May 2019

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Essential Oils and Pain Relief

It feels a little bit odd sitting down to write about essential oils to relieve pain when I, myself, have enjoyed the most pain-free and stress-free morning possible. Alex Willis (a great friend and fellow dōTERRA enthusiast) and I were treated to a morning spa at Touching Lives, Riverside Rooms in Hampton. It was a treat first and foremost as I'd won the Spa package in a Raffle (GO ME). But it was an even greater treat because the experience gave us far more than we'd anticipated - a massage each (of our choice); bubbly (of the alcoholic variety); bubbles (of the hot tub variety); fresh fruit; pastries; a pond with Koi Carp; a beautiful roomy garden backing onto a quiet river (see above photo) and to top it off, a very obliging moggie who insisted on receiving attention. Perfect, I tell you, perfect!   

Chillaxin' with Symi, the moggie, post massage. You can just about see my right foot in the background...

To visit the spa (and I cannot recommend it highly enough if you live nearby), contact Carole through her website www.riversiderooms.co.uk.
And so on to the question of pain. And, specifically the use of essential oils to assist with pain relief. As we know, pain can be acute or can occur over a longer period of time. It may be related to a specific injury or issue, or it may be chronic, with ongoing sensations lasting for longer than three months. Pain can be localized, affecting a specific area of the body like a burn to the hand, or it can be general, like the overall body aches associated with the flu. The one thing we can be certain about is that pain is the body's way of telling us that something isn't right and needs attention. 

Essential oils can assist with all kinds of pain relief. They are selective and will naturally go where there is a need. As our whole body is made from cells, and essential oils have the ability to pass through the cellular membranes, they are effective when used for supporting pain by reducing inflammation, easing discomforts, anxiety and stress. When used topically, essential oils are absorbed into our tissues and blood stream, and go to work right where we need them

There is nothing I love more that being able to grab my oils and make a lotion or potion if I am feeling out of sorts. It's empowering! Hayfever kicked in? Try diffusing a combination of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oils. Blocked sinuses? Apply Air, the Respiratory Blend, to the chest and tip of the nose. Headache coming on? Grab Past Tense and apply to the nape of the neck and the temples. The possibilities are endless.

Here are some roller bottle recipes for pain relief. For each blend you will need a 10ml glass roller bottle and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Put the essential oils in the bottle first and then fill up to the top with the Fractionated Coconut Oil. All of these recipes are for adults (those over 17 years) but you can adapt the recipes for children by using fewer drops of essential oil. 
Muscular Pain
 
Muscle pain that lingers can be troublesome and uncomfortable. Apply to area of discomfort. 

7 drops Lavender
4 drops Deep Blue
4 drops Cypress
2 drops Ginger
3 drops Frankincense

Inflammation
 
This blend will aid in reducing inflammation for everyday minor common ailments. Apply as needed.

4 drops Lavender
4 drops Roman Chamomile
5 drops Cypress
2 drops Thyme
5 drops Frankincense

Head Pain
 
Designed to ease head discomfort and tension. Apply to the forehead, temples and the back of the neck as needed. 

5 drops Peppermint
3 drops Ginger
7 drops Frankincense
5 drops Lavender

Arthritic Pain
 
Essential oils are effective at soothing Arthritic pain as they have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Roll over location as needed. 

5 drops Cardamom
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Peppermint
5 drops Rosemary

Nerve Pain
 

Apply this blend to reflex points and areas of concern.

5 drops Lemongrass
5 drops Marjoram
5 drops Lavender
2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Eucalyptus 

Anti-Cramp
 
Suffering from cramps? Essential oils have properties to help soothe pain and increase circulation. Apply where needed.

4 drops Grapefruit
2 drop Basil
7 drops Peppermint
7 drops Lemongrass

 
Sixty Second Snippets

Sylvia and I have started posting a series of short videos in our Dotty's Oils Facebook Group. Our Sixty Second Snippets are be posted weekly and provide information about where dōTERRA essential oils are sourced, what they can be used for and how much they cost. So far we have provided information on Arborvitae, Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Blue Tansy and Cardamom.

If you are not a member of the Group, why not join us? 


https://www.facebook.com/groups/859259690908520/
Tried and Tested with Sylvia 
 
This month has seen me spending time with my family in London and Kent. Lovely weather over the Bank Holiday and a great day at the London Marathon, watching Liam’s partner completing the course. You may even have noticed that I recorded my Sixty Second Snippets in Rina’s living room!

We were able to make the Toner Face Pads together and try them out immediately. They are so easy to make (less that 30 seconds) and are gentle, cooling and leave your face feeling soft and nourished. I would highly recommend them and I have already made a second batch and included 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Rina agreed that the Toner Face Pads were super quick and easy to make and that they leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth. This is one of our favourite recipes yet!

Here’s the recipe:
Toner Face Pads

1.5 tbs Witch Hazel 
5 drops of Copaiba
5 drops of Melaleuca
5 drops of Frankincense
5 drops of Lavender 
1 tsp Water
Face Pads 
Container (with lid) for Face Pads

You could substitute the Lavender for Geranium (a great oil for skin). Or you could use Ylang Ylang if you have oily skin; Sandalwood if you have dry skin; or Roman Chamomile if you have dry, irritated and ageing skin. 

Place Face Pads in a container (I reused an old container for eye make-up remover pads). In a small bowl, mix together the Copaiba, Melaleuca, Frankincense and Lavender. Add the Witch Hazel and Water. Pour the liquid over the Face Pads and flip them around so that all of the liquid soaks in. Use as necessary, replacing the lid each time.

My next recipe was for Lemon or Lime Bars. Some of you may know that I have a bit of a sweet tooth so these definitely fitted the bill! I have adapted the recipe from an American book - so you’ll need to stick with either the metric or imperial measurements.
Lemon or Lime Bars

Crust
8oz/225g softened butter (not melted)
9oz/ 250g plain flour
2oz/ 60g icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Filling
4 eggs
14oz/400g sugar
3 tbs lemon or lime juice
1 tbs water
1oz/30g cornflour
6 drops Lemon or Lime essential oil

Topping (after baking)
2oz/ 60g icing sugar 
1 drop Lemon or Lime essential oil
  
Don't these look absolutely delicious?!
Mix butter, flour, icing sugar and salt together, either by hand or in a food processor (this won’t take long) until it resembles breadcrumbs and press into a lined 9’x13’ baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees/160 degrees fan oven for 15 mins. Whilst baking, whisk eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon or lime juice, essential oil, water and cornflour and stir. Pour mixture over part baked crust and bake for a further 25-30 mins. Allow to cool slightly. Mix icing sugar and essential oil in a small bag and sprinkle over the top, using a sieve. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. 

What can I say? These bars are absolutely scrummy and freeze well. Not ideal if you are trying to cut down on sugar, though! Mike snaffled three in one go and that's a pretty good endorsement, in my book.

Last month I promised an update on the allergy blend from the previous month. Its a good instant reliever and works quickly but needs the additional support of other products - I would suggest our allergy blend Triease for this.

 
Make and Take Workshops
 
Are you interested in moving towards creating a non-toxic home environment for you and your family? Would you rather know exactly what is in your kitchen spray, bathroom cleaner, hand wash etc.? Come and join us for one of our Make and Take Workshops - we will provide the containers, the materials, the essential oils and the recipes needed to allow you to make a selection of five cleaning products to get your home in ship shape condition. Cost: £35.

10th May and 6th June in Ystrad Mynach

9th May and 19th June in Surbiton

Places are limited. To book your place, follow this link:


https://www.dottys-oils.com/workshops

May Promotions

FREEBIE OILS for New Customers

Enrol with your own account this month (it costs £24 and you'll then get a 25% discount on all of your purchases) and you'll get free oils! You can choose from Grapefruit, Lime, Rosemary, Lemon, Cedarwood, Fennel, Lemongrass, Wild Orange, Clove and Eucalyptus.

Place a 100PV Order - get one oil for free.

Place a 200PV Order - get two oils for free

Don't know what a 100PV or 200PV order looks like? Ask me and I'll point you in the right direction. All of the Enrolment Kits are over 100PV! 


http://doterraeveryday.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Enrollment-Kit-Flyer_EU_091318-002.pdf
 
The Product of the Month is Wild Orange (calming, uplifting, warming, refreshing. Easily one of my favourite oils. Can be ingested, diffused or applied topically).

Save 10% when you purchase Purify (ideal for replacing bad odours - I pop a few drops onto a cotton wool ball and place them in my trainers... when I'm not wearing them!)

Receive the FREE product of the month by placing an LRP order of 125 PV or more between 1-15 May 2019.
What’s In Store Next Month?

I will be providing a snapshot of the new and exciting products coming out later this year. 

Sylvia will be testing a healing foot gel and a natural floor cleaner.

Wishing you all a happy and pain-free May. See you in June!
Rina Bailey

Dotty's Oils 
Wellness Advocate 
Mobile: 07816113083
E-Mail: rina@dottys-oils.com
Website: www.dottys-oils.com
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