If you’ve ever suffered from hip or sciatica pain, you know that once it shows up, it’s a hard pain to tame. Every step hurts and even sleeping is painful. They say that relaxation is the number one way to overcome and get rid of pain. But how can you relax when you’re in so much pain? Tricky question, but I’ve got a real solution for you that’s natural, and works faster than you may belief.
The first thing you want to do is to get in the most relaxing situation you can. Think beyond the pain and think about what relaxes you. Hot tubs? Baths? Saunas? Shoulder massage? Happy movies? Beautiful music? Next, eliminate stressors from your schedule for the next few days. Give yourself time and room to release the pain. Start there because a stressed mind, determined to solve a seemingly impossible problem will only stress the body further.
Once you’ve created a more relaxing environment for yourself, it’s time to get proactive.
Since sciatica may actually become worse with touch therapies, one way to effectively ease the pain is through the use of essential oils. This can be done through aromatherapy or by applying a mixture of essential oils with a carrier, such as almond, olive or jojoba oil to the painful area. Essential oils can also be used in a hot compress applied to the painful area.
Some oils that are commonly recommended, include:
German Chamomile - German chamomile is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps to stimulate the production of red blood cells. In addition to being known for its sedative properties, German chamomile also acts as an anti-spasmatic and analgesic (pain reliever).
Cypress Oil – Cypress oil comes from the leaves (needles) and cones of the Mediterranean Cypress trees of Europe. It is used for stimulating blood circulation and is a powerful astringent. Like German chamomile and sweet marjoram it is also an anti-spasmatic and often used to relieve the cramps, sprains and strains of athletic injuries as well as the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
Eucalyptus– In addition to its uses as a decongestant and germicide, eucaplytus is an effective analgesic. It also has been found to have a stimulating effect on the mind. Simply
(At Eurospa, we know our oils well and our favorite is Eucalyptus! We've even developed a whole product line based on it's power to heal.)
You can keep it simple by creating a spray from essential oils or by using Eurospa's Eucalyptus Oil Shower Spray in the steam of your shower, steam room or sauna. Steam is a great way to absorb the oils as it penetrates the pores and can travel internally via the respiratory system.
Adding essential oils to your self care is a great way to support your body in it's own healing. At Eurospa, we're happy to be a part of the journey!