Looking at our hemp-derived CBD products you may have wondered which you should choose: Nerve Pain Formula or Neuropathy Relief. It’s tricky because all pain is felt through the nerves. A doctor will ask a lot of questions about your pain to determine the cause and from there will help you decide which therapeutic course to take.
With that in mind, I decided to go straight to the source of Lost Remedy products to find out from owner Karen Sheady, the purpose of each product and how to decide which to use. Here is what she had to say.
Why did you develop the nerve and neuropathy formulas and for what specific conditions?
I became aware of people suffering from fibromyalgia and sciatica pain through a cranial sacral therapist who served clients in a small rural Montana community. As a result of my success in developing a formula for preventing radiation burns, she encouraged me to pursue a topical CBD-infused product that could help alleviate her clients’ pains. We first developed joint and muscle pain formula, which was a success. Next we took on a formulation to address sciatica in particular. Round three of nerve formula was a winner, and she also discovered that it was effective in treating her clients with fibromyalgia.
A year or so later I began work on a formula to address neuropathy—a condition that is often associated with both diabetes and excess toxins in the body, often a result of chemotherapy. We offered the neuropathy formula to people free of charge through our Facebook page to assess its effectiveness. One year later, the resulting feedback was such that we felt confident in offering the product.
Many people think neuropathy and nerve pain are the same thing. How did you approach each formula and what they’d be used for?
Nerve pain, or neuralgia, indicates a nerve irritation, infection or nerve damage along with a number of other factors. Peripheral neuropathy indicates a nerve dysfunction, usually associated with conditions such as diabetes, injury, alcohol or substance abuse, chemotherapy, certain infections, etc., all of which can result in symptoms such as tingling, stabbing pains, buzzing or shocking sensations. The carrier and essential oils selected to ease these symptoms were a result of research, trial and error, and most important, patient feedback. Developing the product is a process, and the final product is determined largely by a consensus of the clients themselves.
What is the difference between the Nerve Pain Formula and the Neuropathy Formula?
The primary difference is in the application method. The Nerve Pain Formula is more of a cream, allowing for light and easy application without undue massaging and potential irritation. Clients indicated that they preferred a product that would absorb quickly without painful massage. The Neuropathy Formula has a beeswax base that requires gentle massage for optimum absorption. Gentle massage stimulates circulation and allows a deeper penetration of the carrier and essential oils. The other difference is in the base ingredients. Although these two products share four of the same essential oils, the rest of the ingredients are unique to each product.
How did you determine what to put in each formula?
Through research, experimentation and trial and error. Whatever condition we hope to address, we first determine the symptoms want to alleviate. For any condition, we first select carrier oils that are easily absorbed and compatible with one another in terms of function and scent. Then we select the appropriate essential oils for that condition. Essential oils have different properties and uses. Some of these properties include pain relief, improved circulation, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, balancing, nervine (calming), sedative, removal of toxins, etc. The list goes on, and the key is to find a medley of essential oils that complement one another in function and in scent. Though scent is really a personal preference, we try to arrive at a final bouquet that is as universally pleasing as possible. Then we are ready for test subjects to make the final determination.
How would I know when to use which?
The best option is to have a diagnosis from your family doctor to determine whether your condition is one of neuralgia or neuropathy.