Muscle aches are common, but they’re not very fun. Daily tasks like walking or carrying groceries can feel
really uncomfortable. Instead of waiting it out, make yourself a muscle rub with essential oils.
What Causes Muscle Aches?
Typically, achy muscles aren’t a mystery. Normal activities like exercise, hiking, and gardening can bring on soreness. Do you stand all day at work? Is it the first day of your period?
Achiness is also likely. With a DIY (Do-it-yourself) sore muscle rub, you can ditch the ibuprofen and take the holistic route.
Essential Oils For Muscle Aches
These essential oils will make the magic happen. When making your homemade rub, feel free to use one, two, or more.
1. Ginger Oil
Ginger isn’t just for nausea. Its active compound gingerol fights inflammation and pain, making it useful for sore muscles.1
In fact, in a 2014 study, low back pain patients felt better after getting a massage with ginger oil.2 The same effect was seen for girls with menstrual pain.3
2. Lavender Oil
For centuries, lavender oil has been used to ease the pain. It works whether you apply it on the skin or inhale the aroma.
Feeling tense? Lavender also relaxes your muscles and body, helping relieve stress-induced pain.4
3. Rosemary Oil
Use rosemary essential oil if you prefer herby scents. According to the Maryland university, it relieves both muscle pain and spasms. You’ll even improve memory while you’re at it.5
How To Make DIY Sore Muscle Rub
- 2 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- ½ cup carrier oil (coconut, olive, grapeseed, etc.)
- 65 drops of essential oil
- Small pot
- Heat-safe bowl
- Metal spoon
- Metal tin or glass jar
- Oven mitt and pot holders
The bowl should be slightly larger than pot. This will create a makeshift double boiler, letting you melt the ingredients safely and easily.
- Fill the pot halfway with water. Place over medium-high heat.
- Put the oil and beeswax into the heat-safe container, then place directly onto the pot.
- Once the water boils, turn down to low-medium.
- Continuously stir the oil and beeswax until melted together. Make sure there are no clumps.
- With an oven mitt, remove the glass bowl and place it on the counter, on top of a pot holder.
- Let cool for a few minutes.
- Add a total of 65 drops of essential oils.
- Carefully pour into a metal tin and leave to harden.
Individually, each oil has awesome analgesic benefits. You can use one, two, or a combination of all three. In any case, just be sure there is a total of 65 drops.
How To Use It
- When you’re feeling achy, apply the mixture with clean hands.
- Massage it right in.
- Keep the rub in a cool, dry place so it does not melt.
Is this your first time using these oils? Do a patch test first. Apply a small amount to the inside of your elbow. If irritation develops, avoid using the essential oil in your sore muscle rub.
|↑1||Semwal, Ruchi Badoni, Deepak Kumar Semwal, Sandra Combrinck, and Alvaro M. Viljoen. “Gingerols and shogaols: important nutraceutical principles from ginger.” Phytochemistry 117 (2015): 554-568.|
|↑2||Sritoomma, Netchanok, Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke, and Siobhan O’Dwyer. “The effectiveness of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil in treating chronic low back pain in older adults: a randomized controlled trial.” Complementary therapies in medicine 22, no. 1 (2014): 26-33.|
|↑3||Hur, Myung-Haeng, Myeong Soo Lee, Ka-Yeon Seong, and Mi-Kyoung Lee. “Aromatherapy massage on the abdomen for alleviating menstrual pain in high school girls: a preliminary controlled clinical study.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 2012 (2011).|
|↑4||Lavender. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.|
|↑5||Rosemary. University of Maryland Medical Center.|