OVERWORKED AND SORE MUSCLES

by Penny Keay

Spring time is here and everyone is busy getting their house in order. Spring time is such a busy time, that sometimes we overdo it.

After a busy weekend or day of cleaning, scrubbing, sorting, packing, unpacking, etc. You know what I'm talking about. Spring Cleaning - something everyone dislikes, but after it's done, you have such a great feeling of accomplishment!

Not to mention working in the gardens and yard. Raking, digging, pulling, pushing, lifting, and all the bending and stretching. Getting all that fresh air!

Most of us are using muscles and joints we haven't used in months!! Especially like we are now!

Consequences? - You bet - all kinds of sore and tired muscles.

When you use muscles, like you do when you clean and do yard work, you cause them to build up a lot of waste product (lactic acid) that is trapped in the muscle tissue. In order to relieve this soreness you need to help increase blood flow, drink plenty of water and eat nourishing food and give your muscles a little rest, at lease for a few hours.

Did you ever notice that when you have a sore muscle you are always touching it and rubbing it gently? This is your body doing something very natural to encourage increased blood flow to the affected muscle tissue.

Well, aromatherapy has some even more pleasant ways to encourage and increase the blood flow, to help the body remove the lactic acid.

Draw a tub of warm water, add a few of your favorite oils and enjoy a nice warm soak for 20-30 minutes.

Add a couple of cups of Bath Salts Blend to the tub. The salts help to relax muscles too and eliminate toxins.

Dry off with a brisk towel rub. Then apply your favorite lotion, creams or if you have someone that can give you a light body rub using a carrier oil.

Adding essential oils that relieve pain and soreness to your carrier oils may also help.

Here is another recipe to try.

Rosemary - 10 drops
Peppermint - 10 drops
Basil - 5 drops - 10 drops
Mix together and add to 1 ounce of Almond Oil or carrier oil of your choice.

Shake well. Use this massage blend to work on sore muscles.
This recipe is especially good for sore back muscles.

Bursitis Cream
1 ounce Sorbolene Cream
20 drops - Lavender
5 drops - Peppermint

Mix the oils and cream together. Then apply 2 or 3 times a day to affected joint.

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© Penny Keay 2005, 2013

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