Desperately looking for a way to cure the muscle pain that is caused due to the extensive work out regime in the gym? Or the body needs to relax its sore muscles from dancing all day for your next function? Then worry not my friend, you have come to the right place, we have got you covered.
Instead of using foam rolling or the usual over the counter pain relievers, go the natural way. Use essential oils to alleviate pain, tension and swelling. Essential oils have been making it big in the health sector recently and now another feather got attached to its hat, the ability to cure muscle soreness.
Sounds interesting, right? Well, let us get to know more about essential oils and it’s potential against muscle spasms.
Why use essential oil for muscle soreness?
Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile chemical compounds extracted from plants. It is called “essential” oil in the sense that it contains the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance- the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.
Some of the most popular essential oils for sore muscles are listed down below:
Essential oil’s popularity recently gained momentum when it was found that it could be used as an alternative medium to relieve the body from muscle pain.
- Peppermint oil- Extracted through a process of steam distillation or solvent extraction from the herb, the peppermint oil is very effective in curing the body of muscle pain, tension and swelling. Due to the presence of methanol, peppermint oil is wonderfully refreshing. No wonder it is abundantly used in all toothpaste and mints. It produces a cooling effect on sore and achy muscles. It has extensive analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it an all-rounder against any muscle discomfort.
- Lavender oil- Lavender oil is an excellent essential oil for sore muscles. Obtained from the process of steam distillation from the flower spikes of certain lavender species, lavender oil is prized for its calming and relaxing effect on the body. Due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil helps in easing down swelling and also lessens muscle pangs. It also has been found to improve blood circulation in the body.
- Rosemary oil- Next on the list of essential oil for sore muscle is Rosemary essential oil which is derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus officinalis. It is an all-purpose therapeutic essential oil which has the ability to erase pain and inflammation. Due to its elevated analgesic properties, it works wonderfully against all sorts of muscle pains even being a potent remedy against arthritis.
- Ginger oil- You remember how your grandmother always used to suggest ginger to soothe your upset stomach. Ginger oil also has the same soothing effects on our sore muscles. It produces a warming effect which helps in curtailing down the muscle pain and ease down the tension in them. Ginger oil has also been proved to be very effective against the suffering caused due to arthritis.
- Juniper oil- Juniper oil has been used for their medical and nutritional benefits since ancient times. This essential oil can ease tension and eliminate muscle spasms present in our bodies. It can be a huge help after that tough workout to help in relaxing your body.
Mentioned above are some of the best of the best essential oils, but there are some more which has proved to be extremely beneficial against muscle soreness.
- Helichrysum oil- Relieves muscle spasms, inflammation and pain.
- Marjoram oil- Ability to ease down muscle pain and inflammation.
- Eucalyptus oil- Produces a cooling effect on the sore muscles and reduces swelling in them.
- Roman and German Chamomile oil- Helps in soothing down muscle tension and alleviates
- spasms, pain and inflammation.
- Lemongrass oil- Due to the presence of high antifungal properties, lemongrass oil helps in the reduction of inflammation in the muscles which in turn reduces the pain.
You can use a single essential oil at a time or mix two of them to get your desired one. The sky is the limit when it comes to mixing of the oils.
How to use the essential oil for sore muscle?
Always remember that essential oils are concentrated extracts from the plants and therefore are very potent and if not used correctly it can irritate the skin and can further add to the swelling of muscle instead of reducing it.
Make sure to dilute the essential oil with the help of carrier oils. You may think that carrier oil may interfere with the healing properties of the essential oils but that is not the case. Essential oil does absorb some potency but it does not infringe in the therapeutic properties of them. It further helps in reduction of risk of irritation. The carrier oils that are generally prescribed are coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil.
The general rule to be followed is that for every 15 drops of essential oil, add 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
- Packaged roller ball bottles
Take 15 drops of essential oil in a bottle and then fill the rest of it with your chosen carrier oil.
Firmly press the roller baller top onto your bottle and mix the contents thoroughly. And your DIY roller bottle is ready to be used.
If you want the essential oil to penetrate deep below the skin, then massaging the essential oils onto your body would be the best option. But do not forget to dilute it first with your desired carrier oils. Massaging helps to work out the knots in the muscles and quickly releases the tension inside by increasing the blood flow to that area.
- Relaxing bath
The lushest and most luxurious way to use essential oil for sore muscles is by using it in your bath. Using 10 to 12 drops of essential oils to an ounce of carrier oil in your bath water can help you to loosen up and soothe your stiff muscles.
- Use a warm or cold compress
If the muscle is sore only in a particular part of your body, then you can use the option of using a hot or cold compress.
Dilute your choice of essential oil in water and submerge the towel into the mixture. Wring out the excess and apply it on your affected area. Reapply it as many times you need it.
Cold compresses help to soothe inflammation and hot ones help in ameliorating pain.
Possible risk of using essential oil for sore muscle
Applying essential oil for sore muscle can sometimes be a risky matter and therefore you should keep some precautions in mind.
- Always dilute the essential oil before applying it directly on your skin.
- Do a skin patch test before to see if you are allergic to anything.
- Do not use essential oil while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Never ingest orally. It is harmful to your health.
There you go, everything you need to know before applying essential oil for sore muscle is hopefully covered in this article. As you can already see, the essential oils can successfully ameliorate any pain, swelling and tension in your muscles.
Now dance as much as you want for your function or do that intense workout regime and do not think about your muscle soreness afterwards because essential oils have got your back.