How to Relieve Muscle & Joint Pain Naturally January 12, 2016 16:21


Muscle and joint pain is a common and unpleasant experience that many of us suffer from as a result of a variety of causes. Whether it be from overuse, improper stretching, stress, arthritis, etc., it can be hard to relieve ourselves of this pain. 

Essential oils can aid the healing process through use in massages, baths or hot/ cold compresses. There are a few oils in particular that are noteworthy for soothing the pain relating to muscle tension and joint pain, such as peppermint and rosemary. We put a few drops of those oils (in addition to black pepper, thyme, basil, bay and carrier oils) into our 'Muscle & Joint Relief' massage oil blend. Chamomile can also be a calming oil with anti-inflammatory properties and particularly good for lower back pain and muscle spasms. However, it tends to be a more expensive oil. Ginger oil improves mobility and relieves arthritic pain. It is healing to soak your feet in a tub of warm water with a few drops of ginger oil at the end of a long day of standing or walking. 

Making a massage oil is an easy task that requires only a few ingredients- or it could have as many as you like! First, choose your carrier oil. Carrier oil is a mild 'base' oil, used to dilute the essential oils so that these potent oils can be safely administered onto the skin and provide their healing properties through massage. These include but are not limited to jojoba, sweet almond, coconut, evening primrose, and grapeseed oil. You can use whichever you like, all will work well in a massage oil. Next, you can select your essential oils (which you will use a small amount of each; see Mountain Rose's Dilutions and Conversions Guide), basing your choices on which scents you prefer, and what kind of pain you are experiencing. 

Some other oils that are beneficial for muscle and joint pain include lavender, eucalyptus, clary sage, rosemary, and frankincense. Once you have made your oil blend, (or purchased ours) you can apply a medium-sized amount to the affected area and massage it into the skin and muscle until fully absorbed. The act of massaging increases blood circulation and helps distribute lactic acid build up in the muscle. You can also make a blend of just essential oils (no carrier oil) and add a few drops to a hot bath. 

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