If you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), you know how unpleasant it can be. Something as simple as relaxing with a good book or your next binge-able show suddenly becomes a nightmare. The aching, throbbing, pulling, crawling, and creeping feelings in your legs create an irresistible urge to move them again and again. It pretty much kills any chance of actually relaxing. Perhaps even worse than RLS ruining your relaxation time is when it interferes with your sleep. Since uncomfortable feelings may happen most often when you’re trying to go to sleep, getting a good night’s rest may seem impossible . As a result, disrupted sleep can lead to exhaustion, mood changes, struggles with maintaining concentration, and more.
Natural Tips for Restless Legs Relief
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for RLS. But applying certain essential oils topically, along with other natural tips, may help ease some of the discomfort. There are many essential oils that have properties known to reduce discomfort associated with spasms, cramps, and muscle pulls. Any oils that help promote mental and physical relaxation are going to add an extra bit of soothing benefits to help you relax and get a good night’s rest.
Here are just a few essential oils (or keep reading for an easy DIY Restless Legs Rub) to help settle down those restless legs. Plus, any time you spend massaging in your diluted essential oils will only help to further relax your muscles.
- Roman Chamomile
- Frankincense Serrata
- Sweet Marjoram
- Black Pepper
- Vein Aid
Other things you can incorporate into your routine to help relax your muscles are hot baths, light exercise, or hot and cold compresses.
Restless Legs Rub
What you’ll need:
- 14 drops Frankincense Serrata
- 12 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Roman Chamomile
- 2 oz Unscented Body Lotion
- 2 oz Container
What you’ll do:
Add essential oils to an unscented body lotion and mix well. Gently massage onto your legs 1-2 times a day.
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What are your favorite essential oils for helping relax your muscles? Let us know in the comments below!
Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. (2017). NINDS NIH Publication No. 17-4847. Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Restless-Legs-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet