After weeks of daily rain, we here in the Buckeye state finally had a nice, sunny, 80 degree day. Yea! The problem? Many of the neighbors took the opportunity to work in their yards. While that is a good and necessary thing, the resulting muscular aches and pains is not. So today we will be making some massage oils for those stiff, achy muscles!
Please remember that before using ANY product that contains Essential Oil you should do a patch test. Take a small amount of the product and rub it into the inside of elbow. If it doesnt immediately irritate your skin, cover it with a band-aide and leave it for 24 hours. If after that time it still hasnt caused an irritation, then use the product with caution. If it does begin to bother you, wash the area with soap and water and do NOT use that product. If you are testing a single Essential oil, remember that you need to put one drop of the EO into a small amount of carrier oil before you test it. NEVER test an EO neat on the skin. There are [only] a couple of EO's that can be used neat, but you must have the proper education to do so, and even then, sensitivities can happen. When they do, they are life-long, so the safest thing to do is to simply not try it!
This first muscle rub is especially nice the day after a strenuous workout, when the muscles may be tight and sore. All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients together, then massage into the affected area(s).
1 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use Bulgarian lavender)
2 oz of your choice of Carrier Oil (Many people like sweet almond oil, apricot seed oil, soybean or jojoba)
This mixture is also good for aches and pains;
1 drop Lavender EO
1 drop Cypress EO
2 drops Black Pepper EO
1/2 oz your choice of carrier oil
This one is great for backaches and other muscular stiffness;
4 drops Marjoram (Organic is best) EO
2 drops Ginger EO
4 drops Rosemary EO
4 drops Lavender EO
5 oz your choice of carrier oil
This one can be made with less carrier oil for a stronger ointment, but you will need to check for skin sensitivity with each adjustment. This should only be used twice a day, whatever strength you use.