Muscular System

The muscular system moves the skeleton, maintains posture, stores energy, and generates heat.  There are three types of muscles, skeletal, smooth, and cardiac.  The skeletal muscles are under our conscious control and are attached to bones by tendons.  The smooth muscles are not under our control and our founds in blood vessels, bladder, stomach, digestive system, and other organs.  The cardiac muscle is only found in the walls of the heart and is responsible for contraction of the heart.

Aromatherapy can be very useful for the muscular system.

The skeletal muscles can be divided into sections that include:

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Sweet Marjoram

Latin name: Origanum majorana

Function

  • good for respiratory issues
  • helps the circulatory system
  • muscle pains
  • stimulates digestion
  • relaxes anxiety, stress, and tension

Properties

  • expectorant
  • anti-viral
  • astringent
  • laxative
  • carminative
  • antispasmodic

Sweet marjoram works well for colds and flu.

Lavender Oil

Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula latifolia, Lavandula x intermedia

Function

  • calming
  • good for headaches, stress, colds, and flu
  • helps heal the skin
  • muscle pain
  • aids PMS symptoms
  • insect repellant

Properties

  • anti-depressant
  • antiseptic
  • anti-viral
  • anti-bacterial
  • expectorant
  • sedative
  • nervine

Lavandula angustifolia is the most common lavender, it is soothing.  Lavandula latifolia is also known as spike lavender and is better for the respiratory and muscular systems.  Lavandula x intermedia is also known as lavendin, it is calming, antiseptic, and anti-viral.

Eucalyptus Oil

Latin: Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus dives, Eucalyptus citriodora

Function

  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • decongestant
  • insect repellant
  • helps colds and flu

Properties

  • expectorant
  • anti-viral
  • anti-bacterial
  • antiseptic
  • astringent
  • sedative

Eucalyptus globulus is the most prevalent while radiata has stronger anti-viral and expectorant properties.  Eucalyptus dives can be used on the skin and citriodora is calming and soothing.