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Treatment of Sprains with Essential Oils


Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments that normally occur when a joint is twisted or hit in a way the forces it out of its normal position. Minor sprains respond very well to treatment at home; essential oils, ice, rest, elevation, and compression help ease the pain. If you heard a cracking noise at the time of injury or if swelling or discoloration is severe, see your doctor for an X-ray. You should also see your doctor even if an affected limb is not a weight-bearing limb.

Peppermint Compress: 


Peppermint essential oil penetrates deep into tissue to temporarily stop the pain. Using it in concert with a cold compress can help alleviate pain while keeping swelling to a minimum.



  1. Using your fingertips, apply peppermint essential oil to the sprained area, using as much as is required to thinly coat the sprain.
  2. In a medium glass bowl, add the cold water.
  3. Submerge a towel in the water, wring it out, apply the compress to the affected area and elevate the sprained limb. Leave the compress in place until it warms to body temperature.
  4. Repeat this treatment every 1 to 2 hours during the first day of the injury, and repeat this treatment as needed thereafter.

Thyme Salve: 


Thyme essential oil is both an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory, making it the ideal remedy for soothing sprains.



  1. Using your fingertips, apply the carrier oil to the affected area, followed by the thyme essential oil.
  2. Elevate the sprained limb and rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Repeat this treatment up to 3 times a day until the pain and inflammation subside.
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