10 Essential Oils that I use
to relieve muscle spasms
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. The weekend has treated me great so far! Except I got such a bad spasm last night in my neck while I was playing with Max my 1 1/2 year old nephew. That I had trouble sleeping. I suffer from chronic muscle spasms. It is a daily struggle for me and definitely not a fun one. But it was totally worth it cause I got him to eat cabbage, and carrots! Go Aunt Stacey! And I also got so many hugs and kisses. That in itself makes my heart smile!
I came here today to share with you about muscle spasms and how I deal with them.
What is a muscle spasm?
A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle, part of a muscle or a group of muscles. Meaning the muscle tightens up and becomes smaller and harder. Spasms can be painful and mostly are. They can occur suddenly and are mostly short-lived. Although not all of them are short-lived, like in my case.
What causes a muscle spasm?
A muscle spasm can be caused by so many things but, I will focus on the main ones.
Muscles spasms may occur from overuse of a muscle, (happens a lot with athletes). When a muscle becomes overused and tired it runs out of its stored energy. This causes the muscle to contract and “stop working”. Especially in hot conditions.
Overuse can also cause hand and finger cramps in writers.
Irregular Blood Flow
A narrowing of an artery can cause muscles to become cramped because inadequate blood reaches those muscles.
Injuries especially of the neck and back can cause recurrent muscle spasms.
Neurological disorders and Autoimmune disorders
Tourette’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, arthritis and spinal cord injuries.
Other disease that may cause muscle spasms are diabetes, kidney disease, anemia and thyroid disease. As well as magnesium deficiency, and other vitamin deficiencies.
Muscle Spasms I deal with
I’ve been suffering from muscle spasms since I was a child. Maybe even an infant.
My earliest memories of muscle spasms I was around 4-5 years old with “growing pains”. That is what my mom called it at least. The pain would wake me up in the middle of the night, my legs, throbbing and in knots. I remember it like it was yesterday. Actually it was yesterday. I still get these cramps 30 years later, but I can’t still be growing.
As I got older I started getting muscle spasms in my back, upper and lower, and in my neck all the way to the base of my skull. And it just got worse from then.
When I broke my shoulder two years ago was when my muscle spasms came out in full swing. I now suffer from them chronically. Everyday, no matter what I do or what I take these muscle spasms do not go away. They are absolutely horrible and life disrupting. Besides all the ones I constantly have in my back, neck and shoulder and legs, I have twitching spasms in my arms, face, stomach, sides, feet, buttocks, I mean you name it and I have probably had a spasm there.
Although I can not say that I have learned how to get rid of these spasms, I can say that I have learned to tame them down and semi-relax them with the help of essential oils.
So I decided to post for you today the TOP 10 Essential Oils that have anti-spasmodic properties and the ones that I use.
The Top 10 Essential Oils with Anti-Spasmodic Properties
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Orange Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Marjoram Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Clary Sage Essential Oil (great for menstrual cramps)
- Black Pepper Essential Oil
Depending on my mood and exactly what is spasming, if something in particular caused that particular spasm to develop I choose from the list above and usually make either a massage oil by diluting with a carrier oil. Find out how to dilute properly with my Essential Oil Dilution Calculator that you can get free by subscribing to my email list. Or I add a few drops of each one I choose with epsom salt to a hot bath.
Talk to me.
Do you suffer from muscle spasms?
What do you use to help with them?
What causes yours?
Have you ever tried essential oils for your muscle spasms?
Let me know in the comments below!
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