It is important to identify the distressed spot and to apply the oils
that reduce inflammation, heal, and regenerate to this area.
Any back pain usually includes the following
1) There is an injury or degeneration that leads to
damage of nerve, muscle, or connecting tissue. With
the back most commonly nerve pressure or damage is involved.
Pain may be accompanied by loss of feeling and/or loss of
Inflammation compounds the pressure on the nerve
4) As the back
muscles try to compensate there are often muscle
spasms or cramps in the back area that add additional
pressure and intense pain.
This leads to the conclusion that the protocol should
1) Oils for immediate pain relief
Oils for inflammation reduction
3) Oils to relax muscles and eliminate the spasms
Oils for increased circulation to facilitate quicker healing
5) Oils that heal and rebuild the damaged tissue
BEST TO START HERE:
single best possible step is to use the
Technique described elsewhere on this website.
Daily if possible. Follow with a hot compress.
this with the oils listed below.
THEN COMBINE WITH THESE
Oils for immediate pain relief:
· Deep Blue, Birch,
2 -3 drops topically to the area where the pain is manifested
as often as required. (For some Wintergreen may need to be applied with a
make the AromaTouch Technique or other oils and blends
applied to the back more effective use a hot compress after
the application to drive the oils deeper into the tissues
Oils to reduce inflammation:
Bergamot, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, or Wintergreen
topically to spinal area. This is the location on the
spine where the nerve is being pinched and will probably be
different that where numbness or lack of strength or even
muscle cramps occur. For example, if numbness and loss
of strength is in the leg then the lower back area where the
sciatic nerve originates may well be where there is nerve
compression. Two or three drops topically 2 - 3
times daily. (For some Wintergreen may need to be applied with a carrier.)
Oils to relax muscles and eliminate spasms:
Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, or Melissa
2 - 3 drops topically to the area where the spasm is
Oils to increase circulation:
Bliss, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, or Lemon
2 -3 drops topically to the spinal area 2 -3 times per day
Oils to heal and regenerate tissue:
Helichrysum, or Sandalwood
1 -2 drops topically to the spinal area 2 -3 times per day
followed by a hot compress
with oils will help relaxation
of Citrus Bliss, Lavender, or other relaxing oils at bed
time will help
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Amber - Does
anyone have any recommendations of what oils to use for
sciatica? I can think of a few to try but I would love
to hear what has worked for people and what hasn't.
Rob - I have heard of people
relieving the symptoms by using an AromaTouch Technique.
This uses Balance and Lavender for stress, Melaleuca and
On Guard for the immune system, AromaTouch and Deep Blue
for inflammation (and pain), and Wild Orange and
Peppermint for homeostatis.
After the AromaTouch, cover your back with a dry hand
towel and then apply a hot towel, either from the dryer
or that has had hot water poured on it, then wrung out.
Then place a blanket over this to keep the heat in as
long as possible. If it gets too hot, take it off
for a few minutes. You can replace the hot
compress with a new one every 5 min or so. Let the
compress drive the oils in for 8-10 minutes.
This technique can be very effective,
and you should know that sometimes as the oils drive
inflammation and bacteria out of the body, the person will sometimes feel worse for a day after the technique.
If you can continue ATT once in the morning and
once at night for 3 days, then 1 per day after
that is usually sufficient until symptoms are greatly
Maren - I always get sciatica pretty
bad while I am pregnant. I can not get out of bed
or hardly walk. This time around was no different.
Friends recommended that I try Lemongrass and
Marjoram and it worked like a charm! I had my
hubby rub it on my lower back and left hip area (with
coconut oil just in case) right before we went to sleep.
Next morning I was virtually pain free-awesome! I
did that about every other day for about a week.
Melanie – Here
is an email from an acquaintance -Severe nerve pain in
my back, severe debilitating migraines accredited to the
nerves, and worst of all, the sciatica, which is
absolutely killing me. I can't sit, stand, lay
down, rest, work, turn, etc. Neurontin doesn't
work on me, and I had serious issues with the Lyrica
(besides gaining 10 pounds in 7 days). I'm
starting Topamax when I go to bed tonight, and the
possible side effects are scary.
Pat - Would it be possible to get
her some Birch or PastTense for the headaches, adding
Frankincense to either of these would be great. I would
also suggest Lemongrass, Birch and Frankincense for the
sciatica. To apply to the sciatica have her run her
fingers Firmly down the back of the buttocks until she
feels the zinging pain. That is where she applies the
three oils. Using a little carrier oil will help the
spreading of the oil. It is best for her to rub it
down the buttocks and follow the pain, usually down the
sides of the thighs. She can repeat this protocol every
hour until relief is found. It would help if she would
do a foot bath with 2 cups of Epson salts Lemongrass,
Birch, Peppermint and Frankincense. Soak feet at least
15 minutes if possible.
Kathy - What
oils for Sciatica?
Julie Ann - For sciatica you will
find your release points for it by taking your hands and
putting them on your back beside your spine at the
waist, and then where your middle finger rests start
digging around on your tushy cheek and you will find the
point of entry (that is what I call it). You will know
you have found it when it takes your breath away.
This is the area to massage with oils that have
previously been mentioned. Peppermint and Deep
Blue with Basil works great and also Birch if you have
it or if not Wintergreen for the pain.
Dian - Thanks Julie Ann. You
have given me more relief in one email than years with a
Grace - I just
met friend who has terrible sciatica and has even had
surgery for it. Deep Blue isn't helping so
yesterday I gave her a PastTense to try ...haven't heard
yet if that worked. Helichrysm is
listed as being good but I figures if Deep Blue didn't
work then Helichrysum probably wouldn't either.
She is open to trying several oils if she has to.
Dian - I use AromaTouch with FCO
every morning on my lower back and around to the front
of my hips. This oil has really helped me keep my
sciatica at bay. She should pin point the source
and apply the oils to that point first. Others add Deep
Blue to the AromaTouch.