Essential oils are wonderful and useful as all get out. I'm pleased with a number of them, but this week my focus is on mint.
It worked wonders on me.
The nerve cut during my hernia operation in June started waking up right on schedule in mid-December.
I'm grateful for this, don't get me wrong, but it hurt. While not debilitating there were days when I wondered if the amount of pain was normal and should I see a doctor about it?
Meanwhile, I'd been using peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) ) on occasion for digestive issues and it's always good for breathing. I'd gone to a local store to get some and there learned mint was good for pain relief, notably arthritis, as well.
This was news to me so I checked it out on myself.
One day while I was contemplating going to a doctor about the nerve pain I wondered if it would help.
It did, and then some.
I played with a few other oils like wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) which did well as well, and Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) which in my case was useless.
But it all came back to mint.
I used it for about a month although I did switch it with wintergreen on occasion as I have read that mint is not great for one's heart if one uses it too long.
Then one day the pain was barely noticeable. I have the occasional twinge as the area isn't done healing, but I don't need anything on it anymore, and for that I am grateful.
*This is anecdotal to me. It is not intended as medical advice and neither should it be construed as such.
The Big Idea: Paul Cornell
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