Essential Oils for Pain – The Morphine Bomb!

I have personally struggled with muscle spasms in my back on several occasions.  I’ve been to physical therapy for two separate episodes, and I’ve had to take my share of muscle relaxers to get me through these episodes in the past.  When I read this testimonial on a Young Living Oil recipe dubbed “The Morphine Bomb,” it totally caught my attention…

Lately, I have been straining my back but I have not been picking up heavy things, it seems as though just sitting in a chair can throw it out in seconds flat!

I mixed 5 drops of copaiba, 5 drops of balsam fir and 5 drops of frankincense in a capsule to alleviate my back pain! I call it the Morphine Bomb! I take two capsules full and the best part is that there are no side effects, I can drive a car, have a glass of vino and not have to worry about mixing!

I think the best part is that I don’t have to make a doctors appointment and get a prescription for it!

- Helen S.

This hit home for me so much because, when my back isn’t right, even sitting in a chair can throw it out!  The testimonials on this ‘Morphine Bomb’ recipe, as it has come to be called, are great.  Here’s a link to the testimonial above in addition to a few more…

It amazes me every time I see these serious conditions responding to essential oils!

Morphine Bomb Oil Recipe

This ‘Morphine Bomb’ recipe is simply 5 drops each of Frankincense, Balsam Fir, and Copaiba in a capsule.  According to this Young Living site, “When we use therapeutic-grade essential oils, the body selects whatever it needs from each oil and eliminates the remainder within 20 minutes.  Therefore, it is fine to repeat the oils if necessary.”  Please remember this pertains ONLY to medicinal, or therapeutic, grade oils.

Young Living Morphine Bomb

Also, in case you were wondering where you can get the capsules, they can be purchased from Young Living as well.  You may also be able to find empty capsules in your local health food store.

And, Frankincense is part of the Premium Starter Kit.  :)

Here’s to living a well-oiled life!!

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.

27 Responses to Essential Oils for Pain – The Morphine Bomb!

  1. MaryBeth says:

    Interesting stuff! I’ll definitely read.


  2. Rachel says:

    I have been suffering from severe sciatic pain for almost two months as a result of a disability I have. I went to my doctor who said there wasn’t much they could do for me besides prescribe me some crazy narcotic meds and muscle relaxers that I cannot take because I have a young child and work full time. A friend saw my cry for help online and brought over a pain kit. She referred me to this website and last night I took my first “morphine bomb” this morning I did a second and this is the first day in months I felt great. The pain in my thigh was completely gone, the knot in my lower back was gone and there was only a slight pinch in the buttocks. I put up decorations, cleaned my house up and was bending and moving. I can’t remember the last day I felt this much relief from pain. Thank you!

    • Angie says:

      Rachel! Thank you so much for your fantastic testimonial!! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know you have found relief in the oils! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and let me know. And thank you for visiting my site!

  3. Sarah says:

    Would you consider this safe during labor? Thanks!

  4. Robert says:

    Which Frankincense can I use with this recipe? Regular Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) or Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra)? Which variety is more effective?
    If I use the Copaiba by itself in capsules, Does it cause a psychological effect or drowsiness?

    • Angie says:

      Hi Robert! I would encourage you to do a little research, but I have heard of people using both Frankincense and Sacred Frankincense in the Morphine Bomb recipe. I would check out the differences in the two to see which may be more effective for your situation. I have not heard of Copaiba causing any psychological effect or drowsiness… certainly not like a narcotic would!!

      • Robert says:

        Thank you very much for the promt reply ;) I have both of the Frankincense oils on order! What specific benefits does each oil seperately contribute to the Morphine Bomb Formula?? I took the Copaiba oil internally today for the first time and I experience a sort of head fogginess for the first hour or so?! Pain effects usually last for about 4 hours (1-2 drops in a capsule) Does Copaiba have to build up in the system similar to “Boswellia Extract” to have an anti-inflammatory effect? Have your heard or know what could be causing the head fogginess? I have 3 herniated discs in my lower spine and compressed spinal (Sciatic nerves) as well !! I thought the head fog could maybe be a healing effect on my nerves?? It Worked better than the 3 Advil that I normally take for Inflammation/Pain !! I was astounded at how effectively it annihilated my pain with No side effects , far ;)

        • Angie says:

          Hi Robert! I’m not sure why the Copaiba could have caused the fogginess… I’m wondering if you’ve experienced this again if you took the Copaiba again?? I also don’t know the answer to whether Copaiba needs to build up in your system… all I can say is that the people I know of who have taken the ‘morphine bomb’ noticed a difference in pain after taking it just once… Sorry I don’t know the answers to your questions!! Also, there is a Young Living YouTube video on the differences of Frankincense vs Sacred Frankincense – from what I gather, the Sacred version has fewer compounds but higher levels of them… stronger anti-cancer and regeneration effects. Regular frankincense has more compounds and a higher effect on the immune system. It’s so great that you noticed a difference with the Copaiba!! Hopefully the frankincense will make it that much more powerful!!

          • Robert says:


            I have taken the Copaiba by itself multiple times already, and It gives me tranquil, foggy head feeling! Similar to the sensation you get when you start practicing Yoga poses or breathing exercises ;) The only conclusion I can come up with for these responses, is that they are a detox reaction, oxygenating , or lowering of my blood pressure from the tremendous stess of chronic pain and anxiety! I have also taken the Frankincense Essential oil by itself in a capsule and was Amazed at it’s relaxing/meditative effect on my emotions, muscle tension and deepening of my breathing :) Both oils worked astoundingly well for all aspects of the chronic pain lifestyle (Pain, emotions, etc)!! I would like to use them during the daytime, but they make me way too tranquil (haven’t tried with Balsalm Fir yet) Are there essential oils that I can add to the Morphine Bomb recipe to reduce the tranquil effect and make it more energizing?? Peppermint? How often can I take the Morphine Bomb recipe? ( I have been taking 1-2 drops every 4 hrs for pain) Is it safe to take it everyday? I have heard that you can put a drop of Frankincense or Copaiba on your thumb and apply it to the roof of your mouth as another internal method to allow the oils to absorb into your body (sublingual?)? Is there a benefit to using the oils in this way over putting them in a capsule and swallowing them?? I am grateful for your Compassion and Wisdom in assisting me on my healing path ;)

            Thank You,

          • Angie says:

            Hi Robert! It’s funny you mention a tranquil feeling after the pain goes away… a friend of mine had a similar experience when using an oil for a migraine – almost like her body was finally not on ‘high alert’ from the migraine, and it made her really sleepy. Interesting! Do you have access to any of the large Young Living essential oil users groups on Facebook? These would be great questions to ask there, someone may have experience with this and may be better able to help you than I can. Let me know if you need an ‘invite’ to one of these groups!

          • Robert says:


            How did your friend reduce the Tranquil feeling from the Morphine bomb formula? I was thinking of mixing this recipe up and diluting the formula with a carrier oil (Fractionated Coconut oil) at 25% in a bottle, then, putting this into capsules (4 drops diluted would equal 1 pure drop of formula ;) What do you think of this idea?? I do not have a Facebook account! I am a registered member of Twitter and Google+ ;) Are there any groups or members from these sites that can help me ?? Any websites, tips or tricks that you can give me are greatly appreciated ;)

            Many thanks for all of your assistance,

          • Angie says:

            Robert, her experience wasn’t with the morphine bomb, it was using oils externally for a migraine. But she got super sleepy after the pain went away, like the tension drained from her body and it could finally rest… she just went to bed. :) I can’t think of a reason not to try your diluting idea! I know Google+ has groups, you could certainly see if there are any Young Living groups on there where you can ask about others’ experiences!

          • Robert says:


            Thank you very much for all of your help ;) If you hear of any new information that would be applicable to my questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my email provided ;)


        • Gwyn says:

          Hi Robert (and Angie),
          I know this took place months ago and I hope you don’t mind me butting in but I read your chain of conversation here and wanted to offer a couple of ideas. won’t bore you with details but having dealt with a lot of chronic pain and a chronic illness I have experienced similar feelings after various treatments (usually ones that help) and think there may be a couple of explanations both relating to breathing actually. First there may be some psychosomatic (if that’s the right term) response, sometimes in anticipation of something happening but not knowing what it will be, we alter our breathing, usually holding it longer and making it less regular, without realizing we are doing it. This will cause the lightheaded, fogginess you describe. Sometimes just the expectation of feeling “loopy” or whatever you may have experienced in the past with other pain medications will create something like it as well but that would depend more on your past experience and I think if that comes into play it’s usually a combo anyway because that expectation changes breathing too. I’ve observed this many times having worked on an ambulance prior to my own illness. The other thing from personal experience that I would guess applies to the migraine patient is pretty much what Angie was saying, after being in excruciating pain without relief for a chunk of time (not just a few minutes of acute pain) like migraines deliver and probably your back pain as well, when relief is finally delivered your body is exhausted. It takes all your energy both physical and psychological to be in that kind of pain so when you’re body doesn’t have to fight it so hard anymore it is exhausted and we know it needs sleep to regenerate. In many cases it needs to catch up on regular sleep since that’s been impossible for however long the pain has been present but in either case you feel like you’ve been run over by a Mac truck or like you have a heavy hangover (minus the headache). These things all tie into each other, breathing changes, physical and psychological exhaustion as well as blood vessel dilation (oils will cause this as will muscle’s relaxing) and blood oxygenation so probably all play a part. These are just my thoughts based on my research and experiences, I wouldn’t call myself an expert or anything but I hope it helps you or someone else. While I know how scary some of those reactions can be (anything that has to do with breathing and or mind clarity) I wouldn’t let them scare me away from the benefits of pure essential oils at least not giving your body plenty of time to adjust to whatever is causing the effects.

          It is my understanding, training and experience that sublingual administration is the fastest means of getting something into the bloodstream next to IV administration though I have only seen it mentioned with a few of the EO’s and problems they treat. But I can’t imagine why any oil you can take internally wouldn’t be OK to administer this way. I would suggest starting with a smaller dose (drops) than you would if administering another way, the theory being that the quicker uptake means less is lost along the way which is the same for pharmaceuticals and vitamins (many are not supposed to be administered this way because you get so much so fast) part of the problem there being that you get the other compounds that are mixed in as well which are often designed to be filtered out before getting into the bloodstream, something you don’t have with EO’s.

          Lastly, I know this is lengthy sorry, I wanted to offer to be a bridge for you to groups. If you have questions to pose to some of those groups that Angie mentioned I am happy to do that for you and maybe cut and paste the responses in emails to you or something. I also have a Google + account, though I haven’t explored it much, that we could communicate through. I hope you know about the site too, I find that to be a great place to go when looking for ideas for a specific problem. Now that it’s been a while too I’m curious if you tried the addition of peppermint or citrus or something and if so what your impression was. I would love an update if you have the time and see this! Hope you are feeling better, having struggled with back issues and sciatica myself I know all too well how excruciating it can be.

          All the best,

  5. PJ says:

    I had total hip arthroplasty (hip replacement) in May and have been suffering ever since. I will not bore you to death with the details. My sister made me the M-Bomb and I just swallowed the first one…literally. I hope and pray this helps…I’ll report back asap.

  6. marjorie says:

    If I am pregnant, am I able to have this? I am almost 2 months pregnant and I have hip and back problems. I don’t like taking pain pills or muscle relaxers.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Marjorie, thanks for getting in touch! I am not a doctor, so I cannot make a recommendation for you. I would encourage you to consult an essential oil reference guide and the specific cautions for any oils you are considering using during pregnancy. I would also recommend taking a look at the book Gentle Babies, as it gives recommendations on how to use the oils during pregnancy and on infants, babies, and small children. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Robert says:

    How safe is the Morphine Bomb Formula taken internally ? How many times a day can you take it? What is the purpose or How does the “Balsam Fir” contribute to the Morphine Bomb formula?

    • Angie says:

      Idaho Balsam Fir, Copaiba, and Frankincense all have a ‘Dietary Supplement’ label on them, meaning they are safe to take internally. If you have a reference guide, you will see there is a whole list of properties for Balsam Fir, including anti-inflammatory and sedative (nerves). If you are under a doctor’s care, you should consult them as to how often you can take it.

  8. Olivia says:

    I just found this website via Pinterest and found this pain reliever very interesting. I suffer from extremely severe menstural cycles and was curious if this is an effective alternative to Advil or other OTC pain relievers (which don’t work for me). I would definitely like to give this a try since it’s more natural and doesn’t have any side effects.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Olivia! People use this ‘morphine bomb’ recipe for all types of pain. I would also encourage you to create a username and password at and search by keyword for menstrual issues. Many people use geranium oil, among others, for menstrual pain. Also, some find that by balancing their hormones their periods are less severe. I would also encourage you to research the Progessence Plus Serum (search the oil testimonials site), as many have reported less severe cycles when using that! Let me know if I can help. :)

  9. Cassie says:

    I have been looking for a pain reliever for my husbands back and this sounds great! Do you have to take them internally or would massaging them into the area that hurts work as well?

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