Muscular System

The muscular system consists of 650 muscles in three main categories: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscles. It is controlled by the nervous system via two pathways: somatic and autonomic. Only skeletal muscles fall into the somatic category, meaning that they are under voluntary control; these are the muscles attached to the skeleton. They are striated in appearance and provide strength, balance, posture, movement and heat for the body.

Tendons are bands of fibrous tissue attached to the skeletal muscles that allow movement in the body. When a skeletal muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon to which it is attached, causing the tendon to pull on the bone and resulting in movement. Ligaments, on the other hand, are the fibrous material that connects bone to bone and holds the skeletal structure together. Once injured, both require long healing times and are prone to weakness or re-injury. Rest is required, as scar tissue usually takes at least 90 days to form; once formed, the fibers can take up to another seven to nine months to reach maximum strength again.

Autonomic muscles contract and relax involuntarily and include both smooth and cardiac muscles. Smooth muscles are non-striated and are typically found in layers, one behind the other. They can be found in the walls of internal organs (excluding the heart), such as blood vessels, intestines, bladder, digestive system, and stomach. They are constantly at work, performing their functions throughout the body.

Cardiac muscles are specific to the heart and are also known as myocardium. These involuntary muscles contract to pump blood through the heart, then relax to allow blood to return after it has carried vital oxygen and nutrients to the body.

How Essential Oils Work with the Musclar System

The muscular system is constantly in motion and supporting vital body functions. Essential oils have a unique ability to affect muscles and connective tissue and to support muscle function on a cellular level. Once oils are applied, users often experience near-instant benefit. Occasional muscle discomfort and tired, stressed muscles is easily done through either topical or internal application.

Essential oils and nutritional supplement solutions can also enhance and support traditional methods of care.

Essential Oils for Musclar System Support

Single Oils

Cassia — Massage with carrier oil for warming sensation.

Clove — Combine with lotion for a warming massage.

Coriander — After a short workout, apply Coriander to legs for a soothing massage.

Cypress — promotes circulation to muscle and connective tissues; promotes vitality and energy

Frankincense — massage into hands and feet for a warming and soothing effect.

Ginger — soothes aches and discomfort

Helichrysum — Massage into the temples and back of neck for a soothing sensation.

Lemongrass — soothes muscle aches, supports connective tissue

Marjoram — targets tired, stressed muscles

White Fir — After strenuous activity, massage into skin for soothing comfort.

Wintergreen — soothing and warming sensation after exercise; contains the same active ingredient as Birch.

Ylang Ylang — massage into back and shoulders to help reduce the effects of daily stress.

Blends

AromaTouch massage blend — Helps to lessen tension; Comforting and relaxing effects

Deep Blue soothing blend — Soothing and cooling support for muscles

PastTense tension blend — Eases feelings of tension; Massage into shoulders, neck, and back for a cooling, soothing sensation.

DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Promotes healthy connective tissue and eases discomfort.

Zendocrine Detoxification blend — — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems*; delivers powerful antioxidants.*

Supplements

Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex™ — Provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density.*

Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*

doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

Zendocrine Detoxification blend softgels  — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems*; delivers powerful antioxidants.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

TerraZyme® Digestive Enzymes — Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes.*

Microplex MVp™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

DDR Prime cellular complex blend softgels — Protects the body and cells from oxidative stress.*

Deep Blue polyphenol complex — Patent-pending, fast-acting boswellia extract shown to help support muscles and joint comfort and function.*

Mito2Max energy & stamina complex — Supports healthy mitochondrial function and aerobic capacity, and improves stamina naturally without the use of harmful stimulants.*

 Usage Tips

For best results with muscles and connective tissue:

Topical — Apply oils directly to area, massage in thoroughly whenever possible. Drive oils in with heat, cold, or moisture. Use carrier oil as needed or desired. Layering multiple oils over target area, placing them on tissue one at a time, is very effective. Any kind of cream or carrier barrier will slow absorption if placed on first and improve it if placed on last.

Acute: apply often, every 20-30 minutes, until benefit is realized, then reduce to every two to six hours.

Ongoing: apply two to three times daily.

Internal — Consume oils to support healthy inflammatory response in a capsule or under tongue.

Caution

Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”