Pain can be a real pain in the neck: especially when it's in the neck! Neck pain is very common and getting more and more common as we spend more and more time hunched over our keyboards. But there is a simple, safe, inexpensive solution. . . .
This randomized, controlled study included sixty people. Half of them applied a cream that contained four essential oils: sweet marjoram, black pepper, lavender and peppermint. Peppermint essential oil has long been used topically for headaches. The control group applied a placebo cream that had no essential oils mixed into it.

At the end of the four week study, there was no improvement on the Neck Disability Index in the placebo group, but there was a significant improvement in the essential oil group.

On a test to see what the miniumum force is that, when applied, causes pain, there was, again, no imporovement in the placebo group but significant improvement in the essential oil group.

Overall, there was a greater increase in the range of motion in the neck in the essential oil group. Specifically, the placebo group had significantly improved motion in only three areas, while the essential oil group had improvement in ten. 

This study, with objective and reliable measures, suggests that the next time you are suffering from neck pain and stiffness, applying a cream with these essential oils could improve both the pain and the range of motion.

J Altern Complement Med 2014;20:771-779

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