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5 essential oils for sore muscles

published by Stefan Schneider in Regeneration on - updated at
BR 2022 06 TEAM Stefan Schneider 011343
Stefan Schneider

Why can essential oils help with sore muscles?

We describe sore muscles as microscopic tears in the muscle fibres caused by intense exertion or unaccustomed movement. Micro-muscle injuries are usually followed by inflammation. One way to speed up the repair process is to stimulate blood flow. Inflamed tissue particles can then be removed more quickly.

Each essential oil has a different mode of action. Depending on the ingredient, the fragrant oils can have a positive effect on our regeneration. For example, there are essential oils that promote our blood circulation and inhibit inflammation.

Which essential oils can help with sore muscles?

Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of selected eucalyptus tree species. Traditionally, eucalyptus oil was used as an analgesic and valued for its anti-inflammatory and circulation-enhancing properties. These effects still make the aromatic essential oil a suitable remedy for tired muscles and joint pain today. Eucalyptus oil can also be used for rheumatoid arthritis. One study showed that eucalyptus can reduce the severity of inflammation in arthritis.

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint oil (Mentha Piperita)

The peppermint herb is a natural cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint oil is the essential oil extracted from the flowering parts and leaves of the peppermint plant. Peppermint oil can have a temperature-balancing effect and promote blood circulation, thereby positively influencing the regeneration process and tension. The cooling effect of the oil also creates a refreshing feeling on the skin.

Cypress essential oil

Cypress oil (Cupressus Sempervirens)

Cypress oil is an essential oil extracted from the twigs, trunks and leaves of the cypress tree. The "Cupressus Sempervirens" is considered a medicinal tree that has many botanical characteristics. According to a study, the cypress is resistant to drought, air currents, dust, sleet, atmospheric gases and can thrive in both alkaline and acidic soils. The woody-smelling oil of the medicinal tree is known for its antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial and analgesic properties.

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Juniper oil (Juniperus Communis)

The essential oil of juniper berry is extracted from the berries and needles of the plant species "Juniperus Communis". Studies have shown that the essential oil of the juniper berry contains a variety of active components that can have a positive influence on the skin and regeneration. The skin can benefit from the antibacterial properties of juniper berry oil. The muscles enjoy the tension-relieving and antispasmodic functions.

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Frankincense oil(Boswellia carterii)

Frankincense oil is extracted from the tree "Boswellia carterii". You probably don't associate frankincense directly with an essential oil for sore muscles. Rather, the spicy smell reminds you of a religious ceremony. In fact, the oil can also boost your regeneration. Research shows that frankincense oil has immune system-boosting properties. It can also help reduce inflammation and pain. Studies have shown that frankincense can inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules.

How are essential oils used against sore muscles?

Essential oils are very intense and can irritate the skin if used incorrectly. Therefore, dilute the fragrant oils with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Carrier oils are preferably low-odour vegetable oils in which the essential oils can be diluted. As a rule of thumb: at least 4 teaspoons of carrier oil per 10 drops of essential oil.

Suitable carrier oils are:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Argan oil
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When should caution be exercised when using essential oils?

Be careful when applying an essential oil to your skin for the first time. Use a suitable carrier oil (e.g. coconut oil) to dilute. Or use RECOVERY BALM, which is already enriched with other natural components to avoid skin irritation.

Talk to your doctor before use if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Want to use the essential oil on your children
  • Suffer from a chronic illness

Possible risks of using essential oils are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Skin inflammation
  • Allergic reaction

Conclusion essential oils & sore muscles

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to heal a wide variety of health problems. The circulation-enhancing, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties make them remedies that can support the regeneration process and prevent sore muscles.

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