Looking for a Natural Muscle Relaxer for Spasms or Overexerted Muscles? Use Essential Oils!

Are you looking for a natural muscle relaxer? Do you know what to do for muscle spasms? Do you need a natural alternative for muscle soreness or strain?

Well, you have landed in the right location! Essential oils can help with all of the common muscle problems we all deal with. This includes muscle fatigue, pain, spasms, or injuries.

Have sore and achy muscles from your exercise routine? No problem we will address that too!

Essential Oils are also good for prevention. Before you get to the point where you always need a natural muscle relaxer, use them before you exercise to prevent injury. Keep your muscles warm and happy all year long! I do!

I should know (better). I have been riding horses (and sometimes falling off) since I was age 5 and still ride several horses a day professionally. I have also run races, crashed bikes (both types), and worked out till I was blue in the face. I even was a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist at one point!

So, my point is that I have a lot of experience in this muscle department. And I am thrilled to tell you about something that really does work!

Oh, by the way, I also use essential oils as a natural muscle relaxer for the horses. Horses love essential oils!

But first,

How do Essential Oils work as a Natural Muscle Relaxer or Pain Reliever?

Essential oils contain properties that are documented to be anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and more. They easily penetrate the skin and can be carried throughout the blood and tissues within minutes!

Essential oils are also high in antioxidants, improve oxygenation to the cells and cleanse the lymphatic system.

Therefore, the oils will help your body eliminate inflammatory wastes, improve circulation and ultimately help with recovery time.

Why are Essential Oils so Unique?

You mean, besides the fact that therapeutic grade essential oils are natural and don’t have any side effects? Read on and I will tell you.

Oils have multiple medicinal properties. For instance, did you know that Lavender Essential Oil has analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and sedative properties? Yes it does. So, I could use this oil as a natural muscle relaxer, and for stress (just in case I was upset about my muscle pain)!

There are many more examples because there are over 50 different oils that have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties alone!

In the next section I will categorize them according to muscle condition so you can easily select some oils to work with. Because the oils have many properties, there will always be some overlap, so you may see them in more that one category.

Also keep in mind, that everyone’s body chemistry is different. So what may work best for one person, may not work best for another.

My suggestion is, as always, select one or two oils (or a blend) to use and find out what oils are right for you. Write down your experiences so you can remember and recognize any changes.

Click on the individual oil to learn more about how and what to use it for. And check out the Oil Uses Section to learn how to use the oils.

What creates a Muscle Cramp or Charley Horse?

A muscle spasms or a charlie horse can occur when:

  • muscles are tired

  • muscles are overused or overexerted

  • muscles are overstretched

  • the body is deficient in minerals especially magnesium and calcium, or

  • the body is dehydrated (low in electrolytes).

As a reminder, muscles require sufficient water, glucose, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium to allow the proteins within muscle cells to work!

So, my advice is, in addition to using the oils, make sure you are not overlooking something that your body requires for your muscles to work correctly.

What Oil do I use for Muscle Cramps, Charley Horses or as a Natural Muscle Relaxer?

We want oils that increase blood circulation, have a warming effect and bring quick relief. The top natural muscle relaxers are listed below.

These are the best professionally made blends:

Marjoram, basil and juniper essential oils work well for voluntary and involuntary muscle (smooth muscles).

Basil, marjoram and Aroma Siez Blend are my personal favorite muscle relaxers. Of course, you may smell like an Italian kitchen, but you feel great!

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 on the cramped muscle at least 3 times per day. Alternating hot and cold packs may also help along with some light stretching.

What Oils do I use for Muscles that have inflammation?

Inflammation usually indicates that there is some tissue damage. This may also occur if we exercise to the point where we have strained or pulled a muscle.

We want oils that speed healing, have a cooling effect and that minimize further damage. The best oils to reduce inflammation are listed below.

These are the best professionally made blends:

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 onto inflamed muscle at least 3 times per day.

Personally, my top choices are Wintergreen and PanAway for this application. If it was do to injury such as sprain and pain was involved I would select PanAway first because it contains four of the single oils listed above: helichrysum, wintergreen, clove and peppermint.

When there is severe inflammation as with an injury, I tend to rotate the oils throughout the healing process.

What Oils do I use for Muscles that are Sore or Stiff Muscles from Exercise?

Sore muscles result from the muscles slightly tearing. Don’t be alarmed, this is how the body repairs and rebuilds the muscle stronger! We also may experience some stiffness and slight swelling as well.

We want oils that speed recovery, have a cooling and/or warming effect and that promote relaxation. The best oils to reduce soreness are listed below.

These are the best professionally made blends:

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 onto sore muscle at least 3 times per day. Also apply a warm compress to muscles. Massage oils do not have to be diluted.

Personally, I am a huge Ortho Sport fan. I put it on every morning before I ride, and I have little to no stiffness when I return from the barn. Ortho Ease and Peppermint are also some of my favorites.

I tend to go with the massage oils because they are convenient as well. Ortho Sport has many of the single oils mentioned for sore, inflamed and tired muscles. And it does not require dilution. It has wintergreen, peppermint, and lemongrass, three of the oils I just love!

Want to Roll Away Muscle Soreness, Stiffness and Inflammation?

Then try Deep Relief Essential Oil Roll On! I love this handy little applicator blend. Fits in your purse or pocket and is perfect for those hard to reach spots on your back or shoulders! Full of powerful anti-inflammatory oils such as Copal and Helichrysum.

Have Muscle Weakness?

Then Idaho Balsam Fir, Juniper, Nutmeg, Douglas Fir or White Fir are good ones to try. Massage four to six drop into the muscle at least three times per day!

Want to try a Supplement with Essential Oils that will help reduce Muscle Pain and Inflammation?

Try BLM Bones, Ligaments and Muscles) with Essential Oils, MSM and glucosamine. Or Omega Blue Essential Oil Supplement with fish oils.

Have Muscle Pain? Go to the section on Essential Oils for Pain!

I hope you have enjoyed this Natural Muscle Relaxer Section. And you will try some oils to help manage all your muscle bumps and bruises! I am right there with you all the time!

Final thought - back pain, muscle spasms....try a natural muscle relaxer, technique! Try a Raindrop Session! 

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