How to Befriend Your Pain

How to Befriend Your Pain

So you’ve heard that essential oils might be able to help you with your pain. The good news is, they can!

As aromatherapists and massage therapists, Sylla and I have used aromatherapy for pain relief for years—both in the treatment room and at home.

A while back, we covered aromatherapy and pain in the Inner Sanctum. We were talking the next day when Sylla said to me, “Hey, you know what? I forgot something.”

She proceeded to tell me exactly what I needed to hear.

The thing is that while we can use aromatherapy for pain relief, and while it can help us tremendously, it is only one small part of the healing experience. What my mom shared with me is something that she has learned through her own ongoing healing journey. It really helped me shift my thoughts on my own injury—which is a relatively new part of my experience.

Below this video, you’ll find a list of essential oils that you can use for pain relief. If you don’t have any of these oils, consider the ones you do have with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, or rubefacient properties. Be sure to learn the safety of the oils you are using. We recommend always using them diluted (about 15 drops per ounce of carrier oil)—especially since carrier oils have healing benefits, too!


A few oils that may help reduce pain:

  • Anti-inflammatory oils to reduce swelling and inflammation: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, and Patchouli
  • Analgesic oils to reduce pain: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sweet Marjoram
  • Rubefacient oils to increase circulation: Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint

Now your task is to make yourself a pain blend.

Get a sample from the Inner Sanctum Library of a recipe Sylla uses for her pain here.

Let us know what you used, how you used it, and how it worked for you. Did this video help you reframe your pain in a new light? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Want to learn more? Join us in the Inner Sanctum Library and get started on your healing journey today.

3 Go-To Essential Oils for Work

3 Go-To Essential Oils for Work

Running an aromatherapy business must be filled with calming music, soothing scents, and lots of relaxation, right? Sometimes. But mostly, it’s just like any other business. The only difference is that we get constant reminders that life is too short to worry about the small stuff, and that number one, it really is all about taking care of ourselves. I mean, I can’t preach self-care all day and then not properly hydrate myself or work too many hours. Actually, I know that I CAN do that because I have. So what I actually mean isit just doesn’t work. That’s why simple tricks to help us stay on track and return back to what matters are essential. I’ve found that besides the ever-present opportunity to just sit back and take a deep breath, essential oils also help bring me back to a focused state. I recently wrote an article for Massage Today on using essential oils to re-center while at work. Though this is geared towards massage therapists, the article is relevant to everyone. It will not only apply while at work, but the info is great for getting focused in general. Read the whole article here. My three go-to essential oils for work (right now) are: Eucalyptus, May Chang, and Spruce.
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) – Think of Eucalyptus as a breath of fresh air. This respiratory tonic and sinus opener will inspire you to breathe deeper. It helps to open the lungs to take in new air, and its expectorant qualities clear mucus from the respiratory passages.
  • Spruce (Picea mariana syn. P. nigra) – Spruce, to me, is like strength and growth in a bottle. It’s great for those days when you feel heavy and bogged-down by tasks or responsibilities. Spruce is another respiratory tonic, inspiring a full breath as if we were on a walk in the woods.
  • May Chang (Litsea cubeba) – May Chang smells like the excitement of a new day. It is a bright and uplifting, lemon-y smell that feels like the light of gold. It is a bit like Lemongrass but a little less irritant. (This is a super plus!)
These are three of SO MANY to choose from. I want to know, what is your favorite oil to use when you go to work? What about it works for you? Thank you for letting me share my love for aromatics with you! Aromatically Yours, Nyssa   P.S. CALLING ALL MASSAGE THERAPISTS. I need your help! What questions would you like answered regarding massage and aromatherapy? I’ll be writing a few more articles for Massage Today this year, and I’d love to know any burning questions you might have. Leave me a comment on what future articles you’d like to see.  Like what you read here? Get our weekly Notes from the Yarden and receive weekly aromatic inspiration to keep you using your essential oils creatively and with confidence. Sign up here =====>