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Getting Relief From A Torn Meniscus

Author: Susan S.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 05-16-2011
Views: 65,535
Word Count: 314
Questions Received: 3
Testimonial ID: 5880-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 1

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After receiving the news of having a torn meniscus in my right knee, I was in search of relief other than the options given to me at the orthopedics office. I don't want cortisone shots nor do I want to undergo surgery.

I found a combination of oils that seem to work for me and have shared this information with others who also have a torn meniscus at the gym that I frequent. They have also felt some relief and feel they can carry on without cortisone shots as well. Here is what I am using:

* Wintergreen oil: 5-6 drops
* Balsam Fir oil: 4 drops
* Marjoram oil: 4-5 drops
* Lemongrass oil: 3-4 drops
* Frankincense oil: 4 drops

I apply these neat, but if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend using a 50:50 of V-6 Complex or other vegetable oil with the essential oils. I drop the oils onto the area in which the pain is exuding and rub it in with my fingertips, applying pressure to the spot to work it in.

This gives me the relief I need to go to the gym each day. As a matter of fact, I just went for my 3 month check-up since tearing my meniscus today, and the doctor was very impressed with my range of motion and told me to keep up the good work. He told me I do not need to come back unless new symptoms appear.

I also use an ice pack once or twice a week before and after my most strenuous workout days. This is usually 3 hours at the gym (zumba, aerobics, and yoga or body pump).

This oil combination may not heal my meniscus as it is very hard to do so, but it has given relief and I am doing a lot better than I was 3 months ago. My pain level went from a 7 to 1-2!

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Supporting Scientific Study
mobility - "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link

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