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To get rid of stress and relieve muscle pain.. The benefits of essential oils and ways to use them

 What do you do when you feel pain in your muscles after exercise? Some resort to pain relievers, but others prefer more natural solutions, such as using essential oils to relieve pain . 

These oils are known to be important for the skin  and hair in general, but they can also be used to relieve muscle pain, swelling, and tension  as well.

Let us learn about the most important essential (aromatic) oils used for these purposes and their effectiveness:

Use essential oils to relieve pain, tension and swelling

The following oils will help you get rid of pain, tension, and swelling, and you can mix two or three of them to create an effective blend:

Peppermint oil : Peppermint contains menthol, which has a cooling effect on muscle pain. This substance is also considered analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.

Marjoram Oil : Marjoram relieves  muscle spasms  and relieves tension. It is also known for its ability to relieve pain and inflammation.

Use these oils for pain and swelling

The following oils are mainly effective for getting rid of pain and swelling:

Lavender oil : Lavender is known for its ability to give you calm and relaxation, and it also relieves pain and inflammation.

Camphor oil : Camphor has a cooling effect on the muscles, and reduces pain and inflammation.

Chamomile oils : Chamomile oils can help relieve pain and inflammation, and they also help soothe muscle tension and reduce spasms.

Rosemary Oil : Rosemary is known for its ability to relieve pain and inflammation.

Use these oils for stress and swelling

If you're dealing with a combination of muscle tension and swelling, these oils may have the power to solve your problem:

Cypress oil : Cypress oil soothes and relieves muscle spasms, and works to calm inflammation.

Sandalwood Oil : Sandalwood relieves muscle cramps and tension.

Only oils specialized in relieving pain

You can use one or more of these oils to relieve pain, according to  Healthline:

Ginger Oil : Ginger has a warming effect on sore muscles, which helps relieve pain.

Black Pepper Oil : Black pepper relieves pain by warming your body as well.

Clove oil : Clove is often used to treat pain and has a warming effect on sore muscles.

How to use essential oils

Since they are such strong oils, improper use of essential oils can irritate the skin and increase swelling.

It is essential that an essential oil be diluted with a carrier oil before applying it topically, and although carrier oils may absorb some of the effectiveness of the essential oil, they do not interfere with its therapeutic properties.

Examples of our carrier oils are coconut oil,  olive oil , argan oil and more.

Use at least 6 teaspoons of carrier oil for every 15 drops of essential oil.

Fill the mixture in a special bottle

To apply the oil topically, prepare the mixture and fill it with a special bottle. It is possible to use small bottles that have a rotating ball in their upper opening, as they allow you to easily apply the oil locally.

Use it for massage

If topical application is not enough, oils can be used for massage, as they penetrate deep under the skin to relieve pain, swelling, and tension.

Just be sure to dilute the oils before applying.

Add the oil to the bathtub

An essential oil bath is  a rich and luxurious way to relieve and soothe stiff muscles.

Simply add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil to 6 tablespoons of carrier oil, then put the mixture in your bathtub and relax in it.

Add the oil to a cold or warm compress

Compresses are known to relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling. You can enhance these effects by adding the essential oil of your choice to the cloth.

To make an essential oil compress:

Cold water is usually used to soothe inflammation, while hot water is used to relieve pain. Put cold or hot water in a bowl, and then add the diluted oil to it.

Immerse the towel until it is completely wet with the mixture.

Gently squeeze out the excess water, then place the towel over the affected area.

Leave the towel for 15 minutes.

Reapply the towel as needed throughout the day.

Possible side effects and risks

According to  Medical News Today , some people may experience side effects from using essential oils, including:

Irritation and burning : Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin. Also, apply a small amount of the mixture to a small area of ​​the skin, to see if you have an allergic reaction before applying to the affected area, in order to avoid irritation and burning.

Asthma attacks : While it is safe to inhale essential oils for most people, they may increase the risk of attacks for those with asthma.

Headaches : Inhaling essential oils may help some people with  headaches , but inhaling too many may trigger headaches in others.

Other things to keep in mind :

You should not use essential oils if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

You should not use essential oils if you are  allergic . 

Essential oils should never be taken orally, they should only be used topically.