Monday, November 07, 2011

Aromatherapy 101: Muscle Aches and Pains

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!  The weather here was wonderful and I tried to enjoy every minute of it . :)

One of my favourite moments was actually inside.  A long, hot bath spiked with lavender oil to soothe my weary body.

I am a big believer in the benefit essential oils, so I thought I would did a little deeper into the world of aromatherapy and some of the oils that can help with muscle aches and pains.

Note:  I am not an aromatherapist.  Check with you health care professional before you try any new treatments.

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses pure and natural essential oils to provide a range of therapeutic effects on the mind, body and spirit.

What are Essential Oils?
These are the oils, which are extracted from leaves, petals, nuts, seeds and bark.  Essential oils can be dissolved in alcohol or mixed with fats and used in a variety of ways including inhalation, massage, baths and perfumes.

Here are three essential oils that are fantastic for muscle aches and pains:


A great all purpose oil.  It can be used a sedative and tonic for many ailments.  The calming effect of lavender is also great to help babies sleep.


Has a clean, fresh fragrance and is often used as an antiseptic.  Pine is also helpful for treating colds and sinusiitis. Can be inhaled or used in massage.


It is warm, woody and also helps to stimulate memory.  Do not use if you are pregnant of have high blood pressure.

When mixing your oils, less is more.  Start with about 4. oz of base oil (such as sweet almond, apricot kernel or evening primrose) and add 2-3 drops of the essential oil of your choice.

Do you use essential oils when your muscle ache?  Which ones work best for you?

Stay Healthy,

Source: The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, Massage and Yoga

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