Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a charley horse in your leg or a painful muscle contraction in your foot?  Oh, that really hurts!

Muscle cramps and/or spasms are involuntary contractions or tightening of the muscles. These cramps most commonly happen in the muscles of the calf, and may be caused by the lack of a particular nutrient, such as calcium, magnesium, and/or potassium.  They might also be caused by dehydration, or just over-exercising.  Sometimes, they just seem to happen without a clue to their root cause, which may even be stress.  Stress is known to irritate nerves and trigger muscle cramps.

For stress, the following oils are recommended:  Eucalyptus, LavenderLemonMarjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Geranium and Chamomile.

For muscle pain, the following oils are recommended:  Marjoram, Peppermint, Basil, Cypress, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Sage, Vetiver and Wintergreen.

For more general aches and pains, such as achiness due to an illness, these essential oils are most helpful: Clove, MarjoramOregano, Peppermint, Ginger, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme and Wintergreen.

It’s recommended that you apply oils over the affected muscles by using a carrier oil such as olive, almond, coconut, or a similar oil.  Many individuals use essential oils un-diluted, however be sure you always use a carrier oil to dilute the stronger oils, such as Oregano or Wintergreen.

Muscle Cramps Recipe:

3 drops of Chamomile
2 drops of Marjoram
2 drops of Ginger
4 drops of Lavender

Combine the oils listed with approximately 1.5 tablespoons of carrier oil such as olive, jojaba or coconut and massage generously onto the affected area(s).