The use of essential oils for a variety of health, mood and wellness applications has only gained popularity in the United States in recent years, but has long been well accepted in other parts of the world. More than 100 different essential oils are used in medical aromatherapy in Europe, and some physicians prescribe and use the oils therapeutically as part of complementary medical care.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we understand that neuropathy is a complex disorder that requires a symphony of treatment. The team at USNC continues to research and develop treatments for neuropathy in a never-ending pursuit to bring the best treatment to those suffering from neuropathy.
In general, when used properly, essential oils are considered mostly safe. The dose, administration route, purity, and source of the oils can be a factor in the relative safety and effectiveness. A small proportion of people may experience skin irritation, allergic reactions, or cross-sensitivity to essential oils. Aromatherapists recommend the oils be directly inhaled from a bottle, cloth or palm of the hand, or massaged into the skin after being diluted in a carrier oil, such as olive oil or almond oil.
Although essential oils have been used therapeutically for centuries, there is little published research on many of them. However, this is beginning to change as more scientific studies on essential oils are conducted around the world. Clinical studies are currently underway in Europe, Australia, Japan, India, the United States, and Canada.
Different oils have different uses or purported health benefits. Some that may play a role in concert with your medical care for your neuropathy symptoms include:
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil is said to promote circulation, allowing the blood flow in the body to access the extremities, which may in turn reduce the effects of tingling and numbness. The oil has a spicy scent extracted from the needles and twigs of the cypress tree.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil is reported to contain strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Other claims include that it decreases muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation. This in turn may help support the healing of nerves, joints and muscle tissue.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil contains carnosol, a rich antioxidant said to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Recent research on carnosol show it may increase nerve growth factor and help in healing nerve tissue.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram Essential Oil is a woodsy, spicy oil that is said to offer calming and warming effects. Marjoram may soothe tense muscles and be beneficial for nervous tension.
Wild Orange Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil is described as energizing. The stimulating quality of wild orange may improve circulation which may help minimize numbness and tingling after prolonged use.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is widely used in the cosmetic and fragrance industries for its pleasant and delicate scent. Claimed medical uses include as
an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), nervine and sedative substance. Natural health proponents claim it as a health booster for the nervous system, saying it strengthens the nervous system and repairs damage.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Used topically, Peppermint oil is said to create a cool, tingling sensation on the skin. Peppermint oil is sometimes recommended as claims include anti-nausea benefits and ability to reduce muscle spasms.
Other oils have been used in anxiety, depression and to promote better sleep, all of which could be a factor in the severity of neuropathy symptoms.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we believe patients should take an active role in their health. Essential oils may be an adjunct to your treatment program. You should consult with your doctor before adding any self-treatments to your medical care.
Portions of this article were re-used with permission of Marcy Coning of Web Essential Oils.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2016