3 November 2018
Winter activities, pleasure and essentials…
Winters in Quebec are special. They are both a source of pleasure with the multiple sports and family activities that they allow, but also, a source of suffering with frostbite and arthritis and rheumathoid pain that they bring during temperatures oscillating towards -25º C.
We are well aware of the comforting virtues of hot chocolate after a great day of skiing or even chamomile tea which promotes relaxation after having shoveled for hours, but do we know the therapeutic alternatives of essential oils to relax and warm sore muscles?
Of course, there are a thousand and one pharmaceutical products that can relieve you, but for enthusiasts of pure and 100% natural products, the essential oils of balsam fir are excellent for rheumatic and neuralgic pain. However, it is important to use only a few drops (about 4 or 5 drops) in a good amount of vegetable oil (about 10 ml) such as sweet almond oil or argan oil.
Rosemary essential oil also has very good anti-rheumatic and anti-neuralgic capacities which makes it effective in massage on the joints, in the event of gout, osteoarthritis or muscle pain. However direct contact on the skin can cause irritation so it is strongly recommended to dilute it again with vegetable oil in a ratio of 3 drops of rosemary essential oil for at least 10 to 15 ml of vegetable oil .
For frostbite, we will mainly use lemon essential oil for massage which, in addition to leaving a refreshing smell on your skin, will promote blood circulation and treat arthritis pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory action.
Modes and precautions for use: External (massage, diffusion, bath) and internal (inhalation, culinary fragrance, grog). Keep out of reach of children. Do not administer to children under 3 years of age. Not recommended in the first three months of pregnancy. Photosensitizing oil, do not expose yourself to the sun during skin use. Mandatory dilution, because risk of skin irritation at high doses
And if you just want to spoil yourself a bit and relax from your week, why not treat yourself to a good hot bath (but not too hot!). Lavender essential oil is always popular.
So remember: always ask your doctor, pharmacist or naturopath before using essential oils and once the recommendations have been received, you can call Arbressence to get the products you need!