So if you didn't already know, I suffer from chronic pain and have had sciatica many times due to the condition of my Scoliosis. Over the years I have done many therapies including physical therapy, massage therapy, pharmaceutical therapies and acupuncture. As I have gotten older I have seen improvement with myself thru diet and exercise, acupuncture and the addition of essential oils used topically as a pain management solution. Because of my use of Ibuprofen and other prescription pain killers in excess for over 15 years, I have compromised my liver and have been warned to no longer take any OTC pain meds. So what is a girl to do? Well, this girl went to school, specialized in pain management, and became a Certified Aromatherapist so I can help myself and learn how to help others.
Today, I want to share you with my Sciatica blend, which I know has helped quite a few in our local area. Its a proprietary blend of clove bud, ginger, spike lavender, Helichrysum, Sandalwood and Frankincense. You can find the oil here: Sciatic Oil Blend
Now please understand our oils are the purest you can get since we actually order them direct from the distiller, send them off to a lab for GCMS testing and then use those results to blend this formula and others to help you get back on track. A little goes a LONG way but is very effective when used in conjunction with heat/cold therapy (more on that later).
Why this blend works:
Clove Bud (Eugenia Caryophyllata) Origin Indonesia. Our batch of Clove Bud Oil contains 67.56% Eugenol, which is part of the Phenol family. Phenols are Highly anti-infectious, strong immune stimulants, stimulating to body systems.
:Analgesic: Clove Bud essential oil is dominated by eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory action. The experience of pain relief can follow reduced inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory: Clove Bud essential oil is dominated by eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory action.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Origin Indonesia. Our batch of Ginger contains almost 26% α-zingiberene, which is also found in tumeric and aids in inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory: Ginger is used in traditional medicine for relief of pain and inflammation (Carrasco et al. 2009). It inhibits the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines and precursors of inflammation and is thought to have potential in the treatment of osteoarthritis (Rahmani, Al Shabrmi and Aly 2014).
Antispasmodic: Riyazi et al. (2007) established that Ginger essential oil and some of its components can elicit antispasmodic effects.
Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) Origin Spain. Our batch contains 45% linalol and 24% 1,8-cineol. Linalol has been shown to be a major anti-inflammatory agent in the essential oils that contain it, according to a study from the Journal of Phytomedicine (2002). Peana et al built off their 2002 study which showed linalool to be an anti-inflammatory and went on in 2003 to show that is was an analgesic as well. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects appeared to be the result of antinociception, which means linalool blocks the feelings of pain rather than using another mechanism to reduce painful feelings.
Analgesic: 1,8 cineole has antinociceptive activity (Santos and Rao 2000, Liapi et al. 2007). Santos and Rao (2000) reported that 1,8 cineole was also a potent anti-inflammatory agent and an excellent peripheral analgesic. Guimarães et al. (2013) suggested that 1,8 cineole has an anesthetic property by acting directly on sensory nerves. Sometimes a cooling sensation is observed.
Anti-inflammatory: 1,8 cineole has very good anti-inflammatory action (Santos and Rao 2000).
Skin penetration enhancement: 1,8 cineole has skin penetration enhancing action (Guimarães et al. 2013).
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) Country of Origin: Corsica. Our batch contains 43% of Neryl Acetate.
Analgesic: The essential oil has pain relieving actions. Voinchet and Giraud-Robert (2007) suggested that neryl acetate, a principal constituent, contributed to this effect.
Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory effect is thought to be due, in part, to neryl acetate (Voinchet and Giraud-Robert 2007).
Antihaematomal: Antihaematomal action is the ability to prevent and alleviate bruising after soft tissue trauma. Helichrysum is notable in this respect. Bowles (2003) suggests that this could be due to the presence of italidiones (diketones). The antihaematomal effect might be due to a combination of anti-inflammatory action, vasodilatory effects, and prevention of edema.
Antispasmodic: The high ester content (neryl acetate) of the essential oil suggests that it might have antispasmodic action.
Sandalwood (Santalum Paniculatum) Origin India. Our batch contains over 85% Sesquiterpenols, where 72% of that chemical family is Santalol; which are used for analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), antimicrobial, antitumoral, improves mood, neuroleptic, sedative needs.
Analgesic: Sandalwood can provide pain relief because of its anti-inflammatory actions.
Anti-inflammatory: Baylac and Racine (2003) identified that Sandalwood is an inhibitor of 5-LOX, and Mitoshi et al. (2014) demonstrated that Sandalwood essential oil had antiallergic and anti-inflammatory potential.
Antispasmodic: Due to its calming actions, Sandalwood is considered helpful in reducing muscle spasms.
Frankincese (Boswellia carterii) Origin Somalia. Our batch contains 45% α-pinene (used for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), antispasmodic, antiviral, prevents bone loss) and and 10% d-limonene (activates white blood cells, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiobesity, antioxidant, antitumoral, antiulcerogenic, immunostimulant, skin penetration enhancer).
Analgesic: The presence of components such as α- and β-pinene, d-limonene, β-myrcene, and para-cymene (among others) suggests that the oil has excellent pain relieving properties.
Anti-inflammatory: Hirota et al. (2010) noted that d-limonene, a major component in some Frankincense essential oils, has considerable anti-inflammatory activity—it decreases cell migration and cytokine release and shows excellent antioxidant activity.
For acute sciatic pain, heat and/or ice packs are readily available and can help alleviate the leg pain, especially in the initial phase. Usually ice or heat is applied for approximately 20 minutes, and repeated every two hours. Most people use ice first, but some find more relief with heat. The two may be alternated. It is best to apply ice with a cloth or towel placed between the ice and skin to avoid an ice burn.
So, I know that is a lot of information, but as someone who is trained in component blending, I can help you combat your issues and get you feeling better by complimenting the oils and "stacking up" their properties for maximum benefit. Here we believe that Your Body is royalty, and want we to help you treat is as such.
Until next time! Thanks for reading.