If you have ever suffered an injury you know how painful that can be. It may have been from a fall, which is common, or from some sort of accident for instance. I certainly have had my share of injuries over the years. They were mostly from falls. About 10 years ago I was a pharmacy technician and suffered a fall while working. My foot caught the edge of a box that was on the floor (it should not have been there) and I was thrown down on both knees on a concrete floor. Needless to say I seen stars! The pain was so bad I even started to cry and thought for sure I had broke something and would not be able to get up. I had to sit there for a few minutes until the pain subsided before I would even let anyone help me. If I had the essential oils at that time, I would have used not only the pain oils but the Peace and Calming and Trauma Life Blends. I did go to the emergency room and when they looked at my knees I bet they thought I was making it all up because there was absolutely no sign of my having fell. No redness, no swelling, no bruises, no nothing. It was however very sore and tender to the touch, plus I still had pain. They x-rayed my knees and said they could not see a break or fracture and sent me home with a prescription for pain killers. All I can really say about that is I must have some strong bones! The next day though they were still extremely sore and it did take about a week or so to feel better. This of course was before my oiling days. Still, I managed not to take any pain relievers. Just did lots of ice and elevating my legs.
Another fall occurred about 2 1/2 years ago. A friend of mine was over doing Raindrop on me and afterward we were sitting in the kitchen when the phone rang. The phone was back in the the room where she did the Raindrop and so some of the V-6 mixing oil she used for something else got on a plastic mat I had on the floor. I walked back there real fast to get the phone and slid on the mat. My left leg went out in front of me and my big toe on my right foot was hyper-extended to the point where it literally touched the top of my foot. I will never forgot how weird that felt, not to mention the excruciating pain! My friend heard me fall and let out a huge scream. So she came running back and grabbed all the essential oils I had out and started layering them a drop at a time on my big toe. She alternated the oils every minute or so for about 10 minutes while I was flat on my back on the floor. Let me tell you the pain stopped totally within a couple minutes! Although I did not feel it at that moment because of all the essential oils she applied, I bruised the rest of my foot and probably pulled some tendons and ligaments. When I got up off the floor, I could definitely tell my foot suffered an injury even though I had no pain. It just felt very sore. But, I could walk on it normally. I should have went to the emergency room, but stubborn as I am, I chose to keep applying the oils to my foot about every 20 minutes for the next 3 hours or so along with an ice pack in between. I would have continued even longer but this happened around 9pm and being very tired decided to try and sleep since it wasn’t hurting and was not swollen. The next morning surprisingly my big toe and foot was sore but not like it would have been normally from such an injury. Actually, it didn’t feel bad at all. However, I continued applying the oils several times that day and by the next day it was almost like it never happened. Amazing!
I keep a lot of oils sitting out in my massage room. So I know some of the oils she used on my toe were lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, Aroma Siez, Valor, Idaho balsam fir and frankincense. Would you have to use all of these oils like she did? No, but obviously the more different oils you have the better. Even if you only had say lavender, the main thing would be to apply one drop every minute for about 5 to 10 minutes. An injury causes lots of inflammation, so getting the essential oils on often is key to neutralizing it.
Lavender is one oil I will not be without. It is also known as the Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils. It is very versatile and can be used for about anything. It is great for burns, cuts, cold sores, to stop bleeding, sunburn, allergies, and much more. It is also known to have a calming effect which is important if you suffer an injury.
Peppermint is an excellent oil for pain. It also helps with any kind of digestive problem, reduces inflammation, reduces fever, great for poison ivy and poison oak, sinus problems, mental clarity and more.
Wintergreen is also good for pain, arthritis symptoms, muscle and nerve pain, respiratory problems, bones to name a few.
Frankincense has been used for thousands of years and it is said that the ancient Egyptians used it for everything from gout to a broken head. It is also known as the “Holy Anointing Oil.” If used with any other oil, it makes that oil even more effective. Some of its uses are for depression, respiratory infections, inflammation, and stimulating the immune system. We have a frankincense burner and in the last few weeks have burned some of the frankincense resin in our bedroom for just a few minutes before bed. I noticed that it quiets my brain down so that I get a restful nights sleep.
I can’t say enough about the essential oil of Idaho Balsam Fir. This is absolutely one of my favorites. I love the smell of conifer trees. I also recommend to use this oil for about anything and everything. Some of its uses are respiratory infections, fungal infections, general aches and pains, inflammation, helps with high blood pressure and more.
Aroma Siez and Valor are both Young Living Essential Oils blends. Aroma Siez is a combination of basil, cypress, marjoram, lavender, and peppermint. It is very good for inflammation, relaxing muscles and promoting circulation. If you have tight, spasmed, inflamed, aching muscles from an injury, stress or fatigue, this blend is great.
Valor is a blend of rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense and spruce. It helps the body to self-correct its balance and alignment. I like to use it for a number of things including injuries and after reflexology sessions with my clients.
If you suffer any kind of injury that could be serious, be sure to get the medical attention you need, and especially if you are dealing with children. My grandsons, Tyler and Noah have had their share of childhood boo-boos, and we always use essential oils even if medical attention would be needed. If you do have Young Living Oils, start applying the oils as soon as possible after the injury (or have someone else apply them if possible) until you can get to the doctor’s office or emergency room. The oils will help with the pain and speed the healing process. Just another reason Young Living is a daily part of our lives.
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Carol is an essential oil educator and a certified reflexologist. As a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, she teaches the importance of using genuine, authentic essential oils for health and healing. She has been an advocate of natural health and wellness for the past 35 years. Among the things she has studied includes, the use essential oils, iridology, muscle testing, nutrition, tapping and other forms of energy medicine.