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What is Trauma Oil? (And Three Ways to Use It!)

by Andrea Butje on September 25, 2017

Did you accidentally bump into the coffee table and bruise your leg . . . again?

Do you have a sore neck after sleeping in a funny position last night?

Do you have aching joints and soreness in your fingers and wrists?

You sound like you could use a little Trauma Oil!

3 Ways to Use Trauma OilTrauma Oil is made by infusing a carrier oil (usually olive oil) with therapeutic herbs. Those herbs are arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula. But there is no “universal” recipe for Trauma Oil, and different suppliers may make their own variations.

What is Trauma Oil used for? Its name says it all! Trauma Oil is deeply soothing when applied to areas of pain and injury (where the skin is not broken), such as bruises, sprains, aching joints, muscle strains, or tension.

Trauma Oil has a beautiful ability to calm inflammation. It offers relief all by itself, even without essential oils blended into it. And if I’m making an essential oil pain relief product, Trauma Oil is one of my favorite carriers to work with. This is taking natural pain relief to a whole new level!

Here are three natural pain relief products you can make with Trauma Oil and essential oils. Each of them is made in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

Bruise Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 6 drops Helichrysum essential oil (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 12 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Gently apply this oil to the bruised area immediately after the injury, and then reapply as needed until the bruise is faded.

You may want to use it more often during the first few days, when the bruise is sore. You can also apply a bit of this blend over a painful sting or bug bite.

Sore Joint Oil (Trauma Oil, German Chamomile Essential Oil, Juniper Essential OilSore Joint Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 11 drops German Chamomile essential oil (Matricaria recutita)
  • 7 drops Juniper essential oil (Juniperus communis)

Massage sore joints with this blend as needed. It’s especially useful for fingers and wrists.

Neck and Shoulder Tension Essential Oil BlendNeck and Shoulder Tension Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)
  • 9 drops Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium × asperum)

Massage your sore neck and shoulders with this oil as needed.

Trauma Oil can be a “life saver” if you develop bruises easily, or if you care for children who tend to fall down or bump into things while they’re playing. It is gentle and effective enough that you can use it for kids under five without adding essential oils.

Trauma Oil also blends well into other Aromatherapy products, like body butters or salves. Try it in your next pain relief product!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Essential Oils, Trauma oil

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