Did you know that you can use essential oils for back pain relief?
This is probably one of the reasons why I started using them!
From migraine relief to back pain relief, essential oils do it all naturally without any harmful side effects!
In this blog post, I’ll go through the 11 best essential oils that you can use for back pain relief—some of which may even surprise you!— and I will also teach you how you can use them the right way.
You can use this article as your guide!
So, let’s begin, shall we?
11 Essential Oils for Back Pain Relief and How to Use Them
In this section, I’ll go through the best essential oils for back pain relief.
I’ve picked out the oils that have been tried and tested so that I can recommend the best ones that actually work effectively.
Let’s take a look!
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is known for its sweet smell and numerous healing benefits.
This essential oil has an analgesic and anti inflammatory effect that helps one get relief from body aches and sore muscles.
And, you can reap its benefits by just inhaling the oil as well!
However, I would also recommend that you use a few drops of it and apply it onto the affected area for the best results.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram essential oil eases the joints, is soothing, and warming as well!
Sounds like a great essential oil for back pain, right?
One of the properties of the Marjoram essential oil is that it is anti inflammatory as well.
So, I feel that a 3% concentration of this oil will help you with your back ailment!
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its healing properties all over the world.
This strong smelling essential oil is extracted from the bark of its tree and this powerful essential oil provides relief from:
- Sinus congestions
- Headaches and migraines
- Body aches
Eucalyptus essential oil is an all around good choice!
I would recommend that you use a 2% or 3% concentration of this with a good carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil.
Basil Essential Oil
If you have tight muscles, you should use basil essential oil to relieve them.
This essential oil is also great if you want to to get relief from back pain. Just apply it and massage it in on your spine, neck, and lower back for the best results.
My mum has had a good experience with this essential oil!
Let me know in the comments section as to how your experience has been!
On to the next one…
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil is known to treat headaches, relieve abdominal pains, joint pains, PMS, etc.
And, it is also known to relieve back pain!
I would recommend that you use it with olive or coconut oil at 3% concentration for the best results.
Peppermint Essential Oil
The major component of the peppermint essential oil is menthol which has an antispasmodic effect.
This essential oil is known to treat several conditions such as:
- Stomach ache
- Back ache
I feel that the best companion for peppermint essential oil is almond oil (although some people might disagree!).
I’ve personally used this in 3% concentration after back days at the gym!
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the culinary herb and is best known for its memory enhancement effect.
Rosemary has analgesic as well as an anti-inflammatory properties as well, making it a great essential oil for back pains.
I suggest you use a 3% concentration of this with any good carrier oil of your choice.
If you’re confused, I’ve listed out some great carrier oil options here.
Juniper Essential Oil
Extracted from berries, juniper essential oil treats a lot of extremely painful conditions like:
Mixing Juniper essential oil with a good carrier oil such as olive oil can help you get relief from back pains.
Hold on… there’s something you need to know!
But, you need to keep in mind to use this at 1% or 2% concentration for mild pain, because the oil is very potent.
On to the next one…
Cayenne Essential Oil
Cayenne essential oil is extracted from the seeds of the hot and spicy Cayenne pepper and helps relieve severe pain and is used to treat severe cases of shingles.
Naturally, you can feel the healing and relieving properties of the Cayenne essential oil in the case of back pain as well.
But, with this essential oil, you need to keep in mind that you only need a small concentration of it.
So, a 2% concentration will go a long way!
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen essential oil is extracted from the evergreen North American shrub, Gaultheria procumbens. This plant has been used for pain relief by the tribal native Americans for years.
This essential oil is used to treat skeletal pains as well as neuralgia.
And it also helps relieve back pain. You can use it with a good carrier oil, such as coconut oil in a 2% or 3% concentration.
On to the last one on my list!
Ginger Essential Oil
You might have heard how wonderful Ginger essential oil is for the digestive system.
But, what most people don’t know is that the Ginger essential oil is also amazing for pain relief.
And, it works really well when applied topically!
I would suggest you use a 3% concentration of this with a good carrier oil of your choice.
And, keep in mind that the ginger essential oil had no harmful effects when used for an extended period of time!
How to Use Essential Oils for Back Pain Relief!
In my own experience, I’ve seen that people tend to buy the right essential oil, but, they really don’t know how to use them the right way!
In this section of the article, I’ll teach you just that.
As you may already know, essential oils can be mainly used in two ways, like:
- Diffusing essential oils for inhalation
- Topically applying essential oils
Now, in the case of using essential oils for back pain relief, I recommend that you topically apply essential oils.
But, hold on!
You need to use a carrier oil for that.
What Are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are basically non-volatile oils (such as coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) which usually are:
- Neutral smelling
- Obtained from vegetarian sources
Since essential oils are volatile and evaporate rather quickly, they need to be diluted down with the help of a carrier oil.
Why Should I Use a Carrier Oil!?
If you try to apply essential oils directly onto your skin, you’ll find that they are too strong and potent to be used alone.
And, carrier oils are the perfect companions for essential oils as they:
- Help in reducing the concentration of the essential oil
- Cause no change in the healing properties of that essential oil
Using a Carrier Oil
Now that I’ve covered why you should use a carrier oil, it’s time for me to teach you how to apply your essential oils.
When you are looking to dilute your essential oils with the help of a carrier oil, make sure to dilute your oil either 2% or 3%:
- 2% dilution is mainly used for adults and it means that you should use one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil
- 3% dilution is used for pain and muscle injury and you should use two drops of essential oils per teaspoon of carrier oil
I would suggest that you start by using a 2% dilution and work your way up to the 3%.
I hope that this selection provides you with a several choices of essential oils for back pain relief.
Keep in mind that unlike modern medicine, essential oils work a little slowly, so be patient and the results will come!
And, never use an essential oil on your body by itself!
You may do more harm than good. That is why I recommend that you use either a 2% or a 3% concentration of essential oil for the best results.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Let me know in the comments section!
Also, did any of these essential oils help you get relief? Share your thoughts with us…
1 thought on “See How To Use The Best Essential Oils For Back Pain Relief”
This is a great article!
Thank you for all this information. I am fairly new to essential oil’s.
I have severe back pain & have started trying essential Oils for the pain.
I’ve also discovered that I am VERY very sensitive to them. Sometimes even 2-3% is too strong for me.
Have you found a “blend” of oils that work well for back pain — instead of trying them one at a time?
I’m going start following your blog!