Muscle aches or myalgia is an extremely common problem that almost everybody has experienced in a lifetime.
Stress, tension and excessive physical activity are a few common reasons for pain in the muscles. There are many remedies available to treat muscle ache at home naturally.
One such popular and herbal treatment is the use of peppermint. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.
This herb is well known for its pleasant and highly versatile oil extract which is used world-wide for curing body, health and mind.
The essential oil is gathered by steam distillation of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant.
Peppermint oil is used for getting relief from numerous health conditions, including common cold symptoms, cramps, headache, indigestion, joint pain and nausea.
Peppermint oil contains approximately 28 to 48 percent menthol. It is invigorating, clears the head and is a stimulant, while at the same time being cooling, soothing and refreshing. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic which helps to get relief from pain and inflammation and spasm caused in muscle.
There are many methods to use this essential oil to get relief from muscle pain. A few of them are listed below:
Peppermint Oil In Massage:
Massage is one of the best ways to use peppermint oil if the pain is caused by too much physical stress. It set off a series of molecular events in the muscles that help reverse discomfort related to exercise.
Peppermint oil is an effective painkiller and works as a muscle relaxant. Massage with peppermint oil warms the skin and muscles in the affected area and disperses the lactic acid that causes the pain.
The scent of the oil used enters the brain through the nose and the body through the skin and is carried right through the system.
2 drops of peppermint oil can be blended with 4 drops of sweet marjoram, 2 drops of sandalwood and 20 ml of sweet almond carrier oil for massage purpose.
Peppermint Oil In Bath:
Bathing not just helps in cleansing and removal of dirt from outer body parts; it is also an excellent way of relaxing. As the skin pores get cleaned and opened up during bathing, it easily absorbs the oil.
Add 2 drops of peppermint, 4 drops of geranium and 4 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath and lay back for some time. It relaxes the body and muscle, and eases muscle stiffness and pain.
Peppermint Oil In Cold Compresses:
Cold compression is a combination of cryotherapy and static compression that is used for the treatment of pain and inflammation after acute injury or surgical procedures. Peppermint has analgesic property that helps in reduction of swelling and discomfort.
Simply soak a compress in ice cubes and pour 5-6 drops of essential oil into it. Place it on the sore area for 10-20 minutes, and repeat the procedure if necessary.
However, peppermint essential oil should never be used in undiluted form and it is not advisable to use on kids and infants.