This week the local run club I am a part of started again for the year, and I’m so excited to be back at it. My body, on the other hand, is feeling pretty sore. Thankfully I have the following strategy to support my muscles in recovery.
Massage is an interesting thing; it actually turns on genes in your muscles that decrease inflammation. It also turns on the genes that create mitochondria. (Remember them from science class?) Why do mitochondria matter? Well, the mitochondria are the energy factories of cells, and the more mitochondria a muscle cell has, the fitter it tends to be. Combine the benefits of massage with the benefits of essential oils and you have a recipe for relief and recovery. Here is my homemade Sore Muscle Massage Oil for natural pain relief.
Sore Muscle Massage Oil
2 tbsp castor oil*
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops ginger essential oil
5 drops lemongrass essential oil
*Castor oil stains fabric, be careful.
Pour all ingredients into a container. Tinted glass is best.
Store somewhere cool, dark, and dry.
To use, pour about a nickle-sized amount into the palm of your hand.
Massage into anywhere your muscles are sore.
It feels really good to use with a hand held massager as well if desired.
Shake before each use.
I used castor oil as the base because it contains ricinoleic acid. Studies have shown that ricinoleic acid has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically. Lavender essential oil has also been studied and found to perform impressive pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory activities. As well as ginger which has also been found in studies to be able to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain. Likewise, lemongrass essential oil has also been found in studies to be anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever.
Have you tried sore muscle massage oil before? How do you soothe sore muscles?