I’m somebody who loves doing stuff.
Hiking, playing soccer, HIIT exercises, weight training in the gym, you name it. These exercises can really really put a strain on my muscles, making them extremely sore and painful. I also tend to sit for long periods of time when I’m writing which also really strains my lower back and neck muscles.
Well, essential oils to the rescue!
About muscle pain and soreness
Everybody can suffer from muscle pain and soreness. The discomfort is usually temporary and will go away on its own. However sometimes muscle pain can last as long as a few days to weeks, or it can be chronic and constantly flair up.
What causes muscle pain
There are a lot of reasons why you experience muscle pain. The most common reason is the over extension or over use of your muscles. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing necessarily. For example, when you lift weights, you are stressing and tearing up your muscles. Your body will then build the muscle “stronger” by making it bigger – which is what you want.
Activities like long hikes can cause muscle pain in your hamstrings, back, or your shoulders if you’re carrying something heavy. These types of pain typically go away by itself as your body naturally recovers itself.
Sitting for a long time can cause muscle tightness in your lower back or upper back, which causes muscle pain and discomfort.
If you have an underlying chronic problem that’s causing muscle pain, you’ll need to work with your doctor to figure that out.
But whether or not your muscle pain is temporary or chronic, essential oils can make you feel a whole lot better by relaxing your muscle pain and encouraging your body to recover quicker.
Why essential oils are good at relieving muscle pain
Essential oils are naturally occurring oils that have been extracted from plants. These oils have natural medicinal properties that help combat health ailments like muscle soreness.
A lot of over the counter drugs provide the same type of relief – however they likely will not have the added benefit of medicinal power essential oils do – at least not in the same amount. And this benefit is huge, because essential oils help promote health internally and externally in so many ways beyond the actual issue you want to fix (muscle pain int this example).
Applying heat to sore muscles is probably the most popular way to remedy pain. There are some excellent essential oils that give you the same effect – but again, with the added benefit of naturally occurring medicinal properties.
Below, I’ll list my top 7 essential oils good for muscle pain relief
Top 7 Essential Oils For Muscle Pain Relief
Lavender oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oil. One of the main benefits of lavender oil is it’s ability to help you relax and relieve pain.
Lavender contains analgesic properties which helps relieve muscle related pain. Lavender is a great essential oil to use if you’re looking to relax your sore muscles and wind down at the same time.
How to use lavender oil for muscle pain
Relax in a lavender bath
A warm soothing lavender bath is one heck of a way to relax. Making a lavender bath is incredibly easy. Mix 5 drops of lavender oil into two tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply to your bath and relax.
Carrier oil will help disperse the lavender oil in your bath more easily. As we all know, oil and water don’t exactly mix that well together. Also, not all oils are safe to put directly on your skin, which is why you want to blend it with a carrier oil, however lavender is an oil that’s generally safe to apply on your skin neat.
And keep in mind that hot bath water can oxidize the oil faster, so do get in the bath right away to maximize therapeutic benefits and try and refrain from using a super steamy bath.
Create a simple massage blend to use on your sore muscles. Mix 5 drops of lavender oil with two tablespoons of carrier oil (jojobe oil is good) in a small dish. Rub this oil on your sore muscles. This blend will help ease pain and destress you.
I’m sure you’ve had peppermint gum and peppermint tea before, so you know the cooling and soothing sensation peppermint gives you. This cooling sensation is perfect for muscle pain.
Peppermint has analgesic properties that make it the perfect natural muscle pain relaxer. Overall, peppermint is one of the most versatile essential oil (like lavender too), and it belongs in every essential oil kit. The soothing effect of peppermint can be used for more than just muscle pain. If your skin is inflamed or irritated, peppermint oil can calm it down.
How to use peppermint oil for muscle pain
Create a peppermint massage oil
Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil into a small dish and mix it with a tablespoon of carrier oil. You can double this recipe if you want to spread the massage oil over larger parts of your body.
3. Black Pepper
Black pepper oil is very stimulating and has a warm and spicy feel to it. The kick you get from using this oil is much the same as the spice itself when you use it to cook.
Back pepper has strong anti-inflammatory properties that’s perfect for relieving aching pain from muscles. Applying this oil will have a warming effect on your body.
This oils is also great for stimulation circulation in your body, which can also help your sore muscles recover faster.
Black pepper oil is especially good to use for muscle pain if you also want to stimulate your mind and feel alert as well. Aroma from back peppers is incredibly stimulating, which makes it good if you need to concentrate while studying, or you’re working on something that requires focus.
How to use black pepper oil for muscle pain
Create a black pepper massage blend
Dilute 5 drops of pure black pepper essential oil with a carrier oil like olive oil in a small dish. Apply it to sore muscles. This blend can be used on joint pain areas as well.
Eucalyptus is great for muscle aches and pains because it is a warming oil that relaxes your muscles. Eucalyptus oil is also great for toning skin as well as killing bacteria and fungus. It’s a popular essential oil for acne as well.
Eucalyptus oil has an earthy smell to it and can help lift your spirits too.
If you’re looking to get muscle pain relief and could use some skin toning and refreshing at the same time, check out eucalyptus oil.
How to use eucalyptus oil for muscle pain
Create a eucalyptus massage oil blend
Mix 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil in a small dish. Apply the massage oil onto sore muscles.
Like eucalyptus oil, rosemarie oil has excellent skin toning and cleansing properties as well. Rosemarie oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that’s perfect for helping you relax pain. This is a warming oil that will help improve circulation in your body – perfect for relieving stressed muscles and detoxing your body as well.
Rosemarie is a particularly good oil to use if you’re feeling a little sick because it’s so good at cleansing you on the inside and out (has antiviral and antibacterial properties). You can diffuse rosemarie oil to get the therapeutic benefits through scent or create a muscle pain massage oil below.
How to use rosemarie oil for muscle pain
Create a rosemarie massage oil
Blend 5 drops of pure rosemarie essential oil with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Use this oil to massage your sore muscles.
Ginger’s analgesic properties can help take the tension and pain out of your sore muscles. Ginger oil has a warming effect on your body that can help soreness feel better, like after you’ve had a hard workout for example.
Ginger is also good for relieving nausea, relieving cold and flu symptoms, reducing head ache pain, and helps your digestion. A super common ginger home remedy to relieve these ailments is to drink ginger lemon water, or simply chew on a piece of ginger.
If you’re also struggling with some of the ailments above along with your muscle pain, ginger essential oil is probably the one for you.
How to use ginger oil to relax muscles
Create a ginger massage oil
Mix 2 drops of pure ginger essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage into any affected areas.
This concoction is also good for head aches. Massaging this oil on your temples and behind your ear can help.
Last but not least, thyme essential oil is great for sore muscles because it has a warming and relaxing effect when applied. Thyme oil is also good at helping maintain a healthy circulation system in your body which can also help your muscles loosen up.
Thyme oil is very antiseptic as well, which will help fights things like infections, colds, sore/strep throat, and acne. It’s a great oil to use when you’re feeling a little under the weather.
How to use thyme essential oil
Thyme oil bath
A warming bath is great for muscles aching all around your body, or just to relax and refresh yourself. Mix 5 drops of thyme essential oil with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to your bath.
Thyme massage rub
Blend 2 drops of thyme oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, and apply to your sore muscles.
Over to you…
Have any questions about this list of essential oils for muscle pain? Are there any other oils you’ve used for sore muscles that you’ve had success with? Hit me up in the comments below!