Essential oils for injury and injury-prevention
It’s the least happy time of a runner’s life – injury.
It usually happens when you’ve been running well or you have a goal race coming up and can set you back both mentally and physically.
And while no two injuries are the same there are some ways you can help prevent them from getting worse and also how to help treat them when you have them to make your comeback more swift.
Here are my top five oils for runners to use for injury prevention and also treatment.
- Deep Blue
This is the most obvious oil choice for after a run for most runners.
This oil is the soothing blend and helps soothe aching muscles after a tough session.
I like to use the Deep Blue Rub after a run. I use it after I’ve stretched and showered or bathed and before I get dressed. I rub on all parts of my legs and glutes. Take care to wash your hands thoroughly after using.
It’s made up of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. For an extra kick I use Wintergreen as well as Deep Blue.
Pre-run it’s best to rub in any places where you already have any niggles, where you have had niggles in the past (to support that area on this particular run), or where you think you may feel soreness, such as your calfs and quads.
I like to use the Touch blend if applying to my back and the rub for my legs.
Prior to my Boston and London marathons (two marathons in six days) I used Deep Blue on my quads and calves.
Frankincense is the King of Oils.
There’s a saying that if you don’t know what oil to use then go for Frankincense, as it supports the body for so many things.
I’ve included Frankincense post-run for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It helps support the body when there is inflammation, so add this to your self-massage, to your bath or if you are open to using oils internally take a drop directly under your tongue.
Not an obvious choice for those uninitiated with oils, but when you learn of the properties of Marjoram and how it can support the body in many ways, this is one that all runners should have.
Marjoram is an analgesic, it reduces the pain associated with inflammation and overexertion of muscles. But unlike over-the-counter analgesics it does not have any adverse side effects.
It is also antispasmodic, which means it is helpful in supporting the body with all types of spasms and related problems.
It efficiently relieves spasm in the respiratory system and intestines, and muscular spasms in the limbs.
It also helps support healthy circulation to increase blood flow.
Use Marjoram in an Epsom salts bath or apply topically to the legs and other achy body parts with a carrier oil.
Derived from the branches of the tall evergreen tree, Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energising and refreshing.
Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists.
One of my running friends is a firm believer in using Cypress for a troublesome Achilles tendon. She noticed significant improvement when she started using it and now makes it part of her pre-run routine by applying topically with fractionated coconut oil.
Before a long run apply to your legs and feet for an energising boost. Cypress also supports healthy circulation.
Apply topically to tender body parts with a carrier oil and lightly massage into the skin.
You can also get aromatic benefits by adding to an Epsom salts bath or using in the shower.
This is a favourite oil for massages as this oils benefits include pain and ache relief. Lemongrass helps to improve blood circulation, and can therefore relieve muscle spasms, back aches, sprains, and cramps.
Apply topically to the skin in a post-run gentle massage.
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