Essential oils are plant extracts that have been used for years to deal with pain by improving blood flow and reducing inflammation. However, due to their potent nature, you can’t just pour some essential oil on your hands and rub directly on your body because it can cause a rash or a burn. Whether your ongoing pain is as a result of working out, osteoarthritis, old age or an injury, here are 4 of the best essential oils for muscle pain and how you should use them;
- Peppermint Oil
Menthol is the active ingredient in peppermint oil and it has a very cooling effect that soothes your muscles. It also has analgesic properties that reduce pain and tension in your muscles. You can use peppermint oil by adding a few drops in your bath water and just soaking in it for a while or you can use it to massage the area directly. You have to add carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil when making a massage formula to reduce the potency of the peppermint oil.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is known for its aromatic and calming nature. You can use it in so many ways including adding a few drops to your diffuser, bath water or apply a bit on your palm and neck for that relaxing and sedating effect. However, for muscle pain, you can apply lavender oil directly to the aching muscle without diluting it because it’s very gentle on the skin.
- Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil is fantastic for dealing with inflammation so it’s good for muscle pain caused by arthritis and injuries. You can dilute mix a few drops of rosemary oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil to make a great pain reliever.
- Eucalyptus Oil
If your muscles feel stiff and constricted, you need to apply some eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus is great for muscle cramps and injuries because it makes your blood vessels to widen and enhance blood flow. Just mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil and olive oil and apply on the affected areas.
While these four essential oils are the most available, there are plenty of other oils you can use for muscle pain such as black pepper, arnica, and marjoram. However, it’s important to consult your doctor before using any essential oils especially if you have an injury.