Activity is a part of our healthy lifestyles, but with it comes tired muscles and a bit of pain, we are always on the lookout for something that helps. If you find that your muscles are stiffening up after your workout, then it’s time for you to consider an aromatherapy treatment for those aching biceps. Topical treatments of essential oils (EOs) have been known to help people loosen their muscles and alleviate some of the pain that goes along with working out.
Let’s take a closer look at two aromatherapy options created by Young Living: Deep Relief and Panaway. Each is unique in their own way.
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Young Living Deep Relief and Panaway Comparison
This blend, which comes in a roll-on applicator, is a combination of Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam fir, Clove, Balsam copaiba, Coconut, Wintergreen, Vetiver, and Dorado azul oils. A little further down the page, we get into each one individually. The applicator makes it easy to take with you, and it’s a great addition to your workout bag beside your sweatbands and gym shorts.
One of the greatest features of this product is its convenience and ability to travel. It comes in a small container that you only have to rub onto your affected areas after you get out of the gym shower.
This product, compared to the other in this article, is much more diluted in nature. This is part of the convenience aspect as well. You don’t need to dilute it yourself where you can have a spill or an accident on a good piece of furniture. This product comes well blended and ready to be applied.
Another thing worth noting about the ingredients is that, while items like Peppermint, Lemon, and Coconut might be in most of our collections how many of us essential oil fans own Vetiver, Wintergreen, Clove, Balsam copaiba, Balsam canada, or Dorado azul? I’m sure it’s not many, and even if you do own all those oils, then you are a serious collector and wouldn’t need to research blends.
Sore muscles are not the only thing that you can use this product for. It can be rolled onto your temples when you have a headache, or you can put some at the nape of your neck when you need to feel inspired.
The way these nine essential oils come together creates a synergistic blend that refreshes muscles when applied. The smell is also invigorating so if applied on the wrists or back of the neck, one can get that feeling when inhaling the aroma.
Let’s take a look at each individual essential oil and why they were chosen to create this blend.
This exhilarating essential oil has a good deal of benefits, depending on how you use it. In the realm of what we are discussing, which is a topical application for sore or tired muscles, this particular essence is a powerhouse when it comes to assets. It contains calcium antagonism, which relieves pain. It is also known to help with headaches.
Known for its ability to relieve stress, it is no wonder they would include this oil in such a blend. After we work out, our muscles can get tight from the weight of the activity. It’s also a great combatant against anxiety and fatigue.
Extracted from the needles of the Abies balsamea, this essential oil is a pain reliever so the addition to this blend is obvious. The reason it works is due to its amazing stimulating power, which attracts the blood to the skin’s surface to eliminate toxins. This helps make the pain disappear.
This essential oil also lowers stress, but it boosts the immunes system and increases the circulation of the blood as well. It has anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it a great addition to this mix.
Next, we have a minty oil that helps relax your muscles. It is also great for spasm relief, which is important after a vigorous workout. It also works as an astringent and helps get the blood moving.
With a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, this oil not only works as an anti-inflammatory, it also aids with spasms, fights infections, and prevents damage to the nervous system and all benefits that work with sore muscle treatments.
Steam distilled from the roots of a grass native to India and other countries in that area, this essential oil is a powerhouse when it comes to relieving inflammation and is known to aid with rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and cracking skin on top of easing muscle aches.
Derived from a plant once believed to be a weed native to Ecuador, this oil is great for balancing hormones.
While this isn’t one of the key ingredients, there is a bit in this product and is another great aid when it comes to relieving pain. It also helps lower blood pressure.
Working as a carrier substance in this product, this oil is not without its own benefits. It works wonderfully as a moisturizer and is a perfect base for this blend intended for massaging into your muscles.
What Are People Saying?
It seems that consumers really enjoy this product and find the convenient packaging a plus. They feel it works on their headaches like a champ, and it is even used by people suffering from illnesses like lupus that cause chronic pain. The only bad reports are from people who didn’t purchase from a reputable distributor and received a product that was tampered with.
Our next product from this company was also created to offer a soothing blend for anyone with aching muscles. I have a friend who swears by this oil and applies it to her muscles after a long day. There are several differences when comparing this blend to the one we’ve been discussing thus far, so we’ll take a look at each one individually.
While the first had a blend of some serious contenders in the essential oil, this one has only four, namely: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint oils. Founder D. Gary Young created this blend so that when it is applied topically, will refresh the muscles and leave a cooling sensation, which is perfect when it comes to sore tissue.
Of course, there is the topical application, which should only be done when you have diluted it well with a carrier substance like jojoba oil. Once it is diluted well, you can massage the mixture into your shoulders or neck, or you can do that for a loved one. It should penetrate the muscles as well as emit an aroma that is invigorating.
If you are feeling stressed and the day has done nothing but create an anxious force inside of you then put a single drop of undiluted oil onto your temples and watch your stress disappear. It works wonderfully when stuck in loud places.
When you apply a diluted version of this blend onto your feet, you can also make the day’s stresses disappear from your life or that of a loved one. You can even use it to create a bath salt simply by adding ten drops of this oil to some Epsom salts and then add them to your bath.
Since this blend has only four oils, all of which are used in the above blend as well, it has advantages to the other product as well as disadvantages.
You can dilute this one yourself, which gives you more product for the price spent. While the other comes in a convenient roll-on applicator, you can purchase your own roll on applicators and dilute this blend to remedy that.
You can also diffuse this oil, which you cannot do with the above blend. While this article is focusing on the topical applications of these products, its worth mentioning that, when you purchase this blend, inhalation for aromatherapy is a viable use for this product.
It cools the skin and can stimulate the wearer just like the other does. The reason why it can do all this is due to the methyl salicylate, menthol, gamma-curcumene, and eugenol it contains.
This is a fantastic ingredient for muscle pains since it is a counterirritant. It gives the tissues a cooling sensation and then warm again. This distracts your nerves to the top of the skin and diverts their attention away from deeper tissues.
Comprised of herbal volatile oils, this is found in pennyroyal and eucalyptus as well as peppermint. It aids in muscle relaxation and helps relieve spasms.
Found in Helichrysum, this volatile ingredient helps reduce inflammation and can penetrate the joints as well as the muscles.
Found in the clove oil, this works as an antioxidant and aids in reducing oxidative stress.
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What Are People Saying?
This product is popular for a reason. People feel it works. All the consumers who reviewed this product rave about it and say that it has been a spectacular addition to their aromatherapy regimen.
One Last Word
Essential oils are volatile compounds so they should be used with caution at times. The product pages for both of these products warn that you should keep them out of the reach of children and consult a healthcare professional before applying it to you or anyone in the family. You should be especially careful if you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from an illness.
There are several products that overlap each other, and as we see with these two, they can even come from the same company. But there is nothing wrong with that and these two products are different enough in their ingredients that they stand out on their own. All that’s left for you to decide is which option meets your needs.
If you are a fan of either of these products, let us know in the comments section below. If you know someone who would like to learn more about either of these blends, then please pass it along. We all need to come together to create a better mind, body, and soul for everyone.