9 Essential Oils For Muscle and Joint Soreness

We have all been through it: you exercise one night and you feel great while you are doing it. Then, the next morning rolls around and you can barely move.


Muscle and joint pain like this is very common.

However, that does not mean you need to suffer through the discomfort. Most people simply reach for the closest pain killer to relieve their aches but unfortunately, these may come with unwanted side effects such as an upset stomach.

If you suffer from these side effects or just want to try more natural alternative, you’ll be happy to know that essential oils have been used to treat joint and muscle discomfort for ages. In fact, this is just one of their many uses and some oils work for different things.

Below, in random order, are 9 essential oils you can use to relieve your muscle and joint soreness.  

1. Frankincense

Frankincense contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can act as a sedative to relieve your muscle and joint pain. It also works to stimulate blood flow, which can provide additional relief for you.

In fact, Frankincense essential oil doesn’t just work for temporary pain; this oil is so well known and respected, it is widely used for chronic pain such as arthritis.

2. Ginger

This isn’t just used for making cookies and tea. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat your joint pains and arthritis. Treating yourself with its essential oils can help reduce joint, back, arthritis, and muscle pains throughout your body.

3. Peppermint

Usually put in drinks and food, peppermint can both help improve your concentration and reduce your fatigue.

As an essential oil, it can also help treat muscle and joint pain when used in a bath or massage on your skin. Peppermint oil can also be used to relax your muscles and treat muscle spasms due to its antispasmodic properties.

4. Sandalwood

This oil is extracted from the tree of the same name and has been used by humans for at least 4000 years for a wide variety of applications. Some of the more known benefits of sandalwood essential oil are its ability to treat blemishes and reduce stress.

However, it is also an excellent treatment option for muscle and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties and like peppermint oil, it has antispasmodic attributes which can help to relieve muscle spasms as well!

5. Eucalyptus

This plant can reduce your swelling and inflammation using tannins that it contains in its leaves. Plus, the oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help reduce the pain in muscles and joints.

Eucalyptus oil is also a stimulant, meaning you can say goodbye to that tired feeling you get when you are not feeling your best.

6. Lavender

This popular essential oil can reduce your muscle and joint pain and help you relax. Lavender contains sedative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Because of these, it helps reduce muscle spasms and tension, as well as headaches and joint pain from arthritis.

Lavender also promotes better quality sleep which is important for muscle repair

7. Rosemary

Rosemary is packed with antispasmodic and analgesic properties. This is what makes it so great at providing relief for muscle, joint, and back pain. Rosemary can also be used to treat headaches.

8. Thyme

Relieving muscle and joint pain is just one of the many uses of thyme essential oil and is often said to have a warming effect on your body. This is mainly why it’s great for treating rheumatism and arthritis.

Thyme is also good for treating general discomfort caused by exercise injuries as well as menstrual pain in women.

9. Vetiver

You may not have heard of vetiver essential oil before. Originating in Ayurvedic medicine practices, this essential oil comes from the botanical family that citronella and lemongrass are in. However, it is great for relieving daily aches and pains as well as pain from overexertion.

10. Yarrow

Yarrow is a flowering plant that is found in parts of Europe, North America, and Asia. The essential oil is full of muscle relaxing properties that can help you to manage your discomfort. It is also packed with anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for relieving muscle and joint pains.


Why and How To Use Essential Oils For Joint and Muscle Soreness

Essential oils are usually safer than traditional medicine and have an even better effect on your mind and body. Once applied to your skin or breathed in through vapor, they pass through your digestive system and prevent causing any damage that painkillers do by being absorbed into your bloodstream.

Below, are the best ways to relieve muscle and joint pain when using essential oils:

Self-massage: One of the most direct and effective treatments when taking essential oils is to mix 4-5 drops with a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil then rubbing it into any sore joint or muscle.

Bath soak: Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath can help relieve your sore muscles and joints. Plus, you can even add up to three cups of Epsom salt to help your pain reduce even more. This is because Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, which is a common pain reliever.


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Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path Essential Oils, a naturopathic wellness company that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living. You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.  

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