Pain limits your activities and affects enjoyment of life
Was that last tennis game just a bit much for your body? Did you max out your stretches in your last yoga class? Or, are you plagued by age-related arthritis or injury-related pains and aches?
Pain can ruin your life. Pain can make you miserable and take the joy out your days. Pain prevents you from moving around freely, completing your daily routine tasks, exercising and pursuing free-time activities that make life interesting and entertaining. Lack of exercise and activity often leads to weight gain and could eventually turn into diabetes. It’s a vicious cycle that can quickly accelerate as people get frustrated and depressed about not being able to move about as they once used to accustomed to. Pain may also isolate you from family and friends if you don’t feel up to socializing because you don’t feel well.
Because pain is such a strain on your body, your mind and your soul, it is understandable that many people seek immediate relief and resort to painkillers. According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the number of painkillers sold and distributed in the US over the last 10 years has increased by 600%.
Many prescriptions for pain medication are for drugs that contain oxycodone, which should only be prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone can be habit forming even if taken at the prescribed dosages. The most common traditional painkillers are ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen, which are all available over-the-counter. Unfortunately, all of these painkillers have side-effects, such as stomach ulcers, liver and kidney problems; and prolonged use will exacerbate any of such side-effects, or could even lead to dependency and drug abuse.
Unless the pain is so severe that drugs are required to get through the day, there are natural alternatives to pain management: Hot and cold compresses are an immediate treatment for acute injuries. Cold compresses are generally used for fresh injuries, hot for older or chronic injuries. Epsom salt baths are frequently used for sprains and chronic pains. Then there are creams and lotions that contain natural ingredients that reduce pain and swelling. Those can nowadays be found in many stores that offer natural and alternative medicine or health food stores. Furthermore, there are herbal supplements that have pain relieving effects, such as turmeric, which contains curcuminoids, which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
Nature offers several herbs and plants that have analgesic properties and are quite effective for pain management. Essential oils are extracts of the most active compounds of plants and herbs, and because they are so highly concentrated, they can offer relief for soreness, pains and aches. They are extracted by steam distillation, cold-press, or water or solvent extraction.
Kandala Muscle Soothing Essential Oil Blend contains the pain relieving extracts of peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, camphor and German chamomile all of which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of these five herbs offers an effective alternative to painkillers.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is an essential oil commonly used for sore muscles and arthritis. It has a cooling effect and reduces swelling and inflammation. It dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow – a very effective remedy for headaches and migraines. Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens) improves circulation and offers pain relief for headaches, tendonitis and joint pain. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) essential oil has detoxifying properties, which helps the body excrete toxins that may be the cause of muscle and joint pain. Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora) is often found in creams for joint and muscle pains. It soothes muscle aches and tightness, helps with arthritis and improves circulation. German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) has a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent which is quite effective to relieve muscle sores, sprains, tendon and joint pain.
The Kandala Muscle Soothing Essential Oil Blend can be used in several ways. You can dribble a few drops on hot or cold compresses. Mix it with your favorite lotion or oil and massage into the aching areas on your body. For headaches or migraines, in particular, you can use a few drops in a diffuser and the scent will open up your pores and relieve the pains that can be stifling.
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