10 Best Essential Oils for Restless Leg Syndrome
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One of the things I love most about working with essential oils is getting to help people I care about with their health issues.
Before I can help a client, I need to understand what the issue is, what the symptoms are and then I can research and come up with a protocol for them to follow.
My latest request was from a client was Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
RLS affects up to 15% of our population and is more prevalent in women than men. It can also affect children. (click for references)
"Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological sensory-motor disorder that is characterized by intense restlessness and unpleasant creeping sensations deep inside the lower legs. Symptoms appear when the legs are at rest and are worst in the evening and at night. They force patients to keep moving their legs, and often to get out of bed and wander about." (click for references)
Although there is no known cure, you can use essential oils to help support and relieve the symptoms of RLS.
The essential oils I am focusing on have relaxing or calming effects, reduces discomforts, aches, or soreness, anti-neuralgic, sedative and calming properties. They can be useful in supporting and relieving the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
Since bodies react differently to essential oils you may need to try a few different combinations to help relieve your symptoms of restless leg syndrome. This is why I'm offering so many oils to choose from. You can come up with your own treatment and tailor it to what works best for you. Please note that before using any essential oil protocols, please check with your physician.
10 BEST ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE
FOR RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Peppermint essential oil helps relieve discomfort, ache, or soreness, spasms and is cooling to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for relieving muscle aches and discomfort, ache, or soreness. You can massage peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil onto feet and calves or create a cold compress by blending peppermint oil, water and ice-- then dip a towel into the water and wrap around your legs where the symptoms are the worst.
2. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender essential oil helps relieve discomfort, ache, or soreness, is calming and brings about a sense of calm and relaxation. It is also anti-inflammatory and will help bring about restful sleep when used at night. You can mix a few drops of lavender oil into an Epsom salt bath and soak for 15-20 minutes before bed. You can also rub the lavender on the feet and legs and diffuse throughout the night.
3. MARJORAM ESSENTIAL OIL
Marjoram essential oil helps with discomfort, ache, or soreness relief, relaxing or calming and sedative properties, which makes it useful for relieving muscle aches, discomfort, ache, or soreness and spasms. Marjoram brings about a sense of comfort so it is soothing for anyone with restless leg syndrome. You can massage marjoram oil with carrier oil into the legs at night. Or add it to a bath with Lavender and Epsom salt for a hot soak before bed. The magnesium in the epsom salts also has therapeutic effects.
4. VETIVER ESSENTIAL OIL
Vetiver essential oil relaxing or calming properties, brings about a sense of calm and has sedative properties. Vetiver stimulates blood circulation which is also good for restless leg syndrome relief. You can add vetiver to a hot bath or massage it with a carrier oil into your legs before bed. Another way to get the therapeutic affects is to add vetiver to your diffuser at night.
5. AROMATOUCH ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Aromatouch essential oil blend contains Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit and Lavender. Cypress is good for circulation, Basil is known for it's cooling and calming properties and Grapefruit helps with metabolism. Combined with the other oils I've already mentioned and you've got a powerful recipe for Restless Leg Syndrome relief. Massage with a carrier oil into calves and feet before bed. You can also use it with a cold compress by blending Aromatouch with water and ice-- then dip a towel into the water and wrap around your legs where the symptoms are the worst.
6. ROMAN CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
Roman chamomile essential oil relieves discomfort, ache, or soreness and muscle spasms. It has anti neuralgic and anti-inflammatory properties that will give comfort to anyone suffering from RLS. Roman Chamomile also has strong calming effect so it's a great oil to use for restless leg syndrome. You can add a few drops to a hot bath or combine it with lavender and a carrier oil and massage into the legs and feet to provide relief. You can also add it to your diffuser with lavender to get the aromatherapeutic effects throughout the night. In addition, you can use it as a cold compress with Aromatouch as mentioned above.
7. FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Frankincense essential oil is naturally purifying, germ-destroying and naturally cleansing, it has sedative and calming properties which makes it a good essential oil for restless leg syndrome relief. Frankincense is a deep healing oil and promotes balance and relaxation. Add it to a hot bath with Aromatouch essential oil or massage it into legs as needed before bed to get the full relief from Restless Leg Syndrome.
8. BLACK PEPPER ESSENTIAL OIL
Black pepper essential oil naturally reduces discomfort, aches, and soreness and relaxing or calming, making it ideal for muscle aches and discomfort, ache, or soreness. Furthermore, it's a wonderful warming oil which is why it is a perfect essential oil for restless leg syndrome relief. Always dilute black pepper essential oil with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, etc). Combine black pepper essential oil with marjoram and lavender with a carrier oil and massage into legs. Add black pepper essential oil with aromatouch to the diffuser.
9. DEEP BLUE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Deep Blue essential oil blend contains Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus that work together to soothe, cool and relax the muscles and joints in your legs. Combine with a carrier oil and massage into lower legs and feet. This is a very powerful blend of discomfort, ache, or soreness relief, anti-inflammatory and cooling essential oils so use it sparingly before bed.
10. BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
Bergamot essential oil provides natural discomfort, ache, or soreness relief, relaxing or calming properties that are great for muscle aches and discomfort, ache, or soreness. Bergamot can also help relax your muscles and bring about a sense of calm so it's a great essential oil for restless leg syndrome relief. Combine bergamot and vetiver with a carrier oil and massage into legs and feet before bed. You can also add bergamot to a hot bath, or add it to your diffuser for aromatherapeutic relief for restless leg syndrome.
Precautions when using essential oils for restless leg syndrome:
always dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil
If you don't know how to use essential oils properly, ask for the advice of your doctor or a licensed health practitioner
Always perform a patch test before using a new essential oil to make sure you won't have an allergic reaction to it.
Citrus oils like bergamot will make your skin photosensitive. Wait 12 hours after applying it to go into the sun, or cover your legs to reduce sun exposure.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND FOR ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.