Restless leg syndrome will make you crazy. I know this first hand because I experience it sometimes when I’m riding in a car or airplane.
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
I found this definition on WebMD: “People with restless legs syndrome have uncomfortable sensations in their legs (and sometimes arms or other parts of the body) and an irresistible urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. The condition causes an uncomfortable, “itchy,” “pins and needles,” or “creepy-crawly” feeling in the legs. The sensations are usually worse at rest, especially when lying or sitting.”
Yep, that’s how I’ve experienced it. Luckily, there are some natural remedies to help soothe the weird crawly itchy sensation, not the least of which are essential oils.
Below are 3 recipes that have really helped calm my own restless leg discomfort.
1. Sleepy Legs Night Cream
- 12 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Marjoram Essential Oil
- 5 drops Roman Chamomile
- 2 oz (60 ml) Fragrance Free Natural Lotion (Purity is my favorite!)
- 2 oz (60 mL) PET plastic jar or 2 oz (60 mL) Glass Jar
- 12″ Glass Stir Rod
Directions: Add the lotion to the jar and then the three essential oils. Stir with a glass stir rod until completely blended. Rub into your legs vigorously at bedtime or whenever your legs are jumpy.
2. Happy Legs Travel Spray
- 9 dr Petitgrain Essential Oil
- 8 dr Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 8 dr Siberian Fir Essential Oil
- 2 fl oz (60 mL) Lavender Hydrosol (click here to learn more about hydrosols)
- 25 dr Velona Natural Polysorbate*
- 2 oz PET Plastic Spray Bottle
*Polysorbate: Polysorbate is an emulsifier that will enable you to safely use essential oils that are mixed with water (hydrosol). Blend it with an equal amount of essential oils for a 1:1 ratio of emulsifier to essential oil.
3. Grateful Gams Bath Salt
10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 drops Marjoram Essential Oil
5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Himalayan Pink Salt
2 oz PET Plastic Jar
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Liz, thanks for those blends. I love the travel spray! Sometimes RLS hits while I am on a plane. For me, magnesium supplements take care of my symptoms pretty well!
Ugh. RLS kills me! It’s at its worst in the car, where of course I can’t stretch my legs out. It usually goes away if I can stretch out in bed, but I’d be open to trying EO if they could help!
Great recipes Liz, I just love your blog posts! Roman chamomile is my go to for restless legs at night, it is so incredible. I think the sleepy leg night cream recipe is excellent.
Thanks for stopping by, Andrea! Isn’t Roman Chamomile the BEST?
These sound like they smell wonderful, which is always a consideration for me when making blends. I’m going to share this information on my Facebook page, too, as I know many people have issues with RLS. Thanks so much for another wonderfully informative post, Liz!
Stephanie, I didn’t realize how many people suffer from RLS until I wrote this post. It’s always great to hear from you and I know you’ll help many many people with your gifts as a Certified Aromatherapist!
I started having RLS during my cancer treatment and have had it since. its like my nerve endings in my stomach are at war when this happens my legs drive me crazey. I have even had to go to er for relief.i take requiep and am now looking into essential oils. does this sound like RLS to anyone. thank you would like some comments
Hi Phyllis, I don’t really know enough about RLS to say whether your symptoms are indicative of the condition. Using the ester-rich essential oils are safe and effective for RLS, but I strongly suggest you see your family doctor if you feel it is something else. Take care and thank you for writing. Liz
How much lotion do you use? (The entire 12oz bottle?) I’m having a terrible time with jumpy legs!
Oh my, Veronica! I wasn’t aware I hadn’t included the amount of lotion in the recipe! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. The amount is 2 ounces of organic lotion. Good Luck!
Liz, Glad I found your blog. I have found that using the oils in your blends ie: Roman chamomile, Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, blended in a magnesium lavender butter works quite well for RLS especially at night.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Hi Debbie! I love that you added magnesium lavender butter to your blend! I have never tried magnesium butter but will look into it today. Thank you for sharing your experience so that we may all learn something new ❤️ Liz