Over the past 25 years, I have heard many clients and students express how they are living with pain such as fibromyalgia, muscular aches and join pain. For a few people, I had to apply a poultice (see recipe below) to the areas of pain to see if it could provide some relief.

Throughout my years as a holistic consultant, researcher and educator, I have always stressed that it is of utmost importance to address the body as a whole and not just one concentrated area. It is also important to be well trained in various areas of holistic healing so we know that essential oils play a vital role in certain areas of healing but they do have some limitations.

We have to eliminate other issues that can prevent essential oils from working.

If we are living with constant pain there are many factors to consider.

Is it acute or is it chronic?

Acute pain could be from an injury, while chronic pain could be from chronic inflammatory processes of the body.


Falling down on your knees resulting in red inflammation is an example of an acute condition. If this turns blue and then yellow it is a sign that it’s healing.


If you did not fall or injure your knees and they suddenly started to ache and the pain gets worse with time, then medical intervention may be necessary. It would be beneficial to get an ultrasound to see what is happening to the bones and tendons. Knowing exactly what is happening would help in deciding the treatment. Information found through Google, that states essential oils can help with a broad affliction is misleading, it really depends on the specific situation at hand.

The importance of diet:

Diet is central to health and well-being. Always ask a client about their diet. Is their diet helping their bones or is it detrimental to their bones? One diet addition that can help the bones is soup with bone marrow broth, and a supplement of fish oils. This has been something that we have been using in my family for generations and my grandmother, mother or myself have never had bone problems. I am now in my sixties and I am thankful for these ancient smarts as I wake up each morning pain free.

Inflammatory foods are detrimental to the body and bones. Overloading our digestive system with inflammatory foods such as deep fried foods, wheat and processed cheese can cause inflammation and pain in our body.

Eating cheese from real cream and milk will add calcium to our diet and help our bones. A vitamin K and D supplement can also be beneficial in helping our bones with the uptake of calcium.

Other ways to keep the body strong:

Addressing our emotions is important for overall health. Spend some time introspectively and notice if there is something bothering you. Often times our emotional distress can lead to physical symptoms. It is a well-known fact that stress has negative effects on our body and immune system.

Exercise! Exercise is great for strengthening our muscles, bones , circulatory and immune system. Even something as simple as walking provides great benefits.



Poultice recipe:

Warm castor oil (Dr. Edgar Cayce stated that warming the anti-inflammatory oil helps the body absorb it).

Warm the castor oil by putting 2 tablespoons into a safe plastic bottle and placing the bottle in a mug of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Pour the castor oil onto a flannel cloth approximately the size of a sheet of paper.

Add the following essential oils

  • 5 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 5 drops German chamomile essential oil
  • 5 drops cajeput oil essential oil
  • 5 drops camphor essential oil

Total: 20 drops essential oil to 30mL castor oil


Place the oil soaked flannel onto the area of joint or muscle pain. Place cling wrap over the application and use medical tape to hold it in place. This will prevent the oils from seeping onto the clothes. If it is around a joint, wrap the cling wrap with a tensor band. Keep applying this application for a few days, especially at night as the body heat helps the absorption of the oil.