RECUMBENT WINTERGREEN, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PAR EXCELLENCE
A shrub of the woods and marshes, wintergreen has been used since time immemorial for its painkiller and anti-inflammatory properties. Its essential oil, very popular with athletes, is ideal for joint or muscle pain, thanks to its molecules of methyl salicylate.
Use: Pour two drops of wintergreen essential oil lying in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (arnica, monophyly chlorophyll…). Massage the painful areas — 3 times a day maximum for seven days maximum.
Precautions: Perform a skin test before application – Do not apply pure on the skin – Do not inhale – Not suitable for pregnant or lactating women, children under six years old, people on heparins, anticoagulant or with disorders of the clotting, to people with allergies to salicylates (allergies to aspirin and aspirin derivatives) – Do not use in people with eczema, asthma, ulcer, hiatal hernia, bleeding, or having recently undergoes or have surgery.
LEMON EUCALYPTUS, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND PAINKILLER
Tree with the smell of lemongrass, eucalyptus grows in Australia. Anti-inflammatory, the essential oil of lemon eucalyptus combats joint pain (rheumatism, arthritis, tendinitis, sciatica …), muscle pain (body aches, body aches) and back (lumbago …) thanks to its citronellal molecules.
Use: Pour two drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (arnica, Calophyllum neophyte…). Massage the painful areas — 3 times a day maximum for seven days maximum.
Precautions: Perform a skin test before application – Do not apply pure on the skin – Not suitable for pregnant women under three months, children under three years.
LE LAVANDIN, THE 2 IN 1
A natural hybrid of elegant lavender and aspic lavender, lavender is an excellent painkiller. Its essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the molecules of monoterpene esters and sesquiterpene carbides which compose it. Her little extra? Bring calm, serenity, while promoting natural and restful sleep to spend magical nights and soothing days.
Use: Pour two drops of lavender essential oil in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (arnica, Calophyllum neophyte…). Massage the painful areas. Three times a day maximum for three weeks maximum. Take a week’s break before trying again.
Precautions: Perform a skin test before application – Do not apply pure on the skin – Not suitable for pregnant women under three months, children under three months and people with epilepsy.
Did you know? A pharmacist from Grasse, in the South of France, showed that 1ml of wintergreen was stronger than 1.4g of aspirin. Indeed, wintergreen essential oil contains 90% methyl salicylate which, absorbed orally or applied to the skin, turns into salicylic acid, the same primary active metabolite of the drug Aspirin (acetyl acid salicylic).
Wintergreen HE is therefore recommended in case of joint and muscle pain. It is useful in relieving various ailments such as body aches, contractures, tendonitis, cramps etc. Diluted in vegetable oil, you will apply it by massaging the affected area.
The essential oils of cajeput, lemon, laurel and cloves have an anti-neuralgic action, while lavender, peppermint or clary sage are anti-inflammatory. The wintergreen is particularly suitable for the treatment of joint pain with an inflammatory nature, such as sports injuries or arthritis. Against sprains, rosemary can also be used.
Compresses, massages in a carrier oil, aromatic baths are the main modes of application. But there are also ready-to-use preparations, in the form of ointments or ointments with essential oils for joint pain or trauma. These preparations often incorporate a base of camphor, traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory action.