How to Soothe Aches and Pains with Essential Oils

No matter what your day is like, there are many reasons you’re experiencing sore muscles, joints, or both. Your workouts, they way you sit at your desk, sleeping the wrong way, the bag you’re lugging around, or the child you’re constantly picking up, are all opportunities for at least one muscle to be strained and leave you attempting a self-massage before the day is done.

Getting a professional massage is ahhhhhmazing, but let’s be honest, can be is cost prohibitive, and popping an ibuprofen provides relief, but is masking the pain and do you really want to rely on synthetic drugs for every ache and pain?

 This is how essential oils can help.

Essential oils are a natural and holistic remedy, so there aren’t the side effects of medication, and you can feel confident in what you are putting in and on your body since you know what it is.

Plus, if you’re already using essential oils for other aspects of your life – cleaning, immunity support, emotional balance, etc. – you can cut out what you’re spending on things like Icy Hot and ibuprofen.

Here are the heavy hitting oils when it comes to muscle relief and how to use them!


You may think of ginger as a cooking ingredient or for nausea, but keep it in mind the next time you need muscle relief. Ginger invigorates the nerves, while promoting circulation and healing to both bones and muscles. It helps reduce spasms and general muscle aches and pains, all while smelling spicy and invigorating.

Usage Ideas:
Mix with a carrier oil and apply to area of concern or bottoms of the feet daily for fibromyalgia relief.
Dilute and apply to cramping or spasming muscles.
Mix with carrier oil and apply to lower abdomen for digestion and menstrual cramps.


Helichrysum oil is steam distilled from the flower and has a herbaceous and sweet honey scent. It reduces pain and accelerates healing, often used for quick relief of acute conditions like carpal tunnel and is a staple in anti-rheumatic medications.

Usage Ideas:
Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to points for carpal tunnel and sciatica relief.
Massage into back of neck and temples to soothe tension.
Mix with a carrier oil and equal parts peppermint oil and massage into points of joint pain.


You may notice lavender is basically on every list I make, and for good reason! It’s a staple oil and has anti-inflammatory and calming properties and also eases swelling and supports healthy blood circulation. The sedative properties help ease you to sleep making for a more relaxing night and less body pain upon waking.

Usage Ideas:

Add several drops to a warm bath and soak aching muscles after a long day.
Mix with a carrier oil and massage into aching muscles, apply to areas of swelling for relief.
Add 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops helichrysum, and 1 drop ginger and massage into sprained muscles/ligaments.


This warm and woody scented oil is calming and has positive effects on the nervous system when taken internally. It helps relax muscles and reduce spasms thanks to its antispasmodic and vasodilator properties, and is a warming oil that also helps ease joint pain.

Usage Ideas:

Dilute and apply topically to areas of arthritis and tendonitis to soothe and calm.
Apply to muscles before and after exercising.
Mix with lavender and a carrier oil and apply to overly exerted muscles in hands from gardening or weight lifting.


Peppermint is like natures Icy Hot, with both warming and cooling properties, plus it acts as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Peppermint, along with lavender, is a top oil for pain relief especially for headaches with its ability to reduce tension.

Usage Ideas:

Apply with a carrier oil to temples, above ears, and back of neck to soothe headaches and migraines.
Mix with marjoram and a carrier oil and rub into low back to relieve back pain.
Add equal parts peppermint and rosemary oil to a bowl of steaming water, lean your head over and inhale deeply for sinus pain relief,

These are not the only oils to helps with everyday aches and pains, but they are a great place to start to cover a variety of needs. The next time you reach for pain reducing medication, get out one of the above essential oils and reduce your pain the natural way!

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