Best Essential Oils For Sore Muscles
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Best Essential Oils For Sore Muscles

Best Essential Oils For Sore Muscles

If you push yourself harder than normal during a workout or target untrained muscles, you may experience muscle soreness.

Aside from being painful, it can limit how active you can be in the days following your workout.

One clever solution for dealing with muscle soreness is to use essential oils.

Essential oils work by relaxing your muscles and reducing inflammation.

They can also calm the mind and distract you from any feelings of pain you are experiencing.

In this post, I’ll share some of my favourite essential oils for treating sore muscles.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a sweet smelling oil that is used to treat a variety of conditions including headaches, the common cold, and irritable bowl syndrome.

It is also very effective at relieving muscle pain and swelling because it contains menthol.

Simply rub some oil on the affected muscle.

Marjoram Oil

Marjoram is one of the most powerful essential oils.

It has the ability to relieve muscle spasms, reduce tension, and ease pain.

It can even reduce inflammation levels on swollen muscles and joints.

The combination of peppermint and marjoram oil is said to be very effective.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is a popular essential oil because of its calming properties.

Many people use lavender in their homes because of how relaxed it helps them feel.

It also has the ability to soothe muscular pain. 

Eucalyptus Oil

This is a much more invigorating and energising oil compared to lavender.

It has a wonderful cooling effect on tired muscles, which relieves pain and inflammation.

The effectiveness of eucalyptus is backed up by the fact it is in many commercial pain relief creams.

Rosemary Oil

If your muscles are quite painful, try using some rosemary.

It is one of the best essential oils for pain relief and inflammation reduction.

Rosemary oil comes from Salvia rosmarinus, a woody perennial herb with a beautiful aroma. 

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood has a delicious aroma that is very relaxing and calming.

The name actually refers to woods from trees in the genus Santalum.

Aside from making a great perfume, Sandalwood reduces muscle spasms and inflammation.

Chamomile Oil

This is another soothing oil which can reduce muscle inflammation, tension, and pain.

Chamomile is the name to describe several plants in the family Asteraceae.

They are used to make teas and are often used in traditional medicine.

Cypress Oil

This is another excellent choice for reducing inflammation and dealing with muscle spasms.

It is made from the components of the cypress tree.

Other oils, which may be of use include:

Ginger Oil

Has a warming effect on the skin which can be soothing for tired muscles.

Clove oil

Also has a warming effect which can relieve pain.

Juniper oil

Eases muscle tension.

Lemongrass oil

Reduces swelling and inflammation. 

Using Essential Oils Safely

It is important to understand that essential oils can be quite strong and may irritate your skin if used incorrectly.

You will need to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil before using them.

Some of the most popular carrier oils include coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil.

You can read more about carrier oils here.

It’s also a good idea to test a small amount of diluted oil on your skin before using larger quantities.

If you see any irritation during the subsequent 24 hours, avoid using that oil.

Importantly, remember that essential oils should only be used topically, they are not meant to be ingested.

Some of the best ways to use essential oils include:

Add some to your bath

A nice warm bath is one of the best options for loosening up stiff muscles.

Add about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil to a carrier oil then add it to the bath.

You will be amazed by how great it smells and how it affects your body.

Have an essential oil massage

Mix your chosen essential oils with a carrier oil, then apply the solution directly to your sore muscles.

Massage it in yourself or ask a friend to help.

Use a roll-on bottle to apply it

Purchase a roll-on lip gloss bottle and fill it with about 10 drops of essential oil in a carrier oil.

Roll the solution onto the parts of your body which are feeling sore after your workout.

Use it on a cool or warm compress

Cool and warm compresses are useful for treating a range of conditions including sore muscles.

Boost the effectiveness of your compress by adding a few drops of essential oils (diluted with carrier oil) to it.

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Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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