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Treatment of Shin Splints with Essential Oils

Shin splint: 

Shin splints are characterized by sore, throbbing shins. Caused by overuse, swollen or irritated muscles, and even tiny stress fractures in the lower leg bones, shin splints often heal on their own. Rest, elevation, ice, and essential oils can help. If symptoms do not start to subside within three days, contact your doctor. You may have serious stress fractures that require surgery.

Helichrysum-Lemongrass Massage: 

MAKES 1 TREATMENT

Helichrysum, lemongrass, and myrrh essential oils penetrate to help injured tissue heal faster than when left untreated. They also ease the pain somewhat. Use a hot compress to cover your shins after this treatment for even more relief.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Carrier Oil
  • 10 Drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Myrrh Essential Oil

Directions: 

  1. In a small glass bowl, add the carrier oil along with the helichrysum, lemongrass, and myrrh essential oils, and stir to combine.
  2. Using your fingertips, apply the blend to the shins, and massage it into the skin using medium pressure and long, even strokes.
  3. Repeat this treatment up to 6 times a day until symptoms subside.

Peppermint Ice: 

MAKES 1 TREATMENT

Peppermint essential oil penetrates tissue; helping temporarily stop the pain. Placing an ice pack on top intensifies the feeling of relief while alleviating inflammation.

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Using your fingertips, apply the peppermint essential oil directly to the shin, then top it with a towel.
  2. Place the ice pack on top of the towel and leave in place for at least 10 minutes but no more than 20 minutes.
  3. Repeat this treatment once an hour until the pain subsides. If both legs are affected, alternate the treatment on each leg.
Tags: Ailments