I believe that as strongly as I believe the sun is setting this evening and rising tomorrow morning.
Here’s an excellent case in point:
Before going through a divorce and finding it necessary to go back to work for a large law firm (I needed medical coverage and to recoup retirement funds), I worked from home as a virtual paralegal and as a copywriter.
One of my copywriting clients was a very well respected physician who specialized in the treatment of neuropathy. I wrote for him for over a year and learned more than I thought I would ever need to know about neuropathy – causes, symptoms, treatments, studies, you name it.
Fast forward four years and here I sit, still working for a law firm, studying for my Master Herbalist certification, building my home business with Young Living Essential Oils and surrounded by people with neuropathy, including my wonderful significant other (I just can’t bring myself to say boyfriend at my age).
As it turns out, I needed all that information on neuropathy. I just didn’t know I needed it yet.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system (the nerves outside the spinal column) not caused by inflammation but usually caused by a disease or illness that damages those particular nerves.
In order for nerves to function properly, they need good blood flow and the oxygen that comes to them in the blood. Without oxygen, they begin to die. Think of a plant that you forget to water. It begins to wilt, turn brown and eventually die.
In very basic terms, that is what happens to nerves when the circulatory system is compromised by disease or damage. That damage results in what the medical community refers to as neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by:
- Lyme Disease
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer
- Poor nutrition\
- Physical injury
- Mild to severe pain
- Stabbing pain
While these symptoms may seem fairly mild, the burning and tingling goes well beyond the little pain we feel when a limb “goes to sleep” and then “wakes up”. Imagine that feeling multiplied by about 50.
Many neuropathy patients are unable to sleep because it’s extremely painful to have the sheets on their bed touch them. It hurts to walk because it feels like they have raw rice or small pebbles in their shoes. Or the opposite end of the spectrum is difficulty performing normal tasks such as walking, combing their hair, buttoning a shirt or blouse or tying their shoes because their feet or fingers are numb and they can’t feel what they’re doing.
Alternative Treatments for Neuropathy
Treating neuropathy is difficult because the nerves are damaged and it’s hard to repair them once they’re damaged. It can take months or even years to repair the damage caused by neuropathy. If you suffer from neuropathy and want to try treating it without more chemicals in your body, there are essential oils and alternative options to explore.
First, take a look at your diet. The best diet for treating neuropathy symptoms is a whole food diet, increasing your fluid intake (water), avoiding spicy foods, no caffeine, no refined sugar, no smoking and no sodas or carbonated drinks.
Second, talk to a naturopath about appropriate supplements that may help your condition. B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, Brewer’s Yeast, magnesium, lecithin and calcium are all good choices but should only be taken based on your underlying condition. Some supplements may aggravate the cause of your neuropathy so talk to someone about your health as a whole before you start taking supplements
Third, essential oils can be very helpful in improving circulation, relieving pain and inflammation and other neuropathy symptoms.
Essential Oils for Neuropathy
- Roman Chamomile
- Valor (a blend available through Young Living)
Please Note: If your neuropathy is due to chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, do not use these oils. You should steer clear of using any oils that contain phenols. They are contraindicated for chemo or radiation therapy patients (even if you are no longer taking chemo or radiation).
I have had a lot of success in treating neuropathy with the following recipe:
Neuropathy Oil Recipe
- Organic coconut oil or good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Cypress Oil
- Frankincense Oil
- In a small glass jar, place about 3 ounces of organic coconut oil and mix in 30 drops of cypress oil and 30 drops of frankincense oil.
- Stir well with a tongue depressor or wooden skewer to combine well. If you use olive oil as the base, the measures are the same but use a small glass bottle with a dropper and shake the bottle well before each use.
- Apply to the affected area once in the morning and once at night. For best results, apply at night before bedtime and let it soak in before you get in bed.
If your feet or legs are the problem area, resist the temptation to wear socks to bed. Socks compromise the blood flow and will defeat the whole purpose of the oils.
Other alternative therapies are acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, naturopathic medicine or detoxification therapy.
It’s always good to know all your options when dealing with a condition as debilitating as neuropathy can be. Check out all your options and find the best alternative for you.
Have questions about using essential oils? Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
And if you don’t have these oils on hand, click on the Revive Your Life button above to visit my Young Living website, where you will be able to order it.