If you are a weekend warrior or feeling the aches and pains of growing older then you may be using a lot of muscle creams. These rubs work great to help decrease the muscle pain associated with aging, exercise, or both.
The environmental working group is always on watch for which products can be toxic to our health and if you are choosing which chemicals to put on your body then you should know what’s in these creams.
Most creams use some sort of chemical combination that is similar to aspirin with the idea being that they will decrease inflammation in the area.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is caused by an increase in temperature, red color, and swelling. These changes to the muscle tissue will cause irritation of the nerve which leads to pain. When the brain receives the signal from the tissues that they are irritated then the brain will stop whatever activity is causing the problem.
The blood and fluid rush to the area to help provide new materials to repair whatever is broken, whether it is tendons, ligaments, or muscle.
Inflammation that stays too long can become problematic. Usually this is caused by other issues and I suggest you read up on dietary changes, and supplements to help relieve chronic inflammation.
If you have short term, normal inflammation then applying a gentle muscle cream will alleviate just enough inflammation to help you get on with your day.
DIY: Muscle Cream
1 cup carrier oil
4 drops Ylang ylang oil
4 drops peppermint oil
3 drops spearmint oil
2 drops frankincense oil
Mix together and store in a glass container
Apply to sore area, be sure to stay away from sensitive reproductive tissue, eyes, mouth, and nose.