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The top 9 Essential Oils to Relieve Sore Muscles and Muscle Pain

While essential oils may not be the best medicine for all of our modern day complaints, they are phenomenal remedies for complaints related to sore and painful muscles. The ones listed below are the best for the job!.


Lavender is an all around therapeutic oil. Lavender’s wealth of therapeutic actions mean it’s a great fit for anti-inflammatory, calming, and parasympathetic inducing purposes. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties contained within lavender oil are beneficial to use on aching muscles. Lavender will also ease swelling and improve blood circulation.


Rosemary oil is another fantastic all around oil. In addition to it’s brain tonic qualities it contains high levels of analgesic properties which support with aches, pains and arthritis. Rosemary can be applied topically for a wide variety of ailments, including reducing cellulite, improving hair growth and healing skin.

Black Pepper

Black pepper is one of the best oils for muscular aches and pains. It is highly warming and circulation improving. It also contains pain relieving properties. For this reason it is great not only for relief or arthritis and sore muscles, but for pre-exercise pain prevention and stiffness reduction.


Thyme helps treat joint and muscle pain with it’s warming action on the body. For this reason it is also beneficial for arthritis and rheumatism. It also lowers blood pressure while also increasing blood circulation. Thyme is particularly effective for aches and pains caused by over exercising or sports injuries.


Ginger oil provides relief from aching muscles and eases spasms in the muscles. Ginger supports muscles in this way with it’s warming action together with its analgesic properties. These properties help it to soothe painful joints, muscles and symptoms of arthritis.


Massaging eucalyptus oil over sore joints and muscles helps to relieve aches and pains as it contains strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.


With excellent warming, soothing and antispasmodic properties marjoram oil helps to ease joint pain and muscle spasms. It is also beneficial for brain health, grief, high blood pressure, arthritis, indegestion, circulation – among many others!


A refreshing and uplifting oil, peppermint helps to reduce mental fatigue and improve concentration. It is also beneficial for aching joints and muscular aches and pains when applied in massage or bath.


Cypress oil is another antispasmodic oil which helps to clear out cramps, stress, tension and swelling. It is a great oil to add to your sore muscle mixture.