Back pain is an issue that most people will have to deal with at some point in their lives. Although is many cases the pain is a not a symptom of a serious or ongoing illness, it can still cause severe discomfort until it is resolved. There is a plethora of different treatment methods that can be suggested (whether by a GP or pharmacist or not!) whenever someone mentions that they have back pain, but often it is difficult to know where to start and whose advice to follow. Should you immediately reach for the painkillers, or could something else, such as treatment with essential oils help?
There are many different things that can cause back pain, such as bad posture, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly, in these cases the pain is not usually serious and will recover within about six weeks and can be treated effectively without seeing your GP. Or back pain can be caused by more serious medical conditions such as a slipped disc, sciatica, whiplash, frozen shoulder or ankylosing spondylitis, which can result in longer term back pain which requires medical intervention to treat.
However if you are only suffering from short-term back pain, what are some of the at-home treatment options that you can consider and how can essential oils help?
Some people may choose to treat their back pain with over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen; however you may also find that a simple application of natural lavender essential oil will do the trick. Lavender essential oil has analgesic properties that can help to relieve pain, whilst also being anti-inflammatory so can have the same effect as both of the above painkillers whilst being completely natural. Simply mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil and massage into the affected area twice a day.
Hot and cold treatments
Many people find that either heat or cold or a combination of the two can be very soothing to their back pain. A simple ice pack or hot water can be used, but why not try a lovely lavender filled what bag that can be popped into the microwave to warm. This will retain its heat for longer and will also sooth and relax you with its wonderful scent.
Relax and stay positive
Studies have shown that having an optimistic attitude has a positive effect on pain. Trying to stay calm and stress free can really help to aid your recovery and lavender essential oil can be of great assistance here. Pop a drop of lavender oil onto your pillow to sooth you into a great night’s sleep, indulge in a relaxing lavender scented bath or add a drop of lavender oil to your massage oil and the pain and tension will just drift away.
Have a look at some of our great Jersey Lavender Farm products in our online shop to choose how you will let lavender sooth away your back pain.