We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Peppermint. Rub the blend over the chest and shoulder area, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Rosemary and 1 drop of Peppermint. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Cloth/tissue – Place 1 or 2 drops of Essential Oils of your choice (Peppermint and Rosemary) onto a cloth/tissue. Inhale. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops into a diffuser. Your choice of oils. (2 Lavender, 2 Peppermint and 1 Rosemary for example).
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Peppermint – Safe for inhalation all around. As for application – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not apply before bed. It’s a very strong oil, so no more than a few drops to be used, adjust your blend to suit your skin **
** Rosemary – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactation, High Blood Pressure, Heart imbalances, Use with caution if on prescription medication, Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil so avoid high doses before bedtime **