As nurses we have to be mindful of our bodies when lifting and transporting patients. Sometimes we have so much going on during our shift that we don’t always take the time to protect ourselves from injury. I know I am guilty from time to time of not raising the patients’ beds before repositioning them or giving them a boost higher in bed.
Then later on l’ll feel a little twinge and think to myself, “I should’ve taken the time to protect my back.”
I see so many nurses with broken down bodies from injuries that occurred at work.
The conventional way of dealing with pain is of course taking pain medication, prescription or over the counter. While the pain meds offer temporary relief, we know there are some downsides including the risk of narcotic addiction, side effects from using too many nsaids, etc.
I wanna talk a little bit about the benefit of essential oils for pain. I know this may sound unconventional for many but hear me out.
Many essential oils are highly effective at soothing pain and inflammation when applied topically.
Peppermint is an essential oil that has many benefits including soothing inflammation from pain. It’s primary make-up is menthol, which is a well-known pain-reliever used in a number of over-the counter and prescription pain products for pain relief. The best part is there really are no downsides to peppermint. Rubbing a few drops to the affected area provides immediate relief.
Another essential oil that’s very effective for pain is called Panaway. It is actually an essential oil blend of helichrysum, wintergreeen, clove, and peppermint designed to ease tight sore muscles and soothe sore joints and ligaments.
The essential oils go to work on the pain by penetrating the skin to normalize inflammation, improve circulation, calm the nerves, reduce swelling and accelerate healing.
Our bodies will experience pain from time to time. Unfortunately pain is inevitable. So it’s good to know of natural remedies as an alternative to pain medications. There is an abundance of safe and effective ways to manage pain naturally.
If you currently have pain, how are you treating it? Let me know your comments below
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?