Muscles can hurt after a vigorous day of exercise or work, especially if you aren’t exercising on a regular basis and then really go for it. Activities that you repeat daily can also tighten muscles and cause them to cramp. The oil formula below is excellent for lower back or shoulder pain, tight muscles from working at a computer, or the aftereffects of physical exercise.
Even menstrual cramps, which are really little more than the cramping of the uterine muscle, respond well to this remedy. By the way, this same recipe can be used as a first-aid treatment along with ice on sprains and bruises. The sooner it is applied, the better. It reduces the swelling and pain and promotes faster healing.
The latest medical thinking is that you should use a liniment containing heating oils to increase blood circulation and warmth to an area before exercising rather than waiting until afterward. By doing so, the liniment works like a mini warm-up for the muscles. You’ll still want to do your warm-up exercises, but the combination will give you extra warmth, helping to prevent muscle cramps. See Aromatherapy Joint Pain Relief for more on liniments and for an aromatherapy liniment recipe. Then, if your muscles do cramp, use the cramp relief oil below to relax them.
Essential oils for muscle pains and menstrual cramps: birch, chamomile, ginger, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, melissa, rosemary
To learn more about Aromatherapy and other alternative medicines, see:
- Aromatherapy: Here you will learn about aromatherapy, how it works, what part essential oils play, and how to use aromatherapy.
- Essential Oils Profiles: We have collected profiles of dozens of plants that are used to produce essential oils. On these pages, you will learn the properties and preparations for the most popular essential oils.
- How to Treat Common Conditions With Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, from asthma to depression to skin problems. Here you will learn how to treat some common medical problems with aromatherapy.
- Home Remedies: We have gathered over a hundred safe, time-tested home remedies for treating a wide variety of medical complaints yourself.
- Herbal Remedies: Herbal remedies and aromatherapy can be very similar, and they stem from similar historic roots. On this page, you will find all of our herb profiles and instructions for treating medical problems with herbal remedies.
Kathi Keville is director of the American Herb Association and editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly newsletter. A writer, photographer, consultant, and teacher specializing in aromatherapy and herbs for over 25 years, she has written several books, including Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, and has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.