Back to school is the time for children, teenagers, and professional athletes to start participating in weekly sporting events such as football, volleyball, cross country and much more . This can mean sore muscles. There is nothing better than a massage with essential oils to relieve the muscle tension, inflammation and soreness. Essential oils are soothing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The first blend that I like to use for sore muscles is Recover blend made with Wintergreen, Camphor, Rosemary, Cajeput, Siberian Pine, Clove, Helichrysum, Juniper berries, Peppermint and Frankincense.This blend combines essential oils that help to reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation which helps to ease pain. By adding more Peppermint to the blend it increases its anti-inflammatory properties. I also have added Lemon to the formulation because Lemon contains Limonene known to break up uric acid and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This helps the muscles to release the uric acid leaving the muscles soothed and relaxed.
Heres the Essential Sore Muscle formulation:
6 drops Recover Soothing Blend
8 drops Peppermint essential oil
6 drops Lemon essential oil
2oz. Carrier oil
Place essential oils and carrier oil in 2oz bottle. Roll between your hands and until ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Place on sore muscles twice daily.
For Children 6 years and up: Do not use the Recover soothing blend- Use 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Lemon in 2oz carrier oil.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, breastfeeding, children, and people with sensitivity to aspirin (salicylate)- this often applies to ADD/ADHD.
Here’s the link for this week’s video on YouTube for Sore Muscles.
Until next week, Don’t Forget your Essentials, Use Your Common Scents
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