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Try Orange Blossom Essential Oil as a Topical for Pain Relief

Updated on April 7, 2012

Fast Topical Pain Relief

pure orange blossom essential oil
pure orange blossom essential oil | Source

While waiting for my physio therapy appointment with Lifemark, I was discussing a skin problem I had. What started as a rash turned into a scab-like formation on my ankle. The open sore part of my foot was very painful. I had put aloe vera on it the day before and the stinging sensation was unbearable, I removed the aloe vera and replaced it with coconut oil right away.

One of the massage therapists who was listening to my tale of woe went into her office and came out with two small bottles of essential oils. "This is the last of what I have, but if you add a couple drops to another oil and rub it on the reddest part, it should help relieve the pain." She had given me the last drops in her bottles of "orange blossom" essential oils to let me see if it would help. I'd have to remove the lids completely to get the oil out but that would be enough to test it out.

Always Apply With Another Oil as a Base

this is the open wound under my ankle I applied the mixed oils onto
this is the open wound under my ankle I applied the mixed oils onto | Source

When I got home I quickly got to work. I slathered my foot in coconut oil. Next, I cradled my hand to make a cup and filled it with about an ounce of coconut oil as well. I had the orange blossom essential oil standing by ready to add. Carefully I emptied the bottle and about 3 drops were added into my hand cup. I gently stirred the mixture with my finger, then gently applied it to the worse part of my skin irritation.

I was amazed that within a couple of minutes the throbbing sensation that was screaming at me subsided. The oil acted very quickly and it lasted for quite a long time, I didn't have to reapply it until bed that night.

Orange Blossom is also known as Neroli essential oil.

I'm sharing this story because it is first hand experience of a natural product that worked well for me and could potentially for others out there looking for topical pain relief.

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Caution

Remember to always use essential oils with another "carrier" oil. Jojoba, coconut and olive oil are some examples of oils that work well with essential oils added. There are very few essential oils that can be use on the skin alone. Be aware and proceed with caution if you are using a new type of oil on your skin for the first time. Test a small area of your skin before using it over a large area. As I experienced with the Aloe Vera and have also with Tea Tree oil, the burning sensation that can come with an adverse reaction can be really painful.

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      You're right! Thanks for the great idea!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      hey vespawoolf; that would make a good hub, I had no idea, thanks for sharing that info, very interesting.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      The oil comes from the kernel of a Moroccan tree. It has both medicinal and cosmetic properties and is used by Moroccan women for its anti-aging benefits. It's also good for the hair. I hope you have a chance to try it!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      vespawoolf: I've never heard of Argan, does it come from a plant source?

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Yes, thanks for the reminder! Right now I have Argan, coconut, rosehip and evening primrose. : )

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @vespascooter: glad to share this hub, I was so surprised at it's ability to halt the pain, remember the carrier oil, but if you already love essential oils you already know the rules,

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love essential oils and just happen to have neroli! I use it in skin care preparations. It's great to know about its skin soothing properties...I had no idea. Thank you for sharing!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Cardisa; orange blossom has turned out to be very helpful, I can now attest to that.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I am glad you finally found some natural relief for that pain. Orange oil is great..haven't used it but heard of it.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @cloverleaffarm: thanks for the Neroli name info; that was very helpful

      @Georgina: glad you found it useful, until I used it myself, I didn't realize what a powerful healer it was either. Glad you fornd this helpful!

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      Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor

      Very useful info. I didn't realise orange blossom relieved pain, and I didn't realise that it was the same as neroli. thank you.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @cloverleaffarm: Thanks for that additional info, very good to know. I'll try the lavender for its antibacterial qualities as well. I appreciate it!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @RTalloni: glad you found it useful, I think personal experience helps when trying out new products, especially oils! thanks for reading!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Oh yeah, I voted up!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      You are lucky, Neroli, (AKA Orange Blossom) is VERY expensive. You can also try lavender, peppermint or thyme essential oils. They are much less expensive, and have fabulous healing benefits for rashes. Be sure to only add a drop of peppermint, otherwise it will burn.

      Be well!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience with this essential oil. It will be interesting to learn more about using essential oils and try this out. Voted and bookmarked.