Sore muscles are bound to happen if you are an athlete or a fitness freak. Like every cell in our body require some essential nutrients. But due to lacking those nutrients, cells start to malfunction. In the same way, muscles are composed of special tissues which help in the contraction and relaxation of the muscles. As we all know that there is a limit to everything in this world. Nothing can go beyond its means. So, as soon as the muscles of our body overused especially after workouts, a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more muscles can occur. This is known as muscle spasm which is usually due to over-exercise or injury.
Skeletal muscles are the common victims of these spasms. They may occur, for instance, if an athlete hasn’t properly warmed up. Another reason is a fluid imbalance or electrolyte concentration fluctuation. Those of you who want to start a gym, be an athlete or wanted to be a calisthenics expert. Be ready to bear some painful muscle sores. Recurrent, widespread, or chronic muscle spasms may signify a more significant underlying medical condition related to toxic-metabolic, nutritional, vascular, or hormonal problems.
What To Do
If one is going through this phase and over-the-counter products aren’t doing the trick. So, it’s time that let’s move to some natural remedies. The finest and most effective natural products for muscle spasms are essential oils. From eucalyptus to Lavender, there is a number of oils that can ease this muscular pain.
Not all plants can produce essential oils but most of them do. They can be found in roots, stems, leaves or flowers of the plants. They are extracted by different techniques, dried and stored. Aromatherapy, a renowned technique is now renamed as ‘Essential oil therapy’. Because all oils don’t smell good so it renders some important medicinal oils useless for Aromatherapy.
The Countless Benefits of Essential Oil Therapy and Taoism as a Way
If we ponder upon the history, it is quite evident that plants have been always used as a source of medicines. The era of ‘Yellow Emperor’ was one of the golden periods in China. Huangdi was really interested in holism. Therefore, in this regard, he wrote a book discussing health, illness, and diseases known to be in history as “The yellow emperor classics of medicine”.
The Neijing is one of the most important classics of Taoism. It is an ancient Chinese medical text. It has been known to Chinese as the doctrinal source of medicines for two millennia. This book talks about Taoism philosophy. It is considered as the natural path to the universe.
Yin and yang are considered as life forces of the human body. The imbalance between these two forces tends to cause any disease or illness. While Huangdi and his contemporaries knew that herbal medicines could be an answer to it. Those herbal medicines could be in the form of teas, tinctures, powders, supplements, balms or essential oils. While essential oils being one of the major forms of medicines working at different parts of the body and maintaining the chakra flow in the body.
Essential Oils for Relief of Muscular Pain
Essential oils can be used in many ways to relieve muscular pain. Steam inhalation, diffusion, and massage. These are the best-recognized ways to reap the best medicinal effects. Soaking bath is also considered to be an effective way of treating muscle knots, soreness, and spasms. A long hot bath can help your body to release all kinds of tensions.
Here is the list of such essential oils that have been proved effective in essential oil therapy. But the great thing about these oils is their versatility. So, they can be beneficial for other purposes too.
Turmeric Essential Oil
Turmeric has been used for centuries as spices in India. It is an Ayurvedic medicine that is used as a drying agent and holistic healing tool. It is taken from roots of turmeric plant and is believed to be antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antiviral. It is known to have such amazing properties that help the body to relax. It also helps to block the negative enzymes affecting the skeletal system of muscles in our body. Therefore, working as a potent drug for muscle spasms and knots.
Making it a go-to drug in these conditions due to its unbelievable properties to heal the muscle. It can be also used in conditions of Arthritis. The essential oil is mixed with the carrier oil and is massaged over the affected areas. The effects can be seen in no time.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is really fierce when it comes to action. As this oil contains the active ingredient, methanol. It acts as an invigorating scent and also considered as ant spasmolytic and analgesic. Its cooling and soothing effect relieves the body of muscular pain and sore. Anti-inflammatory properties are also noteworthy.
This oil is useful especially after a vigorous workout as it soothes the muscle and relieves the body of cramps and pain. It also has a unique property to calm the body and mind at the same time. This makes this oil stands out in this list.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove is regarded as one of the most important spices. Its essential oil is regarded as one of the best analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. It won’t be wrong to claim that it has magical effects. It is one of the strongest forms of pain relief.
It produces warming effects over the body as it loosens up the muscles. This tends the muscles to relax and pain is relieved. In addition to these amazing properties, it is also mild anti-neuralgic which means it numbs the skin surface. Therefore, it should be utilized carefully with precautions. This property of clove oil makes it beneficial for toothache.
Due to its overwhelming strength because of the presence of eugenol, it should be diluted with carrier oils. Else it can damage the skin surface by burning it. Use your favorite carrier oil such as Jojoba, Olive, or Coconut.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is without any doubt the most widely used essential oil for muscle pain. As its one of those milder oils with sedative properties. It is quite mild on the skin with both effects over mind and body making it special. It also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties when used topically.
Sometimes the muscular pain may be caused due to anxiety or stress. While this oil can work as a relaxant for the mind, by also relieving the stress, hence causing to reduce muscular pain. If you are feeling uneasy you can always rub this oil on your palm. Then rub it near your nose to inhale deeply and relax out.
This oil is mild enough to use alone and doesn’t need any carrier. t has a wide range of benefits including helping relieve muscle tension, spasms, joint pain, and tendinitis.
Juniper Essential Oil
It is an oil that has been used for centuries. It reduces stress, detoxify and reduces inflammation. The powerful properties of being analgesic, anti-rheumatic and antiseptic make it an undeniable choice.
Its analgesic and anti-rheumatic properties help to relieve muscle soreness and spasm. But it should be used with precaution. As on its own, it is very strong. Therefore, Juniper oil shouldn’t be used on pregnant women or children under 3 years. While it is one of the better choices for a soothing bath and deep massage.