Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy the sweet smell of success when you can finally employ a natural remedy to ease that nagging and sometimes debilitating back pain? As previous articles have discussed, there are a host of traditional medical modalities used to treat inflammation and pain in the back. You can endure physical therapy, take a host of prescription medicines, or, in some cases, undergo surgery. Isn’t there a gentler and more natural approach to treating chronic pain?
Renowned anesthesiologist and aromatherapist, Dr. James “Tad” Geiger, believes in the art of aromatherapy. According to Geiger, in his best-selling book, The Sweet Smell of Success, “the art of aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using the essence of a plant’s essential oils to alleviate common symptoms such as pain, tension, and fatigue, as well as to care for the skin and invigorate the whole body.”
The inherent beauty of aromatherapy as a measure for dealing with pain and inflammation is that it can be simply added to bath water, massaged directly into your skin, diffused to enhance a room, or directly inhaled.
When you breathe in the sweet vapors of essential oils, they are absorbed right into your bloodstream, lymphatic system, and along nervous pathways to areas of the brain that allow for changes in your mood, your stress level, and your state of awareness.
Aromatherapy and essential oils delivered in unique combinations can provide healing qualities for sprains, bruises, and inflammation. A stand-out among the essential oils for this is helichrysum, which has incredible affects on muscle and joint pain. Further, blending the oils of myrrh, lavender, tea tree, basil, frankincense, ginger, and black pepper makes for one of nature’s best anti-inflammatory and pain-altering combinations. Geiger notes that these oils are scientifically referenced as a remedy of inflammation and pain using them in a 10% solution. These oils work on the cellular level like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and certain other medications.
Another natural remedy to treating chronic pain and inflammation is as close as your mouth. Think about the food you eat.