After you’ve hit the gym and gotten in a really good workout, you probably feel great. Like you’re on top of the world. The endorphins are flowing and you feel energized. But there’s a small thought in the back of your head – this is going to hurt in the morning. You get out your foam roller and go to town, but it only does so much. You still feel sore the next morning.
Instead of always needing to default to over-the-counter pain medications, why not try some natural pain relief? Essential oils and other natural products are a great way to help ease muscle soreness and stiffness. Here are a few of our favorites and how to use them:
These are a game-changer when it comes to muscle pain and soreness, and because their properties are so concentrated, you don’t need much product to make a difference. Here is a simple recipe to make an all-natural muscle salve that you can rub into any sore muscle for pain relief:
2T coconut oil
2T shea butter
4T almond oil
1t menthol crystals
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
- Measure out the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax and melt them on low heat.
- Remove from heat, and stir in the menthol crystals until they’re dissolved. Be sure to keep your face away from the mixture so you don’t irritate your eyes or nose.
- Once the crystals are dissolved, mix in the almond oil, followed by the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into a container that has a tight lid, but allow the mixture to cool before putting the lid on.
- Store in your refrigerator to maintain texture and shelf life.
Lavender is known and loved for its calming and relaxing properties and it can do the same for your muscles as it does your mind. One effective way of using lavender specifically for sore muscles is to add the essential oil to a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and use it as a massage oil. Working the oil deep into your muscles allows those effects to really get where it’s most needed.
Peppermint contains menthol, which brings a much-needed cooling effect when you’re sore. It’s also anti-inflammatory. If you have access to a steam room, bring our Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist along with you to get both the benefits of Peppermint and the steam room (read this blog post to read more about the benefits of steam rooms). Simply spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist away from your face and breathe in and feel the benefits.
What are some natural ways that you deal with muscle pain?
Please share below in the comments!
Everyone knows that living a healthy life involves exercise and workouts. Activity keeps our body in good shape to not only function properly but also look its best.
But exercise requires hard work, and that work can cause you to feel uncomfortable. So how can you improve your exercise while minimizing the repercussions afterward? One word: aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the perfect balance between natural medicine that doesn’t cause adverse side effects and effectiveness. The essential oils provided by nature possess potent properties to enhance your exercise and help you better enjoy the results instead of the consequences.
Aromatherapy in Exercise Preparation
Just like stretching and warming up are crucial in exercise prep to get the most out of your workout, essential oils can be another vital part of the process. There are several benefits that aromatherapy can provide in your exercise preparation:
- Improve circulation
- Open air ways
- Injury prevention
- Eliminate soreness
Some good prep oils are rosemary, peppermint, and Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil is the best because of its comprehensive uses, providing all the above and more.
We recommend using our Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist and diluting it with a carrier oil (e.g. almond or jojoba). Add 10-30 drops (or 1-2 spritzes) of the ShowerMist into the carrier oil to create the proper mixture. Apply it to the muscles you intend on exerting, around the neck, and on the chest to improve circulation and open up your air ways.
Aromatherapy During Exercise
While you’re exercising, you’ll need something to maintain good performance as your body fatigues. Maintaining proper circulation and reinvigorating your body will help you do that.
Lemon and orange oil energize with their citrus scents and are also known to help improve circulation. Our Citrus-Infused Eucalyptus ShowerMist will energize, keep circulation up, and allow more oxygen intake so you can focus on your workout, not your exhaustion. Apply it using the same recipe as above.
With post-workout aromatherapy, soreness and stiffness can be a thing of the past. The best oils to combat muscle pain and tension are Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Teatree oil.
We recommend Lavender since it’s soothing and shortens the recovery time for your muscles. Using a similar mixture as noted above, massage our Lavender-Infused Eucalyptus ShowerMist onto the muscles that are likely to be sore as soon as possible after your workout.
Using these oils will prevent injuries, relax your body, and boost your immune system.
Make Aromatherapy Part of Your Routine
You don’t have to let muscle stiffness and pain slow you down anymore. Aromatherapy will enhance your workouts and exercise routine, driving your body to achieve goals faster without the side effects.
Want more tips on how to use aromatherapy in your daily life? Then sign up for our newsletter right now!
Everyone loves a massage. They’re relaxing, feel great, and leave you feeling happier about life, ready to live to the fullest. But it’s not just the massage that puts you in such a great mood. It’s the oils massage therapists use that give you lasting effects. And one of the best is Eucalyptus.
Benefits of Eucalyptus in Massage Therapy and Spa Treatments
Relieves Muscle Pain
Eucalyptus relaxes your muscles, making it ideal for massage therapy. Its potency allows deep penetration healing, targeting central muscle fibers and joints. This brings down inflammation, removes aching, and converts stiffness into loose, flexible muscles. Thus, the oil is particularly effective when applied to your back and shoulders. So, if you’re looking to alleviate any muscle or joint pain, a Eucalyptus oil-based massage could be exactly what you need.
Alleviates Respiratory Ailments
Massaging Eucalyptus onto your chest and back can alleviate symptoms from respiratory ailments such as asthma. Again, this is a result of Eucalyptus’ potency, making it perfect for aromatherapy and proving to be helpful for all sorts of lung and breathing issues. This will also soothe your sinuses, allowing you to breathe easy. With regular Eucalyptus use, you can begin to heal respiratory ailments, or at the very least, effectively negate their harm to your health.
Where on your body do you carry the most stress? Whether it’s in your neck, shoulders, back, or elsewhere, rubbing Eucalyptus on said area will eliminate stress and relax your body. Reducing stress can remove pain in your body, reduce mental exhaustion, and allow you to live a healthier life.
Eucalyptus in the Home
And did you know that you can bring the spa to you? With our Eucalyptus ShowerMists, you can experience the above benefits by using Eucalyptus to heal your body in the comfort of home. Find relief from your day-to-day aches and pains by making Eucalyptus oil a part of your daily routine.
What do you enjoy about Eucalyptus oil? Let us know in the comments and share this great news with others!
It’s June, which is Men’s Health month, so let’s take some time to consider the fathers, uncles, brothers, and sons in our lives. You probably know some hard working guys that don’t often have time to think about their health. So what can you do to help them take care of themselves? Here are six health-improving Eucalyptus tips they can start using today:
1: Relax in the shower before work
Need a little pick me up before heading off to work? Eucalyptus relaxes and reinvigorates, relieving that morning fog in your mind to alert your senses, getting you ready for the day. Simply spray it on the floor of your shower, and you’ve brought the spa to your home. You can try several different kinds of our ShowerMists depending on your preferences, but our classic Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist is a great energizer by itself.
2: Kill germs in gym showers
If you use the showers at your local gym, then you know they aren’t the cleanliest things in the world. But what you may not know is that the shower floors could be filled with fungus spores and other germs that could make you ill, especially if you shower there barefoot. Any of our Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMists will kill germs and make the shower floor a safe and sanitary place to clean your body (as well as remove any foul odors).
3: Remove odors from shoes and feet
Whether from playing sports or a long day at work, shoes usually get pretty smelly. The smell can be embarrassing and ruin the atmosphere of any room. But it doesn’t have to. With our Citrus-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist, you can spray it inside any shoes and leave them overnight. The next morning, you’ll find you have clean shoes that will stay fresh for a long time since Eucalyptus naturally eats odors.
4: Soothe muscle pains
No matter what you do, muscles will get sore and tense from the stress of life. But you can remedy the problem with our Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist, which has been known to relax muscle tension and remove stress. Eucalyptus has also been known to quicken the healing of muscle tears and strains, as well as relieve pain associated with the injuries.
5: Relieve and flush sinuses
Sinus pressure and pain are common for everyone, especially for men when they wake up in the morning. Want to know how to relieve the pressure within just a few minutes? Spray our Lavender-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist during a quick shower to clear your sinuses and open them up for the rest of the day. You don’t have to live with congested sinuses anymore.
6: Improve digestion
A long day of work doesn’t often lead to a good day of healthy food choices. Thankfully, there’s a way to combat indigestion and an unsettled stomach. Try this: mix the Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist with Epsom salts and a carrier oil, such as almond oil. Pour it in a bath and allow the mixture to aid your digestive tract and relax your entire body.
Share the information!
Tell the men you know about these easy, quick ways they can help keep themselves healthy and relax. Remind them that even five minutes every day to take care of themselves can lead to a happier, healthier life!
Was this information helpful to you? If so, let us know in the comments and share the info with the social media buttons below!
When you have muscle pain and tension, you need to handle it right away. One reason is because all that tightness can lead to other problems like spreading the pain to other muscles or even migraines. It’s common, when we feel the tension come on, to reach for the nearest pain pill we have. And while that does provide temporary relief, it doesn’t solve the problem and it does leave you with dangerous damage to your intestines, brain and stomach. So if you’d rather find a more natural and still effective alternative, try this method from us at Eurospa Aromatics, where healthy bodies are what we are committed to.
Hot & Cold Therapy
Many people wonder whether to use heat or cold to treat muscle soreness. Some people say to apply heat and others say that icing is best. We say go with both. But the only way for that to truly make sense – is that you have to understand what each temperature does for your body.
What does cold treatment do?
First, it numbs the local pain neurons, so the sense of relief is immediate. It also reduces the local tissue temperature, causing to to ease inflammation and swelling. This works through vasoconstriction, which causes the blood vessels to constrict, reducing the blood flow and release of inflammatory mediators into the site of injury. This is especially useful for serious tissue injury and muscle strains, as you will want to reduce swelling and inflammation. (If you get a shooting pain during or immediately after an exercise -you have a muscle strain).When you exercise, your blood vessels expand and stay that way for at least an hour afterward. Soreness occurs when lactic acid settles in your muscles through dilation of the vessels. However, using cold alone, isn’t enough for the healing process. Too much cold will hinder the muscle’s ability to relax.
What does heat do?
Heat relaxes the muscle, and thus contributes to faster relief of the soreness. Whether you are sore from a workout or are dealing with chronic pain, you still want to make sure you are keeping the muscle relaxed. When it comes to injuries, the muscle will be inflamed, so be sure to be using more cold than heat to make sure you don’t add to the inflammation.How do you get both? The best way, in our opinion, is to regularly (once a week is preferred) go to a sauna or steam room, being sure to take breaks to stand in a cold shower or sit in an ice pool. Alternating hot and cold will reduce inflammation and induce muscle relaxation for deeper healing. Adding the healing benefits of essential oils, such as our eucalyptus oil spray, will add cooling to the cells while the heat of the sauna or steam room efficiently relaxes. If you can’t make it to these wellness places, you can mimic the environment by simply creating an enclosed hot shower, turning it to cold and then back to hot again for a few cycles. Have the shower hot enough to raise your body temperature, but not to burn you.
Eurospa Aromatics is committed to your health and overall wellness. We are happy to have provided you with natural solutions for muscle pain and healing. Get your own bottle of Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist and start experiencing better health today!