6 Best Essential Oils for Cramps and Muscle Spasms

Chances are you’ve suffered muscle spasms at some point in your life. You may have experienced a little discomfort or excruciating pain, depending on the type of cramp.

Muscle spasms can affect any muscle, but they mostly occur in the legs, lower back, and stomach. The most painful type is a Charley horse, which occurs in the calf muscles. Don’t be surprised if you suffer muscle spasms while sleeping. They can occur at any time and without any movement.

However, this doesn’t mean that muscle spasms are unavoidable. You can reduce the chances of occurrence by staying properly hydrated, stretching regularly, getting enough magnesium, and warming up before workouts.

Essential oils can also help prevent and treat muscle spasms. Below are the best essential oils for muscle spasms.

Muscle spasms aren't unavoidable by any means. Learn how to prevent cramps and muscle spasms with these essential oils.

1. Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper can be handy if you’re dealing with muscle or joint pain. According to research, this oil eases tension and reduces oxidative stress.

Remember to mix it with a carrier, like coconut oil, before applying it on the affected area. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to your bath and then soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does it soothe muscle spasms, but it can also treat fungal infections and accelerate wound healing, research shows.

Some people have sensitive skin that reacts to essential oils, but lavender is safe for most people, since it’s gentle on the skin. Additionally, this study found that inhaling lavender for five minutes could ease stress and pain.

3. Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper has many other uses beyond spicing up your meals. This essential oil can relieve pain, warm your body and improve circulation. Apply it after suffering a muscle cramp. It will warm the area and increase circulation.

In this study, applying a cream that contained black pepper lavender, and peppermint on the neck helped ease neck pain and improve pain tolerance after two weeks.

4. Ginger Essential Oil

The strong anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties in ginger essential oil can help treat muscle spasms and cramps.

This oil has a warming effect, which can relax your muscles. According to this research, applying ginger essential oil on painful areas may reduce pain and inflammation.

5. Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram is a common muscle relaxant among essential oil enthusiasts. Many sources say that sniffing it can ease muscle spasms, pains and aches, and minor respiratory problems.

6. Peppermint Essential Oil   

In the study I mentioned above, peppermint oil was an ingredient in the cream that helped ease neck pain. It worked because it has potent antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.

It doesn’t just work for muscle spasms. Peppermint can be helpful if you have any type of pain, including headaches. It has a cooling effect that helps ease the pain.

Simply mix it with a carrier oil, and apply it to the affected area.

Note that there’s a difference between muscle spasms and pulled muscles. Pulled muscles occur when a muscle is torn, injured or strained. Unless it’s a minor injury, don’t use essential oils to treat pulled muscles; see a physician instead.

How do you usually soothe cramps and muscle spasms? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Paulo R
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Kevin B
Kevin B3 days ago

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Anne G
Anne G3 days ago

Thanks, I like witch hazel for cramps, smells a bit, but it does help.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 days ago

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Lisa M4 days ago

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Sherry Kohn4 days ago

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