Essential Oils and Neuropathy

Essential Oils and NeuropathyEvents, knowledge, experiences in life are brought to you to educate and prepare you for what is coming into your life in the future.

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:

  • Diabetes
  • Epstein-Barre
  • Lyme Disease
  • Shingles
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer
  • Poor nutrition\
  • Physical injury

Neuropathy Symptoms

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Swelling
  • Stabbing pain
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness

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
  • Eucalyptus*
  • Cedarwood
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum*
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 susie@oldsouthessentialoils.com. 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.

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13 Responses to Essential Oils and Neuropathy

  1. Margaret Layman says:

    I have neuropathy due to having cancer and chemotherphy. I am unable to find cypress oil. I have frankincense, Is there a substitute? Thanks, Margaret

  2. I am going to try this I have neuropathy and my feet feel like they are walking on pebbles and it is very difficult to walk. I have tried seizure meds, but they make me sleepy ugh..

  3. Holly Anderle says:

    Margaret, Cypress Oil is available through Young Living. I used it on my husband throughout his chemotherapy to boost his white cell count and it seemed to help. I think Susie has her Young Living website linked here: https://www.youngliving.org/sbryan

    I hope your treatment goes well and that your neuropathy resolves.

  4. Courtney says:

    Thank you for the wonderful article. I suffer from neuropathy on my face and side of my head and am unable to figure out the root cause. YL Frankincense Essential Oil has certainly helped reduce the time of suffering between bouts.

  5. Shirley davis says:

    I’d like to know more about the oils and where I can buy it

    • Susie Bryan says:

      Hi Shirley! You can buy the oils through my site (click on the Revive Your Life button and it will take you straight to my website with Young Living. If you have specific questions about the oils, just fire away and I’ll do my best to answer them.

  6. Diagnosed with slight Neuropathy in feet and legs this Spring. Legs get black and blue marks from nowhere it seems, severe cramping in shines when walking too much. Diet not the best over the years, changing this, sodas, sweetaholic, all the bad things, paying as I age for my “Youthful Follies” Thank you for your suggestions, greatly appreciated. Use the oils and more vegetables and fruit….

    • Susie Bryan says:

      Thanks, Earlene! I know what you mean by the youthful follies! I really had to clean up my act, too and the oils have worked wonders!

  7. Sherian says:

    Where did you get the information that phenols were contraindicated for chemotherapy? I know several people that have used EOs while taking chemo. They just don’t use them the day before, during or day after their chemo treatment.

    I have searched many places to try and find this information and can’t locate it anywhere.

    • Susie Bryan says:

      Sorry about the confusion. I know it looks a little strange in the post but the only 2 on that list that you should avoid are helichrysum and eucalyptus because of the phenol content. The rest are just fine and, in many cases, will really help with the chemo symptoms.

  8. Elena Guzman says:

    can you please refer to the research data you used for the following? Thank you.

    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).

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