What are some of the best ways to reap the healing and soothing benefits of essential oils? There are several different ways, such as diffusion, steam and massage. When your body is stiff and sore, and your muscles are asking for relief, sometimes a massage is one of the best ways to increase blood flow, stimulate the limbic system and mute muscles, joints and everything in between.
The following essential oils are excellent for use in a warm, steaming bath where the healing properties of the oils surround and heal from the outside.
They are also really wonderful for massage. Either alone or with a partner, 10-20 minutes of massage can have miraculous effects.
By heating and revitalizing the body, blood flows more easily, reaching all the necessary areas. The muscles can be calmed and loosen, making them more agile and flexible.
In addition to this, touch comes into play here, which is a crucial component in many holistic beliefs and practices. Touch can be one of the most healing gifts we offer.
These are some of the best essential oils for muscle and joint pain.
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is a fierce healer. It contains the active ingredient menthol, which acts as both an invigorating scent as well as an antispasmodic and mild analgesic, helping to reduce pain, pressure, and tension. It’s cooling effect soothes and relieves tired and sore bodies and also has a magical way of calming the mind at the same time, relieving stress and offering a minute of peace.
For best results, mix 4-6 drops oil with 1 tsp. of a neutral carrier oil, such as Jojoba or Olive oil. When fully mixed, massage into affected areas for 5-20 minutes as many times a day as you feel necessary.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known and recognized essential oils for pain relief. Due to its moderate but active sedative compounds, it has been used and used for centuries to relieve pain and pressure, which makes it the perfect essence to become an essential oil.
It also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties when used topically, which is perfect for a tired body and overloaded and forced
Unlike other essential oils, lavender essential oil is mild enough to be used by itself and does not need to be mixed with a carrier oil for dilution. You can massage it directly on the skin without worrying about irritation.
If you are moving and need some relief, just rub a few drops on your palms and cup around your nose, breathing deeply and slowly. It’s quick and easy, and it’s very effective.
Lavender oil is also wonderful in the bathroom, where steam diffuses the aroma around you and water soaks into your skin. Add 10-15 drops to the bathroom just before you enter. Your body will thank you.
3. Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper essential oil has been used for centuries as a detoxifying agent, a stress reducer, an antioxidant, and a pain and inflammation reliever. It has powerful anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and even analgesic properties which are all so beneficial to each and every one of us.
When using in the bath, drop 10-15 drops of the oil into warm, steaming water. Get in and relax, feeling the pain and pressure subside.
If using it for massage, mix 2-4 drops of the oil with a neutral carrier oil such as Jojoba or Olive oil. Spend 5-20 minutes massaging affected area(s). Between the aroma and its healing properties, your body will benefit greatly.
It’s important to note that juniper essential oil, in its distilled nature, is very strong and should not be used on its own. It also should not be used by pregnant women or children 3 years of age or younger.
4. Turmeric Essential Oil
Turmeric has been used for more than four thousand years in India and surrounding countries as a spice, a dying agent, and a holistic healer. Turmeric is one of the most heavily used herbs in Ayurvedic medicine because it helps to support and realign imbalances in the body.
Taken from the root of the turmeric plant, turmeric essential oil boasts strong anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It is also known to have properties that help the body relax and heal.
Many of these properties block harmful enzymes that could otherwise affect the muscular and skeletal system in a negative way, making turmeric a go-to for those who suffer from joint and muscle pain, as well as arthritis and other painful conditions.
For a soothing and healing massage, mix 4-6 drops of the oil with a carrier oil like Moringa, Coconut, or Jojoba. Massage for 5-20 minutes. Enjoy the deep and penetrating feeling as the oil works its magic. We recommend 1-2 massages with turmeric essential oil per day for best results.
5. Rosemary Essential Oil
With its mildly evergreen, somewhat earthy aroma and it high levels of naturally produced oil in its leaves and on its stalk, Rosemary is one of nature’s miracle plants.
It is extremely high in antioxidants and is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. One antioxidant in particular, carnosol, well-known to focus in on inflammation, making rosemary oil one of the best choices for pain relief.
If using as a massage oil, mix 4-6 drops of oil with your favorite neutral carrier oil. Massage for 5-20 minutes.
Rosemary essential oil is also wonderful mixed with peppermint oil. For a soothing and invigorating experience, combine the following;
- 3-6 drops rosemary oil
- 2-4 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
With regular use, this easy-to-make combination can be extremely beneficial to overall pain relief and relaxation.
6. Clove Essential Oil
Clove is one of nature’s strongest forms of pain relief. It has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial/anti-microbial agent.
Clove essential oil is known to have warming effects on the body, making it particularly adept at revitalizing and reinvigorating tired and aching muscles, as well as soothing them and allowing them to loosen up, reducing tension and pressure.
In addition to these wonderful properties, clove essential oil a mild anti-neuralgic which means it numbs the surface of the skin temporarily when applied topically. This offers much needed relief to those suffering from pain. Those who suffer from tooth pain can place a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball or swab and wipe the affected area for a few seconds. The oil will numb the area, thus temporarily relieving the pain.
It is important to mention that clove oil is extremely strong and should be tested before use to be sure you are a compatible fit. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this oil, nor should children 3 years of age or younger.
Due to its strength, clove essential oil must be diluted when used due to its high levels of eugenol so that it doesn’t burn the skin. Use your favorite carrier oil such as Jojoba, Olive, Coconut, or Moringa.
Mix 2-4 drops of clove oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage into affected area(s) for 5-20 minutes and be ready for a stimulating and invigorating experience.
7. Thyme Essential Oil
Those who suffer from acute and chronic pain, rejoice! Thyme essential oil is here to save the day.
Thyme oil has been used for years for muscle aches, inflammation and pain. It contains a compound called carvacrol that has been shown to reduce the activity of COX-2, an enzyme related to inflammation, in the body. Thyme oil offers high levels of analgesic and antispasmodic properties, all of which work together to reduce and sometimes relieve pain.
For a relaxing massage, combine 2-4 drops of oil with 1 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil. Massage the affected area (s) for 5-20 minutes, breathing deeply and relaxing to the touch. You will feel an immediate release of tension and a reduction in pain.
Thyme essential oil is also wonderful when used in the bathroom. Mix 10-15 drops of oil in warm bath water and prepare to disappear.
8. Frankincense Essential Oil
Incense has been used for centuries in many holistic and Ayurvedic practices. Originally from India, the Boswellia serrata tree offers leaves, roots and stems that have very therapeutic properties. Incense is a well-known anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, analgesic, antibacterial and antispasmodic property, which makes it one of the most discrete heroes of nature.
In general, incense essential oil is one of the most versatile and mild essential oils on the market today. Although it is generally recognized for its refreshing and very pleasant aroma, this essential oil is gaining recognition as a very formidable painkiller.
Although the soft incense essential oil must still be diluted with a carrier oil when applied topically. Mix 2 to 4 drops of oil with 1 teaspoon of oil from your favorite neutral vehicle, such as Jojoba or Oliva, or even Tamanu.
The incense oil is great in the bathroom. The aroma will only send you to a land of peace and tranquility and your pain will slowly fade away. Mix 10-15 drops of oil in a hot, steaming bath just before you are ready. Then, just slide and let this healing plant work its magic.