Eucalyptus has healing powers long recognized by native peoples, including the aboriginal people of Australia. This essential oil is derived from eucalyptus tree leaves native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia.
Eucalyptus essential oil contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiseptic properties, which provide significant relief from muscle and joint pain. It has cooling and refreshing effects, which may reduce stress and alleviate mental exhaustion.
Eucalyptus oil requires dilution with a carrier oil before topical application and should only be used in moderation. Use circular motions to apply eucalyptus oil to affected areas and on reflex points to relieve muscle and joint discomfort.
Peppermint essential oil is a fierce healer. It contains the active ingredient menthol, which acts as both an invigorating scent as well as an antispasmodic and mild analgesic, helping to reduce pain, pressure, and tension. It’s cooling effect soothes and relieves tired and sore bodies and also has a magical way of calming the mind at the same time, relieving stress and offering a minute of peace.
This essential oil is derived from the ginger rhizome, which grows in southern China, West Africa, and a few other parts of the world.
Ginger oil contains zingibain—an anti-inflammatory that works to reduce muscle and backaches, pains, and swelling. Additionally, this oil may improve mobility.
Studies have shown that ginger essential oil is most effective for these discomforts when diluted with a carrier oil and regularly massaged onto the affected area. Ginger essential oils are also effective when applied to a warm compress.