Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.


Neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of these patterns:

  • Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock
  • Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking or brushing teeth
  • Bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several minutes
  • Episodes of several attacks lasting days, weeks, months or longer — some people have periods when they experience no pain
  • Constant aching, burning feeling that may occur before it evolves into the spasm-like pain of trigeminal neuralgia
  • Pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead
  • Pain affecting one side of the face at a time, though may rarely affect both sides of the face
  • Pain focused in one spot or spread in a wider pattern
  • Attacks that become more frequent and intense over time

Treat neuralgia with essential oils

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Numbing the area with ice often relieves the pain initially, so use a cold compress or ice treatment over the affected part. To help relieve any inflammation, gently apply the following oil:

Basic blend

Lavender 5 drops
Chamomile roman5 drops
Eucalyptus radiata2 drops
Cardamom2 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil.

Alternative blend

Immortelle 10 drops
Geranium10 drops
Chamomile roman5 drops
Rosemary1 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3–4 drops into each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil. Gently massage a tiny amount into the area and repeat after five minutes.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, thyme linalol, *marjoram, sweet (Origanum majorana), *juniper berry (Juniperus communis), *immortelle (Helichrysum italicum)

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