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Using Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Updated on August 19, 2014
Image courtesy of Nick J Webb @ Flickr
Image courtesy of Nick J Webb @ Flickr

Pain. You don't have to take it lying down!

Whether you're an athlete, or you have a medical condition that causes you pain, the most effective way to manage that pain is to treat the cause, rather than hide the symptoms.

What causes muscle pain?

There are many medical conditions that may cause muscle pain, however, for this hub we will concentrate on pain caused by repetitive or over use of a muscle.

This could be due to an over use, repetitive strain injury caused by a person's job, or due to exercise such as running or weight lifting.

Natural vs. Synthetic

Created in a laboratory
Created in nature
Less impact on wallet
More impact on health
Produce side effects
No side effects
Subject to recall
No recalls
Contain unidentifiable "fillers"
Contain only natural ingredients
Synthetic by-products are harmful to the environment
Nature enhances the environment

Side effects of OTC pain killers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) other than aspirin, including Motrin, may have a higher risk for heart attack or stroke than those who do not take NSAIDs.

This risk may be higher in people who have been taking NSAIDs for a long time. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to loss of life.

The most common side effects of over-the-counter pain killers include:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained rash

Other side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swelling

Deep Blue by doTERRA

doTERRA's all natural Deep Blue essential oil blend contains wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, helichrysum, blue chamomile and osmanthus.

The smell is amazing!

Wintergreen has cortisone-like properties and diminishes pain and discomfort. Wintergreen is methyl salicylate, this is what is in aspirin.
Camphor is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory
Peppermint is soothing and cooling, and is an anti-inflammatory to damaged tissue.
Blue tansy is analgesic and anti-inflammatory
Helichrysum helps improve the circulation and is a powerful anti-inflammatory
Blue chamomile, as well as being an antioxidant, is analgesic and anti-inflammatory
Osmanthus, a native Asian flowering plant, helps to suppress the formation of nitric oxide during inflammation.

How to use Deep Blue

doTERRA's Deep Blue comes in three "versions":

  • 5ml bottle of the blend
  • 10ml roll-on bottle
  • Deep Blue rub

The 5ml bottle is ideal for small areas - simply tip a drop onto your finger tip and rub into the affected area.

The 10ml roll-on bottle is perfect for larger areas, such as down the spine, or along the forearm for tendonitis.

Use the oil for post-surgical care (rub on bottoms of feet), and for "new" injuries.

When you want really good, longer-lasting coverage, use the Deep Blue rub. I love to have my lower back massaged with Deep Blue rub! It's great for reducing ongoing pain.

More uses for Deep Blue

  • Apply before a workout to reduce muscle fatigue
  • Combine with Cypress (or Basil) and Lemongrass essential oils to reduce muscle burn
  • Relief of migraine headaches. 1 drop applied to temples.
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Use with a carrier oil for a deep, therapeutic massage
  • Combine with coconut oil and spritz for skin healing


NEVER put essential oils in your eyes

NEVER put essential oils in your ear canal

Water and oil do not mix, trying to dilute oils with water will only drive the oil in further. If you should get an essential oil in your eye, flush it out with an oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, or olive oil.


The information shared in this hub has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help.

Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems. Thank you for your sharing with others.


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    • BloNo Mom profile image

      Vikki 3 years ago from Central Illinois, USA

      Peppermint is so versatile! I love it. It's great for sunburn too :)

    • ologsinquito profile image

      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I always have peppermint oil on hand, for muscle spasms and headaches. It's amazing.