Clove Bud Oil: Using clove bud oil for muscle aches April 10 2014
Sore muscles are caused by a lactic acid build-up within the muscle tissue, which is the result of overexertion and muscle exhaustion (read: exercise or excess muscle stress). The lactic acid accumulates, causing muscles to become mildly inflamed and sore. While this pain is temporary, it can be quite uncomfortable, especially after sitting or lying down for a long period of time.
Clove buds produce a powerfully analgesic and antispasmodic essential oil that warms both body and mind and can provide an almost numbing effect when applied topically to sore and overused muscles. Clove bud oil is also anti-inflammatory and works to increase blood flow to the affected area, working to minimize inflammation while increasing the speed of healing and muscle recovery.
How to use clove bud oil to alleviate sore muscles:
Add 3-5 drops of straight (neat) clove bud oil directly onto sore muscles. Slowly massage into skin. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Add 15-50 drops of clove bud oil to a hot bath. Combined with the benefits of the oil, the heat of the water encourages muscles to relax and helps reduce next-day stiffness. For additional benefits, Epsom salts can be added to the water as well.
Add 5 drops of clove bud oil to a small squirt of lotion or carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba oil). Run into palms to mix and massage into affected muscles.
For a convenient and portable muscle rub, add 10-20 drops of peppermint oil to a small spray bottle of water. Spray directly onto the sore site and massage for several minutes.
If muscles are already sore, a pre-activity rubdown is a fantastic way to warm and prepare muscles for exercise. Rub 3-5 drops generously into muscles until a warming sensation is felt.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.