Which Essential Oils are Good for Sports Enthusiasts and Deep Tissue Massage?
Whether you over exerted yourself at the gym, or got tense sitting behind a desk all day, your muscles can get stiff and tight. Many people suffer the discomfort of muscle cramps on top of being sore from a workout or inactivity. Some seek out deep tissue massages to help them relax or find relief from their pain. A good massage using essential oils can help relieve tension and the pain associated with overworked muscles. But which oils should be used on your tired, overworked muscles? Here are some suggestions for those seeking relief.
Oils to Use to Relax Muscles and Relieve Spasms
Two of the most effective oils for relaxing muscles are German Chamomile and Sweet Marjoram. These two oils have natural anti-spasmodic properties. Earlier clinical tests have discovered German chamomile contains bisabolol oxides which has an anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effect. Marjoram similarly contains terpinen 4-ol and a-terpinene which have the same relaxing effect when used topically for massages.
Oils to Reduce Bruising
Two specific oils are good for reducing bruising. Helichrysum contains y-curcumene which is a natural anti-inflammatory. And Myrrh is comprised of furanoeudesma-1,3-diene. This substance is said to have an effect on the opioid receptors in the brain. This is the part of the brain that perceives pain. The components in Myrrh are analgesic in nature because they interrupt the pain signal. Both of these oils are good to use on bruises as they are thought to help improve vein integrity and are both anti-inflammatory naturally.
Oils to Help Reduce Muscular Pain and Inflammation
Peppermint oil contains a large amount of menthol which is a natural analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory property. Menthol is naturally stimulating and has a cooling effect on the body’s nervous system. Another natural substance in peppermint is menthone which inhibits cytokines which contribute to inflammation. Because of these natural properties, peppermint can bring some relief for painful or swollen muscles.
Adding Essential Oils to a Deep Tissue Massage
There have been several studies that have shown that when essential oils are applied topically, they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This means they are able to penetrate a little deeper into the muscle tissues which just means they can offer nearly immediate results. Before applying an oil, they should be blended with a carrier oil or mixed into unscented lotion. The oil or lotion is applied during the massage. The effects of a deep massage should last the recipient for some time.
Essential Oil Blends for Achy Muscles
Are you are experiencing very sore muscles and are not sure a single application will make the soreness go away? Of course, resting sore muscles is a great way to encourage healing. But you may also want to try some of these blends. Mix the oils with a carrier oil and massage them into your muscles after a warm shower.
Oils for Muscle Fatigue
Mix these ingredients for muscle fatigue:
- 10 drops rosemary
- 10 drops eucalyptus
- 5 drops cypress
- 5 drops thyme
- 2 TBL carrier oil (grapeseed, sesame, almond, jojoba)
Mix these ingredients to help relieve muscle cramps:
- 15 drops lavender or geranium
- 15 drops rosemary
- 10 drops marjoram
- 5 drops bay laurel or black pepper
- 5 drops each of lavender, marjoram and rosemary
- 3 drops of either ginger or black pepper
- 5 teaspoons of a carrier oil
- Mix the oils in a 5mL dropper bottle then shake it up to blend.
- Massage it into your affected muscles.