When it comes to pain, aromatherapy can do a lot: by preserving your immunity, your stomach, your intestines, and your level of toxicity, which is not always the case with drugs.


Here are excerpts from what I compiled to relieve most cases of physical suffering.

Know that all the information that I give you here is used in common way in anti-cancer centers and palliative care in Britain. Unlike in many other countries, aromatherapy in a hospital environment is the norm instead of being the exception.

The use of holistic aromatherapy is safe and effective if you are already on treatment, but for safety reasons, I point out the rare cases where there is a slight risk of interference with certain drugs.

The potential for interaction between essential oils and drugs is dependent on consistent dosages and is very unlikely that with the very low dilutions used here a problem could arise.

In an extreme case, you would need to take a bath of pure essential oil or swallow a whole bottle for any serious effects to appear.

On the other hand, the regular and repeated exposure to some essential oils stimulates certain detox in the body and the efficiency of the metabolism from a better enzymatic activity, which can stimulate the elimination of certain drugs, in the long term.


Also, possible interactions are:

– Mentha piperita EO (Peppermint), can alter the action of Nifedipine, used for cardiac pathologies by interfering with the circulation of calcium ions.

– Methyl salicylate contained in pain relieving EOs is converted to salicylic acid in the body. These oils may be unrecommended for people who are allergic to aspirin and people who are already taking an anticoagulant, as its effect may be enhanced too much.

– If medications are administered with a patch through the skin, EOs should not be applied in the same place.

To summarize: aromatherapist takes more risks by working on a patient undergoing chemotherapy, than a patient who receives a treatment only based with essential oils.

Essential oils for pain 

Peppermint EO works like an opiate drug: by working on opioid receptors, it blocks the pain messages that go from the spinal cord to the brain.

Always use it diluted (locally, 5 drops in a teaspoon of base oil) and preferably with one or two other complementary essential oils such as Spike Lavender, Chinese Cinnamon and Blue Chamomile.

In cases of joint inflammation, the instances are so varied that it’s better to consider them separately. I’ll go into further detail in this article.

Highly analgesic warming EOs must be used in high doses and on a fatty base for long-term absorption. Here is a formula for tiger balm:


Tiger balm

Although there are various versions of this powerful pain balm, here is the most classic.

In 160ml of a very fat balm, 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)

Apply at least twice a day, very locally.

You can replace the two drops of clove EO with two drops of Betula Alba EO, which is richer in methyl salicylate.


Do not overlook the stress associated with pain

Here is an aromatic anti-stress formula to associate with anti-stress supplementation:

For local application on an adult, in 10 ml of base oil add:

3 drops of Boswellia carterii (frankincense)

2 drops of Vetivera zizaoid (vertiver)

4 drops of Anthémis nobilis (Roman chamomile)

2 drops of Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang)

Massage the chest and forearms with this mix. Take the bottle with you to breathe if necessary. It is also possible to use these oils in a vaporizer and to diffuse them in a room.


Anti-stress supplementation

The use of adaptogenic plants such as Noni or Rhodiola are very useful.

Adaptogenic plants help regulate the body during stress.

Rhodiola has the added benefit of slowing muscle loss and helping to rebuild muscle mass, as well as stimulating the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which help to soften mood and calm nerves.


Useful doses to take daily are:

Twice 100 ml of Tahitian Noni juice

Rhodiola rosea, 300 mg capsules with 3% rosavins and 1% salidrosides

1000 mg of calcium

500 mg of magnesium

1000 mg of omega 3

2000 mg of vitamin C, taken twice daily

Vitamin B complex


All this information is part of the re-education of our reflexes of care. As I said at the beginning of the page, they are associated with a proactive lifestyle, that I describe here.

This approach is focused on the detoxification of the body through aromatherapy, in which drugs have no place.


Try it… it could change your life, and that of those with whom you share this article.