Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and melting away a tension headache. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topicallyhas pain relief benefits associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The study found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful.
For achy joints – apply some of our pure peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil to cool muscles and help reduce inflammation.
Lemongrass oil benefits also include pain and ache relief. The oil helps to improve blood circulation, and can therefore relieve muscle spasms, back aches, sprains, and cramps. Try rubbing diluted lemongrass oil on your body or make your own lemongrass oil foot bath.
How to apply the blends:
Some injuries may do better with a cold compress. To make a cold compress, add the oils to the surface of a small bowl of cold water. Dip a facecloth onto the oils, and apply to the area of the pulled muscle for relief.
Other injuries do best when combined with a carrier oil, such as our pure sweet almond, and massaged on the surface of the skin. A good rule of thumb for frequent/daily massaging is a 1% solution. For occasional deep muscle aches, use 3% (and up to 5%).
To make a 1% solution – add 1 drop of EO to one teaspoon of oil; 2% solution – add 2 drops of EO to one teaspoon of oil, etc. To make a 1 ounce bottle use 5-6 drops for a 1% solution; 10-12 for a 2% and 15-18 for a 3% solution.
Try this layer of 3 essential oils for deep muscle pain. How to layer essential oils.