How Natural and Essential Oils Can Help Relieve Muscle Pain & Inflammation

May 13, 2020

How Natural and Essential Oils Can Help Relieve Muscle Pain & Inflammation

A little bit of muscle soreness is to be expected after a good workout—or even after a long walk—but that doesn’t mean that muscle pain and inflammation has to cause prolonged discomfort. And you may not even need to have an active day to feel the effects of soreness. Some suffer from pain and inflammation as a result of certain medications or medical conditions. 

No matter the cause, if you are experiencing frequent body aches, it might be time to explore natural oil pain relievers. Essential oils are extracted from plants through methods such as distillation or cold pressing, and feature high concentrations of each plant’s unique healing properties. 

Essential oils can alleviate a wide range of symptoms and ailments, ranging from dry and irritated skin to chronic pain. Using essential oils for pain and inflammation can be a great way to naturally soothe aches and soreness—without introducing any harmful chemicals to your skin. 

Why Use Natural and Essential Oils for Inflammation and Body Aches?

Essential oils are commonly incorporated into skin care products, but they also have a long history of use in soothing inflammation and body aches. The benefits of essential oils can even span outside of pain and inflammation, often improving emotional and mental well-being as well. Research shows that essential oils can help with depression, sleep disorders, and respiratory issues. 

If over-the-counter medications simply aren’t giving enough relief from sore muscles—or if you prefer to choose a natural-based solution instead—essential oils can help. Here are some of our favorite essential oils and the ways that they can be used as natural pain relief products: 

1. Lavender

Various researchers have studied the medicinal properties and positive effects of lavender, making this essential oil a promising choice for a natural oil pain reliever. A 2015 study showed that lavender essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in “important therapeutic potential.” 

In 2012, another study showed that inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes resulted in relief from migraine headaches. And in 2013, inhaling lavender essential oil was used in assessing pain treatment for pediatric patients who had undergone a tonsillectomy, reducing reliance on over-the-counter pain relief from acetaminophen.  

Lavender oil has also been studied as a natural sleep aid, with research showing that subjects who inhaled lavender oil experienced increased slow-wave sleep (SWS) and stage 2 sleep. As a result, subjects woke up feeling energized and more rested overall.

Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of lavender as a natural oil pain reliever is that it is the only essential oil that can be safely applied directly to the skin. When used on pregnant women and young children, lavender oil should be diluted first—but for all others, lavender oil is gentle enough to be applied without dilution.

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil from Abbey St. Clare

Our Lavender High Altitude French Essential Oil is imported directly from France, which means our formula contains a higher concentration of active phytochemicals. Soothing, gentle, and with a heavenly fragrance, Lavender High Altitude French Essential Oil from Abbey St. Clare is an essential oil that everyone should have at home. 

There are plenty of unique ways to use lavender essential oil for muscle pain, soreness, and general relaxation. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Place a drop of lavender on your pillowcase or in your nightly bath to soothe aching muscles and support restful sleep.
  • Add a drop of lavender oil to your favorite lotion or massage oil to promote relaxation and relief from pain and inflammation. 
  • Use a drop of lavender essential oil on a wet washcloth and wipe across your face and neck to refresh and revitalize your skin. 

2. Vesper’s Oil

Unique to Abbey St. Clare, Vesper’s Oil is a specially crafted combination of essential oils for sore muscles and better mental/emotional health. It includes two key essential oils that are well-known for their natural health benefits: chamomile oil and marjoram oil.

Chamomile oil helps with pain and inflammation. It can also help soothe muscle tension and reduce spasms. A 2018 study found that chamomile oil was particularly effective in reducing pain related to gastrointestinal spasms, supporting the use of chamomile oil in treating stomach cramps. 

In 2015, another study showed that topical use of chamomile oil acted as a natural oil pain reliever for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, with some additional benefits in improving function and decreasing stiffness.  

Marjoram has similar beneficial properties, as it works by relaxing muscle spasms and tension. This essential oil is often used for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation with menstrual cramps, stomach cramps, headaches, nerve pain, muscle pain, and more. 

How to Use Vesper’s Oil from Abbey St. Clare

Vesper’s Oil from Abbey St. Clare is designed to provide relief for a variety of ailments, such as aching muscles, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, discomfort and pain from sunburned skin, and interrupted sleep patterns. Here are some of our favorite ways to use Vesper’s Oil:

  • Massage into feet and hands before bed for a calming effect throughout your body and your mind.
  • Gently rub on sore, aching muscles to relieve muscle soreness and cramps.
  • Apply to affected areas before falling asleep to alleviate restlessness and fibromyalgia.

3. St. Luke’s Relief

Another product unique to Abbey St. Clare, St. Luke’s Relief features a blend of 18 oils to deliver safe, effective, and fast-acting pain relief. These include powerful essential oils such as rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and black pepper:

  • Rosemary essential oil is well-known for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. (Research also suggests that inhaling rosemary has a positive effect on concentration and memory, making rosemary an all-around beneficial oil.)
  • Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, giving a cooling effect on aching, sore muscles. It also has analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties. A study showed that peppermint and rosemary combined in aromatherapy had a significant reduction in shoulder pain for stroke patients.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil provides a cooling effect on muscles and reduces pain and inflammation, while black pepper oil and ginger oil alleviate pain by warming up tense, strained muscles.

How to use St. Luke’s Relief from Abbey St. Clare

St. Luke’s Relief is a fast-acting formula that penetrates deeply into sore, aching muscles to alleviate pain and promote healing. Despite having 18 oils, St. Luke’s Relief is lightweight, quickly dry to the touch, and will not stain clothes. This powerful gel can be used to soothe pain and aches from exercise, injury, arthritis, rheumatism, or fibromyalgia. It is often used for relief from shingles discomfort. See below for some tips on how you can use St. Luke’s Relief as a natural oil pain reliever: 

  • Apply liberally to any areas that are experiencing pain, avoiding the eyes and the mouth.
  • Massage hands and soles of feet for quick absorption (and relief from congestion).
  • Repeat application after five minutes if needed—but make sure to wait at least 30 minutes for a third application to allow the natural essential oils to fully absorb.

4. Emu Oil

Emu oil is made from emu fat (a native Australian bird that is raised on farms as a food source). While emu oil is a natural oil and not an essential oil, it is a great addition for anyone to consider as a natural-based solution for muscle pain and inflammation. What sets emu oil apart is its high absorption into the skin, providing a quicker delivery for antioxidants and fatty acids such as oleic acid and palmitic acid. 

There is a rich history of using emu oil as a natural remedy for muscle pain, as well as for soothing the skin. In Australian Aborigine culture, the use of emu oil can be traced back more than 40,000 years to relieve aches and pains, to promote wound-healing, and to keep skin protected and healthy.

To date, scientific research on emu oil is yet to be fully developed. However, a 2013 study showed that emu oil offered significant inflammatory relief for patients suffering from itching, erythema, and scales associated with seborrheic dermatitis. 

Emu oil can be used alone or as a carrier for essential oils. The ability of emu oil to penetrate deeply into tissue makes it effective for delivering essential oils to the source of pain or inflammation. This penetrating ability is the reason for the inclusion of emu oil into our St. Luke’s Relief formula. 

How to Use Emu Oil from Abbey St. Clare

You can be confident that our Emu Oil is 100 percent natural (no synthetics added) and ethically sourced from a certified, ethically managed, sustainable farm in Australia. Animals are never harvested simply for the oil—emu oil is simply a byproduct. Emu Oil should be stored at room temperature, as it may thicken if it gets too cold. If necessary, warm in your hands to liquefy before applying. 

You can use our Emu Oil to aid a variety of pain and discomfort relief, including: 

  • Massaging gently into the skin to deliver intense hydration.
  • Placing a few drops onto scaly, itchy patches of skin on the face, neck, and arms.
  • Applying to fine lines and wrinkles to reduce their appearance.
  • Mix a drop of essential oil into a small amount of emu oil in your hand before applying to skin. Mix 5-10 drops of an essential oil into an ounce of emu oil before application. 

Natural and essential oils can be powerful additions to any home first aid kit, relieving inflammation, soothing sore muscles, and providing natural relief from routine body aches and pains. As with any Abbey St. Clare product, our natural and essential oil pain-relieving products are designed with the best of science and nature combined. Take care of your body and avoid muscle pain and inflammation with natural, essential oils for pain relief.

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