Keep sore muscles at bay during rainy season

Keep sore muscles at bay during rainy season
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While for some the rainy season would mean beautiful cloudy weather and plush greenery, for some individuals it also means intense body aches, fatigue and muscle soreness. Keep sore muscles at bay by massaging a few simple oils into the muscles and doing regular stretching exercises, suggest experts.

Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower and Sonia Mathur, training head at Organic Harvest, have listed a few ways:

6 Essential Oils to keep sore muscles at bay

Essential oils like ylang ylang, peppermint, lavender, geranium and rosemary can be used to massage the body to eliminate the soreness.

  1. Ylang ylang Oil

    essential oils sore muscles

It is extracted from the flower of the plant Cananga odorata which is extensively cultivated in Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. Known for its fragrance and relaxing touch, applying it to the skin has a variety of benefits. Chief among those benefits is using it on sore and aching muscles.

  1. Peppermint Oil

    essential oils sore muscles

This oil has a variety of uses apart from promoting fresh breath. It is also known for its ability to reduce digestive problems and boost energy. More importantly, it can also be used as massage oil for aching muscles.

  1. Lavender Oil

    essential oils sore muscles

The aroma of lavender is associated with its cooling, calming and soothing qualities. The flowering plant is synonymous with freshness and hygiene and is used in a variety of beauty products. It can also be used to fight muscle soreness.

  1. Geranium Oil

    essential oils sore muscles

Grown primarily in the temperate regions of the world, the geranium flower is known for its pleasant colour and aroma. The oil from these flowers has long been extracted and used for helping combat stress and depression, as well as help relieve hormonal issues.

  1. Rosemary Oil

    essential oils sore muscles

Best known as a dash of flavour over pastas, rosemary is a heavyweight in the world of aromatherapy. While many people associate rosemary with hair growth, which it is undoubtedly useful for, the fact remains that rosemary is a great massage oil for sore muscles.

Ways to cope up with sore muscles

sore muscles

Some of the other ways you can try to prevent and cope up with sore muscles during the rainy season are:

  1. While eating protein won’t reduce your muscle soreness, but it helps the muscles to recover quickly so you don’t feel the pain for long. Consuming 10 grams of whey protein before and 10 grams of whey protein following the workout will help reduce symptoms of muscle soreness.
  2. Using sea salts in a bath soak isn’t just grandmother’s trick, it’s backed by science to help muscle restoration by supplying the body with the muscle-relaxing mineral magnesium.
  3. Vitamin C is shown to be been effective in helping to prevent muscle soreness. Incorporate chili peppers, guavas and citrus fruits which are all high in Vitamin C into your diet to see a considerable change in your energy level and soreness.
  4. Regular stretching exercises and daily physical activity will keep such discomfort at bay. Stretching twice a day is highly recommended.

So while you enjoy the rainy season keep these tips in mind to keep sore muscles at bay!

Inputs from IANS

Comments (17)

  • I’ll will definetlly try this………Thanxs Sonal

  • Really appreciate these tips! Years ago when I lived in Maui I damaged my knee while performing noho hula (that’s the style where you sit on your knees and bend in directions your body was never meant to!) and it’s given me problems ever since. I will definitely give your advice a try.

  • Hello Sonal! I do stretch exercises twice a day to keep my sore muscles at bay, not only on those rainy days, but everyday! I do like the sound of using oils and I am going to look into this.

    Thanks for sharing
    Chery :))

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      Hi Chery

      you are absolutely right. Styretching is very important, not only in rainy days but everyday.

  • Wow, this is really helpful! I know a few people who would benefit from these details. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the journey!

  • Hi Sonal,

    I’ve been going to research essential oils, your post about using these oils for sore muscle treatment is a great reminder.

    Didn’t know sea salt was also used for soaking. Gonna try that. Thanks,

  • Here in Southern California our rainy season is months away but I can see using many of these tips way before then. Great suggestions.

  • Hi Sonal,
    Thanks for sharing these great tips for sore muscles. In Canada, we don’t have a rainy season. Well, this summer we have had record rainfall so the effect would be much the same on our muscles I think. I liked the essential oils you mentioned, my fav peppermint and geranium. Will try these. Nice post.

  • How timely!
    I am working out quite a bit and have sore muscles. I actually have some lavender oil and didn’t think about using it! Will do! Thank you!

  • Hi Sonal

    I am surprised that people get sore muscles in the rainy season. This is indeed a great guide. Thanks so much for sharing. Take care

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