My sweet husband is a trooper. He works a 40-hours-a-week job, comes home, takes care of the animals on our hobby farm, usually saves me from shipping the children off to boarding school, and never complains.
So, when he is in pain, I try to do my very best to help. A couple of days ago, he came to me saying that his right hip/low back was knotted up so bad he couldn’t hardly walk. Conveniently, I had just received my order of carrier oils for one of the blending exercises in Lesson 3.
Tamanu oil. Ever heard of it? Me neither. It’s fun to say though, right? Tamanu is really good for skin injuries and burns and inflammation. It has natural analgesic properties! All this in a carrier. Now, it’s not cheap, but it’s not ridiculously expensive either. And if you or a loved one are in serious pain, you don’t mind spending a little more on a healing carrier. I’m really working to get outside of my coconut oil box with carriers. So many have great healing powers on their own, and it’s great to utilize those abilities combined with oils. And if you are working with little-little ones, a healing carrier is all you need! No need to worry about over-working their tiny systems, just find a great carrier oil with properties you are looking for!
Ok, onto the blend. The assignment was to use oils high in monoterpenes (Lesson 1) and monoterpenols (Lesson 3) to create a blend. We were to decide on the therapeutic benefit to blend for. Since my poor husband was in pain and we were using this anti-inflammatory, analgesic carrier oil, I chose to blend something to release those really knotted up muscles and give him some pain relief.
This recipe is perfectly safe for children under 10 too, but I would half the dilution (half the number of drops, or double the amount of carrier, your choice). So if you have a kiddo that got a nasty bruise or has sore muscles from their sports or activities, try this one!
Relieve the Tension blend
1 oz Tamanu Oil
2 drops Basil linalol (ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)
5 drops Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
5 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
8 drops Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) — This is an amazing pain relieving oil, I keep this on hand all the time for headaches, growing pains, injuries, etc!
7 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Blend this all up into a 1 oz glass or PET bottle with a dropper or flip-top lid. Tamanu is liquid, but quite thick, and a dropper works very well to putting it where you want it. Apply 3-4 times a day for up to a week as this is a more concentrated blend. If you need to use it longer than that, half the dilution (half the number of drops or double the amount of carrier).
I hope you never need this one, but if you do, combine this with some heat therapy and an Epsom salt compress and get some relief!
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