Essential Oils for Athletic Recovery and Repair (and how to use them!)

Discover the Best Essential Oils for Recovery and Repair When Working Out

doTERRA Deep Blue essential oil blend

Deep Blue Soothing Blend

  • provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth that supports circulation to muscles and joints, reducing inflammation and promoting healing
  • provides temporary comfort to tired and sore muscles and joints
  • also available as Deep Blue Rub

doTERRA  copaiba essential oil


  • supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, and respiratory systems
  • powerful antioxidant
  • helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system

doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil


  • soothes tight, tense muscles
  • supports localized blood flow, including to toes and fingers

doTERRA Lemongrass Essential Oil


  • soothes aching muscles, tendons, and joints

doTERRA Marjoram Essential Oil


  • calms and relaxes muscles
  • apply before and after exercising

doTERRA Peppermint essential oil


  • creates a cooling effect, eases tight/sore muscles, and helps minimize pain
  • improves pain tolerance and workload effort
  • increases energy and mood through inhalation


doTERRA Siberian Fir essential oil

Siberian Fir

  • eases discomfort and provides soothing support to sore muscles and joints
  • evokes feelings of relaxation and rest
  • soothes skin irritations


  • Before long runs: Apply Peppermint or Marjoram on large muscles. 
  • After long runs: Apply Deep Blue (oil blend or rub) or Siberian Fir.
  • Reduce joint impact: Applying Deep Blue (oil blend or rub) followed by Peppermint. Also regularly apply Helichrysum and Frankincense to joints.
  • For leg cramps: Dilute 3 drops of Deep Blue + 1 drop of Helichrysum and apply directly to the calf. If you regularly experience cramps, keep this mixture on hand in a roller bottle. 


In a small glass bowl, dropper bottle, or roller bottle, mix the essential oils with 1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil (FCO) or other carrier oil. Apply to sore areas.  Wait 10 minutes.  If needed, reapply.

  • 1 T FCO + 3 drops Black Pepper + 3 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Rosemary
  • 1 T FCO + 2 drops each of Marjoram, Lavender, Thyme, and Peppermint
  • 1 T FCO + 3 drops Geranium + 2 drops Marjoram + 2 drops Frankincense + 2 drops Peppermint + 1 drop Clove
  • 1 T FCO + 3 drops Lemongrass + 4 drops Basil + 3 drops Clary Sage 


For adults, mix 5 - 10 drops of essential oil in a bowl with 1 tsp to 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil (e.g., sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel, fractionated coconut oil). Then mix in 1 – 2 cups Epsom salts to disperse the essential oil throughout the water, avoid skin irritation, and provide detoxification benefits. Pour into hot bath water and soak for 20 minutes. One good combination for soothing achy, tired muscles is 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Marjoram, and 1 drop Helichrysum.


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