Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve which carries sensations of hot, cold, touch and pain from different parts of the face like the mouth, eyes, nose and sinuses to the brain becomes unnaturally inflamed or it becomes pinched
due to pressure exerted on it by a tumor or a swollen blood vessel. When this happens, unbearable pain shoots throughout the face and makes it very sensitive to the touch. The attack of pain can last till any length of time without mitigating in the least.
The pain is so disabling that one is unable to eat, drink, speak or blow the nose. It courses through the gums to the jaws and lips and from the lips to the cheeks and the forehead. This condition is usually common among the elderly and more so in women than in men.
The inflammation of the trigeminal nerve can be caused by buildup of pressure inside the blood vessels which in turn press the nerve, nerve triggering nerve damage and multiple sclerosis.
Home Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia
Chamomile tea is very useful in bringing the much needed relief in the pain caused by the inflamed trigeminal nerve. It has powerful antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which relieve the pressure on the nerve and reduce its swelling thereby bringing immense relief in the pain. Boil a cup of water and add one teaspoon of dried chamomile to it. Allow the tea to stand for ten minutes after which strain it and drink three or four cups of it daily.
Peppermint oil has a plethora of powerful healing and curative powers. This oil is very cool and its aroma is simply wonderful. Its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties bring immense relief in the pain and swelling. Massage your entire face including the jaws and the forehead with some peppermint oil for ten to fifteen minutes. The massage will stimulate the blood circulation and will lift the pressure on the nerve. Massage three times regularly.
Epsom salt has huge pain relieving abilities. Heat some water and fill a basin with it. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salts into it. Dip a soft towel in the solution and bathe your face with it. Let your skin soak as much Epsom salt as possible. The more the skin absorbs the Epsom salt the greater will be the relief in the swelling and pain. Do this, three times daily.
Turmeric is a very good remedy for trigeminal neuralgia. This spice has tremendous anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant properties which not only protect the body from the harmful free radicals but also alleviate the swelling and calm the irritated nerve. Turmeric sets to work the moment it is ingested and brings considerable relief in the pain. Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder into a glass of hot milk and drink it every night before going to bed.
Clove oil is well known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Smear clove oil over the painful area and gently rub it into the skin so that the skin can soak it. Do this, twice daily to get quick relief from the pain.