Muscle Aches and Pains are something we have all experienced at one time or another and often an Aromatic First Aid Protocol can be very successful, however, it is always important to understand what the underlying cause is so that one can provide a long-term, as well as a short-term solution.
- Some muscle aches and pains are simply physical such as an increase in physical activity, like Spring or Fall Clean up, Moving House, starting a new exercise routine, or upping your current routine to the next level, while on the other hand, sometimes they are more complex.
- They might be due to poor posture, perhaps been slumped over a desk, with your head at an angle all day, or they could be due to repeating the same actions over and over again, and while we would certainly address them in the same way, in order to obtain a lasting result we need to address the posture and/or repetitive actions as well.
- When this is the result of an injury, in addition to helping alleviate the pain, it is also necessary to make sure the underlying injury is properly treated.
- In times of stress and tension, when one is continually in a ‘fight or flight’ mode, the muscles are always primed for action, and if this mode extends over a longer period of time, they seem to ‘forget’ how to let go and relax. In this case, in addition to addressing the physical aches and pains, we would also want to try and find a way to eliminate the underlying stress and tension. Being able to recognize what the cause for this is, is often the first step in eliminating it. As many essential oils are helpful for stress and tension, they can be helpful both for the physical and the emotional causes.
3 Strategies to try for Muscle Aches and Pains
- Topical Massage of the affected area with an appropriate essential oil blend can bring great results. I always like to use a gel for my base in blends like these because it allows the essential oils to absorb more quickly.
- Applying a hot, or a cold, or alternating compresses to the affected areas can really bring a feeling of relief and relaxation.
- While for many, the ultimate relaxation is taking a nice long soak in a bathtub with salts and essential oils.
Essential Oils to consider adding to your blends
Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool) – Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains, deep muscle pain and muscle spasms.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Analgesic, antispasmodic, calming, muscle relaxant, good for muscle aches and pains.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains. Warming oil.
Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anti-neuralgic, good for muscle aches and pains.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anti-neuralgic, good for muscle aches and pains.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains, neuralgia. Warming oil.
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains and muscle
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains and muscle spasms.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Sedative, good for muscle aches and pains and muscle spasms.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains. Cooling oil.
Petitgrain (Citrus x aurantium) – antispasmodic, sedative, good for muscle spasm.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – Analgesic, Antispasmodic, good for muscle aches and pains and muscle spasms.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) – Antispasmodic, Sedative, muscle aches and pains, circulation stimulant.
Always remember to make sure that the oils you choose to use are appropriate for the person using them. Check for any possible Contraindication.
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