The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our body. It starts in the spine and goes down to the buttocks and ends in the feet, and plays a vital role in numerous movements. When inflamed or somehow irritated, the sciatic nerve can become quite painful and will definitely interfere with your daily activities (a condition called sciatica). Causes of sciatica The pain caused by sciatica intensifies after prolonged periods of standing or sitting down, heavy lifting or if you work a job that puts too much pressure on the nerve. Improper body posture and wearing inappropriate footwear can also make the pain worse. In general, sciatica is treated with painkillers, but there are many simple exercises and remedies which can relieve the symptoms and eliminate the pain. Here’s something you can try: lie down on your back on the floor with your knees up to your chest and your head on the pillow. Stay like that for 10 minutes and repeat the exercise every night before going to bed in order to relieve the pain. Furthermore, essential oils can also soothe sciatica. The best choices against the painful condition are juniper, mustard, pepper, lavender and roman chamomile oils, which should be first mixed with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil), before being rubbed on the painful areas. Put a warm cloth on the spot after you’re done with the essential oil massage in order to relax your muscles and further dull the pain. Besides rubbing the aforementioned oil on your painful back or hips, you can add a combination of them in your bathtub and soak in it for 10-15 minutes. Saffron tea, celery juice, nettle tea and fresh thyme or oregano added to a bathtub with hot water have also been known to help, and we strongly suggest trying them. Sciatica is painful indeed, but you shouldn’t just wait for the pain to pass. Instead, try the natural remedies we mentioned in this article and we’re sure you’ll be amazed by the results.