| Taimoor Ghani
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, which begins in the lower back and runs through the back side of the legs, is compromised for some reason. Symptoms include shooting pain, leg weakness, pain in the legs when sitting, and low back pain. If essential oils and stretching don't help ease the pain, see your doctor; sciatica can be symptomatic and of degenerative disc disease and other serious conditions.
Bergamot essential oil is a strong anti-inflammatory that can help stop the pain at the originating point, which is usually along the lower spine rather than in the buttocks, hips or legs, where cramping is occurring. Using your fingertips, apply 3 or 4 drops of bergamot essential oil directly to the lower spine, following it with a few drops of carrier oil to prevent irritation at the site. Repeat this treatment once a day as needed, following a good stretch and a hot bath.
Rosemary-Peppermint Massage Oil:
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils penetrate deep into tissues to relax muscles and ease the pain. Stretch before applying this massage oil and make it even more effective by taking a hot bath prior to application.
1 Tablespoon Carrier Oil
- In a small glass bowl, add the carrier oil along with the rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils, and stir to combine.
- Using your fingertips, apply the blend to the lower back, buttocks, and hips, and massage it into the skin, taking care to avoid the anus, as these essential oils can cause stinging. Rub with moderate pressure, using long, firm strokes.
- Repeat this treatment up to 2 times a day until symptoms subside.