Soothe Sore Muscles with Aromatherapy

Sore muscles after a work out is inevitable. Whether you are a yogi, a runner, a gymnast, dancer or a hiker- sore muscles are a pain and sometimes the recovery process can feel arduous. However, lucky for us, there are natural solutions!

From peppermint to cypress, chamomile and marjoram (among many others), essential oils can offer a soothing relief for muscle tension, spasms and joint inflammation.

Read on to learn how to harness essential oils for sore muscle relief!

Essential Oils for Sore Muscles

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect on sore muscles due to it’s menthol content, which exhibits analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-spasmodic, stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties (Balakrishnan, 2015).

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil contains the active ingredient called eucalyptol which has a cooling effect on sore muscles and may help reduce pain and inflammation.

According to a 2017 study, a blend of eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender and marjoram essential oils were able to relieve pain due to arthritis, this further clarifies eucalyptus’ uses as a pain-relieving essential oil.

eucalyptus essential oil

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress essential oil is traditionally used for tension and swelling associated with sore muscles.

Its grounding and stabilising aroma make this oil popular amongst body massages and bath soaks for relieving muscle tension and varicose veins.

Roman or German Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile is often known as the herb ‘capable of anything’ due to its various properties that can soothe the body and the mind.

Roman and German chamomile are calming and relaxing, especially on tense and sore muscles. Chamomile is commonly used to relieve stress, insomnia, muscle spasms, inflammation, rheumatic pain, among other imbalances of the body (Srivastava, Janmejai K et al., 2010).

cypress essential oil

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram essential oil is another excellent option for soothing muscular tension and joint pain (Bina, Fatemeh, and Roja Rahimi., 2017).

Its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties may help calm swelling, pain and tension in the muscles and joints.

Blend marjoram essential oil, along the other essential oils mentioned in this article in your body, in your body oil massages, epsom bath soaks and lotions for relieving sore muscles.

Other essential oils for sore muscles include but are not limiting to:

Lavender essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil

Sandalwood essential oil

Camphor essential oil

Rosemary essential oil

Ginger essential oil

Black Pepper essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil

Recipes for Sore Muscles

Deep Blue Bath Time

Ecodrop’s Deep Blue essential oil blend incorporates the healing benefits of 5 essential oils for muscle tension and pain relief. From wintergreen to peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor and german chamomile essential oils, this blend in combination with Epsom salt will soothe your tight muscles and promote the recovery process.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 8-10 drops Deep Blue essential oil blend
  • 1 tsp carrier oil of choice (sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed oils, etc.)
  • optional: a handful of peppermint leaves

Directions:

  1. Fill a bowl with the ingredients and pour into a warm bath.
  2. Soak in the bath for 10-20 minutes.

MySore Body Oil Massage

This recipe incorporates all the essential oils mentioned in this blog, alongside lavender essential oil, to soothe and relieve tense, sore and swollen muscles.

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml sweet almond oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops cypress essential oil

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a 60 ml sterilised bottle. Label and store in a cool and dry cupboard.
  2. To use this blend for sore muscles, massage your body from head to feet, or feet to head, incorporating gentle and slow strokes along sore and tense muscles.
*Please do not disregard professional medical advise. This information is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Always consult with a healthcare practitioner for appropriate treatment. Take caution if your are diabetic, epileptic, pregnant, breastfeeding or facing any serious health issues.