After a good workout or a long day spent at the computer you might feel too tired to do much. You may experience discomfort performing routine tasks due to lingering tension in your muscles. You can help yourself get back to speed with a little bit of self-care. Essential oils are highly soothing to both mind and body and can be beneficial in easing feelings of tension caused by mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion.
Wintergreen, Lemongrass and Siberian Fir are helpful when used as part of a warming, post-workout massage. Dilute them with Fractionated Coconut Oil before applying to the skin. This carrier oil will help the essential oils be absorbed more effectively into your affected areas. Wintergreen is almost entirely composed of the chemical constituent methyl salicylate—commonly used in topical products to relieve occasional minor aches in muscles and joints. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and regenerative properties makes Lemongrass a great oil for connective tissue issues, and joint-tendon-and ligament discomfort. Siberian Fir is another great option for those who suffer from joint issues. A good friend of mine who couldn't do sitting yoga poses because of her osteoarthritis, applied Siberian Fir along with a carrier oil to her knees, and after a few applications over a few days, she was able to sit comfortably without pain. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties makes this a great oil if you are experiencing joint issues.
AromaTouch is a proprietary massage blend, perfect for helping lessen tension and soothe. This blend contains Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit, and Lavender, all chosen for their relaxing and comforting effects. Use AromaTouch as part of a whole-body massage blend or add a few drops to a hot bath. To help maintain health and vitality and help your body recover from strenuous exercise, incorporate the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack® into your daily regimen. Alpha CRS+ helps boost cell function, while the omega fatty acids in xEO Mega support joint function.*
Any athlete who has used Deep Blue products can attest to their efficacy. But the benefits extend beyond athletic activities to everyday accomplishments. The Deep Blue blend is perfect for a soothing, cooling massage after a long day. Massage Deep Blue on your feet and knees before a hard workout or after a long day hunched over the computer. Follow up with the Deep Blue Rub to soothe tired muscles. For everyday support the Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex® helps support muscle and joint comfort.* This supplement contains a proprietary blend of extracts and polyphenols that soothe occasional aches and discomfort.*
Using Copaiba essential oil, either topically or internally, in conjunction with Deep Blue products can provide additional support for muscle and joints, due to its high concentration of beta-caryophyllene. When I'm really hurting, I like to apply Deep Blue directly to the affected area, then add a few drops of Copaiba on top of that layer to take advantage of its synergistic properties (it makes the Deep Blue oils work more effectively). I get amazing relief with these two oils in a short amount of time (less than a hour).
What essential oils or plant extracts do you use to relieve muscle and joint discomfort? Leave a comment below!