Essential Oils For A Sprained Ankle
This week my son wrenched his ankle doing some sports. The muscle is tender and painful and it’s difficult to walk, however it’s more of a minor strain. Of course, my oils are the first thing we bring out. I’m going to share my secrets with you on essential oils for a sprained ankle.
There are 3 things I focus immediately on when it comes to muscular injury: 1) pain 2) the muscle itself 3) circulation & inflammation. I have found that focusing on these 3 areas lends itself to quick recovery and less downtime. Within 1.5 days, he went from poor circulation and difficulty walking to reduced pain and ability to walk with full weight on his foot.
Apply 1 to 2 drops of the each essential oil to the area 3 times per day, and as needed for pain relief. Dilute with carrier oil for sensitive skin.
- Lavender – relieves pain, soothing and healing for the skin. No contraindications.
- Marjoram – my favourite muscle essential oil. Warm & soothe the muscle, promotes circulation in the area. No contraindications.
- Cypress – promotes circulation. This is best essential oil for making sure fluid is moving in the area and promoting circulation and heat. Also, fantastic essential oil for pain. This is one of my favourite essential oils for muscles, bones, ligaments, pain. No contraindications.
- Peppermint – promotes circulation & relieves pain. Do not put on or near the face of children 6 and under.
- PanAway – blend of helichrysum, wintergreen, peppermint, clove – relieves muscular tension
- Aroma Life – blend of helichrysum, cypress, marjoram, ylang ylang – promotes circulation
My son has extremely sensitive skin so we use minimum 2:1 dilution with coconut oil or St. John’s Wort carrier oil (possible photosensitivity risk so use caution in the sun).
After applying these essential oils, I use a variety of other topicals to support the muscles:
From the plant arnica montana, sometimes called wolf’s bane or mountain tobacco, arnica has been used traditionally for years to heal bruises, swelling, wounds, and sprains or strains. Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones, specifically helenalin, which has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Arnica is usually found as a cream or gel ointment, and is a homeopathic product.
I love arnica and it’s a product we keep on hand at all times, and as part of our first aid kit. I purchase this brand. (Use code LEMONLOVER10 to get $10 off your $40 order.) I apply this after every application of essential oils with carrier oil.
Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream
During the day as needed. I initially use essential oils + carrier oil + arnica and if the pain keeps continuing, I top with Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream as needed. It does feel quite cooling to the skin, but this is my favourite pain relief cream and I have used it extensively for arthritis pain relief.
OrthoEase Massage Oil
Use Ortho Ease Massage Oil at night. Apply essential oils + arnica + Ortho Ease. Because it is a massage oil, it is already well diluted so I typically forgo the extra carrier oil.
In between essential oil application, once the cooling sensation of peppermint dissipates, apply ice to the area. Do this for the first 24 to 48 hours. Once the swelling is reduced, you can apply heat as long as the area isn’t red or hot to the touch.
Following this protocol reduces pain, soothes the muscle, and promotes healing and circulation in the area.
Remember that I only recommend this brand of essential oils, as I have for 15 years. These are the essential oils I use in my case studies and for my clients.
So how have your essential oils worked for you?