Essential oil and aromatic use of oils for pain and inflammation has been going on for many years. Essential oils have had many studies done to see what their chemical constituents do and how they may impact the body. We have used essential oils for muscles issues, pain, muscles spasm, tightness and inflammation for many years and the research published on Pub Med and in various aromatherapy texts that the chemical properties in some essential oils will help with these issues. I wanted to list out some, there are many, and what their chemical profiles show they may be useful for.
Now this is where I say this is not nor should it be used in place of medical care. If you need medical attention please get it. Essential oils and the use of aromatherapy can be a very useful tool in your health and wellness regimen but do not use them in place of sound medical care and advice.
Basil Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool- Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Cephalic, expectorant, Skin penetration enhancer.
Black Pepper Piper Nigrum- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiemetic, Antibacterial, Circulatory Stimulant, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Digestive Stimulant, Vasodilator.
Black Spruce Picea mariana- Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antispetic, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Diurectic, Rubefacient.
Chamomile, German Matricaria recutita- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiallergenic, Antifungal, Antihistamine, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Cicatrisant, CNS sedative, Cooling, Tonic.
Chamomile, Roman Chamaemelum noble- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, CNS Sedative, Digestive Aid, Skin Healing, Tonic.
Copaiba Copaifera officinalis- Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Cicatrisant, Decongestant, Expectorant, Immune Stimulant.
Cypress Cupressus sempervirens- Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Diuretic, Tonic.
Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus globulus- Airborne antimicrobial, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Cephalic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Increases Cerebral Blood flow, Mucolytic, Skin Penetration Enhancer.
Frankincense Boswellia carterii- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Cicatrisant, Immunostimulant, Cicatrisant, Tonic.
Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum- Analgesic, Anti-allergenic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antindepressant, Antihaematomal, Antispasmodic, Cicatrisant, Tonic.
Ho Wood or Rosewood Cinnamomun camphora ct linalool- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antiviral, CNS Sedative, Immunostimulant, Skin Healing, Tonic.
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-allergenic, Antibacterial, Antifungal (Candida), Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Cicatrisant, CNS Sedative, Decongestant, Deodorant, Immunostimulant, Skin healing, Tonic.
Peppermint Mentha x piperita- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiemetic, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Circulatory Stimulant, CNS Stimulant, Cooling, Decongestant, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Immunostimulant, Liver Support.
Rosemary ct camphor Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Decongestant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Stimulant.
Sandalwood Santalum album- Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Antiviral, Astringent, Bronchodilatory, CNS Sedative, Cooling, Decongestant, Skin healing.
Vetiver Vetiveria zizaniodes- Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, CNS Sedative, Cooling, Immunostimulant, Skin healing.
Wintergreen Gaultheria fragmentissima wall- Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Decongestant, Diuretic.
As you see reading each of these oils properties each of these oils can be used in blends for pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm among many other uses. This is not an exhaustive list as there are many other oils that work well in this type of situation. These are starting points. For dilution ratios and safety check our page Essential Oil Safety.