Dealing with muscle and joint pain can be incredibly frustrating, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life. While there are numerous over-the-counter remedies available, many people like you are turning to the healing power of herbs and essential oils for natural relief. 

In this blog post, I’m sharing some of my favorite herbs and essential oils, including arnica, turmeric, ginger, and the "Aches and Pains" essential oil blend from Wyndmere Naturals, to address muscle and joint discomfort effectively.


Arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica is a popular herb known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it an excellent choice for soothing muscle and joint pain. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to reduce swelling and alleviate bruises and soreness. 

Arnica works by promoting blood circulation, which aids in the healing process of injured muscles and joints.

I love using my Hemlock Springs Soaps Arnica Muscle Rub (well, I have to…I make it!) to gently massage into affected areas. Whether the pain is caused by an intense workout or a minor injury, arnica can offer natural relief without any harmful side effects.


Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric's active compound, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help ease muscle and joint pain. It targets inflammatory pathways and reduces the production of inflammatory molecules, providing relief for those suffering from conditions like arthritis and exercise-induced muscle soreness.

I often includes turmeric in my daily diet through delicious golden milk or add it to meals for an extra boost of joint support. Additionally, I sometimes take turmeric supplements to ensure I am getting a consistent dosage of this beneficial herb.


Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger, with its warming properties, is another favorite of mine for tackling muscle and joint pain. It contains gingerols, which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, helping to reduce discomfort and improve mobility.

I do love me a good tea with ginger, or incorporating fresh ginger into meals. For localized relief, I’ll occasionally used ginger essential oil diluted with a carrier oil and gently massages it into the affected areas (but it doesn’t smell as wonderful as fresh ginger!)


"Aches and Pains" Essential Oil Blend from Wyndmere Naturals

Wyndmere Naturals' "Aches and Pains" essential oil blend is a carefully crafted mix of Clove, Sweet Birch, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Coriander, Cypress, and Marjoram essential oils. Each of these oils possesses unique properties that complement one another to provide targeted relief for muscle and joint discomfort.

- Clove and Sweet Birch essential oils have natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, offering quick relief for sore muscles and joints.

- Rosemary essential oil helps improve circulation, supporting the body's natural healing processes.

- Black Pepper essential oil provides a warming sensation, promoting blood flow and reducing muscle stiffness.

- Coriander essential oil has soothing properties, calming muscle spasms and tension.

- Cypress essential oil assists in reducing swelling and inflammation.

- Marjoram essential oil is known for its muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving effects.

I’m not big on diffusing oils - I have lots of cats and they tend to be more sensitive to essential oils, so instead I will add it to a massage oil by diluting the blend with a carrier oil and applying it to areas experiencing muscle or joint discomfort. 

Most recently I infused olive oil with some freshly dug Solomon’s Seal for a painful tendonitis and it’s been lovely!

Finding relief from muscle and joint pain doesn't always have to involve pharmaceutical solutions. My journey with natural remedies, including arnica, turmeric, ginger, and the "Aches and Pains" essential oil blend, has demonstrated the power of harnessing nature's healing potential.

As with any natural remedy, it's essential to perform a patch test and consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any existing medical conditions or are pregnant. 

By incorporating these herbs and essential oils into my daily routine, I’ve  found comfort and support for muscles and joints, allowing me to keep on hikin’.

Embracing nature's remedies can be a gentle yet effective way to promote overall wellness and achieve relief from muscle and joint discomfort.

Karen Steuer