Aches & Pains

Many people suffer from the discomforts of muscle pain and it’s a sad fact that the older we get, the more prone we are to them. There are many alternatives for the care of these discomforts. You can use painkillers like ibuprofen which can reduce swelling but may have other side effects – hot or cold packs often work for a while but using natural pain relief with aromatic essential oils has proven results.

To overcome the discomforts of muscle aches and pains caused by cramps or cramping you have quiet a variety of aromatic essential oils you can use. Eucalyptus is one of the best oils for aches and pains available. If there were only one essential oil you were able to choose, it would have to be Lavender. This wonderful natural healer is able to do so many things. It has widespread uses and is especially useful not only for pain relief but for relief of headache pain and can be used directly on the skin too. It also stimulates blood flow and this aids in healing. Rubbed into the joints it eases the pains of arthritis.

Ginger is another essential oil that works wonders for aches and pains. It lessens the inflammation as well as lowers the amount of prostaglandins in the body. These are the body’s receptors that effect constriction and so pain. Massage Ginger oil into sore aching muscles; it will definitely give some relief to overworked muscles. Nutmeg has also been used in the treatment of arthritis. Another oil that comes highly recommended for pain relief is Peppermint. Unlike the others we have discussed, all of which assist in improving muscular pain, peppermint acts on different pain centers. Peppermint works very well in relieving the pain that is caused by any colicky condition. It is also used to reduce pain following surgery. Always remember to dilute any oils that you use in a carirer oil.

Here are some recipes for aches and pains that we hope you will find useful:
Oil for Aches, Pain and Rheumatism
Rosemary – 10 drops
Juniper Berry -6 drops
Lavender- 8 drops
Any carrier (base) oil 1 1/2 ounces
(about 45 ml)
Mix all oils, and apply externally as needed. Massage oil for Sore Muscles
2 drops Ginger
4 drops Cinnamon
3 Drops Cajuput
3 drops Chamomile
15 ml of your favorite carrier oil
Mix all oils, and use as you would any massage oil. Work into muscles especially after a strenuous workout

Muscle Relaxer Massage
Niaouli – 5 drops
Lavender – 4 drops
Black Pepper and – 3 drops
Pine – 3 drops
Carrier Oil such as almond or apricot oil – 15 ml
Mix essential oils then add carrier oil. warm slightly and use for massage.
Sore Muscles
5 drops Rosemary
4 drops Cinnamon
3 Drops Cajuput
3 drops Chamomile
15 ml of your favorite carrier oil

Mix all oils, and use as you would any massage oil.
Work into muscles especially after a workout
Rubbing Oil for Sore Joints
Marjoram 10 drops
Eucalyptus 8 drops
Cajuput 4 drops
Black epper 2 drops
1 cup carrier oil

Mix all oils and add to the carrier oil- shake well and warm gently before massaging on sore joints.
Back Ache Massage
2 tablespoons – Almond oil,
10 drops – Lavender
6 drops – Rosemary
6 drops – Sandalwood
3 drops – Geranium
Mix in Amber bottle, shake and apply to areas of discomfort.
Sore Muscles 2
Sweet Almond oil – 8 ounces
Black pepper – 12 drops
Marjoram – 6 drops
Juniper Berry – 6 drops
Ginger – 6 drops
Blend these oils together then use as massage oil. You only need to use about a teaspoon or two for a nice massage! Aching Muscles
4 drops peppermint
4 drops thyme
4 drops Lavender
3 drops Marjoram
5ml any carrier oil.
Mix the essential oils first then add to the carrier oil. Massage to affected areas. This blend can also be added (about half) to the bath. People with sensitive skin should use cautiously as stated above peppermint can be a skin irritant.
Aching Back
2 tablespoons Carrier Oil
10 drops Lavender
6 drops Rosemary
6 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Geranium
Place the essential oils in an amber glass bottle. Mix well. Add the 2 tablespoons of Carrier Oil . Shake gently to mix well. Place a small amount to the area of the back discomfort. This can also be applied prior to strenuous activity or after you’ve over done it.
Sore Muscles 3 – Massage Oil
Grapefruit, – 5 drops
Rose – 5 drops
Tea Tree – 3 drops
Spearmint – 2 drops
Carrier Oil of your choice – 15 ml
Mix together and massage into sore muscle
Muscle Relaxer Massage
Niaouli – 5 drops
Lavender – 4 drops
Black Pepper and – 3 drops
Pine – 3 drops
Carrier Oil such as almond or apricot oil – 15 ml
Mix essential oils then add carrier oil. warm slightly and use for massage. Aches and Pains Rub
1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
Oregano – 3 drops
Peppermint – 4 drops
Cedarwood – 2 drops
Lavender- 2 drops

Add essential oils to the 1 tablespoon Almond oil Stir or shake well. Massage into and rub out the Aches and Pains!
Muscle Relaxer Massage 2
Niaouli – 5 drops
Lavender – 4 drops
Black Pepper – 3 drops
Pine needle – 3 drops
Carrier oil such as Sweet almond oil or apricot oil – 15 ml

Mix essential oils then add carrier oil. Warm slightly and use for massage.
Muscular-Skeletal Pain
(especially good for lower back pain.)
15 ml (1 tablespoon) Sweet almond
4 drops Wintergreen
4 drops Cardamom
4 drops Ginger

Mix together well and use to massage any area that gets muscle pain. I have a birth defect in my spine that causes me a lot of lower back pain.. This recipe works really well to ease the pain, & it gives me more mobility. Massage in thoroughly, but gently.
Submitted by Lisa P. from Australia.

Sore Muscles 4
Bay laurel – 4 drops
Rosemary – 4 drops
Eucalyptus -4 drops
Ylang Ylang – 3 drops
15 ml carrier oil of your choice

Blend oils in amber bottle, shake and massage onto sore muscles. Sore Muscles 5
Ylang Ylang – 20 drops
Ginger – 20 drops
Nutmeg 12 drops
Rosemary 8 drops
2 ounces of Sweet almond

Blend all essential oils together, then add to the Sweet Almond oil. Warm oil slightly and massage into sore muscles.

Muscular Pain
Rosemary – 5 drops
Cypress – 15 drops
Lavender – 10 drops
1/2 ounce carrier oil such as Sunflower oil or Sweet almond oil

Mix together in an amber bottle. Then add 5-8 drops to the carrier oil. Massage as needed on the sore muscles.
After Game or Excercise Rub
Rosemary – 10 drops
Lavender – 5 drops
Roman Chamomile – 5 drops
Lemon – 5 drops
Peppermint – 5 drops
1 ounce Sweet Sweet almond Oil

Blend all the essential oils in an amber bottle. Then add the Sweet almond oil, Shake well. Massage into all those tired, painful and sore muscles. This is a stronger than normal massage oil. Used specifically for overworked and painful muscles. Massage gently, let the essential oils work for you!

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