What Is PanAway Essential Oil Used For

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

The various benefits of panaway essential oil include soothing muscle inflammation, boosting energy, relieving stress, and eliminating headaches. It also aids in relieving pain, healing wounds, soothing menstrual discomfort, and increasing circulation, among others.

What is Panaway Essential Oil?

Panaway essential oil is actually a combination of four different essential oils – peppermint, wintergreen, clove, and helichrysum. Originally developed by a man named Gary Young, who had suffered significant damage to his leg ligaments, this oil blend is particularly well known for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities, particularly for the muscles and joints. [1]

The four composite ingredients have been well-researched, and when their organic properties are combined, they create a very impressive natural remedy that can be used for a wide variety of health conditions. The list of health benefits below is primarily due to the high concentrations of methyl salicylate, menthol, menthone, cineole, limonene, pinene, and eugenol, along with various other antioxidants and volatile acids.

What is Panaway Essential Oil Good For?

The use of panaway essential oil is highly recommended for people suffering from chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, muscle aches and weakness, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, migraines, headaches, arthritis, low energy, anxiety, stress, depression, indigestion, and a weak immune system. The benefits it gives out are mentioned in detail below.

Relieves Chronic Pain

The first reason for creating this essential oil blend was to relieve pain in the legs, and it remains extremely effective at relieving pain in the back and joints. The analgesic qualities of this oil blend make it very popular with athletes, regular gym-goers and those recovering from injuries, surgeries, and extended illnesses. [2]

Reduces Inflammation

Strained muscles and inflamed tissues around the body occur all the time, but the combined powers of peppermint, wintergreen and clove oils can effectively soothe inflammation, promote blood flow to speed healing, and oxygenate muscles and tissues that need relief. [3]

Empty glass essential oil bottles with herbs inserted - lavender flower, basil flower, rosemary, and oregano leaves

Research suggests essential oils can improve sleep, reduce anxiety, rejuvenate your skin, and more. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Reduces Menstrual Cramps

Panaway essential oil possesses certain anti-spasmodic qualities, making it excellent for treating painful menstrual cramps. Other menstruation symptoms include mood swings and hormonal fluctuations, and the calming nature of this oil can also help ease those physical and psychological side effects of menstruation. [4]

Eliminates Headaches

The aromatic compounds of panaway essential oil can quickly affect the limbic system of the brain, inducing lower blood pressure, reduced stress hormone levels, and flood calming and relaxant chemicals in the body. This can quickly ease the pain of migraines and headaches, which is why so many people use steam inhalers with a few drops of panaway essential oil if they suffer from chronic headaches. [5]

Increases Energy Levels

Peppermint essential oil can provide an energy boost when inhaled or diffused, and as a key component of panaway essential oil, it provides much of the stimulating power of this oil. Although it does have sedative and soothing qualities, certainly refreshing and invigorating effects of the oil can also be enjoyed. [6]

Boosts Immunity

Clove oil is known to have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, giving your immune system a boost against pathogens, foreign agents and other substances that can do you harm. Regular use or inhalation of this essential oil blend will stimulate the production of white blood cells, while the antioxidants will prevent oxidative stress and lower your risk of chronic disease. [7]

Reduces Anxiety Levels

The soothing and relaxant nature of panaway essential oil can help reduce anxiety levels and prevent depressive episodes, simply due to the refreshing and invigorating aroma. Peppermint and wintergreen oils are both known to produce calm and ease chronic stress, making this an important oil for any fan of natural healing. [8]

Promotes Digestion

Cineol, pinene, and eugenol are able to soothe inflammation in the gut and promote better digestion. This oil can help balance the bacteria levels, which helps prevent indigestion, cramping, bloating, and other gastrointestinal issues. [9]

Panaway Essential Oil Uses

There are a number of excellent ways to use panaway essential oil, including cosmetic, domestic, medicinal, and topical applications.

Massage Oil

The eugenol and menthol found in panaway essential oil have anti-inflammatory properties that make it a very effective massage oil. Panaway is often added to other massage oils and can help soothe muscle spasms and cramps.


Panaway essential oil, particularly its wintergreen and peppermint components, can quickly eliminate odors in a room when diffused over a large space. It is also good for personal hygiene and can be applied to the underarms to reduce odor and keep you feeling fresh all day.

Bath Oil

If you add a few drops of panaway essential oil to your bath, you can rejuvenate your skin, soothe muscle aches and leave your skin and hair smelling sweet and fresh.


Many people find that panaway essential oil can clear your mind and provide an optimal environment for meditation. The natural relaxant and sedative qualities of this oil blend are ideal for your meditative practice.

Room Cleanser

If you use this oil in a diffuser, you can fill your entire home with a refreshing, antibacterial, and soothing oil composed of micro-particles that can cleanse the space of airborne pathogens and protect your immune system, as well as keep the surfaces in your home clean.

Side Effects of Panaway Essential Oil

The side effects of panaway essential oil include skin inflammation and stomach upset, if ingested, which is not recommended. Individual allergies to the component oils of this blend may also occur, as well as side effects for people with certain medical conditions or prescriptions.

  • Skin Inflammation: The use of any essential oil, given the high concentrations of active ingredients and volatile acids, may result in skin inflammation. It is best to apply a small amount to a patch of skin and wait a few hours to see if any negative reaction occurs.
  • Pregnancy: It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women to use this essential oil, as some of the powerful effects can be passed to the fetus or infant. If you are pregnant, speak to your doctor before using this essential oil blend for aromatherapy purposes.
  • Fatigue: Peppermint oil has a few known side effects, including sleeplessness and insomnia, as well as gastrointestinal distress. However, when used in moderation, the small amount of peppermint oil in this blend should not result in these side effects.
  • Sexual Side Effects: Some reports of clove oil side effects include trouble becoming aroused and a loss of sexual libido. If you suffer from erectile dysfunction or other reproductive conditions, it is best to avoid the use of this oil.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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