Many different muscle relaxers are on the market. However, the vast majority contain potentially damaging chemicals. For those who suffer from muscle spasms or overexerted muscles not many natural options are available. But one good alternative treatment is using essential oils.
Essential oils are oils that have a strong scent and have been distilled from natural plant compounds. The oils have high concentrations of antioxidants. They have been found to work by increasing the amount of oxygen that gets to cells and by cleaning out the lymphatic system. Essential oils work as natural pain relievers by penetrating the skin and being carried to muscles in the body through the bloodstream and by being deposited directly to tissues.
Essential oils are very easy to use. They are applied to the part of your body that is experiencing strain or spasms by massage. You can even apply essential oils yourself in your own home. Though you might have some difficulty if you are experiencing pain in your back muscles. Of course, if that’s the case, see if a friend will help out.
Which Essential Oil Should I Use?
The number of different essential oils to choose from can be overwhelming. You might have difficulty choosing which to use. You will want to make this decision based on what type of pain you are trying to relieve. For muscle cramps and Charlie horses it is best to use basil, cypress, marjoram, rosemary or lavender essential oils. For problems with inflammation it is best to use peppermint, thyme, clove, white fir, or myrrh essential oils. For sore and stiff muscles you will want to try rosemary, peppermint, wintergreen, ginger or Douglas fir essential oils.