So if you haven’t done any sports or exercise for a while you will tend to overdo it and be a little ambitious with the initial workout; and we all know that aching muscle feeling the next day.
However, you don’t need to suffer unnecessarily. There are many therapeutic essential oils that can help you cope with the muscle pain and sports injuries. Of course you need to consult a doctor if you believe there is something more sinister. But if it’s just muscle soreness or strained muscle pain essential oils can help to alleviate the discomfort. One of the main benefits in using essential oils is that they can provide pain relief without becoming tired or drowsy, or using medication that may affect performance or be banned in the workplace.
Essential oils can address all of these areas whilst adding a pleasing scent to help your work.Essential oils that have a therapeutic value are recommended for these blends because they have high anti-inflammatory and/or anti-oxidant properties. They work by easing the inflammation in the muscles. When the swelling is reduced, so is the pain.
The most widely known essential oil for pain relief is lavender (Lavandula officinalis, L angustifolia, L vera.) because of its anti-inflammatory and cell regenerating properties, it is one of the only essential oils that can be applied undiluted to the skin.
Lavender is also antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective in the treatment of wounds and as a frontline defense against respiratory infection.
How To Use Lavender Essential Oil:
- Bath - Excellent for tired sore muscles, relaxation and stress relief.
- Massage – A great way to not only relax the mind but also tight, sore muscles.
- Diffusing - The ability of a fragrance to alter our mood, sense of wellbeing and promote better health is an important aspect of Aromatherapy. By using an essential oil diffuser to disperse the oil right before bed for a good night’s sleep or diffuse in your home to calm and soothe any anxiety or stress.
- Compress - Soak a cloth blended with lavender oil and water then squeeze out the excess water and apply. Great for headaches, tired eyes (too much computer…) or to rejuvenate the skin on your face! Excellent for sunburns, burns, chaffed skin and so much more.
Other essential oils known for their analgesic benefits are German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus ), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool) which is recommended for rheumatic pain and arthritis, as well as sports injuries.
Other oils which have a heating effect in massage or in the bath include Juniper and Black Pepper.
So before you go and grab that bottle of paracetamol, try the many health benefits of essential oils which can unlock the whole world of aromatherapy.