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Essential Oils for Jumpy Legs: A Lotion Recipe

Essential oils for jumpy legs - a lotion recipe

Relax your jumpy legs with this spasm-soothing essential oil blend

Jumpy legs can be so frustrating!

Even if the rest of you feels tired and ready to relax, your legs just won’t calm down. They twitch, fidget, and jump, keeping you awake.

You can use essential oils for jumpy legs to help calm the muscle spasms. 

The essential oils in this recipe are both physically and mentally soothing. They help ease your nervous system to create an experience of whole-system relaxation, so your mind can settle down along with your jumpy legs.

Ease Your Jumpy Legs Lotion

  • 2 oz (56 g) Unscented lotion 
  • 5 drops Plai essential oil (Zingiber cassumunar
  • 5 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil (Origanum majorana)
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass jar.

Put the lotion in the jar. Before dropping the essential oils in, you might want to make a little “hole” in the lotion to put them in. Just use a glass stirring rod to make an indentation in the lotion. Then drop your essential oils into it!

Stir the oils into the lotion gently. It can take a few minutes for the oils to be thoroughly blended into the lotion, and once they’re mixed well they won’t separate back out again.

Massage your jumpy legs with your lotion, spending extra time on your calves, the backs of your knees, and your thighs.

This blend offers real relief.

Keep it on your nightstand (or by your favorite comfy chair) to calm your jumpy legs at bedtime. 

And don’t forget to pack a jar when you travel!

Ease Your Jump Legs

This is the dilution we like to use for a long term situation. If you use this blend for short periods of time you can easily increase the drops to 10 drops each for a 3% dilution.

Make this jumpy legs blend along with me in this video:


As I mentioned, these essential oils for jumpy legs work so well because they help calm spasms.

Plai essential oil
Zingiber cassumunar

Plai essential oil

Plai essential oil comes from the same plant family as Ginger. It has a wonderful hint of spice in its fresh, herbal aroma, but instead of being warming (like Ginger), Plai is cooling. 

Plai contains a component called terpinen-4-ol. 

Terpinen-4-ol has been well researched, so we know it’s helpful for relaxing muscle spasms. 

Plai essential oil’s ability to calm spasms—while also cooling a hot, troubled mind—makes it an excellent essential oil for jumpy legs.

Roman Chamomile essential oil
Chamaemelum nobile

Roman Chamomile essential oil

Roman Chamomile is one of the most universally loved essential oils for helping to relax spasming muscles. 

With an aroma like warm apples in the sun, Roman Chamomile also imparts a sense of serenity to a worried, overactive mind. 

This is the only one of our three essential oils that does NOT contain terpinen-4-ol. Instead, it’s rich in components called esters. Oils rich in esters are known for their almost magical ability to fill the body with a sense of tranquility. 

Sweet Marjoram essential oil
Origanum majorana

Sweet Marjoram essential oil

Like Plai, Sweet Marjoram essential oil contains terpinen-4-ol, so we know it’s useful for antispasmodic blends (including our jumpy legs recipe).

It also contains γ-terpinene, a monoterpene component that brings an additional antispasmodic effect. 

These components work in synergy—enhancing one another’s properties—to calm muscle spasms more effectively.

Sweet Marjoram oil has a warm, herbal, slightly spicy scent. It’s especially useful when the body is holding onto tension after challenging (or even distressing) events. It helps release deeply-held stress, allowing relaxation to flow more easily through your body.

This jumpy legs recipe pairs well with Neroli’s “Seems like a Dream” Linen Spray for Sleep. 

You can mist your linens, blankets, and pillowcases for extra emotional support as you let yourself relax. 

Enjoy your calm legs!

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Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

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