Relieving Pain Using Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for their medicinal properties for a long time. One of the ways that they are used is for pain relief, and there are multiple essential oils that are touted for their pain-relieving abilities. Using essential oils for pain relief is a natural way to deal with a common problem, whether treating a headache or dealing with chronic pain.

Pure Essential Oils such as doTERRA are believed to be the most effective at treating symptoms and providing relief.

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Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Many different essential oils have been used for pain relief. Here are some of the most popular choices to deal with pain and how they can benefit.


Arborvitaes are a type of coniferous tree in the cypress family. You will often see arborvitae essential oil sold as Thuja oil. It can be applied directly to the skin for joint pain and muscle pain and is used for skin diseases too.


Basil oil is used to treat pain caused by conditions such as migraines and headaches, as well as sore muscles. As an aromatherapy oil, it helps to relieve stress and tension.


Bergamot essential oil, from the bergamot citrus fruit, is often used as an aromatherapy oil to treat neuropathic pain. A study in 2015 found it to be effective at treating this type of pain.


Cinnamon oil has been shown to have several possible benefits in studies, including antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, and antioxidant properties. Derived from the bark or leaves of several types of trees, it is usually used as a fragrance, rather than a topical treatment.

Black pepper

Black pepper is a warming option for treating pain relief. It can be a good choice for aching muscles and cramps and can work well mixed with other oils too.

Essential oils can be blended to deliver an effective result from a range of plants for different purposes.

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Clove oil is often used for toothache and pain caused by dental problems. It has a numbing effect that makes it ideal for topical application thanks to the chemical eugenol, which is an anesthetic and antibacterial.


Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree. It has been used as a treatment for arthritis and is also used for treating skin problems too.


Often used in several different cuisines around the world, coriander (sometimes called cilantro) can provide pain relief through improving circulation and acting as an anti-inflammatory.


Cypress essential oil is one of the options that you can use to relieve muscle pain and cramps. It also helps to heal wounds and infections faster.


Eucalyptus is used for muscle and joint pain. One clinical review found that it was a promising treatment for arthritis, as well as other ailments.

Juniper berry

Juniper berry is used as an essential oil for muscle pain and joint pain. It is antirheumatic and antispasmodic and may help to strengthen nerves and treat neuropathic pain.


Lemongrass is another essential oil that can help to relieve muscle pain. It is also used for headaches, stomach problems, and other health issues that might cause pain.


Several studies have been carried out into the medicinal properties of lavender oil, including one that found that the scent of lavender helped to reduce the intensity of migraine pain. As well as being used as an aromatherapy oil for relaxation, it can be used topically for pain relief too.


Many people use ginger, often combined with lemon, for sore throats, nausea, and other illnesses and symptoms. As an essential oil, it can be used for swelling and inflammation and to treat pain.


From the Helichrysum italicum plant (also called the curry plant), helichrysum oil might be able to help with pain and inflammation. It has been used topically for muscle and joint inflammation and skin inflammation, as well as wound healing.


Rosemary oil is used for arthritis pain and can help by numbing the nerves when applied topically. As an aromatherapy oil, it can help to improve alertness, which is beneficial for those with chronic pain.

Tea tree

Tea tree oil is used for its antibacterial and other medicinal properties, and it can also be useful for pain relief. It can be applied topically and even used for massage to help lessen pain.


The use of turmeric for wellness purposes has been growing very popular around the world in recent years. It is promoted for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce joint pain and more.

Wild orange

Wild orange has an energizing scent and can also offer anti-inflammatory help, which may relieve pain caused by headaches, muscle strain, and other problems.


Wintergreen is often used as an anti-inflammatory and a topical pain reliever. It contains an active ingredient that is closely related to aspirin and can be used for headaches, sore throat, and other problems.

How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Pain

Essential oils may be used to relieve pain in a couple of ways. Applying topically allows them to be directly put onto the joint or painful area, such as using a rollerball bottle. When applying directly to the skin, essential oils are often mixed with carrier oils, this dilutes them making them safe to apply directly to the skin without causing irritation. Popular carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, almond or jojoba oil.

The Best Packaging Options for Essential Oils

Essential oils can be packaged using different products that allow them to be applied or used in various ways.

Glass dropper bottles are inert so do not react with the potent essential oils, whilst also providing UV protection to ensure the contents last longer. Dosage options such as droppers and pipettes allow for precisely measuring and mixing essential oils with carrier oils or other products. Rollette bottles and roller balls are ideal for topical application, with a choice between plastic or metal balls. Metal roller balls can provide the dual benefit of cool, soothing metal and the essential oil. Each packaging option can appeal to customers in different ways and provide suitable packaging for different product types.

PET bottles such as the PET Therapy bottle are another option making the oils more easy to post without fear of breakage.

Multiple essential oils can be used to treat pain in a variety of ways with the help of the right packaging.