Soreness after an intense workout session isn’t uncommon. After all, delayed onset muscle soreness — or DOMS — typically occurs about 24 to 48 hours after a tough workout. Sure, they can be a pain (literally and figuratively!) but they can be easily managed.

And, no, you don’t necessarily need fancy tools like infrared sauna sessions, cryotherapy, or expensive foam rollers. Instead, there’s an easy solution that people have turned to for years and years to help manage sore muscles: essential oils.

From eucalyptus to rosemary, there’s no shortage of essential oils that can help to swiftly soothe muscle pain, soreness, and swelling. Read on now to find out more.

1.  Eucalyptus

You need to have eucalyptus oil at hand if you often have intense workout sessions. The oil is great at soothing aches and pains as well as reducing inflammation. Besides that, it also has a cooling effect for that extra relief for your aching muscles.

2.  Lavender

The extremely versatile lavender essential oil is also excellent for muscle aches, cramps, inflammation, joint pains, and spasms. Plus, its famous aroma is also appreciated for its relaxing and soothing qualities.

3.  Chamomile

Both Roman and German chamomile oils are great for muscle soreness after a workout. Roman chamomile is thought to help relax muscles to soothe tensions, spasms, and cramps. Meanwhile, German chamomile is ideal to alleviate inflammation and is perfect for inflamed joints and muscles.

4.  Rosemary

A popular all-purpose oil, rosemary essential oil is a good one to have at home to help with sore muscles after a workout. The oil is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it’s also known for its analgesic qualities that help to alleviate pains, soreness, aches, and more.

5.  Ginge

Known for its warming properties, ginger essential oil mitigates pain and soreness by warming up your body and promoting better blood circulation. On top of that, the ginger essential oil is also excellent at relieving muscle tensions and muscle aches. This should help to ease the soreness from your workout session.

Plus, it contains zingibain — an anti-inflammatory compound that minimizes swelling, inflammation, and stiffness.

6.  Lemongrass

Bursting with a fragrant scent, lemongrass essential oil is a swift remedy for soreness after a workout, too. Not only does it reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain, it has also been known to help provide a much-needed boost of energy. Both a pain reliever and a perk-me-up, it’s no wonder that you often find the oil in many gym-goers’ bags.

How to Use Essential Oil for Sore Muscles?

There are quite a few ways you can use essential oils to help with soreness after a workout. It all depends on your preference.

For starters, you can fill empty roller bottles with the oils and use them on the go. Here’s how:

  1. Use a pipette to add 15-20 drops of your chosen essential oils. You can try a blend of these oils, too:
  • 6 drops of lavender
  • 3 drops of rosemary
  • 6 drops of chamomile
  1. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil such as coconut or argan.
  2. Press the roller ball top onto the bottle and give it a good shake. Or, if necessary, roll the bottle between your hands.

Besides that, you can always use the essential oil for a massage. The oil will help with the pain and soreness while the massage will help to work out knots for relief.

For a more relaxing and lush self-care experience, add 10 to 12 drops of the oil to warm bathwater.

If you make full use of essential oils, you’ll no longer be beleaguered by soreness after a workout. Happy exercising!


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