See Modern Essentials: Sports Injuries

sportsBeing active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The positive endorphins released during exercise will lift depression, boost energy, and strengthen cardiac function. Increasing muscle mass and strength also helps the body burn fat and build endurance. It’s important to keep those muscles and connective tissues that make movement possible healthy.

Overuse of a muscle in repeated motion, tension, stress, strain, and injury can cause discomfort and pain during muscle movement. When an injury takes place as a result of exercise or sports, there are several essential oils that can be useful in the healing process. Here are some oils you can try the next time you experience a sports-related injury.

Aches and Pains

  • Birch
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
Bruises

  • Helichrysum
  • Geranium
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
Cartilage Injury

  • Birch
  • Wintergreen
  • Marjoram
  • Lemongrass
  • White fir
  • Peppermint
Cramps and
Charley Horses

  • Lemongrass
    with peppermint
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Roman chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Clary sage
  • Lavender
Sprains

  • Marjoram
  • Lemongrass
  • White fir
  • Helichrysum
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
Tendinitis

  • Marjoram
  • Lavender

Tension and Stiffness

  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Roman chamomile

Some injuries can be avoided by stretching before exercise and getting plenty of hydration during and after working out or playing sports. But sometimes injuries happen no matter how careful we are. Essential oils applied with a roller bottle, mixed in a balm, or blended for massage can help accelerate the healing process.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 289, 303–306.

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