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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{ 11 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

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.

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.

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.

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