This story bothered me. A lot. That’s because I used to take a lot of pain relievers. Back in the 1990s, I would get frequent and continuous headaches that my doctor said were cluster headaches. He told me I could take up to 1,800 milligrams a day of either acetaminophen or ibuprofen, often for extended periods of time.
He said over-the-counter pain relievers were safe to use, as needed. As recommended. Yet I had the same mentality as most Americans. I used to think, “If one dose gives me relief, a bigger dose will give me more relief faster, right?”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Thus, the 1,500 accidental deaths from too much acetaminophen over the past decade.
A Safe Alternative for Your Pain
I haven’t used over-the-counter meds for a couple of years now. Thanks to Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils, I don’t have much need for them anymore.
These oils take care of just about every type of pain I experience: headaches, joint and muscle pain, PMS, insect bites – you name it, there’s generally an oil that takes the edge off my pain quickly and effectively.
Therapeutic grade essential oils can soothe pain topically, ease pain aromatically, and relieve and repair internally.
Peppermint oil is one of most effective oils for blocking pain. A 1994 study showed that peppermint is extremely effective in blocking calcium channels and substance P, important factors in transmitting pain signals.
Young Living’s Peppermint oil is just one of the 10 Everyday Oils that helps with pain relief. Other oils of the “top 10″ that step up to the plate are:
- Lavender: Bee stings, insect bites, cuts, menstrual cramps
- Frankincense: Headaches, blisters, insect bites
- Valor: Back pain/injury, joint pain/injury, stiff neck
- Panaway: Sore muscles, headaches, bruising, inflammation
This is certainly not a comprehensive list — A number of other essential oils have unique pain-relieving properties as well. This is just a small sampling of how a few of the oils can help you deal with the aches, pains, bumps and bruises that daily life sometimes offers us.
Options for Pain Relief
When I feel pain coming on, I make a mad dash for my Young Living Essential Oils. I’m also a big fan of alternative therapies are like meditation, massage and acupuncture. And for the record, I believe that over-the-counter pain relievers serve a purpose when used occasionally and as directed.
You have options. Plenty of options. Today, safe, reliable pain remedies are available and affordable for everyone. You don’t have to reach for a bottle of pills anymore.
What’s your favorite natural remedy for pain? Something homemade that Grandma used? Or do you have your own DIY concoctions that ease pain for you and your family? Let me hear from you!