We would suggest the following:
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Massage/Application – 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. That gives you 10 drops. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Rosemary. Apply the mixture over the body, especially the lower back area (kidney area), abdomen and temples, 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 Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Rosemary and if you would like, 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.
** 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.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **
** Lemon – Avoid if pregnant/lactating, Avoid sun exposure after application for 12 hours. Avoid if on prescription medication. Avoid use on children below 5 **
** 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 **