Quite a handful of essential oils are recommended in pain management and can be safely used at home. Top of the list is lavender essential oil, which has been proven effective against headaches, arthritis, menstrual, muscle, and post-operative pain.
Research also indicated that peppermint essential oil can help ease headaches as well as gastrointestinal, muscle, and neck pain.
Other essential oils that can be used to manage pain are black pepper (muscular aches and pains), rosemary (muscle spasms), clove (toothache), yarrow (joint inflammation), chamomile, and mandarin (they enhance the relaxation response and lower pain perception).
"These essential oils are absorbed through different routes: inhalation, topical absorption, or, in some cases, ingestion [under capsule or pill form]," notes Prevention.
"Inhalation is the fastest and safest way of getting oils into the body."