Most people suffer from having sore achey muscles whether it was from a long day at the office, overdoing it at the gym, or picking up the kids all day long. There are many homeopathic remedies to help ease the stiffness and soreness that you might not have known about. Here are six essential oils to use for muscle pain that can be used alone or together with another essential oil for a powerful, yet relaxing combination.
Pain is the body’s way of letting us know something is wrong and unfortunately something far too many people deal with on a chronic basis. Making changes to your lifestyle (eating a proper dietdesigned to decrease inflammation, exercising in a smart manner, and getting enough sleep) will help decrease muscle and joint pain but when it surfaces, you’ll need a way to deal with it. I’m not a fan of taking medication unless I absolutely need to, because there are side effects, so I like to turn to home remedies & essential oils first.
6 ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE FOR MUSCLE PAIN
OREGANO AND LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS
Oregano Essential Oil has many therapeutic properties including easing muscle pain. Start with a great carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, or grapeseed and add in 3-5 drops of Oregano Essential Oil. To make it smell a tad bit better, add in a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender has relaxing properties as well and works quite well with Oregano Oil. Adding these two essential oils to a hot bath is sure to help relax your tight muscles.
BIRCH AND WINTERGREEN ESSENTIAL OILS
Both Birch and Wintergreen Essential oils contain methyl salicylate which is a natural pain killer. They are perfect to add to your massage carrier oil to sooth the tension right out of your muscles, either just one of them or together. Wintergreen Essential Oil also helps to alleviate the toughest headaches and menstrual cramps. You can diffuse both of these essential oils and can also add them to carrier oils to get rid of muscle pains.
ROSEMARY AND THYME ESSENTIAL OILS
Typically when we think of either rosemary or thyme it is how yummy they tastes in our favorite Italian dishes. Well, the essential oils derived from both rosemary and thyme are very potent and holistic for muscle pains and cramps. Both Rosemary and Thyme Essential Oils have antispasmodic properties, which means they can put an end to those painful muscle spasms – like when you get a Charlie Horse cramp in your calf in the middle of the night. When you have a headache, either breathe in the oils from the diffuser or add them to a carrier oil and dab them on your temples and forehead.
I don’t recommend ingesting any oils unless under the care of a trained aromatherapist, since they are very concentrated oils when you are using high quality oils (which are all I recommend for health purposes) and I sure wouldn’t want to ingest oils diluted with who knows what!
For muscle pain, I find topical application or a soak to be most effective. I recommend getting a few roll-on bottles (mix with a carrier oil & label the bottle so you don’t lose track of what it is), making your own blends, or creating your own salve.