6 Essential Oils to Use for Muscle Pain

Most people suffer from having sore achy muscles whether it was from a long day at the office, overdoing it at the gym, or picking up the kids all day long. There are many homeopathic remedies to help ease the stiffness and soreness that you might not have known about.

Here are six essential oils to use for muscle pain that can be used alone or together with another essential oil for a powerful, yet relaxing combination.

6 Essential Oils to Use for Muscle Pain

Pain is the body's way of letting us know something is wrong and unfortunately something far too many people deal with on a chronic basis.

Muscle pain is a common condition that can be caused by many things such as injury, stress, or exercise.

Making changes to your lifestyle (such as eating a proper diet designed to decrease inflammation, exercising smartly, and getting enough sleep) will help decrease muscle and joint pain but when it surfaces, you'll need a way to deal with it.

Pain relievers are one way to help relieve muscle pain, but they often have unwanted side effects like stomach aches. Essential oils are another great alternative for muscle pain relief!

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6 Essential Oils to Use for Muscle Pain

Oregano and Lavender Essential Oils

Oregano Essential Oil has many therapeutic properties including easing muscle pain. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that have been shown to reduce muscle inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Many people find relief with oregano's ability to work on all three of the major factors contributing to greater muscle pain: inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Start with a great carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, or grapeseed. And add in 3-5 drops of Oregano Essential Oil.

To make it smell a tad bit better, add in a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Lavender has relaxing properties as well as having analgesic properties and works quite well with oregano oil.

Adding these two essential oils to a hot bath is sure to help relax your tight muscles. Add some Epsom salt for more relief!

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Sweet Birch and Wintergreen Essential Oils

Both Sweet Birch and Wintergreen Essential oils contain methyl salicylate which is a natural pain killer. They are perfect to add to your massage carrier oil to soothe the tension out of your muscles, either just one of them or together.

Wintergreen Essential Oil also helps to alleviate the toughest headaches and menstrual cramps. You can diffuse both essential oils and can also add them to carrier oils to get rid of muscle pains.

Warning: NEVER use oils containing methyl salicylate on children & should be kept in a locked container to avoid issues. They should never be used during pregnancy or if you are on any blood-thinning medications. For more info, check on this article on why not to use Wintergreen essential oil around children.

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Rosemary and Thyme Essential Oils

Typically, when we think of either rosemary or thyme, we think about how they taste in our favorite Italian dishes. But the essential oils derived from rosemary and thyme are very potent and can be used for muscle pains and cramps!

Rosemary essential oil is a perfect remedy for muscle pain as it is antispasmodic. This means they can help end those painful muscle spasms – like when you get a Charlie Horse cramp in your calf in the middle of the night.

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How to Use Essential Oils for Muscle Pain

I don’t recommend ingesting any oils unless under the care of a trained aromatherapist, since they are very concentrated oils when you are using high-quality oils (which are all I recommend for health purposes). And I sure wouldn’t want to ingest oils diluted with who knows what!

For muscle pain, I find that topical application (absorption) is the most effective.  I recommend getting a few roll-on bottles (mix with carrier oil & label the bottle so you don't lose track of what each one is). You can make your own blends or make a batch of sore muscle salve!

Aromatherapy (inhalation) also works well. You can diffuse in a diffuser, inhale from the bottle, or put a drop on a tissue. For more ideas on how to use essential oils, check out this guide on How to Use Essential Oils!

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    1. Gli oli essenziali sono uno dei miei rimedi naturali preferiti. C’è qualcosa in paticolare che posso aiutarti a trovare?