There’s nothing worse than an injured muscle. They hurt and depending on where they are, they can impact your ability to walk, move around or even breathe. What follows are very simple instructions for making a hot compress that works very well for pulled, strained and otherwise sore muscles.
- Take a washrag and run it under very hot water. You can also wet the rag and heat it in the microwave a few seconds. Be very careful if you choose to do this.
- Fold the rag into a rectangle or large square; whichever fits better depending on the size of the affected muscle and where it is.
- Place 3 drops peppermint essential oil, 3 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops Texas cedarwood essential oil across the rag.
- Place the hot rag oil side down on the affected muscle and let it sit.
That’s it! Easy and very effective. If you don’t have all of these, just peppermint oil or just lavender oil works just fine. They work well together because peppermint kills the pain, lavender kills the pain and relaxes the muscle, and Texas cedarwood oil increases blood flow to the muscle, helping it heal. A drop of lemongrass essential oil can help with relaxation of the muscle as well.
This compress also works to help relieve the pain of sprains, pinched nerves, sinuses*, headaches* and more. Try it the next time something hurts. You will be glad you did. 🙂
*Please be very careful not to get the oils or water from the rag in your eye.