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Essential Oils For Sore Muscles Bath: What To Use
We’ve all experienced muscle soreness at some point. Sometimes you can feel it after a moderate to high session of leg-day, while at other times it is due to the uncomfortable posture all day at work that may twitch your muscles. Either way, the pain is real and often hard to bear. Acute or short-term muscle soreness can be managed with a simple day off, bed rest, and some OTC pain medications. But when it comes to chronic or long-term pain, lifestyle changes are mandatory. Using essential oils to relieve painful muscles is one addition to your daily routine that can make a big difference.
Several clinical trials have indicated that many essential oils can help relieve muscle soreness and reduce inflammation. Here are my top 10 recommendations for the best essential oils for sore muscles bath:
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10 Essential Oils for sore muscles bath
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Ginger Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Black Pepper Essential Oil
- Wintergreen Essential Oil
- WOW Sore No-more Essential Oil Blend
- WOW Cold Soother Essential Oil Blend
How to use essential oils to relieve muscle soreness
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is one of nature's most effective painkillers. It has a cooling effect, and, due to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps with muscle pain. Dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it topically to relieve pain.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most extensively researched and commonly used essential oils. It was shown to help relieve headaches and sore muscle discomfort. Lavender essential oil is also known for interacting with the parasympathetic nervous system's to modulate anxiety and, also, to have a mild sedating effect. Dilute it properly and add it to your bath water in the evening to reduce muscle pain, induce relaxation and enjoy a restorative sleep.
Ginger Essential Oil
Warm and spicy, ginger essential oil boosts circulation to the muscles and helps soothe back pain. It also functions as a decongestant, being useful in unclogging sinuses and alleviating headaches. Studies have shown that, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger essential oil can even be used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Studies have shown that Rosemary essential oil has numerous health benefits. Known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, rosemary essential oil reduces muscle spasms and discomfort, calms sore joints, and relieves menstrual cramps. It has also been reported to be effective in reducing back pain.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil, just like peppermint, has a cooling effect and provides pain relief. Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties, and studies have shown that eucalyptus oil may have potential in treating the symptoms of arthritis.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil can help reduce inflammation, which, in turn, leads to reduced pain.
Black Pepper Essential Oil
When applied to the skin, black pepper oil provides a warming effect and boosts blood circulation. It also has a mild analgesic effect, which aids in the relief of arthritis pain and muscle pain.
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Just like peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, wintergreen essential oil, when applied locally, offers instant relief. It contains naturally occurring cooling and pain-relieving compounds and it can help reduce back pain and stiffness.
WOW Sore No More Essential Oil Blend
WOW’s Sore No More Essential Oil Blend is a synergistic mix of six pure essential oils – such as peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon - that have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and pain, while also allowing for easier movement. This essential oil blend is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve muscular aches.
WOW Cold Soother Essential Oil Blend
WOW’s Cold Soother Essential Oil Blend is a revitalizing mixture of seven potent essential oils: eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, tea tree, basil leaf, cinnamon leaf, and myrrh. When applied topically (properly diluted in a carrier oil), this blend helps boost circulation to the affected areas. It is a wintertime staple for relieving painful muscles caused by the dropping temperatures.
How to use essential oils to relieve sore muscles
Finding the best essential oils for muscle spasms is only the first step. The next step is to learn how to use them correctly.
Essential oils can be simply inhaled, or diluted and rubbed directly onto sore muscles. Adding essential oils to your bath water is also one of the simplest method to include them in your daily routine. A warm and relaxing bath can help relieve muscle pain and inflammation.
Even if you’re adding them to water, though, don’t skip on diluting the essential oils, as they will float on top and get in direct contact with your skin, potentially causing rashes and sensitization.