Luxurious Peppermint/Clove Massage Lotion
I’ve settled on a favorite blend for giving Massage. The Peppermint and clove oil are analgesics. The clove has such a comforting smell. To this I add a few drops of Rosemary oil-which smells great and is great for tight muscles. To round it out I use Lavender essential oils to give the smell balance. Lavender is also more gentle on the skin
than the other oils and creates a bit of a buffer so the other oils don’t irritate the skin.
A word about Peppermint essential oil.
It smells lovely and has many healing properties-but one can have too much of a good thing. You only need a few drops and never put it directly on the skin.
I recall a few years ago, before I took a course on safely using essential oils, I experimented with putting steamy hot towels on my client’s face like they do in the salon where I get my hair cut. I had the brilliant idea to add Peppermint to the towel because I liked how it smelled. Even with only using a few drops it stung my client’s eyes. It’s very hard to relax when your eyes sting. Lesson learned. Thankfully that client forgave me and still sees me for Massage. (Thanks KK if you are reading this) It was really a good thing I took the Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists course and hopefully won’t commit such an error again.
This month I am also trying out a new Cheerful Citrus Blend. This one features essential oils of Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange. These citrus oils are one little way to help beat back those Winter blahs. Orange oil is also anti-spasmodic and great for digestion. It is said that the Citrus oils are also great for the immune system. For how dry it is right now my clients are soaking up loads of essential oils.
In the Diffuser:
For the Winter months I have returned to my favorite Winter blend “Bayberry Balsam” from Sunleaf. It just smells right for the season and isn’t over whelming. Steamy Balsam fir is also great for the lungs and can help with breathing and sinus problems.
From the Sunleaf Website:
Add a touch of warmth to your home this holiday – with BayBerry Balsam.
BayBerry Balsam is a festive seasonal aroma featuring pure essential oils of aromatic balsam fir, spicy clove, and precious bayberry.
This Aromatherapy Blend is made from 100% pure essential oils, lot-tested and certified for purity. Use to scent pine cones or make seasonal potpourri, diffuse in an ultrasonic diffuser, or make your own recipes.
Available at the Wedge Co-Op.