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Stiff Neck Oil Blend For Sharp Neck Ache


Author: Essential O.
Date: 04-03-2013
Views: 4,269
Word Count: 465
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 8421-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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I woke up one day with a stiff neck. It started all of a sudden and as I tried to get out of bed I experienced a sharp pain. It went on for over a week, only getting worse with each day that went by as I tried not to move it. The pain began on one side of my neck and increased to the other side of my neck and progressed to the point I couldn't turn my head without excruciating pain.

The base of my skull ached in addition to the sharp pain in muscles that went from my skull to my shoulder on either side of my neck. I tried taking maximum strength doses of ibuprofen and acetaminophen. The acetaminophen BARELY made a dent in the pain but it did not improve my condition in any way. I thought the ibuprofen would help to reduce the inflammation.

A friend suggested to me that I really needed a muscle relaxant. We use essential oils all the time and I don't know why it took her telling me that to suddenly think, "I wonder which essential oils work as a muscle relaxant!"

So I went to my supply of essential oils and made a concoction of several oils I had on hand that were known muscle relaxants: the Peace & Calming blend, the JuvaFlex blend, Lavender, Clove, Thyme and Peppermint.

I put about 20 drops each of the single oils and about 10 drops each of the blends into a small roller bottle (I had purchased several for a reasonable price online). Then I rolled it on liberally several times that day, especially at the base of the skull, both sides of the neck, and down the shoulders. I had already stopped taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen so I could tell if my "Stiff Neck Oil Blend" worked, AND IT DID!

I had been sleeping (or dozing, really) all night sitting up on the couch surrounded by pillows. After day 1 of applying the oils, I was able to sleep in my bed. The second night in my bed was even better - as the pain/discomfort was 95% gone!

On day 3 I still had a minor issue of not being able to turn my head as far to the left or right as I could before this all started. However, it feels like just more of being limber now - rather than a - I'm in pain and feel like I could die issue.

I don't think you need all the different oils I used in order to find relief!! Use whatever you have on hand. They all have multiple uses/benefits. I believe the key is to apply it liberally and frequently. Why didn't I try it first? I'm still shaking my head at myself!


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: aches, cervical, fascia, flex, flexing, inflamed, ligaments, nerve, pinched, range of motion, spine, stiffness, tendons.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: spine,muscle-pain — "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
2.Associated topics: muscle-spasm — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
3.Associated topics: muscle-spasm — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
4.Associated topics: muscle-spasm — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
5.Associated topics: pinched-nerve — "Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
6.Associated topics: muscle-spasm,muscle-pain — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
7.Associated topics: muscle-pain — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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