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Essential Oil Based Recipes for Sore and Painful Muscles

If your muscles are extremely sore don’t expect the pain to subside after a single essential oil massage application. You might have to give yourself two to three days rest and massage / bath treatment before you completely recover.

Rest is the best medicine for sore muscles, followed by hot baths and massage! Muscular aches and pains respond well to local massage. Below you’ll find some muscle soothing massage blends to apply. Massages are best applied after a warm shower or bath.

  1. Muscle fatigue massage formula


  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops thyme
  • 2 tbsp carrier oil (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
  1. Muscle relief massage oil


  • 15 drops juniper
  • 15 drops marjoram
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops black pepper
  1. Over-exerted muscles massage formula


  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops ginger
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
  1. Muscle cramp massage oil


  • 15 drops geranium or lavender
  • 15 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops marjoram
  • 5 drops black pepper or or bay laurel

Alternate blend:

  • 5 drops marjoram
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 3 drops black pepper or ginger
  • 5 tsp carrier oil (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)


  1. In a 5 ml glass dropper bottle combine your oils.
  2. Shake to blend.
  3. Massage a little of this blend into the affected muscles. (Walking and stretching the muscles will also help.)


  1. Sore muscle marjoram lemon bath


  • 3 drops marjoram
  • 2 drops lemon


Simply add the essential oils to your bath and enjoy. Be sure to massage your sore muscles while bathing.

  1. Sore muscle soak


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops black pepper


  1. Fill tub with warm water.
  2. While the tub fills, pour your Epsom salts into a small non-reactive bowl.
  3. Next add 1 drop of a time of your essential oils, stirring as you go.
  4. Once oils and salts are thoroughly mixed add to your tub.
  5. Agitate and disperse oils.
  6. Soak in the tub for 30 minutes, gently massaging your sore muscles as you soak.
  1. Rheumatism blend for bath or massage

Sometimes our sore muscles can arise from inflammatory disorders of the joints and connective tissues (between tend and bone, or between muscle and muscle). If you are dealing more with what you think could be an inflammatory bout of sore muscles, give this blend a try.



In the bath

  • Fill your tub with warm water.
  • While filling combine 1 tsp milk and 4 to 6 drops of your oil blend in a non-reactive bowl.
  • Add mixture to tub and agitate and disperse oil.
  • Soak for 30 minutes, massaging any floating droplets of oil into your sore muscles.


  • In a small non-reactive bowl combine 4 tsp grapeseed or sweet almond oil and 12 drops of your rheumatism blend.
  • Mix well and massage into sore muscles.

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