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Aromatherapy Recipes: Your Inhaler for Muscle Tension Relief

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Want to learn more ways to use essential oils for sore muscles? Sign up for Aromahead Institute’s online class, Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists.

You’ll learn to use essential oils in pain relieving blends, inhalers, body butters, massage oils, and more. It’s great for Massage Therapists, but you don’t have to be one to sign up.

This video is about how to make a muscle tension inhaler. Essential oils for muscle tension are usually applied in a blend, such as in a body butter or oil, but you can also make a muscle tension inhaler. This works by calming your nervous system, which in turn calms your muscles, reducing tension and pain. Because so many headaches are caused by muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, this inhaler is great for those too.

The great thing about using essential oils in a muscle tension inhaler is that you can slip it into your pocket, backpack or bag, and use it anytime, anywhere. (No one will smell it but you.)

The recipe I’m using in this video is:

10 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor) (1:39)
3 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana) (2:21)
3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) (2:33)
1 drop Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita) (2:55)

Good news! Aromatics International recently started carrying inhalers with organic wicks. You can find those here:

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62 thoughts on “Aromatherapy Recipes: Your Inhaler for Muscle Tension Relief

  1. Do you use organic wicks in the nasal inhalers. If so, where would you recommend purchasing them. love your videos btw

    1. Yes we do! We recommend these ones:

  2. Andrea, thank you for sharing this recipe! What could I substitute for the rosemary oil? I can’t use that one because of epilepsy. Thank you!

    1. @Lisa Schoepflin I am touched that you are finding inspiration from my webinars! 💕 Sounds like the Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists class would be a perfect fit. If you have any questions about any class or the best fit with the direction you’d like to head, please feel free to email me and we can help you sort that out. My email is: andrea@aromahead.com

    2. @Aromahead Institute thanks I have been listening to some webinars lately and I’m planning on taking a class soon. I’m just not sure which one yet. I’m thinking the one for massage therapist because I do a lot of pedicures and am looking to becoming a certified reflexologist. I have learned so much from your webinars and am so inspired to learn more. Thank you so much for all the trustworthy information too.

    3. My pleasure Lisa! Our Aromatherapy for Natural Living class can help you gain a deeper understanding about which essential oils to reach for and why. The class focuses on all natural remedies for everyday living, for skin care and for common ailments, and I teach about essential oils safety and blending for children too!

      You can find additional information about this class here:

    4. @Aromahead Institute Thank you!

    5. Lisa Schoepflin To be extra cautious I would suggest replacing the Rosemary in this recipe with Eucalyptus radiata.

  3. Thank you so much for typing out the recipe, including latin names and chemotypes! <3

    1. Of course, White Peony Tea, you are welcome!

  4. Love your videos!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you Dorinda Browne!

    2. Andrea Butje I think I’ve watched most of your videos it’s just that I finally commented! You have so much great information I love learning from the best!

  5. Thanx so much for showing us this & all teh wonderful recipes using essential oils you share. Peace be with you

  6. if I don’t have any black spruce can I just leave it out of the recipe or should I add more of something else? I’m super super new to this but really wanted to try something for tension headaches but lack a lot of oils yet. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

    1. You could leave this out, Kasey Boyce, but if you had one of these you could substitute:Siberian Fir (Abies siberica) or Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

    2. Thank you!

  7. Sorry, will a tincontainer leak, if I make a salve With essential oils? Is tin safe to use With essential Oil?

    1. Tin is fine for a salve with essential oils in it, Rikke Knudsen.

  8. Thanks, i Will try to contact theme. One more question, Will eo work With tin?

    1. Yes, you can use essential oil salves in tin.

  9. I Can not find PET plastic inhalers in Europe or asia and it is so expensive to get shipped to Denmark from USA. Do you know a place ?

    1. I’m not certain of the shipping cost but you might look at sks_bottles.com. This is were I get mine, Rikke Knudsen.

  10. do you have a recipe for a natural hand sanitizer?

    1. You might look at this recipe from my Blog Marshall X

  11. do you have an inhaler recipe for breathing better? I am so impressed.

    1. You might look at this video, Marshall X

    2. Thank you again, I need to look at this as this would be a great addition to help a friend of mine. I am going to look at this one first.

  12. Would I be able to use Cypress EO in place of the Black Spruce for this recipe? If so, what amount of substitution may I use? If not, is there a different oil(s) which could be used in place for anti-inflammation?

    1. You could use cypress with the same amount of drops, Deedee Reynolds. Also for the rosemary you might try Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) or Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

    2. I just realized I’m completely out of Rosemary and won’t have my order in as soon as I need. Is there something I can use as a substitute? Or would I be better off waiting for it to arrive? (Thanks in advance!)

    3. Thanks! 🙂

  13. One of my daughters does not like lavender which cuts down on some recipes I would like to make for her. What would you suggest as a substitute for lavender In this (and various) recipes. Thanks!

    1. You could try any one of these three oils:
      Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
      Neroli/Petitgrain Co-Distill (Citrus aurantium var amara (Flowers and Leaves))
      Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

  14. I can’t wait for my order to come TOMORROW from Aromatics International with Black Spruce in it so I can make this inhaler! Thank you Andrea! I am looking forward to the results.

    1. Please let me know what you think once you make the blend, Laurie Hale.

    2. +Andrea Butje I just made this inhaler, and WOW Andrea! It’s absolutely wonderful!!! That Black Spruce is so deep and refreshing!! Thank you so much for this video and the recipe!

  15. I posted here a couple of months ago and wanted to add that this recipe is great. I’ve used often and have gotten great results.

    1. Thank you for sharing this, Kat Munro! I appreciate that!

  16. I really like the idea of using inhalers as we often do long days when traveling and using an inhaler as we drive is so easy and wonderful. Using a cream or oil at the end of the day is an added bonus. Thank Andrea.

    1. I like the convenience of the inhaler too, Kat Munro.

  17. How long do the inhalers normally last?

    1. Mark Winterrowd, it will depend on how often it is used but generally I let client know that 2-3 months is a fair estimate.

  18. Just ordered blank inhalers with wicks.  I’ve been searching for recipes and found your recipe on You Tube.  Thank you so much!!

    1. So glad you found me, Linda Beck!

  19. The rosemary has 3 Chemo Types, which I just learnt today…=) . Why do you choose the camphor over the 1.8 cineole or the verbenon?  I see below that you can interchange the camphor with the verbenon,.  Would the same apply to the ciineole, or would it be to harsh for the inhaler?

    1. You could use any of these chemotypes, Debora Cadene. They all have great anti-inflammatory properties to help with muscle tension. Any of these would be fine for inhalation.

    2. @***** Thank you so much Andrea.  This stuff is beyond fascinating. You have made learning something new (to me) very exciting.  🙂

  20. YAY! I needed this last week for a migraine. Where do you find your inhalers?

    1. You can find them here:

  21. would blue spruce as well as black?   just asking as i have that

    1. Yes, Matt Thiesmeyer, you could use blue spruce.

  22. Hi Andria,
    I am having lots of fun today.  Learning how to make all these good things.  I have Rosemary Verbenone, is this okay to use?  Also any suggestions on what to use for Black Spruce?  I have spruce hemlock.  Thank you

    1. You can use Rosemary verbenone, Michele A and the hemlock would be a great substitute for the black spruce.

  23. If the blend is anywhere near as soothing as your voice, it has to be good LOL! And I love anything with rosemary essential oil.

  24. thank you very much (:

  25. Thanks Andrea for the video and recipe! I don’t have black spruce oil, is there another oil I can use?

    1. You might try one of these, Myndyme:Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) or Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)

  26. Great video and a great blend! Are you using the camphor or verbenone chemotype of rosemary? Thanks!

    1. I’ve use the camphor chemotype of rosemary in this blend.

  27. Thanks! Gonna have to try this out. Do you ever host Google Hangouts? That would be fun.

    1. I haven’t, Katie Raebel, I would love to hear more about that!

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