Essential oils, used in aromatherapy treatments, are extracted from various plant parts and used for their varying healing properties. There are over one hundred different essential oils and several of these are very beneficial in soothing muscle pain.
Aromatherapy and essential oils should never be regarded as a substitute for professional medical care, but only as a complement to it.
Causes of Muscle Pain
There are three main causes of muscle pain. According to the website Medline Plus, these are, Injury or trauma including sprains and strains overuse using a muscle too much, too soon, too often, tension or stress
It easy to overuse a muscle or group of muscles by suddenly taking on an activity which the body is not used to or not warming up and cooling down properly after a work-out. Lactic acid builds up in the muscles affected, making the muscle fibers sticky so that they are difficult to move. This is what causes stiffness and pain.
Stress or anxiety can also make your muscles tense, particularly in the shoulder area and neck, and this can cause pain, too.
How Essential Oils Can Help
There are several ways in which the use of essential oils can help. Says the International Federation of Aromatherapists, Essential oils can be antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and so on. They can be used to stimulate or sedate, and their powers to heal can be applied to physical, mental and emotional conditions
A synergistic blend of three oils in a carrier, where all the oils work together to enhance healing, can be used in a number of ways.