Kandala Essential Oil Blend for Muscle and Joint Pain Relief
According to a study funded by the Institute of Medicine Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education the economic cost associated with health care expenditures, loss of work, disability, inability to perform regular duties as a result of pain costs the United States almost $700 billion annually. And according to the Disease State Report by the American Medical Communications, more than 100 million adults in the country are in chronic pain including pains from arthritis. Those are staggering numbers.
Having acute or chronic pain can majorly impact a person’s life: not being able to take care of themselves at home, work duties, leisure activities – the inability to be self-reliable in any of these areas can make life unbearable for someone who experiences pain. Those same limitations can subsequently lead to stress, inactivity, diabetes, obesity and many other health problems associated with either one of the before-mentioned conditions.
The medical community is quick to prescribe pain medication and NSAIDs. If prescribed for short-term treatment of pain, most people likely get through such temporary circumstances as long as they are aware and handle appropriately potential side effects from pain medication such as drowsiness, constipation, and nausea; There have also been reports of people losing consciousness and even falling into a coma.
On the flip side, there are millions and millions of people that suffer from chronic pain. For them pain medication becomes a staple in their lives. And along with it all the side effects. Additionally, the body builds tolerance to repeated drug intake and over time, people may have to increase the dosage of their pain medication or switch to more powerful pain killers such as opioids (codeine, acetaminophen, Demerol, morphine, et. al.). Either can lead to dependence and abuse. These narcotics also have more serious side effects.
While the use of pain medication may be necessary depending on the severity of the condition, there are alternatives that can either supplement pain medication or assist in better, more healthful pain management.
Aromatherapy has gained popularity and credibility across various professional and societal circles. Research and studies over the years have provided proof that aromatherapy and essential oils do offer properties that help many different health conditions, as well as pain.
Kandala is now offering Muscle Soothing Essential Oil Blend which has many health supporting properties, but those specific to alleviating aches and pains include:
- anti-spasmodic (relieving spasms)
- analgesic (pain reliever)
- stimulates blood circulation
These properties can be the answer to more healthful pain management for every day aches and pains, such as sore muscles, headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, etc. as well as spams and tension. They are an alternative to prescription pain killers and over-the-counter drugs, which can have harmful side effects. Muscle and joint pain can cause limited
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Muscle Soothing blend contains essential oils of Peppermint (Mentha Piperita), Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), German chamomile oil (Matricaria chamomilla). The combination of these 5 essential oils offer the following pain management benefits, as well as other effects on our overall wellness:
- Relieve muscle pain
- Relieve joint pain
- Release tight muscles and spasms
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote blood circulation
- Stimulate mental well-being
- Reduce fever
- Support digestive system
- Effective containing nausea and motion sickness
Peppermint Essential Oil:
The Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Essential Oil in the Kandala blend is extracted from the Peppermint leaves by steam distillation. It has a particularly high content of Mentha Piperita and is of strong minty flavor.
The element most effective for its pain relieving property is calcium antagonism. It has a cooling effect and thus helps reduce fever, relieve swelling and inflammation.
Wintergreen Essential Oil:
Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens) oil is also steam distilled from the leaves of wintergreen plants. Though it is topically used as pain relief for a host of illnesses, including muscle aches and pains, excessive concentrations of wintergreen should be avoided: it contains high concentrations of methyl salicylate, which is the active ingredient in aspirin and can be found in most traditional muscle and joint creams. At lower concentrations such as found in this essential oil blend, Wintergreen has the soothing effect on painful muscles and joints and helps with conditions like poor circulation, headache, tendinitis, inflammation, joint pain, ulcers and more.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil:
This oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the evergreen Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus Globulus), which is a member of the myrtle family. Eucalyptus oil has long been used as an expectorant, i.e. it encourages the body to excrete mucus and toxins. As such it is known to be effective combating colds and flus as well as clearing the sinuses and allergies.
Eucalyptus dilates blood vessels and as such helps with asthma and bronchitis as it opens up the blood vessels to allow more oxygen into the lungs. The organic compound Cineole is contributed to reducing inflammation and pain, reducing headaches, joint pain and muscle tension.
Other worldly uses of Eucalyptus oil extend to household use as a cleaner which has anti-microbial properties, air freshener, spot remover, as well as to promote wound healing. And to give credit to smart choices made by animals: the Koala bears in the woods of Australia love these leaves, too.
Camphor Essential Oil:
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) oil has a warming/cooling effect on the skin and underlying tissues, making it alone an effective pain reliever in treating joint and muscle pain. It is extracted from laurel trees and distilled as a sap. Camphor’s chemical makeup make it easily absorbed by the skin.
German Chamomile Essential Oil:
German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is steam distilled from the dried flowers of the plant. It’s a natural antiseptic, and is used for the treatment of allergies, chest cold, digestive issues and toothache pain relief. The most effective compound within German Chamomile is Azulene which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that relieves muscle and joint pain and spasm. Chamomile stimulates blood circulation and encourages the secretion of toxins, both of which are essential for effective pain management for muscle and joints as well as more serious effects of rheumatism.
Chamomile’s analgesic properties lower just about any pain and discomfort within the body to include headaches, tooth aches, sinuses as well as bone injuries. When used for muscle and joint pain, it is often mixed with other ingredients to help boost its pain management capabilities for more serious issues like neck pain, shoulder pain or any other joint and muscle pain.
How to Use Kandala Muscle Soothing
Kandala Muscle Soothing Essential Oil Blend contains therapeutic-grade, pure essential oils that are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, avocado, argan, coconut, jojoba or olive oil. Add 6-8 drops to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or body lotion and massage the mixture into the affected area several times a day and find relief from:
- Neck pain, shoulder pain, leg pain, and any other body aches
- Cramps and spasms
Hot and cold compresses – these are two types of treating muscle and joint pain:
Hot compresses are for old injuries: heat up 2 cups of water as hot as you can take it and add 5-15 drops of Kandala Muscle Relief blend. Immerse a cloth or bandage into the water, wring it out and put it on the painful area. Replace with renewed warm compress as it cools off.
Cold compresses are for fresh injuries and sprains: mix 5-15 drops of the Muscle Relief blend with room temperature water and ensure it is mixed in well – oil and water don’t like each other. Once mixed, place the water in the refrigerator to bring down the temperature. Place the cold compress as cold as you can take it on your injury and replace as it warms up.
If you simply like the fresh smell of peppermint and eucalyptus, place 4-6 drops into a diffuser and enjoy.
The essential oils in the Kandala Muscle Soothing blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
A quick overview of the chemical composition of the essential oils in the Kandala Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend:
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita): menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate and pulegone.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens): methyl salicylate, a-pinene, myrcene, delta-3-carene, limonene, 3,7-guaiadiene, and delta-cadinene.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus): a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol.
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora): a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, furfural, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene, borneol, piperitone, geraniol, safrole, cinnamaldehyde, methyl cinnamate and eugenol.,
German chamomile oil (Matricaria chamomilla): chamazulene, a-bisabolol, bisabolol oxide A, bisabolol oxide B and bisabolone oxide A.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.