NECK PAIN

ESSENTIAL OILS

Wintergreen. Acts as a natural analgesic to relieve pain and swelling.

Peppermint. Provides a cooling sensation; effectively relieves sore muscles.

Lavender. Soothing and calming to the body and mind.

Black Pepper and Ginger. Warming; promote circulation.

Research
In one study, it was determined that a cream containing a 3 percent concentration of essential oils including black pepper, peppermint and lavender improved range of motion and decreased neck pain compared to those using an unscented cream.

Home Remedy
Neck Relief. Apply 2 to 3 drops of wintergreen, diluted with a carrier oil, onto your neck to relieve pain. A warm compress can be added to intensify wintergreen’s benefits.

Background
Neck pain, soreness and stiffness are some of the most common types of muscle aches that children and adults experience. Triggers include poor posture, exercise-induced strains and repetitive work movements— even strenuous housework and landscaping can bring on a stiff neck. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports or whiplash. Neck pain can also be a symptom of a heart attack, but it often presents with other symptoms of a heart attack. Neck pain or stiffness is sometimes accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in the arms or hands; shooting pain into the shoulder or down the arm often occurs with more serious cases. Chances are your stiff neck can be resolved without the need for drugs or serious intervention.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3. EPA/DHA fats found in fish help reduce inflammation in the body.

» Turmeric Extract. An anti- inflammatory supplement high in antioxidants that helps relieve pain and stiffness.