Get Faster Relief from Muscle Pain

Get Faster Relief from Muscle Pain

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:

Menthol Crystals
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:

Ingredients:
2T coconut oil
2T shea butter
2T beeswax
4T almond oil
1t menthol crystals
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Measure out the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax and melt them on low heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the crystals are dissolved, mix in the almond oil, followed by the essential oils.
  4. Pour the mixture into a container that has a tight lid, but allow the mixture to cool before putting the lid on.
  5. Store in your refrigerator to maintain texture and shelf life.

Lavender Oil
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 Oil
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?
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How to Naturally Calm Sore Muscles After Your Big Workout

How to Naturally Calm Sore Muscles After Your Big Workout

When you’re working out, you’re in the moment. You’re feeling the power and enjoying the adrenaline. However, the next day is a different story. It’s pretty normal for you to wake up sore and stiff after a challenging (or even light) workout. We hear a lot about muscle pain, but we have the tips and tricks you need to get back on your feet.

Here are five ways to prevent the soreness and heal it quickly:

1. Stretch Well

Stretching is an oft-overlooked aspect of exercise. No matter how you eat and live, your muscles need to be stretched. It’s best to stretch them before and after each workout as well as before bed.

2. Drink Water

Muscles need water. Dehydrated muscles lead to cramps and post-workout soreness. Hydrate before exercise, during, and especially afterward.

3. Calcium/Magnesium

This is a supplement you should look into. Calcium with magnesium feeds the muscles with what they need to grow, contract, and relax. Taking this before will aid your sleep and avoid nighttime cramping.

4. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your muscles and deplete your body of calcium and magnesium. If you do have one of the above, drink extra water and boost your vitamins/minerals intake.

5. Heat and Eucalyptus

High-quality, non-diluted, unprocessed Eucalyptus essential oil (like our pharmaceutical-grade Eucalyptus) has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that make it a great option when treating sore or over-exercised muscles. It can relax stiff muscles, allowing for pain relief and ease in range of motion and muscle movement. The best way to enjoy Eucalyptus is in the steam of a shower or in the heat of the sauna.

Here are some ways to apply Eucalyptus to your sore muscles:

  • Add 3-5 drops of straight Eucalyptus oil directly onto sore muscles. Slowly massage into skin.
  • Add 15-50 drops of Eucalyptus oil to a hot bath. The heat of the water, combined with the Eucalyptus, encourages muscles to relax and reduces next-day stiffness. For additional benefits, add Epsom salts to the water.
  • The easiest option is to use our Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist and spray it into the hot steam of your shower, or into the warmth of any sauna or steam room. You’ll not only enjoy the relaxation in your muscles, but you’ll also be breathing in the anti-inflammatory properties of the eucalyptus.

Leave Soreness Behind

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself when supported well through healthy lifestyle habits. Pain in the body is also a sign of something else going on, so in addition to getting relief naturally, be sure to investigate the cause with your doctor or natural medicine practitioner.

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7 Interesting Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil You Probably Don’t Know About!

7 Interesting Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil You Probably Don’t Know About!

Eucalyptus Oil has microbial benefits that allow us to feel invigorated and rejuvenated both inside and out.  It can be inhaled and applied topically.  But did you know how deep the benefits of eucalyptus oil really go?  Here are 7 interesting benefits of eucalyptus oil, I’ll bet you didn’t know about! 


TREAT YOUR SKIN 

Ready for a surprise? Here are 7 Interesting Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil You Probably Don't Know About!Eucalyptus oil is commonly used for first aid purposes because of its vast healing properties. Because it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and is used for the treatment of cuts, minor wounds, blisters, and bruises. Application of the oil also helps heal skin irritation and insect bites. Especially useful for skin eruptions and to regulate oily complexions, it is also used to treat herpes, acne and chicken pox. 

BLISSFUL FOR AROMATHERAPY

Mix a few drops of Eucalyptus oil into a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut and massage around your chest and shoulders. Then, feel free to dip in to the bath tup. This will benefit your lungs and sinuses through the inhalation of the scent through the steam and also by absorption of the oil through the skin. Just really be sure to mix the essential oil with a carrier oil or even bath salts, as the essential oils are not water soluble.

IMPROVE YOUR HAIR HEALTH

Ready for a surprise? Here are 7 Interesting Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil You Probably Don't Know About!

Eucalyptus oil improves the shine, thickness, and overall health of your hair. However, use caution! Too much use can actually reduce shine and result in greasy scalp. Most experts suggest using eucalyptus oil for hair an hour or so before bathing, then using a good shampoo to remove the residue, followed by a good conditioner.

GOODBYE HEAD LICE

A stubborn nuisance, head lice spread very quickly and once hatched, they lead to a very itchy scalp. Unfortunately, regular hair washing does not help to get rid of them. Eucalyptus oil has traditionally been used to help kill head lice and their eggs because of the eucalyptus vapors. During an outbreak of head lice, try the following:
You’ll Need:
Ready for a surprise? Here are 7 Interesting Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil You Probably Don't Know About!
  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 TBSP regular shampooAdd eucalyptus oil to your regular shampoo in the ratio mentioned above. Shampoo the hair cover it with a plastic shower cap for 10 minutes. Remove the cap, rinse hair and towel dry it. Comb hair with a fine tooth (nit) comb to help remove eggs.

FRESHEN YOUR BREATH

This oil can be used as a mouthwash to kill staph bacteria- a bacterium that causes bad breath and other mouth problems. WIN WIN.

SOOTHE ASTHMA

Simply massage few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a carrier oil on the chest during an asthma attack or inhale the aroma directly to breathe better.  You’ll be so glad you did.

COOL IT DOWN

Yes, it’s true! Eucalyptus oil even cools the body down! During those quickly approaching hot summer months, heat strokes become common occurence. In the case that your body needs immediate cooling down, grab your own bottle of Eucalyptus Oil Shower Mist  and spray it all over the body. Your body temperature will instantly start to fall!
The benefits of eucalyptus oil are absolutely amazing!  It’s truly a miracle plant, to say the least!
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Post Workout Recovery Tips for the Lover of All Things Natural!

Post Workout Recovery Tips for the Lover of All Things Natural!

We all want to be strong and fit, but let’s face it.  In our dedication to a more toned body, we can often times over do it and really pay for it in the days to follow.  Sorry folks, the solution is NOT to work out less  – though some may wish it that way.  Exercising on a regular basis let’s our bodies know we are thankful for it’s hard work and would like to keep this whole ‘life thing’ lasting as a long and beautifully as possible.  So – keep up your healthy routine and enjoy some of these all natural, post workout recovery tips!

STRETCH BEFORE & AFTER!

Gentle stretching before AND after a workout is a key component not to be dismissed.  Trust me, I’ve been there and sometimes you just don’t want to ‘waste your time’ stretching.  I want to emphasize the gentle part for a minute as well.  Especially before a workout, your muscles are not warmed up. This will cause them to be more tight and stiff – like a dry rubber band.  Over stretching or stretching to forcefully will actually weaken the muscle, making injury more likely. Once your workout is complete – consider stretching in a sauna (still gently) and really make use of the extra heat.  More about saunas below…  


HYDRATE!

You lose so much water during exercise and while it’s best to replace it during exercise, refilling your personal hydro-tank after exercise is a great and simple way to speed up your recovery time. Water supports every metabolic function and transfer of nutrients in the body. Having plenty of water will improve each and every bodily function. Adequate fluid replacement is even more vital for endurance athletes who lose larger amounts of water during hours of sweating and peak activity. 


REFUEL!

It’s SO important to make sure you eat within 60 minutes of a hard workout.   You just depleted your energy stores and now it’s time to refuel them if you expect your body to recover, repair tissues, get stronger and be ready for the next challenge. Some great go-to foods for a speedy recovery are protein shakes, bananas, nut butters, hummus and red peppers, yogurt, berries, fish and all green plants.  Let’s just face it – green plants are the food to eat pre and post anything!



HOT COLD! 

Take alternating hot and cold to the next level.  The old advice of ice pack and heating pad have great purpose but are better for targeting certain areas.   Try taking a really hot shower and then switching to the coldest setting for about 30 seconds (or how long you can handle it) and switching back to hot again.  As well, if you have access to a steam room or sauna – go stretch in the heat for 5-10 minutes, go out and take a cold shower (or use the ice bath if it’s available) and the return to the sauna.  Repeat the process 2-3 times for best results.  


DID SOMEONE SAY SAUNA?

Of course I did.  I would almost go as far as saying that I’m one of the biggest sauna fans in the world.  It’s for good reason too.  The health benefits that saunas deliver make me wonder why more people don’t invest in building one in their own home! {If you DO want one built, talk to THESE GUYS and you’ll be on your way to better home health in no time!} But back to muscle recovery…  If you’re already going to be stretching and alternating hot and cold in that gift of a sauna – enhance the experience further and add Eucalyptus oil or Spray!  For the oil, mix the essential oil into another base, like almond or jojoba and you’ll quickly have a muscle recovery rub!  The oil penetrates deep into the tissue (more so in the heat of the sauna) for an anti-inflammatory effect.  When using the spray, simply spritz into the shower steam or the sauna/steam room.  The oil in the air will then enter your lungs and be carried off to nurture the needier parts of your well-worked muscles.  


You are working out and exercising to better your health and look your best. Congratulations! That’s a big commitment you should be proud of!  Please take care of yourself with proper diet, rest and recovery as you live your life to it’s absolute fullest! 


-Navae Fiona