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Make Sports Massage Oil with Spike Lavender

by Andrea Butje on April 13, 2015

I have an easy-to-make recipe for sports massage oil to share with you!

There are only two ingredients, so you can even make it if your body is sore after a workout and just wants a hot bath. The ingredients are Trauma Oil and Spike Lavender essential oil (Lavandula latifolia). We can keep this recipe simple because these two ingredients are so ideal for soothing sore muscles.

Trauma Oil is one of my favorite carrier oils for relieving pain. It’s actually an infusion of three flowers in olive oil. The herbs are St. John’s wort, calendula, and arnica.

St. John’s wort is an excellent analgesic for nerve pain, so it helps soothe discomfort quickly. The arnica helps reduce pain and inflammation, speeding up the tissues’ process of self-repair. The calendula is more to nourish the skin itself.

Trauma Oil is so effective for sore muscles, I sometimes use it without adding essential oil. But for a sports massage oil, I like to take the healing and comfort up a notch.

You can make this After Your Workout Relief sports massage oil in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Combine:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 15 drops Spike Lavender essential oil

Close the lid and shake gently, then massage into sore muscles as needed. You can use this blend right after a workout (if you suspect you’ve pushed your muscles a little too hard), or you can use it after your muscles start complaining.

Why Spike Lavender, and not Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)? Spike Lavender has some key chemical differences.

  • It contains camphor, which has wonderful circulatory and rubifacient effects, so it stimulates blood flow.
  • It also has contains 1,8 cineole, which boosts the analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties of the recipe.

So Spike Lavender has an enhanced ability to get circulation going and relieve muscle soreness.

I just love simple recipes like this! You can even make a little bottle to keep in your gym bag.

If you'd like to learn more about using aromatherapy for massage, you can come to my free webinar, "Reduce Your Clients' Pain Using Aromatherapy." In the webinar, I'm sharing six of my favorite aromatherapy for massage blends, including butters, oils, and inhalers, as well as how to price your blends for purchase. You can sign up here: Reduce Your Clients' Pain Using Aromatherapy

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Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

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