Using Essential Oils for Muscle Pain

Some of the most powerful natural remedies you can use are essential oils. Muscle problems are very common complaints and essential oil can work wonderfully for these.

The types of muscle-related pains are listed below, along with the oils that are most helpful. Unless otherwise noted, the oils are to be used topically. More information on how to use the oils is given at the end of the post.

General Muscle Pain
The best general-purpose essential oils to have on hand for muscle pain are Marjoram and Peppermint followed by Balsam Fir, Basil, Birch, Cypress, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Silver Fir, Spanish Sage, Vetiver, White Fir, and Wintergreen.

Aches and Pains
If you are achy due to sickness, have fibromyalgia, or connective tissue pain, these essential oils are most helpful: Birch, Clove, Marjoram, Oregano, and Peppermint followed by Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme, White Fir, and Wintergreen.

Cardiac Muscle
Marjoram and Lavender work best, followed by Cinnamon, Peppermint, and Rosemary. Use topically or put in a diffuser for aromatic use.

Cartilage Injury
Birch, Marjoram, and Wintergreen are best for this injury. Lemongrass and Peppermint are also helpful.

To energize the muscles before a workout, use Rosemary. It warms the muscles and helps them to stretch for optimal performance.

Leg/Foot Cramps
Often prevented by staying hydrated, sometimes brought on my strain or lack of blood flow. Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Peppermint are the best oils for relief, followed by Basil, Clary Sage, Cypress, Grapefruit, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, and Vetiver.

These essential oils are best for muscle fatigue: Cypress, Marjoram, Peppermint, and White Fir. Eucaluptus, Grapefruit, Rosemary, and Thyme are also helpful.

Usually not painful, spasms can be relieved by using Basil, Marjoram and Roman Chamomile. Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, and Peppermint can also help.

Ligament strain is most helped by Lemongrass, Marjoram, and White Fir. Other essential oils that may be helpful are: Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver.

Marjoram and Lavender are your best choices for inflammation of the tendon.

Whether due to physical stress, or emotional stress, Marjoram is your best choice. Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint, and Roman Chamomile are also helpful.

Make Your Own Essential Oil Blends:

  • Pull a muscle? Blend together 3 drops Roman Chamomile and 2 drops Sweet Marjoram. Apply via cold compress (see below for how to make a cold compress).
  • For muscular pain combine 3 drops Roman Chamomile with 3 drops Lavender. Apply via cold compress (see below).
  • For inflammation, apply a cold compress (see below) of 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Yarrow.
  • To release a muscle spasm combine 4 drops Cypress, 2 drops Ginger, and 4 drops Sweet Marjoram with 4 teaspoons carrier oil of your choice.
  • To soothe aching muscles combine 2 drops Lemongrass, 4 drops Ginger, and 4 drops Lavender with 4 teaspoons carrier oil of your choice.
  • To loosen tight muscles combine 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Rosemary, and 2 drops of Ginger with 4 teaspoons carrier oil.
  • To ease rheumatic pain, combine 2 drops Spike Lavender, 4 drops Ginger, and 4 drops Silver Fir in 4 teaspoons carrier oil.
  • To increase blood flow to cold and cramping leg muscles combine 2 drops Ginger, 4 drops Black Pepper, and 4 drops Cinnamon in 4 teaspoons carrier oil.

Applying the Blends
Some injuries may do better with a cold compress.To make a cold compress, add the oils to the surface of a small bowl of water. Dip a facecloth onto the oils, and it will be sufficiently diluted. Apply to area of pulled muscle for relief.

Other injuries to best when combined with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, and massaged on the surface of the skin. A good rule of thumb for frequent/daily massaging is a 1% solution. For occasional deep muscle aches, use 3% (and up to 5%).

1% solution would be adding 1 drop of EO to one teaspoon of oil; 2% solution would be adding 2 drops of EO to one teaspoon of oil, etc. To make a 1 ounce bottle use 5-6 drops for 1% solution; 10-12 for 2% and 15-18 for 3%.

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