BACK PAIN

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint and Wintergreen. Cool inflamed joints andreduce back pain.

Frankincense. Improves circulation; helps reduce inflammation associated with back pain.

Cypress. Helps to improve circulation and tissue repair.

Turmeric. Contains anti- inflammatory compounds, which may reduce inflammation.

Research
A recent study found that aromatherapy, particularly the use of rosemary, lavender and citrus, works as an effective non- pharmacological method of therapy for patients with dementia. Patients showed improvement in cognitive function after regular inhalation

Home Remedy
Muscle Rub. Pour 1⁄2 cup of coconut oil and 1⁄4 cup of grated beeswax into a glass jar. Place the jar in a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium-low heat. Allow the contents to melt. Add 2 teaspoons of either cayenne powder or turmeric powder. Once combined, allow it to cool slightly and add 15 drops each of peppermint oil and lavender oil. Mix well and allow it to set.

Background
Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. While anyone can have back pain, factors that increase your risk are age, poor physical fitness, being overweight, heredity, your job, pregnancy and chronic conditions such as arthritis. Low back pain can also be a warning sign of spinal abnormalities or a result of poor posture. The most common treatments for back pain are NSAIDS, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, along with more potent prescription pain medications. These drugs can have adverse side effects and have been linked to liver damage and intestinal bleeding.

Suggested Supplements

» Fish Oil. Contains omega-3 fats, which help reduce inflammation in the body.

» Bone Broth Protein Powder and Collagen. Contain amino acids, including proline and glycine, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin, which support joint and tissue repair.