Using essential oils for back pain in a way that offers real relief
If you know anyone who experiences back pain, they are going to love you after this post!
And if it’s you who suffers through back pain, you’ll get to try this recipe out before sharing it with friends, so you’ll experience its benefits firsthand.
This is a back pain butter made with rich, nourishing carriers that are known to deeply relieve pain in muscles and joints. I’ve also added essential oils for back pain that have the same effects, so we can take this blend to incredible levels of natural pain relief.
First I’ll give you the recipe, then I’ll talk about each of the ingredients so you know how they can help you get “back to better.”
“Back to Better” Back Butter
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
- 1 oz (28 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 2 oz (60 ml) Trauma Oil
- 1 oz (30 ml) arnica infused oil (Arnica cordifolia)
- 1 oz (30 ml) Balm of Gilead infused oil (Populus balsamifera)
- 1 oz (28 g) shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
- 21 drops German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
- 20 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
- 17 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- 32 drops Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii sofia)
- 37 drops Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
This recipe makes a lot of back butter—7 oz. You’ll have enough to spread over a large area on your back as needed, and then you’ll have some in reserve (or to give to friends).
Here’s how to make it . . .
- Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method.” Put a Pyrex measuring cup into a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water. Be sure your Pyrex holds at least 8 oz (240 ml)
- Melt the beeswax in the Pyrex.
- Add the cocoa butter and melt.
- Add the Trauma Oil, arnica infused oil, and Balm of Gilead infused oil, and melt.
- Add the shea butter and melt. You can stir the blend gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
- As soon as the shea butter is melted, remove the blend from heat. Add the essential oils and stir gently once more. If the blend begins to solidify while you’re adding the essential oils, you can place the Pyrex back into the soup pot to keep it warm.
- Pour the melted butter into two 4 oz (120 ml) jars.
Ready to take a look at the natural butters and essential oils for back pain that are in this blend?
Beeswax – Beeswax offers a lovely firmness to our blend, allowing it to solidify into a butter.
Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter – These two skin-nourishing butters are treasured all over the world for the way they care for skin, support its healing, and calm inflammation. They also offer firmness to our butter blend.
Trauma Oil – This is a carrier oil infused with three healing herbs: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula. Great for skin, and an excellent healer all by itself.
Arnica infused oil and Balm of Gilead infused oil – Carrier oils that are infused with healing herbs and plants. Arnica infused oil is infused with arnica, and Balm of Gilead infused oil is infused with wildcrafted cottonwood buds and twigs over the course of a few months. Both are excellent choices for healing on multiple levels—skin, muscles, joints, and emotions. They relieve inflammation, encourage circulation, and nourish skin.
German Chamomile – A blue essential oil that allows the body to access deep levels of its own healing powers by helping to calm “obstacles” to that healing, like inflammation, tension, and swelling. It’s also gentle on skin. (We want a lot of skin care in this blend, since we’re using a few spicy essential oils for back pain that can sometimes be irritating if they aren’t balanced with other ingredients.)
Black Pepper – Have you ever had sore muscles after exercising, and noticed that after lying still for a while it was harder to move? It’s like your muscles “got stuck” in one position while you were resting! But when you manage to start moving around, the pain eases and you can go about your day (being gentle to yourself, of course). That’s the kind of relief Black Pepper offers.
Ginger – Ginger essential oil offers a comforting warming effect, brings circulation to the area where it’s applied, and is amazing for pain relief.
Gingergrass – One of my favorite essential oils for back pain! Gingergrass is also wonderful for sore joints and muscles, helping us release tension and feel strengthened at the same time.
Coriander – Coriander essential oil is gentle on skin, yet so amazing for pain relief that one study found it was better than popular store-bought pain relievers. A great choice for back pain!
This blend includes a lot of ingredients . . . and when your back feels better, you’ll be thankful for all of them!
Want to learn more about using natural carrier oils and butters to make your own body butters? One of Aromahead Institute’s most popular classes is called “Aromatherapy for Natural Living,” and it teaches you everything you need to know! You’ll “meet” even more carrier butters, carrier oils, and essential oils, and will learn to make blends like this one for pain relief. I’ll also teach you to make body cream, lip balm, bath salt, and your own natural non-toxic cleaners. Learn more about the class and join us!