One of the most common questions I get is how to use aromatherapy to relieve sore muscles and joints. Luckily, aromatherapy can be a powerful, all-natural painkiller — but only if it’s used the right way. Some essential oils — like Peppermint, Chamomile, Marjoram, are great at localized pain relief. All you have to do is rub them over the affected area, (always diluted in a carrier oil), and they’ll be able to provide significant relief. They can be an excellent remedy for things like arthritis, gout, tendinitis, and muscle soreness. Many of these essential oils contain some of the same ingredients as the common over the counter pain relievers. The only difference is that essential oils aren’t mixed with a bunch of chemicals! Because they’re all-natural, you won’t have any of the nasty side effects that can come with traditional painkillers. Other essential oils — Lavender, Birch, Ginger, being just a few examples — are great at making their way through your skin and working deep inside your body to get rid of the inflammation and toxins that are leaving you in severe pain.
So, how can you reap the benefits of these painkilling essential oils at home?
AROMATHERAPY COMPRESSESMake your own hot and cold compresses following this recipe:
Soak a small towel in each bowl, and squeeze out the excess water
Apply the hot compress for 1 minute
Apply the cold compress for 1 minute
Keep alternating compresses for 10 minutes
Dry area and apply more Pain Begone Body Oil. Massage for 5 more minutes and cover with a dry hot towel.
AROMATHERAPY MASSAGEWe’ve got two popular (and powerful) body oils that can give you the relief you need: – If you’re dealing with localized pain and inflammation, Pain Begone Body Oil is a great blend. With a mixture of Birch, Peppermint, Ravensara, and Lavender, you’ll get a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory. effect.
If you’ve got circulation problems — especially if you’re stuck standing all day at work — try Circulation Body Oil. A combination of Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, and Niaouli will stimulate your blood flow and prevent uric acid from building up in your joints.
Apply a teaspoon of either of these oils on the sore area and massage it with circular movements.
AROMATHERAPY BATHSRemember that muscle pain isn’t always caused by physical labor! Sometimes, you can wind up in severe pain when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation or when you’re feeling anxious. I’ve found that the best way to calm down after a rough day (and to soothe aching muscles that are sore from all of that pent-up anxiety) is to soak in a hot bath with 1/4 cup of a cold press vegetable oil mixed with 5 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Helichrysum and 1 cup of Epsom Salts. This aromatic blend is specially-designed to relax your muscles and take the pressure off your joints so that you can say goodbye to your pain in a matter of minutes, at the same time, the bath combined with this soothing oils will calm your mind and allow you to sleep better.
You can see why aromatherapy is so powerful — it addresses the physical and emotional causes of pain. That way, you can benefit from holistic healing, no matter what’s causing your pain!