July 09, 2018
Millions of people suffer from a condition called restless leg syndrome or RLS. It is not necessarily painful but causes some very uncomfortable sensations in the legs. It can be disruptive to a good night’s sleep. If you are one of the millions of sufferers, you’ve probably tried a little bit of everything for relief. Perhaps you’ve tried medications, compresses or one of several other remedies. Many people are desperately looking for something, anything that can help stop the miserable feelings. Essential oils may be a natural way to help ease the discomfort.
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
Some of the symptoms of RLS include irresistible urges to constantly move your legs. Many describe these urges as being accompanied by an uncomfortable tugging or pulling sensation. Most of the time, symptoms are experienced in the evening or at bed time interfering with sleep. Being deprived of sleep can bring with it a host of health problems and diminish your overall quality of life. Here are a few statistics about RLS:
Common symptoms include:
How Do Essential Oils Help with RLS?
Essential oils are made from plant parts including the bark, leaves, roots, seeds, stems and flowers. Their therapeutic properties are potent. Not only are they beneficial for promoting both physical and mental health, but they can help relieve pain caused by irritated nerves and ease muscle spasms which can help calm restless legs. EOs have a variety of properties that may be beneficial for calming RLS. Many of them are antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic, calming, and analgesic.
Top 5 Essential Oils to Use to Calm RLS
Before trying these essential oil remedies, remember oils should always be mixed with a carrier oil. Use the oil of your choice like sunflower oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Due to their potency, they can harm your skin if used full strength, or they can cause some skin sensitivity. It is a good idea to do a small patch test to see if and how the skin is going to react before applying an oil or oil blend on a larger area.
Here are the top five oils to use for relief from RLS:
The soothing aroma of peppermint essential oil can be beneficial for offering some relief from restless legs. Peppermint can also help relieve muscular pain and aching joints because it has a cooling effect along with its antispasmodic and analgesic properties. It’s refreshing and uplifting. Here are a couple of recipes using peppermint oil.
For a great massage rub that can be applied directly to the legs try this blend:
To make a cold compress with peppermint oil mix 4 drops each of peppermint and yarrow oils in two cups of cold water. Stir it gently to blend. Dip a cotton towel into the oil and water and allow it to absorb the blend. Wrap the towel around your legs. If you would prefer using two towels, double the recipe.
Lavender oil is known for its therapeutic properties and is often used because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic affect on aching joints and muscles. It is well known among oil users for calming the mind and soothing the body. Lavender can help eliminate stress, fear, tension and anxiety which contribute to muscle tension leading to RLS.
For a relaxing bath blend put four drops of lavender EO and two drops of vetiver EO in your next bath. Diffuse four drops of lavender and 2 drops of sweet orange oils to help with insomnia.
Ease muscle spasms and joint pain with marjoram essential oil. It’s often used for managing arthritic pain, indigestion and blood pressure. It can be massaged into the legs to bring relief or used in a bath. Add four drops of marjoram EO and two drops of vetiver EO to a warm bath. Create your own massage oil by adding 4 drops of marjoram oil with two teaspoons of the carrier oil of your choice.
This oil is particularly good for helping manage RLS symptoms due to its calming, sedative, and antispasmodic properties. Vetiver essential oil is also useful for stimulating circulation which may offer some relief as well. Try this massage blend:
For a soothing bath blend add these oils to your next hot bath:
The Roman Chamomile plant is well known for helping get some sleep due to its relaxing properties. Its sedative properties can also help with pain relief. Chamomile oil reduces inflammation and can be massaged directly into a painful area.
Hot Bath Blend:
Cold Compress Blend:
Three Recipes for Relief
One of the good things about essential oils is their versatility. There are a variety of ways oils can be mixed and used. Here are three recipes you can try to help you find relief from RLS.
Night Time Cream
Mix these ingredients in a 2-ounce jar. This lotion can be applied right before going to bed at night, or throughout the day to help offer some relief.
Mix all these ingredients in a 2-ounce spray bottle. The mixture can be carried with you and sprayed on the legs any time you feel discomfort.
Mix these ingredients in a 2-ounce jar and use it as a bath salt. Put this oil blend in your next bath for relief.
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