Let's look at ways to use essential oils for muscles to help relieve tension, soreness, cramps, and more. For recipes for rubs similar to Tiger Balm, see Muscle Pain Relief Rubs.
To help relieve sore, stiff muscles, add the following to a hot bath and soak for at least 20 minutes:
For a massage to relieve muscle aches and pains caused by strenuous activity, add up to 8 drops of one of the following essential oils to 4 teaspoons of carrier oil:
You can use the following blend suggested by Advanced Aromatherapy to massage tense muscles or specifically to relieve muscle cramps:
If you tend to get muscle cramps during exercise, Healing With Aromatherapy recommends massaging some of the following blend into your muscles before you exercise:
To relieve muscle cramps, Aromatherapy for Dummies suggests this blend of :
Another essential oil blend for muscle cramps from Massage & Aromatherapy:
Massage blend briskly into affected muscles.
Another blend of essential oils for muscles from Aromahead:
Massage some into the cramped area.
To use essential oils for leg cramps, try this muscle cramp blend:
To relieve muscle soreness or pain after the initial cramping, Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art suggests this massage blend:
Muscle cramps are often caused by mineral deficiency or imbalance. Are you getting enough calcium, magnesium, and potassium and not too much salt in your diet? If you tend to be tense, consider getting regular massage therapy or use other relaxation techniques.
To help prevent swelling and bruising after a muscle injury, combine 10 drops helichrysum and 5 drops German chamomile in 2 tablespoons carrier oil. Apply to injured area immediately after the injury and periodically for several days, if needed. (Don't use on open wounds.)
For muscle strains, use up to 8 drops of one of the following essential oils in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil:
Make an energizing leg gel with this aromatherapy recipe from EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs:
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