While yardwork may not be your idea of “sport,” our family took the first really nice weekend in Austin this spring to fill leaf bags, clean gutters, and clean up the winter backyard clutter. Which meant digging out the Deep Blue rub and lemongrass essential oil Saturday night.
While researching some other essential oil massage suggestions, I came across this recent post in Massage Magazine. The article discussed a whole range of other essential oils a sports massage therapist or deep tissue massage therapist might use. Some of the oils a massage therapist may add into their massage lotion or oils include marjoram, juniper, ginger, myrrh, and helichrysum.
And other oils can be added to a massage. In an August, 2014 EO Spotlight, dōTERRA recommended trying vetiver and in a earlier Spotlight also recommended cypress.
Personally, I’ve started warming up before a walk with self-inflicted leg massage of juniper, ginger and cypress. We’ll see if it increases my miles-per-lunchtime.
A typical massage therapy dilution, considering the surface area you cover in massage, you may want to start at a relatively low dilution:
- 3% dilution = 20 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
- 5% dilution = 30 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
- 10% dilution = 60 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
Take Massage Magazine’s advice to “add a touch of the spa” the next time you or your partner deal with tired, aching, overworked muscles. Share this article and your oils at your next massage session.
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Raw honey and honeycomb
As scratchy throats and snuffy noses increase this spring, we’ve noticed multiple recipes and remedies involving honey. And lots of questions about honey safety, raw versus filtered honey, etc. Honey is a popular addition to some facial recipes, homemade creams and lotions. A drop of lavender or lemon essential oil added to honey can be a great treat and effective throat soother. We wanted to pass along some honey facts we’ve discovered while researching combining essential oils with honey.
No Safe Honey For Infants
All honey is dangerous to children under the age of one because of the presence of botulism spores. Adding an essential oil or heating in a microwave does not make honey any safer.
That’s not how raw honey and botulism work. Bees visiting flowers and plants bring botulism (Clostridium botulinum) spores back to the hive. These spores remain lodged in the honey but cannot germinate or produce toxins.When you eat the honey, you eat the spores. Filtering and pasteurization does not kill the spores — so there is not safety benefit between raw and pasteurized honey. Even boiling honey does not destroy the spores. These spores do not cause a problem for most people, because they are destroyed in the stomach. But if you are an infant or have a compromised immune system, the spores can germinate and start producing toxins.
I had one of those dry, hacking, painful coughs you can only get courtesy of air travel. Going from sunny, warm Austin to damp, cold England didn’t help. Cough drops hadn’t helped. Desperate, I ducked into a chemist’s shop and stared at rows of unfamiliar labels. The experienced clerk made two helpful suggestions – cups of hot Scottish breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and a wonderful local cough syrup made with honey, vinegar, and something called ‘glycerol.’
Back in the US, I discovered ‘glycerol’ was food-grade glycerin – I had used it in cooking but never thought of it as a throat remedy.
Here is an excellent base I’ve adapted from the original note from the chemist’s shop.
We use this basic recipe for creating our body butters for home use. A body butter combines rich, moisturizing natural plant “butters” and oils with your favorite essential oil. These easy-to-make skin luxuries provide natural, concentrated, easy-to-use skin solutions you can use daily. Essential oils can enhance any body butter recipe, leaving your skin with a wonderful, subtle scent while providing unique benefits. What do you use body butters for?
- Hand care: Use these butters every day without the greasy feeling some lotions leave.
- Dry patches: Massage into dry, flaky heels, elbows, or other problem areas.
- Cuticles: Work into each finger and toe after soaking.
- Moisturizer: Warm butter in hands, and gently massage into neck, décolletage, face, and forehead.
- Shaving Balm: Warm and melt in hands, then massage into legs.
- Intense Hand/Foot Therapy: Apply thickly after soaking, then protect overnight with cotton gloves or socks.
Pure Vitamin E oil should contain 28,000 I.U. per fluid ounce. Any number less than this per ounce means the oil has been diluted.
These are incredible easy to make even for the non-cook (Sandy) in our house! We continue to experiment with the various food-grade essential oils when it comes to flavor. This recipe is divided for 3 different flavors: lemon, peppermint & lavender.
Standing in a steamy bathroom at 3 AM, holding a coughing little baby. Croup and coughs can put parents on a real emotional roller-coaster. Most of us parents have suffered through miserable nights alternating between steam, cold air, and chest rubs. We were following the suggestions of our doctors, health websites, and most importantly, the advice of our parents and grandparents.
Turns out study after study failed to find any indication that steam helps at all.
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