Make An Essential Oil Blend for Sore Muscles

Mix this essential oil blend into a massage oil before applying it to sore muscles.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

1. Know how to use essential oils properly.

If you haven't already, read these essential oil tips:

2. Determine how much you would need to make.

This essential oil blend should not be applied to skin undiluted.

 If you would like to make a massage oil, you will need a bottle that holds between 4 fluid ounces (1/2 cup or 125 mL) and 8 fluid ounces (1 cup or 250 mL), depending on how much you would like to make. Again, amber or blue glass is preferred.


To make this essential oil blend, you will need:

For tips on choosing a massage oil, read Which Massage Oil is Best?


Add the following to a bottle.

  • 4 drops roman chamomile essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drops clary sage essential oil

Add 4 ounces of massage oil to the bottle. Cover tightly.


Be sure to label the bottle. List the ingredients. Indicate that the contents are for external use only.

There are different types of chamomile essential oil.

In alternative medicine, roman chamomile is believed to relax muscles, whereas German chamomile is thought to be better at decreasing inflammation.

To convert measurements:

1/8 teaspoon = 12.5 drops = 1/48 oz. = approx 5/8 mL

1/4 teaspoon = 25 drops = 1/24 oz. = approx 1 1/4 mL

3/4 teaspoon = 75 drops = 1/8 oz.

= approx 3.7 mL

1 teaspoon = 100 drops = 1/6 oz. = approx 5 mL

What You Need:

  • Roman chamomile essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Clary sage essential oil
  • Appropriate bottle
  • Massage oil

Using Essential Oils for Sore Muscles

Although it's too soon to recommend essential oils in the treatment of muscle tension, massage may be helpful for some people to ease muscle tension. If you're considering using essential oils or massage, talk to your doctor first. Keep in mind that alternative medicine should not be used as a substitute for standard care. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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