MUSCLE ACHES

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint and Wintergreen. Effective natural pain relievers and muscle relaxants.

Cypress. A sedative with a calming and relaxing effect on the body.

Marjoram and Lemongrass. May reduce muscle spasms and muscle pain.

Lavender. Indicated for muscular spasms, cramps, sprains and rheumatism.

Research
A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. The study found that peppermint, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful.

Home Remedy
Muscle Compress. Put 3 drops of peppermint oil, 3 drops of cypress oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil on the area of concern, and then cover it with a hot compress for 3 to 5 minutes.

Background
A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Most people experience a muscle cramp at some time in their life. There is a variety of types and causes of muscle cramps. One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is dehydration, but other causes include increased physical activity or a lack of activity, stress, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal changes. The body may not be getting enough electrolytes, such as potassium or magnesium. Some other medical explanations include fibromyalgia, statin drugs, flu symptoms, hormonal changes and Lyme disease. Essential oils such as peppermint and cypress are ideal home remedies for muscle aches and pains.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium. Can help with muscle relaxation. Take 250 milligrams twice daily.

» Bone Broth Protein Powder. Supports healthy joints and muscles and promotes tissue repair.