Managing pain is a challenging issue that is faced by thousands of people all around the globe.There are medications available to temporarily ease the pain or discomfort due to an injury or illness and lower inflammation, but medications are not the only choice available while seeking relief from pain.
Alternative and herbal treatments have gained immense popularity in the past few years.One of the best options for pain relief is the mineral oil.It is an odorless, translucent vicious liquid.It does not have any distinct flavor, but due to its texture it is unpalatable to children.
Mineral Oil for Relieving Pain
People with arthritis can use heat therapy in combination with mineral oil to regain their mobility and reduce pain.People with arthritis in hands have to first apply the mineral oil and then wear dishwashing gloves (rubber ones).
Now, run warm water on the hands for about 5 to 10 minutes. This will help in reducing stiffness and also eases cramping. Also, mineral oil could be added to the hot baths or you can apply the oil on the body before you enter the water.
You can get relief from various skin conditions like ‘cradle cap’ in babies,eczema and psoriasis.Mineral oil is usually found in the products that are specifically designed to treat these problems.
It helps in relieving pain by reducing irritation and soothes itchy and dry skin.Wash the affected part and dry carefully before applying the oil. Do not cover the area with the bandage unless recommended by the doctor.If there is a rash or irritation, you can stop using the mineral oil.
Mineral oil is usually suggested for constipation as it provides relief from painful bowel movements.It is one of the key ingredients present in enemas and other similar products. It helps in relieving pain by reducing friction, which allows passage of stools easily.
The oil is especially useful for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.The mineral oil acts as insulation and coats the intestinal mucosa, which prevents the re-absorption of fluids from the stools back into the body. Thus, the stools remain moister. You can chill the oil before consuming, as it would be less viscous. You can also mix it with ice-cream or yogurt to make it more palatable.
Earache can be due to various reasons.Middle ear infections are one of the common reasons for earaches in children.This kind of infection develops when the Eustachian tube is blocked due to excess fluid, which results due to common cold or allergies.
Compacted or built-up earwax sinus infections and perforated eardrum are some of the reasons for ear infections in adults.Applying mineral oil topically will bring relief to those suffering from earache.It lubricates and softens the wax, which helps in dislodging it from the ear canal. You can insert 3 to 4 drops of the oil directly into the ear. Keep your head tilted for about 20 minutes, so that the liquid can penetrate further into the ear.