Knee and joint pain can disrupt your daily life. Research has shown that essential oils can support muscle and joint comfort, soothe muscle pain and reduce spasms.
Some essential oils are useful when used as part of a warming, post-workout massage; others may help reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis.
A massage with essential oils can help soothe the affected areas and offer deep relaxation.
Essential oils good for knees and joints pain are:
• Eucalyptus oil – has a cooling effect on muscles and reduces pain and inflammation.
• Roman and German chamomile oils – can help with pain and inflammation, soothe muscle tension and provide comfort and relief.
• Frankincense and myrrh – can help ease joint inflammation, reduce tenderness, joint pain, and stiffness.
• Ginger oil – has a warming effect on muscles and relieves discomfort.
• Rosemary oil – has the ability to ease pain and inflammation.
• Peppermint oil – could help reduce muscle spasms and arthritis.
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You can use them separately or combine them to create your own blend. Most frequently, mix the essential oils with a carrier oil and apply them topically on your skin.
Don’t put the essential oils directly on your body. They can irritate your skin. Most frequently, use them with a carrier oil like olive, fractionated coconut or jojoba oil. Here are some tips:
1. Add them to a bath. It is recommended to add a few drops of peppermint essential oils to a bath or massage oil for muscle pain relief. Use 2-3 tablespoons of carrier oil like jojoba, olive or fractionated coconut oil and mix it with 6-10 drops of essential oil. Take caution when getting in and out of the bath tub because the oils make the surfaces slippery.
2. Roll-ons make the topical application of essential oils easier – just create a mix of carrier oil and essential oil(s) and apply the rollerball along your skin.
3. Massage. Mix 10-15 drops of essential oil with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or body lotion. Rub the mix into your skin, wherever you feel the joint pain.
4. Inhale. Add several drops of essential oils to a diffuser and leave it running in your home or office.
Roll on before or after a workout – essential oils are helpful when used as part of a warming, post-workout massage. Dilute them with fractionated coconut oil before applying them to the skin. Apply them topically using a roll-on, or as part of a massage or skin rub.
Give yourself a cooling massage after a long day. Use a mix of carrier oil and essential oils, and massage it into your skin. It helps release the tension from your muscles and joints, and offer a soothing relaxation.
Do you use essential oils for muscles and joints discomfort?