Mighty Mommy Monday – Muscle love

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year AND run a half marathon in October! Join us!

 

I love my biceps. And my calves. And my thighs. Why? Muscle. Oh my golly, I love watching my muscles get stronger and my children (and husband) frequently catch me in the bathroom flexing. I’ve stopped apologizing… I like that my body is getting stronger!

But along the way, I’m noticing a lot of soreness after my long runs or after a kettlebell session. I’ve been looking at different options, and really wanting a product/solution that will be safe to use on all members of the family. Liam has recently been struggling with muscle soreness due to twice weekly swim lessons and soccer, two days of gym classes and what I think are growing pains. Initially, I turned to homeopathic options, but I’ve realized that I also want something ON the muscles. (Before I continue, I do want to mention that I’m not about to ditch the Motrin, but I also want to deal with the core of the discomfort and not just cover it up.)

Reading through a facebook post I found a list of doTerra oils and noticed that they had a blend specifically for sore muscles. I called up my bestie, Jen, who is a seller (here’s a link to her doTerra page in case this post inspires you to help your muscles, too!) and she informed me that not only is there a straight oil, but a muscle rub cream. We love it! I happened to buy on a week when I was adding another half mile so I needed it almost right away. Soothing and cooling, it eases my discomfort quickly. Liam has taken to asking for it rubbed on his back and legs at bedtime after his sports days. And as an added bonus, he’s actually sleeping now!! According to doTerra, Deep Blue is an essential oil blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus. There’s a lot in the blend, but that would be what makes it efficient!!

Now it’s your turn. What do you use for those pesky aches and pains? Have you ever used an essential oil to perk yourself up before or after a workout?

 

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