Sunday, January 12, 2014

Essentials

Time is moving way too fast. I feel like I'm sleepwalking or something. I don't know how months are going by and then BAM its 2014. January is here. Oh and it's already the 12th. WTF. What am I doing? Where the hell did Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas go?

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I have discovered some uses of essential oils. (If I've posted about this...well here I go again because as I say above I don't know where time has gone and my memory is gone with it I guess.) Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils are amazing. Last year (2012..) for Christmas, Joe got me a set of 6 oils. I wanted to try them since I've heard some people use them for head pain and such. Well, as a Chiarian you and I know that head pain is and can be the worst ever and sometimes ice packs are our only friends. One day I tried the eucalyptus oil. I put a few drops on a cotton ball and rubbed it on my temples, forehead, and neck. Within seconds those areas began to get cold. A very cool sensation. It was cooling and relaxing the area. After a few minutes it was easing the head and neck pain. It didn't completely get rid of it, but it was bearable. It was like a friggin miracle. It felt amazing. I felt like I was cheating on my ice pack though. After the oil sort of wore off, the pain was almost gone. Partly because the head pain itself had been gone and because I was relaxed I guess from the oil. Next time I had bad head pain, I tried it again. Needless to say, I went through the small bottle of eucalyptus oil very fast. Joe joked that we can never go to Australia now because I'll be attacked by the Koalas.

I tried the Peppermint oil after the other ran out. It works just as great. You will smell like a candy cane for a bit. There were days when I had to use both oil and ice pack. And reapply the oil a few times throughout the day. But, like I said, it helps ease the pain enough that you're not laying in bed all day (Most of the time). I'd definitely recommend trying it. You can dilute it with water if you want to try it that way. Google directions on that. I tried it without diluting it. Purchased mine here: Amazon
EDIT/to above. Information on diluting oils: National Association for Holistic Therapy 

So this year (2013..) for Christmas, Joe got me 2 bottles of eucalyptus and a peppermint. My sister, Karen, made me a microwave/ice rice bag with eucalyptus and a locket with eucalyptus in it.
Mom got me some Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint/Mint Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash. $10 per bottle regular price.
John Frieda also has one called Root Awakening. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Target, Rite Aid etc..

Now this brand has a different effect. I love this and the B&BW. Both are great for stress relief and help with head pain in the shower. However, this one is cheaper, about $3-5 per bottle. And it also gives the cooling/ice affect when you leave it on for a minute or so. Definitely better when your head hurts.

Have you tried using oils? What do you think? Do you have any other items you use? Let me know what you think!

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3 comments:

  1. I find Peppermint oil to be quite effective too.

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  2. I used peppermint oil last night, and even said to my husband, "I smell like a candy cane!!!" I use Young Living essential theraputic-grade oils. They're great. If anyone is interested, my e-mail address is jacquelinedonelan@gmail.com!

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  3. If you're going to dilute an oil, make sure you use another oil, such as fractionated coconut oil (optimal) or another vegetable oil.

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