This pain if often caused by spinal disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spinal Stenosis, spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, tumors or injury.
The condition is often treated with muscle relaxants, narcotics, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and surgery (6). Alternative therapies include acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy, stretching and chiropractic treatment.
How To Use Essential Oils
Essential oils have been an integral part of natural medicine since the dawn of civilization. Unlike conventional medicine, essential oils often have more than one main purpose, meaning that you can use each oil to treat multiple ailments.
When it comes to Sciatica and other chronic conditions, essential oils offer a safer alternative to addictive prescription and over the counter pain medication.
Here are two highly effective pain-relieving combinations.
1. Peppermint & Helichrym
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a cooling and anti-inflammatory affect on swollen tissues. It also has anaesthetic, analgesic and antispasmodic effect. The oil even heals neurological conditions like migraines (7,8).
Helichrym italicum is a non-toxic and non-irritating oil often used in massage therapy to heal muscular-skeletal pain. The oil relieves inflammation, relaxes tight muscles and connective tissue, prevents blood clots and promotes cellular regeneration. It also treats bruises, burns, depression and boosts detoxification (9,10).
- For occasional use, mix 2 or 3 drops of each oil into a small glass bottle and mix. Rub the mixture directly into your skin for quick pain relief.
- For regular use, dilute the oils in 5-10 parts castor or jojoba oil. Massage the oil into your skin and cover with a hot towel or water bottle for 10-15 minutes to help ease pain and encourage oil absorption.