Use Essential Oils To Relax Muscles

Oh, those tense and aching muscles! You want some relief, but instead of using commercial ointments and creams, you can create your own muscle-relaxing massage oil to help soothe away the aches and pains.Here’s select and prepare essential oils that will help to relax your muscles.

Instructions

1. Choose 100 percent pure essential oils–only these offer healthful benefits. The label will state “100 percent pure.” You can find them at health food stores and online. Don’t use synthetic oils. They do not have the same benefits.

2. Buy only sesame oil that is specifically designed to be used for massage. It has been specially refined and prepared for use on the skin. You can get it at health food stores and online.

3. Select the formula that most appeals to your sense of smell. Most stores have tester bottles, so take a few whiffs and choose the scents you really like. For muscle relaxation, there are multiple formulas to choose from. Here are two: Formula #1: ginger, cypress, juniper berries, black pepper; Formula #2: Peru balsam, thyme, sweet bay, marjoram.

4. Make Formula #1. To create the massage oil, first mix the essential oil with the sesame oil, which is known as a “carrier” oil. Measure 2 tablespoons (30ml) of sesame oil into the plastic bottle, then add 10 drops of ginger essential oil, 10 of cypress, 5 of juniper berries and 5 of black pepper. Shake well.

5. Make Formula #2. To create the massage oil, first mix the essential oil with the sesame oil, which is known as a “carrier” oil. Measure 2 tablespoons (30ml) of sesame oil into the plastic bottle, then add 9 drops of Peru balsam essential oil, 8 of thyme, 7 of sweet bay and 6 of marjoram. Shake well.

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6. Massage the formula into the tight muscles and surrounding tissues. Don’t be surprised if you feel some “heat,” as some of these oils provide that muscle-relaxing warmth.