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3 Quick Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Epsom Salts

 

Sore muscles always seem to creep up on me. Then when I realize it I really need R&R. These are three of my favorite things to do for my sore muscles.

 

1 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath
2 cups in a full tub of warm water is a great way to relax those tender muscles, and Epsom salts are available almost anywhere. Best of all it’s affordable

2 – Lavender Oil
I did an article a while ago about lavender oil and I still think it’s the best for relaxing and soothing sore/tight muscles. Works great to put it on before bed.

3 – Arnica Gel or Pellets
This works wonders and is also great if you’re bruised (just don’t put the gel on broken skin). It helps you recover faster.

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for loosening up sore muscles, so leave a comment!

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7 Uses for Lavender Oil

I’ve never liked the smell of lavender oil. I don’t know why it just always made me wrinkle my nose.
Lavender
On the other hand my Mom and sister love the scent. In fact one time my little sister decided, since she liked the scent so much, she would take a water bottle with several drops of lavender essential oil and spray the room with it. Our room.

I was not happy. But the scent eventually left and we both were happy.

When I was a teenager I started struggling with leg cramps. Horrible ones that would leave me with a calf muscle so tight I could barely walk for the next 3 days. That’s when my Mom tried to get me to try putting lavender oil on my leg.
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Eventually I tried it. I couldn’t believe how well it worked. That’s when I began to love lavender oil. I can’t say that it’s my favorite scent (peppermint probably is), but I wanted to share 7 different ways you can use it.

1.) Leg Cramps

The first use I think of for this oil is, of course, leg cramps. It’s usually best to put the oil on as soon as possible for maximum relief, but you can even do it the next day and it will help your leg relax.

2.) Menstrual Cramps

The absolute best use for lavender oil is to relieve menstrual cramps. Hands down. I think it works better than aspirin or other pain reliever. Usually it begins working in 10-15 minutes.

3.) Sore Muscles (Massage Oil)

I think this might be the most common use for it. My neck can get so tight sometimes, but if I rub some lavender oil into it and sleep on it when I wake up in the morning voila! my neck’s better. But you don’t have to save this massage for when you’re in pain, pamper yourself.

Headache

4.) Headaches

They sneak up on all of us sometimes, but just like for menstrual cramps, lavender oil should be your first choice (before aspirin) because it generally works just as well, if  not better. I also have other tips on how to deal with headaches, if you want to hear them let me know.

 

5&6.) Insect Repellant and Bites

I get bit up. So does my sister, and we don’t react well. Mosquito bites can leave us with welts the size of quarters or larger. Do others react like this? We usually wear Buzz Away Extreme, but if we don’t have it on hand (or we have one of those drive-you-crazy bites) we put lavender oil on. It helps to keep the mosquito away and takes down swelling and itching.

Just simply put 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil in a carrier oil (jojoba or olive oi) and rub it on.

7.) Room Deodorizer

Living Room

All the scents we put in our houses aren’t necessary. From the ones you plug into the wall to the ones you spray in the bathroom, living room, and on the couch – they all mess with your nose. A good explanation is in this article “One Man’s Meat, Another Man’s Poison”.

But sometimes we like scents in our homes, and if you want to have a safe, green, gentle solution the simple way is to make your own.

Take a spray bottle, add lavender essential oil (or other essential oils you like), and water. Spray it just like you would other deodorizers. It won’t cover the scent like the chemical one will, but it will give a nice smell. And if it’s not strong enough just add more essential oil.

I hope you enjoyed my favorite uses for Lavender Oil.
I’ll be sharing soon my favorite lavender massage oil.


Do you use lavender? And if so what for?

This post is linked to: Fat Tuesdays.