Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sore Muscle Aromatherapy Soak and Rub with Essential Oils

With spring and gardening season right around the corner {finally!}, I thought that I would share with you my very favorite, and most often used, aromatherapy muscle soak and rub. These recipes are adapted from one of my favorite Aromatherapy book. 

Soothing Aromatherapy Sore Muscle Soak
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1 cup of epsom salts
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops juniper essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1/4 cup milk or cream

Put the epsom salts into a small glass bowl and add the essential oils.  Stir well.  Add the salts directly under a full flowing faucet of warm-to-hot bath water and fill the tub.  Follow with the milk.  Stir the bottom of the tub with your hand periodically to make sure the salts fully dissolve.  Put your significant other in charge of the children, put a do not disturb sign on the bathroom door and close the door.  Dim the lights, light a candle, leave the bathroom vent off, and, if you have one, pull the shower curtains closed. Submerge up to the neck if possible, relax and breathe in the vapors.  Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry off, wrap yourself in a thick robe and either kick back and relax or just go to bed! For aromatic use only - not to be used internally.

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Homemade Rub for Sore and Stiff Muscles
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1 tablespoon Arnica oil*
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Add the arnica and olive oils to a small glass bottle or container. Top with the essential oils, stir or cap and shake well.  Apply in a small amount directly to affected muscles, shaking before using, and massage into the skin.  Can use use to four times a day for stiff and sore muscles. For topical use only - not to be used internally.

*Arnica oil, from the dried or fresh arnica flower, helps to inhibit inflammation, swelling and pain and is useful for sore muscles, swelling, and bruising. It should be used topically only and never internally and should not be used on broken skin or skin that has a rash.

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For more aromatherapy recipes specific to feeling under the weather, click right here.

Disclosure:  The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease.


  1. Mmmmm. I am going to try these. They sound marvelous!!!

  2. Aromatherapy, I'm a firm believer. Worked wonders for migraines I suffered from some years back. Didn't have a reliable rub for sore muscles, thanks for sharing this one.


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