Are you familiar with the fact that the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body? This nerve actually starts in your spine and runs down to your legs.
Furthermore, sciatica is the name given to any type of pain triggered by compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve. It is characterized by aches, trembling or numbness sensation in your buttocks, legs and feet. Sciatica often affects only one side of your lower body.
It is triggered by pressure on the nerve from a prolapsed disk in your spine. Also, it can be caused by poor sitting habits or sitting for a prolonged period of time. It can also be triggered by heavy lifting, stress, or a tumor. That’s not all, many pregnant women also experience sciatica.
Luckily, there are a number of stretches that can help provide sciatica pain relief. Namely, piriformis stretch, seated hip stretch, pigeon pose, and self-trigger point therapy with a foam roller or tennis ball are some simple and effective stretches that can be practiced at home. They are effective at alleviating sciatica.
You can also lie on the back and draw the knees to the chest or support them by a chair. You should also rest the head on a pillow. Practice this for about 10 minutes.
What’s more, you can also relieve sciatica by using some essential oils and herbs.
How to Use Essential Oils for Sciatica Pain Relief
You can apply a few essential oils to your skin in order to alleviate sciatica. You should combine them with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil for best results. Next, gently massage it into the affected area. You can also cover the affected area with a warm cloth to help your muscles relax even more. It is important to know the scientific community has still yet to thoroughly study the therapeutic effects of essential oils on humans. However, a large number of people have anecdotally reported positive effects of these essential oil massages.
You can alleviate sciatica by using any of the following essential oils:
- Pepper Essential Oil
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Juniper Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Mustard Oil
Also, you can add a combination of any of these essential oils to your bathwater (15 drops for normal skin and 10 drops for sensitive skin). Keep in mind that an extremely effective blend is mustard and juniper or pepper.
Other Effective Natural Remedies to Provide Sciatica Pain Relief Include:
- Add some fresh thyme or oregano to your bathwater;
- Saffron tea;
- Nettle tea;
- You can use celery tea or celery juice to help alleviate sciatica pain;
- Rub fresh lemon juice on the affected area.
Essential oils are strong and highly concentrated. That’s why you should check the specific safety data provided. In addition, avoid contact with your eyes and mucus membranes. If they come in contact with your eyes, wash out your eyes with a vegetable oil like olive oil.
If you have sensitive skin and apply some essential oils topically, you may experience skin irritation. So, you should do a patch test before use. Simply place a drop on the back of your wrist and allow it to act for about 60 minutes or more. In case you notice redness or irritation, wash the area with olive oil. Afterwards, wash it with cold water and avoid using the oil.
Plus, keep out of reach of pets, children, and the elderly.
You should not ingest essential oils except while under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
- C. George. ”Sciatica Exercises & Home Treatment: Simple, Effective Care For Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome”;
- Johnson, Scott. ˮEvidence-based Essential Oil Therapy: The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic and Clinical Application of Essential Oilsˮ;