Essential Oils & Pain - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

6:00 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve disorder that affects the wrist and hand. It causes swelling, tingling, loss of strength and pain. There are small bones inside the wrists that form a carpal tunnel or a grove. Tendons and the median nerve that controls the sensations and feelings in the palm side of your hand  passes through this tunnel to get from the forearm to the hand. When the tissues inside the tunnel swell and become irritated  they pinch the wrist nerve causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Repetitive movements of the hands and fingers for a prolonged time without rest can put pressure on the nerve. Hormonal changes that causes fluid retention can also cause pressure and swelling in the carpal tunnel. Inflammatory arthritis in the wrist can also cause CTS. 

Bicycle riders are especially prone to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to the pressure and repetitive use of their wrists. Golfers and tennis players are also prone to developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Some researcher are also concerned because children that play a lot of video game are also prone to developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

So what are some of the symptoms?
Numbness, tingling, burning of the wrist and hand, with the index and fingers and thumb most affected. It starts slowly to eventually lead to weakness in the hand. As it gets worse the pain may move up towards the arm.

In this post we will discuss CTS and essential oils, but I don't look at aromatherapy as a stand alone therapy. Dietary changes, supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, chiropractors and acupuncture should also be considered. The post Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  shares information about dietary and lifestyle changes and other natural remedies to consider when suffering from CTS.

Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic oils are the best choices when dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Here are some examples of various oils that have historically been used:

Anti-inflammatory oils: Peppermint, Roman and German chamomile, helichrysum, eucalyptus, ginger, basil

Analgesic: Marjoram, basil, lemongrass, eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, black pepper

Diuretic: Helichrysum, cypress, eucalyptus

Thanks for visiting!


Johanna is an aromatherapist and and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives.

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