I got my first essential oils over four years ago. I was a total skeptic but my theory was “it doesn’t hurt to try!”
Now, four years later I think I can finally put myself in the fully convinced category.
Though, fully convinced doesn’t mean that I think every essential oil works, or that every blend will work for every person. Just like Tylenol works better for some people and Advil works better for others I think the same idea is true for essential oils.
Unlike a lot of essential oil users, I’m not loyal to one oil company. I have had five companies that I’ve purchased from since the beginning of my time using oils and I think each has their benefits.
I purchased some roller bottles awhile ago and have been creating my own blends and wanted to share a few of them here over the next while.
If you are looking to buy some roller bottles I’d highly recommend looking for ones with stainless steel balls (they work so much better), and either colored or amber bottles. Light can affect the lifespan of oils, I made the mistake of buying my first bottles in clear so I keep them in a roller bottle case.
One of my favorite blends so far has been this one. I first labeled “headache”, but had I known how multi-purpose it was going to be I would have labeled it “miracle”.
So far I’ve used and loved this blend for: headaches (especially tension headaches, which are pretty much the only kind I get), joint pain and muscle soreness.
The normal peppermint concoction most people recommend for headaches doesn’t work for me so I’ve been so happily surprised that this blend works so well!
When I have joint pain it is usually in my knees and ankles so I roll it on there are it seriously starts to help within a few minutes.
The blend is super simple and just requires five essential oils and a carrier oil.
Here’s a little bit of the claimed benefits of each of the oils in the blend:
Peppermint: antibacterial, works as an anti-inflammatory
Spearmint: promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset, promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood
Add the drops to a 10ml roller bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil.
Add the roller ball, close the lid and shake. Oil is then ready to use.
When needed, roll oil over sensitive area.
* Because of the eucalyptus oil this blend isn’t recommended for kids under ten years of age. Full disclosure: I have actually used this on my daughter for growing pains. She is seven and eucalyptus isn’t recommended for kids under ten (and I believe peppermint isn’t for kids under six). I have done my own research and am personally okay with such a small exposure once in a while but I would highly recommend doing your own research.** My personal preference for carrier oil is grapeseed oil. It has a good shelf life and is a great price (it’s also a great massage oil!). My other favorite carrier is almond oil but because we have friends that have nut allergies I stick with grapeseed. (I know a lot of others like fractionated coconut oil but my daughter has a sensitivity to coconut so that one is also out for us.)