The monsoon season comes with beautiful cloudy weather and lush greenery, that brings in a great respite from the scorching heatwaves. But for many people, weather change can trigger body aches, joint pains, fatigue, and muscle soreness. The sudden change in humidity levels can lead to swelling, stiffness in the muscles, muscle weakness and decreased range of movement. Muscular pains and aches can affect any part of the body. Most people carry tension in their necks and shoulders, which causes the muscles to become tight and painful.
Some of the health conditions where climatic changes worsen their pain includes:
A person suffering from arthritis often complain about weather-related joint aches.
Rheumatoid arthritis patients are most affected by changes in humidity and atmospheric pressure.
The drop in temperature during the rainy season makes the body dry which can also exacerbate the pain in the joints.
Those working in air-conditioned environments for long hours also complain about increased stiffness and joint ache.
People who are obese or overweight also experience increased burden in the joints leading to knee joint pain.
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Essential Oils For Muscle Soreness
Essential oils and oil blends work amazingly well when applied topically to soothe pain in the muscles and calm the body in the process. These oils are strong, so if they are not used correctly, they can irritate the skin and add to swelling. Essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil before application to ease skin irritation.
The general rule of thumb is to blend at least 6 teaspoons of carrier oil for every 15 drops of essential oil. Some of the carrier oils that can be used include coconut oil, olive oil and argan oil.
How To Use Essential Oils?
Roll on Pre/Post Workout
Get a roll-on bottle, add 15 drops of essential oils using a medicine dropper and fill the remaining of the bottle with a carrier oil. Firmly press the roller ball top onto the bottle and roll the bottle between the hands for 30 seconds and ensure both oils blend well. Apply on aching muscles before or after a workout to get relieved from muscle soreness.
Use It For A Massage
Apply the essential oil topically and massage well, so that oils diffuse deep into the skin to ease pain, swelling and tension.
Add essential oil to a relaxing bath that helps to loosen up and calm stiff muscles.
Compresses are best known to offer respite from pain, inflammation, and swelling. Adding essential oils to compresses can boost effects and soothe inflammation.
Try some of these essential oils to soothe muscle soreness during monsoon season.
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