See also muscle
Muscle aches and pains (myalgia) common to over exertion
are also the symptoms of a number of health concerns or
reactions to some medications. Muscle pain often
includes pain associated with the connecting tissues such as
ligaments and tendons. General classes of muscle pain
Over exertion, trauma, or repetitive strains -
When this happens during exercise or physical work it will
normally be easily identifiable since the pain will begin
soon after the exertion and will involve the muscles that
were recently used.
Stress – Prolonged stress and anxiety
can “tighten” muscles to the point of pain and discomfort.
For many this will be in the shoulders and neck muscles.
Infection – Viral and bacterial
infections can often result in aches and pains in many
muscles of the body. Some often describe the “ache all
over feverish misery” as part of the flu.
Disease – Muscle pain can be a primary
or secondary symptom of a number of diseases including
chronic fatigue syndrome,
lupus, Lyme disease,
peripheral neuropathy, polymyalgia rheumatica.
(click on links to see more information on these specific
PMR is an inflammatory disease causing muscle pain and
stiffness in the thighs, hips, buttocks, neck, shoulder,
and/or upper arms. It is sometimes confused with the
more common rheumatoid arthritis but the pain is in the
muscles rather than the joints. Like RA it targets
females more than males. Listed below are comparisons
of the two conditions as noted in QualityHealth.com:
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Birch, Citrus Bliss, Deep Blue, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon,
Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Wintergreen
Essential oils based
Depending on the root cause
of the muscle pain, one or a combination of the following,
Pain relief (analgesic): Birch, Deep Blue,
Lavender, Peppermint, or Wintergreen.
• Calm or relax
tension: Lavender or Marjoram.
• Reduce inflammation:
Birch, Eucalyptus or Myrrh with Citrus Bliss or an oil
such as Lemon.
• Improve circulation:
Lemon or Rosemary.
For pain to specific
muscles apply topically to the local area to achieve the
best results. Coupling this with local massage will add to
the relief. If there is general discomfort over many muscle
areas (too much exercise or work) a full body massage,
baths, or showers will be the best.
Other analgesic oils include: Marjoram. Other
anti-inflammatory oils are: Frankincense, Ginger, Myrrh, and
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Verna - I am a tennis player, and
it is so important for me to be at the top of my game, each
and every time I play. Sometimes aching muscles can really
get me down. Sore muscles from my other daily activities—
things like bouncing on the tramp, for example, or rolling
around in an inflatable hamster wheel--can really carry over
into my tennis and mess up my game. Just recently I was
facing an important match with my doubles partner. I didn’t
want to let him down, or myself down either, but my
shoulders were screaming at me to get some help! I’ve
always believed that when your body talks to you, you should
listen. That’s why I invested in a bottle of doTERRA’s PastTense. I waved that roll-on tube over my muscles like a
magic wand, and—VOILA!!—the pain was gone. My partner and I
went on to win that critical match, and later to become
Thanks, doTERRA, for saving my game!
Daniel - I love running! Every time I do
a long run, I take Lemon oil internally (4 drops in a 16oz
glass of water), apply Lemongrass to my calves and the week
before I will load my body with the EOmega supplement. The
Alpha CRS is very good after because of the baicalin (antiinflamatory,
pain). In addition water and rest.
TaLaisa - I was
just in a car accident, along with my two youngest boys. A
little one, we were hit from the side at 7-8 mph. Scary and
startling, but everyone is feeling fine, Today anyway. I've
been told that even a slow moving accident can make you
stiff and sore for days after. I would love your suggestions
for calming frazzled nerves and helping with the possible
sleep problems my boys might face tonight. I'd also like to
know what you'd suggest for the muscle aches.
Pat - My suggestion would be to use
Balance and Lavender for relaxing and resting, use Deep
Blue, Marjoram and Peppermint for sore muscles and that achy
Loryjean - I would add Lavender to a
nice, bubbly tub; use music or whatever kind of pampering
appeals to you (and your boys!).
Chris - I have a
friend with a 14 year old son. Lately he has been
sleeping much more, even more than the "typical teenage boy"
and when he wakes up he is still tired. His energy
levels are way down. He has also had some muscle ache,
mostly legs so the doctors initially chalked it up growing
pains. Has anyone come across anything like this?
Pat - I would recommend the Life Long
Rob - Aroma Touch (the oil) is good for
growing pains. Deep Blue would be also. Use massage to the
deep muscles when pain comes on. You also might want to put
a diffuser in his room and turn it on about 1/2 hour before
wake up time. Try a few different oils to get the most
effective for him, ie. Cassia and Grapefruit, Peppermint
and Lemon, Elevation, Rosemary and Peppermint.
All are very invigorating.
You could also take about 4-5 drops of Peppermint and
massage them into his neck and base of his skull for a
minute or two when he wakes up. This will get the blood
flowing to the brain for sure. Tell him that the tingling
he is feeling is not "hot"... it is "cooling" and is not
harmful. This will wake anyone!!
We have used all these techniques with our 3 boys,
16,13,10 with great success.
Cindy - Teenagers do sleep a lot, and
many experience growing pains. My 12 year old uses PastTense
for the pains in his legs. If the pain is persistent,
severe, or confined to one area (i.e. not equal in both
legs) then please do have it checked out by a medical
doctor. One of my kids had "growing pains" starting when he
was four, that turned out to be a bone tumor. He suffered
for 3 years with these "growing pains" in one leg before we
discovered he had an osteoid osteoma--a benign tumor that is
very painful. An osteoid osteoma can occur in any bone in
the body. Luckily for us, his was in the tibia and easy to
access; he was just fine after surgery.
Dana - My 12 year old daughter
experiences growing pains too. The Deep Blue works great.
Also, the PastTense roll on. Other oils to consider are
Birch and AromaTouch. Roman Chamomile works great on kids
when they are stressed out and need to "turn off" so they
can sleep. Also, Lavender baths are great too! I can
totally relate to having to get up in the middle of the
night because my child wakes up complaining about growing
pains. I would keep a bottle of oil by my nightstand and
apply the oil and within 10 minutes we would be back to
sleep! How valuable is that? I don't know any mom that
wouldn't want to have oils on hand.
Carol - Does anyone
have a protocol for polymyalgia rheumatica?
Polymyalgia rheumatica (meaning "pain in many muscles" in
Greek), abbreviated as PMR, is a syndrome with pain or
stiffness, usually in the neck, shoulders, and hips.
Sharon - Marjoram is good for muscle
pain. It seems with any protocol, starting with our Life
Long Vitality supplements and the cleansing is a must and
then MJ assist. I would think that Deep Blue and Peppermint
would be good for pain and inflammation.
Jan FL - Polymyalgia. Does anyone know
of this disease? I have been trying to find some research on
it but can't seem to locate it. Any help would be much
Shelly - One very important thing to
know and may help you with info is that all of these
diseases have the same etiology. toxocity. Toxins are first
stored in joints and when those become overloaded, toxins
are stored in muscle. If your friend will cleanse, cleanse,
cleanse, and use doTerra oils she will start to see some
changes. Environmental and food toxins need to be purged
from the house and diet. Living, raw foods will also cleanse
and bring healing. Buy a juicer, start to eat organic and
start walking to pump those lymphatics that carry metabolic
garbage and toxins away. If she can get an Aroma Touch
Technique at least once a week and then take the GX Assist
and PB Assist every month that would be a good start for
her. Other ideas would be dry brush the skin and then sauna
for 30 minutes, Oregano on the bottom of the foot after
that. Wake up feeling really good! Any oils that clean the
liver and GI would be good.
Denise - I met a
woman today who is preparing to run a marathon next year.
She asked me what could be done for muscle pain. I
immediately answered Deep Blue, but what else can I offer
her? She was explaining how arduous and painful not only the
marathon its self was, but that the training all by itself
is grueling. I noticed suggestions of Marjoram for muscle,
and Lemongrass for ligaments, in the sprained ankle post.
What else can I suggest to her?
Monica – The Life Long Vitality
supplements, MJ Assist, Wintergreen, and White Fir.
Pat - When we had a booth at the Marathon opening last
year we handed out samples of Peppermint for the runners to
put on before they started their run. It helped to increase
blood flow, cooled them off and was a general great oil. We
also blended Peppermint, Deep Blue, Marjoram and Lemongrass
for them to apply after the race with incredible results.
Chris - I would use Aroma Touch as well.