Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps Oils & Blends:  Cypress, Soothing Blend, Lime, Marjoram

Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality

Also consider: Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Roman Chamomile

Involuntary contractions of muscles in the body are termed muscle cramps or muscle spasms.  A more common term for such a condition in the calf muscle is a charley horse.  Common causes of muscle cramps are over exercising, dehydration, lack of key nutrients, and/or nerve irritation.  In some cases cramps occur without any identifiable cause.  This is the case with night cramps (nocturnal cramps, rest cramps) that are usually in the leg muscles and are common in older adults.

Over exercising, especially coupled with dehydration or depleted levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium, may cause muscle cramps. Depletion of these nutrients can also occur with pregnancy, while taking diuretics, or during dialysis making one more susceptible to cramping.

A muscle injury or irritation to the nerve may also cause muscle cramps.  A nerve irritation in the neck area may cause muscle cramps in the upper back, shoulders, or arms while lower spine irritations can affect the leg muscles.  The nerve irritation can be from stress, injury, or from problems associated with aging such as arthritis.

Suggested protocols:

Topically apply 2-5 drops of Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, or Tension Blend blend directly to the muscle area affected with massage strokes for immediate relief.

For long term nutritional support use the Life Long Vitality supplements.  If there is a chronic problem (repeated cramps) consider using the Massage Blend Technique daily.

If nerve damage is suspected go to this page on Nerve Damage.

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.