After the sporting events, one can be subject to aches, cramps. The essential oil of Wintergreen Odorante is composed between 95 and 99% of methyl salicylate, a terpene ester which relaxes the muscles according to two mechanisms.
First of all, it is antispasmodic. It has an action similar to that of linalool present in Lavandin Super; it disrupts the exchanges in the ion channels (membrane proteins allowing the passage and the transfer of ions) between the nerve fibres and therefore inhibits the passage of nerve impulses; spasms, such as cramps, are consequently eliminated. Secondly, it has a stupefying action, that is to say, that it dilates the blood vessels which causes an excess of blood circulation; the muscles are thus more irrigated and warm up, this heat relaxes them and therefore prevents their contraction.
On the other hand, methyl salicylate has essential analgesic properties which are particularly useful when applied to the skin against muscle pain (muscle aches, cramps).
After a sporting effort, the muscles and joints must rest. The essential oil of Lavandin Super will be of definite help thanks to its calming, anxiolytic and sedative properties. Monoterpene alcohols (linalool, terpineol-4-ol) as well as linalyl acetate, present in this essential oil, are active on the nervous system and thus decrease excitability and stress, both factors of muscle tension.
These molecules, as well as camphor, are also musculotropic spasmolytics (promote the relaxation of muscles) and have the effect of relieving all kinds of muscle contractions.
Indeed, linalool, monoterpene alcohol of this essential oil, compete with acetylcholine (neurotransmitter),
thus limiting the ionic exchanges necessary for the passage of nerve impulses which inhibits involuntary muscle contraction.
Finally, linalool and camphor are painkillers and will completely soothe post-exercise sports pain.
Essential oils can be great allies of our health and overcome many symptoms. Especially in case of low back pain, tendonitis, cramps by their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic properties. Our expert, Thierry Folliard, naturopath and author of The bible Larousse of essential oils, guides us in their instructions for use.
Joint and muscle indications of essential oils
Certain essential oils can calm tendonitis, sciatica, low back pain, cramps, hematomas, painful joints but also polyarthritis
What should essential oils be used for joint and muscle indications?
Wintergreen or wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens or fragrantissima): it is a potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic. It works on muscle spasms, cramps, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, polyarthritis.
Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora): it is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Acts on joint and muscle pain, rheumatism, polyarthritis and arthritis.
Peppermint (Mentha X Piperita): excellent analgesic and anaesthetic. She treats arthritis, tendinitis, neuritis, sciatica and rheumatism.
Juniper (Juniperus communis): it is an anti-inflammatory, percutaneous analgesic. Good for arthritis, arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, neuritis and rheumatism.
Katrafay (Cedrelopsis grevei): potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Good against rheumatism, osteoarthritis, polyarthritis and arthritis.
Noble laurel (Laurus nobilis): potent analgesic, especially on rheumatism and dental pain. It calms cramps, joint and muscle pain, neuritis and neuralgia.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum): good analgesic against rheumatism, effectively combats muscle fatigue, dental and joint pain.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata): potent percutaneous analgesic, diluted to 10% against rheumatism. Acts on arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia.
Italian helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum): anti-inflammatory, perfect against blows.