The snow has finally arrived in Denver and I can feel the cold seep into my muscles and joints. I make this blend to use for guasha or cupping, as it is warming and alleviates aches and pains. This oil can also be massaged into sore muscles- but I recommend using gloves, as this blend contains essential oils that are known to cause irritation and redness of the skin. If you don’t use gloves, wash your hands thoroughly before you touch any delicate mucus membranes (eyes, mouth, genitalia). I learned this the hard way…many times!
Warm Those Achy Muscles Blend
3 drops artemisia alba essential oil (warming, enters all primary meridians)
3 drops st. john’s wort essential oil (cooling, uplifts spirit, reduces nerve and muscle pain)
2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil (warming, tonifies kidneys and mingmen)
2 drops pine essential oil (warming, transforms cold, reduces aches and pains)
Dilute essential oils in 1 ounce carrier oil (apricot, olive or sesame). Pour into glass bottle with dropper lid. Drop 4-8 drops into your gloved palm and massage into painful muscles or joints.
Caution: This will cause redness and irritation of the skin. If warming is too intense, lather area with coconut oil or soap. Rinse skin and apply unscented lotion or cream.
May this blend warm you, body and soul.
When energy flows, wellness grows
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