Aromatherapy for pain
Here are excerpts from information I gathered over the years to relieve cancer pain, which applies to any cases of suffering.
All information I give you here are used in the way of common anti-cancer centers and palliative care across the Channel, where, unlike many restrictive countries, aromatherapy in hospital is the norm rather then the exception.
Holistic aromatherapy is safe and effective, but for added safety, let me point out the rare cases where there is slight risk of interference with medications.
The doses used here are so low that the chemotherapy has better chances to compromise the effectiveness of essentialoils rather than the reverse.
I will add that their administration through massage (skin) or breathing does not interfere with the traditional ways of drug’s.
The potential for interactions between essential oils and drugs is dependent assays consistent and it is very unlikely thanks to the very low dilutions used here.
Basically, you would have to take a bath of pure essential oil or swallow a whole bottle to experiment serious side effects and intoxication.
On the contrary, regular and repeated exposure to certain essential oils stimulates both the detoxification of the body and its metabolic efficiency through better enzyme activity. This is what enables the elimination of certain drugs residues in the long term.
Here are some cases of interaction:
– Mentha piperita may alter the action of nifedipine, used for heart disease by interfering with the movement of calcium ions.
– The methyl salicylate content in some anti-pain EO converts into salicylic acid in the body. These oils can be contra-indicated in case of allergy to aspirin and in people who are already taking an anticoagulant.
– If drugs are administered through the skin with a patch, EO should not be applied in the same place.
To summarize, the aromatherapist takes more risks while working on a patient undergoing chemotherapy, than a sick patient receiving treatment with essential oils.
Essential oils for pain
Peppermint EO behave as an opiate drug: working on the opiate receptors, it blocks pain messages that travels the spinal cord to the brain.
Heating EO must be used at high doses and mixed with fat for a long-term absorption, as in the case of Tiger Balm.
In 160ml of a very greasy balm such as petroleum jelly, add
- 2 drops of Eugenia caryophyllata (clove)
- 20 drops of Gaultheria procubens(Wintergreen)
- 30 drops of Melaleuca leucodendron (Cajeput)
- 38 drops of Lavandula latifolia (spike lavender)
- 10 drops of Mentha piperita (peppermint)
To be applied at least twice a day, very locally.
Here is the anti-stress formula to associate to the anti stress supplementation:
For local application on an adult, in 10 ml of base oil drop:
- 3 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- 2 drops of Vétiver (Vetivera zizaoid)
- 4 drops of of Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
- 2 drops of ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)
The use of adaptogenic herbs such as Noni orRhodiola is also very useful.
Adaptogenic plants help regulate the body when under stress. Rhodiola has the added benefit of curbing the loss of muscle mass and help rebuild it, but also stimulate the production of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which helps soften the mood and calm the nerves .
Here is a suggestion of supplements to fight stress. (per day):
• Twice 100 ml of Tahitian Noni Juice
• Rhodiola, capsules of 300 mg of 3% and 1% rosavins salidrosides.
• 1000 mg of calcium,
• 500 mg of magnesium,
• 1000 mg of Omega 3
• 2000 mg of vitamin C taken twice
• a good vitamin B complex
All these informations are following the tips I give here on how to avoid the risks of taking pain medicine.