Aching Muscles or Joints? Try Our Favorite Pain Relieving Blend!

Developed by our owner originally to manage ‘shin splints’, this formula can work amazingly well on any injury to the muscular-skeletal system. In fact, the blend seems to act almost instantly, likely due to the speed at which essential oils pass through the skin and into the underlying tissues.

Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil

Helicrysum Flowers

What is it about ibuprofen that gives it its pain-relieving ability? Its anti-inflammatory action. The same goes for many essential oils - they have potent, rapid anti-inflammatory activity.

We’ve included ideas for two blends here. We suggest including Helichrysum in the formula specifically for spot pains and injuries. While the cost may seem high, for acute conditions, nothing really beats Helichrysum for it’s regenerative potential. It contains the highest amount of safe ketones of any essential oil, thought to stimulate cellular regeneration.

ALL these oils are known for their inflammation-reducing activity, so, for larger areas – entire aching quadriceps muscles, for example – one may omit the Helichrysum, and have an excellent pain-relieving formula.

The essential oils that are included in the blends:

Birch – Contains approx. 97% Methyl Salicilate, actually liquid aspirin
Frankincene – Contains boswellic acids, researched for their anti-inflammatory effect
– Strongly anti-inflammatory and regenerative
German Chamomile – Known for it’s strong anti-inflammatory action
Plai – Researched for it’s pain relieving action

Here’s the formulas, based in any carrier oil you like, though Fractionated Coconut Oil is very easily absorbed, and is low cost. The formula is for 1oz of blend, made by first adding the essential oils to a bottle, then ‘topping off’ with the carrier oil. You may alter the blend as described above by omitting the Helichrysum if you like:

Helichrysum (Balkan or Corsican)- 3ml
Frankincense (Carteri) – 2ml
Plai – 3ml
German Chamomile (steam distilled)- 15 drops
Birch – 3ml

Note that we highly recommend measuring essential oils with measuring pipettes, rather than attempting to count drops per milliliter. While with many droppers, you may find each ml of water will have 20-25 drops, but essential oils, because of their different viscosity, typically have 30-35 drops. See our ‘Bottles and Pipettes’ page for measuring pipettes.

We find only small amounts of the blends are needed – just enough to be absorbed at any one time. Essential oils are rapidly assimilated and processed by the body, and you can reapply every 2 to 3 hours as necessary.

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8 Responses to Aching Muscles or Joints? Try Our Favorite Pain Relieving Blend!

  1. Hello,

    could you convert the “ml” to drops for me? I usually work with small bottles with droppers, vs. pipettes, so this would be wonderful. Thank you!

  2. Patti-Jo says:

    What is the name of this blend?

  3. Colleen Otto says:

    This seems like a very high concentration. Using 3ml, and 2 ml etc of these oils at 20 drops per ml. that is a lot of essential oil for only 30 ml of carrier. It would also be very expensive to put together.

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hi Colleen,

      Yes, it is a high concentration of oils, and while we realize it is costly, the blend is used for injuries and injury prevention – rather than a ‘massage-type’ oil for a large area. The oils here, except the German Chamomile, can all be used ‘neat’; what the formula does, actually, is give a profound efficacy at something significantly lower in cost than, for example, straight Helichrysum.

      The way we use it is on painful spots – shin splints, carpel tunnel pain, muscular injuries, impact injuries and the like.

      Actually, per your note, I’ve edited the post to include a blend for larger areas, and/or frequent use (for chronic, rather than acute, situations).

      Hope this helps!

  4. Becky Lavallee says:

    Might you be putting a blend together like this for purchase? Would love to get it for aging and painful parents and inlaws.

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hi Becky,

      It’s already available as ‘Super Soother’ on our essential oil blends page. Super Soother is full-strength, and can be diluted to 1/4 strength in a carrier (fractionated coconut suggested). As we really haven’t been able to test all variations with several users, it may be very worthwhile to acquire the individual oils and blend yourself in a less-expensive formulation. More wintergreen and plai, for example, and ommission, or lowering the ratio of, the helichrysum…this would be a very effective formula for inflammation reduction and pain relief (still quite anti-inflammatory, which is the source of the pain relief, btw – simply without the regenerative component of Helichrsyum, which requires dedicated daily application for results in this respect)…

      For one ounce:

      12ml Wintergreen or Birch
      12ml Plai
      6ml Frankincense, Carteri CO2

      This CAN be used at 100% strength on small areas for potent, fast relief, or diluted to 1 part essential oil blend to 4 parts carrier oil.

  5. Amanda says:

    Would this blend be good for someone with sciatic nerve inflamation and or compressed lower lumbar discs?

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