Essential Oils for Neuralgia Relief: Quick and Gone!

by Cynthe on November 10, 2010

woman holding her jaw in painLast month I woke up with a dull earache and annoying pain radiating from my right ear along my upper & lower jaw. I didn’t want to spoil our vacation with pain as it was the night before we were to leave on an impromptu driving vacation to the Pacific Northwest. Plus…I was worried about an untimely ear, sinus, tooth or gum infection!

Pressed on my ear to clear the Eustachian tubes, but the discomfort still nagged. Carefully rubbed around each of my teeth to check my gums. They were fine. Pressed across the base of my sinuses from my nose to the outer jaw along the pain line. The sinuses didn’t seem swollen or inflamed.

Hmm? Wondered what could be going on? Seriously considered using Aspirin or other analgesic (such as Ibuprofen), an indication of how uncomfortable I really was since I rarely EVER take meds. Simply am not a pill-taking sort of person.

In thinking through my options, realized pain meds like those were only going to mask the symptoms and not HEAL whatever was irritating the facial nerve. Then, amused at my overlooking the obvious, I told myself to use some of our essential oils stash as I have $100’s worth purchased over the years.

medical illustration of painful facial nerves

Medical illustration of inflamed, painful facial nerves

Which Essential Oils Would Be Most Effective for the Neuralgia?

Since my quick self check pretty much ruled out an infection, figured I was dealing with some sort of virus irritating the major facial nerve VII  (the same one dentists dull with Novocaine to do fillings). Nerve irritation and pain are symptoms of INFLAMMATION. So, that was the key. Which essential oils are BOTH anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving)?

photo of german chamomile flowers therapeutic essential oil bottle by original swiss aromatics

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a gently healing therapeutic essential oil contains the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds of all essential oils.

Two popped to mind immediately: GERMAN CHAMOMILE and PEPPERMINT.

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German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a gently healing, deep indigo blue, therapeutic essential oil, contains chamaluzene, the strongest anti-inflammatory ingredient in ALL essential oils, and alpha-bisabolol (an important indicator of value). The most bio-active compounds in German Chamomile, both exhibit anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic (fever reducing & anti-inflammatory), antiseptic and anti-spasmodic effects.

It also has lactone compounds like coumarin with a distinctive “green / freshly mown grass” fragrance renown for anti-inflammatory effects that may be used to reduce lymphedema swelling & puffiness, as a nervous system sedative (calming / pain-killing), while being supportive of the liver (detoxing), and an immune system booster (minimizing auto-immune dysfunction).

PROPERTIES: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, decongestant, digestive tonic and is hormone-like.

photo of young living peppermint essential oil with peppermint plant

Young Living Peppermint therapeutic essential oil is effective for pain relief.

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(Mentha piperita) has a strong, fresh, clean, minty aroma. This powerfully healing essential oil enhances the theraputic effects of the other essential oils when layered on after using other oil. It’s often diluted for topical applications.

PROPERTIES: Analgesic / Bone-Nerve Pain, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory for Prostate & Nerves, antiseptic, antispasmodic, refreshing & invigorating, nerve stimulant.

Application of Essential Oils For Nerve Pain Relief

I used 1 full strength drop each of both German Chamomile & Peppermint therapeutic-quality essential oils ~ rubbed gently into my skin along the pain pathway until completely absorbed (less than a few minutes time).

I also applied second drops of both essential oil on the back of my neck at the base of my hairline. This was to calm the nerve(s) as close to the source of the inflammation as possible, where it initiates from the brain stem & spinal column since I suspected latent Herpes virus to be the irritating culprit.

Within 15 minutes or less, the pain was noticeably less. I went back to sleep for a couple more hours. By the time I woke up, the pain was GONE and never returned!

We had a lovely vacation. And you can bet, I took my favorite ‘must have’ essential oils and blends along, just in case I might need them myself or for someone else.


Facial Nerve paths credits:
Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator; C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist.

Peppermint herb
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A Farm Project: CHAMOMILE – GERMAN by Richard Alan Miller © 1999 offers a scientific discussion of German Chamomile’s active compounds with commercial cultivation suggestions and research comparing various medicinal preparations: steam distillation vs. alcoholic extracts, herbal teas (tissanes), etc.

Info on Facial Nerve VII:
The motor part and sensory part of the facial nerve enters the petrous temporal bone into the internal auditory meatus (intimately close to the inner ear) then runs a tortuous course (including two tight turns) through the facial canal, emerges from the stylomastoid foramen and passes through the parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands, where it divides into five major branches.

The facial nerve is the seventh cranial nerve, performs both motor and sensory functions. Branching up from the brain stem, it divides into smaller nerves that reach into the face, neck, salivary glands and the outer ear. These branches control the muscles of the neck, the facial expressions, and the muscles of the forehead. They also stimulate secretions of the lower jaw and those salivary glands which are in the front of the mouth. Along with this, they report taste sensations from the front two-thirds of the tongue and carry sensations from the outer ear.

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used therapeutic essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

marie freeman November 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

what about lower back pain ana lumps on bottom of feet

Cynthe November 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

Hi Marie ~ Give these essential oils a try. They’re amazing for anti-inflammatory effects and pain relief. What’s causing the lumps on the bottoms of your feet? That sounds really unusual to me?

christy Anderson June 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

hi there
My friend has had tmj pain for years. A dentist just made a terrible mistake and broke her tmj mold of 20 years by propping her mouth open too wide. It sent fragments into her nerves there. Complex nerves there as you know. She has been in bed on anesthesia (her husband is a doctor) and can not move due to the severe pain. Wringing her hands all day. She is a loving mom, my best friend since childhood, the strongest Christian I know and has 8 kids naturally and 2 adopted this year. She is keeping the faith but the pain meds have shut down her intestines. She has to take a shot in the tummy and miralax to move them. This is dangerous if she goes septic. We are hoping and praying for a breakthrough…a way to get her pain down do the gut can heal and a doctor to fix her jaw. The nerve block Friday was unsuccessful, sadly. We are still praying. My friend Jolean told me about you. Did I meant you in Mt. Dora at Christmas? You look familiar. Do you have any ideas for me for the pain and inflammation and digestive situation. We are so wanting to help her and don’t want to lose her. thank you so much

Leann October 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Christy, how is your friend? I have neuralgia and a topical cream of capsaicin and lidocaine have helped me. I tried clove oil orally on the area of nerve pain and rubbed it full strength on my face. So far, my pain has decreased. I’m praying for your friend. Please, let me know if I can help.

Cynthe October 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

Readers FYI: I replied to Christy privately by email as her friend’s situation sounded so awful I thought possibly it could have been a spam comment. Turns out it was real… Here’s my initial reply:

6-4-14 Hi Christy ~ What an awful situation for your friend!

There ARE essential oils that can reduce pain w/o impairing intestinal function and help the body heal nerves and other damage. The pain is an indication of the physical trauma and on-going irritation to her nerves, of course. Essential oils are not likely to remove a physical object embedded in her tissues.

My concern is that she’s been in this situation for awhile (how long)? Can surgery be done to remove those fragments ASAP, so she can begin to recover? Why the delay? If she doesn’t have a replacement TMJ mold to use that could also be a source of on-going pain.

Although I am a Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist with hundreds of hours of study and over a decade of essential oils use experience, I am NOT considered a medical professional in the USA. Therefore I cannot prescribe. I can do more research / share what others have done to deal with severe pain and physical trauma (as a paid health consultation via our Aromatherapy For You service).

I can also recommend a friend, who does energetic Theta healing prayerwork. That process may be able to support your friend’s body in rejecting the mold fragments and healing the TMJ issue.

Best wishes to your friend. Let us know what she decides to do.
After numerous email exchanges over 3 days with helpful option suggestions, the family likely made it’s own decisions on how to proceed.

George Tallabas October 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

I have pain from my neck that shoots down to my shoulder an right arm that is chronic. Doctors believe it is cause by block nerves. Does Matricaria recutita work for this and if so how to I buy it to try it?

Cynthe October 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

Hi George ~ Have your doctors checked your neck for vertebrae injuries or bone spurs irritating your nerve?

Yes, pure steam-distilled German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) essential oil reduces inflammation and eases pain. Suggest using it in combination with Lavender and Peppermint essential oils. You may purchase quality oils from various on-line suppliers like NaturesGift, and OriginalSwissAromatics, etc. Or from health food grocery stores like Whole Foods. Where do you live?

Lize McDonald November 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

I could’ve been the author to this article….my reason for the pain is probably different from most….I have a childhood history of……injury….my skull and face have dozens of fractures, breaks, none of which were ever treated….fast forward to my late 30’s when a ct w/contrast showed the massive damages…..FINALLY, I had an explanation for the bone/face pain! The light sensitivity and pain from weather/pressure changes……now for the bad news…..I’m not a candidate for most options to fix or to reduce pain(injections) no way to know where all the displaced nerves are. I’ve used essential oils for years…but nothing helps when it’s bad like it is now. I knew the Chamomile would help, but had no idea which to try….I’ve been applying to the back of my neck, but wasn’t putting it in the right place. I read this, got out my oils and put them on, (won’t have the Chamomile until tomorrow) But applying the Lavender & Peppermint oil on my jay(uncut) and the hairline on the back of my neck…..15 minutes later…..most relief I’ve had in 3 weeks…..

Cynthe November 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

What awful suffering you’ve endured! Lize,

Glad you found our article….and happy to hear Lavender and Peppermint EOs are offering you welcome relief! Awesome!! The key is to use essential oils with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and nerve soothing properties. You could also consider trying Rose Geranium and Helichrysum in your treatments. Keep us informed with what works for you. Much appreciation for sharing your comment with us.

Lize McDonald November 6, 2015 at 7:22 am

Thank you so much Cynthe….I’m definitely going to give those a try….Blessings to you & yours!

Cynthe November 6, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Thanks! Lize ~ Have a lovely weekend.

Kayla April 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

I got brow lift 5 months ago now i am illness like can walk and my head my face lightly numb I feeling my nerve can’t heal and it get worse by day
After surgery my nose bridge both side twitch bad and now it painful inside my face my tongue twitching my my inner ears pain and ringing bad
My Balance. problem
Should my nerve healing and myself get to normal
By time
Or should Doctor with surgery to fix the nerve?
I am dying now
Someone please help
I have 4 lovely children I need to be strong mom to taking care of them
Thank all

Cynthe April 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Kayla ~ Sounds like you are very uncomfortable. Have you talked to your doctor who did the surgery? Are these symptoms you are having normal for that surgery? Are you on any medications? If so, could the symptoms be related to medications? Tell us what your doctors’ say, then we may be able to help with essential oils that do assist nerves to heal and with some balance issues.

Kayla April 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm

I glad to meet you. He don’t Know how to do brow lift
He mistake my nerves
My face muscle twitched bad than I got botox injection
Had been 2 month and now it start twitching again
Now under my nose or top of my mouth roof is very painful like pain go to my brain
My head muscles pull and turn my head off my inner ears hurt and right ear ringing. I went to many Doctor most of them said I am waiting for time nerve healing them self for 6 months to year or over
But I don’t feel my nerve healing I feeling it go worse now my head pain out of control what I should do I need to come to the hospital? Please help thankful

Kayla April 28, 2016 at 8:35 pm

My FACIAL nerve disorder it effect my spinal? After surgery my neck and full back really painful, my body weakness
I went to hospital 4 weeks ago and did all test they did MRI MY NECK STRAY bad, MRI MY BRAIN GOOD
They just give me the muscle relax medicine
But my nerve pain that medicine can’t help
I can’t take gabapentin
Have any pain medicine for nerve pain for you to recommend me?
Should I get nerves surgery to repair my FACIAL nerve?
I can’t live with nerve painful and body weakness for years
Please help, what should I do?
I hope you understand me, I am not writing good in English
Thank all

Cynthe April 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Kayla ~ Sounds like your facial surgery went very wrong. Please do not do any more botox. That will not be useful, except for a very short time.
Do you have health insurance? Do you have a regular doctor, who could refer you to a good cosmetic surgeon who would know what nerves have been injured and help you? You need a good doctor who understands what has happened and what you are experiencing and is willing to help.

The doctors you have talked to are correct telling you nerves take a long time to heal. They do. Essential oils very well may be able to help your nerves heal faster, but my concern is your ‘out-of-control’ pain. Oils might be able to help, but I don’t know for sure? Have any doctors been willing to prescribe pain medication for you? Of course, pain meds have to be given carefully because many can cause addiction problems. The essential oils never would.

Have you used essential oils before? Do you have any at your home?

Kayla April 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

Yes , I have peppermint. But it doesn’t. Last long
Where I can buy essential oils ?
I don’t have any Insurrance.
Today I go to see a doctor who expiriance for brow lift roblem . I hop he will help full
Thank all

Kayla April 29, 2016 at 7:07 am

Hello everry one ,
How is nurve grow to heal ? I don’t feel my nurves healing
It going wose. Now I can’t do any thing and can’t. Eat well My body weakness and pain full I am going to. Dy
What I can do to management the pain ?

Cynthe April 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

Kayla ~ I understand your English mostly. I’m not sure what you mean by “my neck stray bad.” Do you mean VERY bad?

Just so you understand about the facial nerves and spinal nerve and how it affects your neck…those 5 major facial nerves ALL come from one brain nerve at the top of the spine. So if the facial nerves are damaged, then it WOULD affect your neck and over all spinal nerve. What a terrible situation!!

Does the doctor who did the surgery work at the hospital you went to? You, your husband, and family should seriously consider a medical malpractice lawsuit. It will take you a long time to heal and the surgeon should not be doing this work at all!!

Are you able to pay for my time in a full consultation to research what essential oils are best for nerve pain and healing? I can would find out if your body nerve damage will respond well to essential oils and which ones would be best for you to use.

If you can’t afford a consultation, then I would suggest you buy and use the oils discussed in my articles on pain. Buy ONLY steam-distilled pure essential oils (not dilutions / not cheap oils) for their medicinal properties. Pure essential oils will disappear into your skin within seconds. You don’t need to wipe them off.

WARNING: If you use PEPPERMINT essential oil (which is very good for nerves / pain), use it last on top of the other essential oils. It will make your eyes make tears. That’s okay, just keep your eyes shut until it evaporates. Be CAREFUL and NEVER get essential oils in your eyes!!

Cynthe April 29, 2016 at 7:31 am

Kayla ~ Essential oils have to be used often. The body uses their healing compounds and then you need to put on more. Keep your oils with you and use them as much as you need to. I buy some of my essential oils from Nature’s Gift. They have good quality oils. To research more information for you we will have to do a paid consultation.

Hope the doctor you go to see can give you good advice and encouragement.

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