Home remedy for back pain & sore muscle massage oil that actually workedSeptember 4, 2019
I am not a doctor nor a healer but I do experiment with things and if I feel it helps, I will share it. There is my disclaimer, try at your own risk.
Recently I had some very tight lower back and shoulder muscles after spending several days digging up stuff for my new backyard. A friend of mine suggested I soak in an Epsom salt bath with tea tree oil, lavender, and peppermint. She has been living with back pain for years and says this works for her. So I tried it and to my amazement, it worked. It actually relieved me of some pain. The issue was I did not have the time to soak in the tub, plus it’s so hot in Phoenix that a warm bath does not sound very inviting. Instead, I came up with a recipe to create a pain relief massage oil for on-the-go that works just as well.
I used 6 teaspoons of unrefined coconut oil as my carrier to dilute the essential oils.
6 drops of tea tree and lavender oil both work as anti-inflammatory and 6 drops of peppermint essential, which is a great pain reliever and works on headaches, too. Then I added about 3 teaspoons of plain Epsom salts with no perfumes or scents. I placed them in a small mason jar and just rubbed and massaged the oil on the areas where I had pain and tight muscles. After about 5 to 10 minutes I felt less pain and tightness. I rubbed it on about 3 or 4 times a day especially after I’d been sitting or standing in one position for a long time. As the days have gone by, my back feels a lot better. Of course, I also stopped digging for a few days to let my back heal and will get a massage with some cupping to fully recovery.