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Aromatherapy for Muscle Tension: Make an Inhaler

Inhalers are a less known—but very effective—way to use aromatherapy for muscle tension relief.

One of my favorite ways to use aromatherapy for muscle tension is relaxation massage. I use soothing massage oils and body creams with essential oils, which can really complement the healing power of touch.

But I know that massage isn’t an option every time, every place. If you feel your shoulders and neck start to tense up at the office, or you’re at a party and feel strain in your back, it might be awkward to just ask someone to massage you!

That’s why I like to use inhalers for muscle tension. It’s my other favorite way to use aromatherapy for tense muscles! You can take aromatherapy inhalers with you anywhere—they fit in your pocket or bag—and nobody will smell the essential oils but you.

An aromatherapy inhaler is made of a piece of cotton in a plastic case. You put the essential oils on the cotton, and then you can simply open the case and inhale anytime you need to.

It doesn’t involve direct touch or contact with your muscles, but you might be surprised at how effectively even just inhaling essential oils can be for relieving tension.

It works because the essential oils affect your limbic system very quickly. This leads to calming your nervous system, and that means your body relaxes—your muscles ease, your breath deepens, and your mind lets go of stress.

Here’s one of my favorite aromatherapy for muscle tension recipes:

Bye Bye Muscle Tension Inhaler

  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 3 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)

This blend smells amazing! It’s got warm, woody notes of pine and rosemary, but it’s still a bright, opening blend—Rosemary, Lavender, and Peppermint all have very fresh tones.

I made a YouTube video for this blend, which can be helpful to watch if you’ve never used an aromatherapy inhaler.

If you ever get stress headaches, you may know that they’re often caused by muscle tension in the neck and shoulders . . . so this blend can help for tension headaches, too!

As I mentioned, massage is another great way to relieve muscle tension. If you'd like to learn how to use essential oils in Massage Therapy, check out my free webinar, "Reduce Your Clients' Pain Using Aromatherapy." You'll learn six of my favorite essential oil suggestions for massage, how to make your own custom blends to address specific pain issues, and more. It's free and fun! Click here to learn more and register!

Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: aromatherapy inhaler, Recipes and Blends, essential oil inhalers, Muscle tension

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