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The Benefits of Essential Oils for Sore Muscles

The Benefits of Essential Oils for Sore Muscles
25 Feb 13

The Benefits of Essential Oils for Sore Muscles

When tired and sore muscles are the result of a hard workout, it’s time to give your body some much needed attention. There is nothing better than a relaxing, soothing bath with a few drops of fragrant essential oil to relieve the aches and pains experienced after intense exercise.

A Hot Bath and Essential Oils

One of the best ways to achieve immediate relief is to fill a tub with hot water. Add 10 to 20 drops of any of the following essential oils separately, or experiment to make your own favourite combination.

  • Rosemary: This piney scent has anti-inflammatory properties for those sore, swollen muscles.
  • Chamomile: This is a soft, pleasing scent that creates an easy transition from a hard workout to bedtime. Tension will seemingly just float away.
  • Citrus oil: Using lemon, lime or grapefruit oils will give you an energy lift.
  • Lavender: A popular choice, this rich floral scent is used for anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral purposes. Many consider this popular oil particularly useful for calming nerves and muscles.


Adding a cup or so of Epsom salts as your bath fills can provide relief for strains, sore muscles and minor sprains. These salts, which are a magnesium sulphate, are absorbed through your skin. This helps to remove toxins, such as lactic acid, which is produced by the body during hard workouts and considered to be a main cause of sore muscles.


Once you are finished with your bath, rub those sore muscles by adding 5 drops or so of peppermint oil to 1 tablespoon of almond or olive oil. This concoction creates invigorating massage oil and will serve as a pleasant ending to a soothing and relaxing bath experience.

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