I just had to share another essential oil story. As you know if you read any of my previous posts, my two-year-old Cookie doesn’t sleep very well. For the last five nights, she’s been going to bed 1 – 1 1/2 hours earlier than normal. Night 1 was pretty good and I was encouraged. Nights 2 and 3 were not so great. Night 4 (night before last), she did pretty well but when she woke up at 5:30am, I knew she up for the day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite ready to be awake so I turned on Disney Jr., gave her a sippy cup and her bear and told her to let Mommy take a nap on the couch. She did and when I woke up my other two girls were up too. But I couldn’t move. I had a horribly stiff neck.
I heated my rice pack and wrapped it around my neck. I took Advil. I took hot showers. I had my husband massage my neck/shoulders. Nothing. My neck was stuck to right and I couldn’t really look up (fortunately everyone – except The Big Guy – is shorter than me here at home so I could still see what was going on).
After another rough night last night (mostly due to the literal pain in my neck), my neck was still stiff and painful. Of course I had tried various essential oils yesterday but nothing was working very effectively. So today I determined to research a little more. I found lots of references online to proprietary blends that I don’t own but as I was reading the ingredients in these blends a few oils kept popping up.
I decided to make my own blend just now and I can move my neck – and have no pain (just a little soreness) – for the first time in 24 hours!
Here’s what I did.
Then I just started massaging it into my neck and shoulders as far as I could reach. I’m confident that as I continue to massage this oil blend throughout the day that soreness will continue to dissipate. I plan to reapply the oils every 3-4 hours.
Why these three oils?
- Rosemary contains camphor which is great for improving circulation and is often used for aching muscles.
- While eucalyptus does not contain camphor, the properties are similar and eucalyptus is also often used for achy muscles, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Wintergreen has a lot of great uses. The reason I chose it for this blend is that it is anodyne which means that is will get rid of pain and induce relaxation. Perfect for stressed and sore muscles!
(Remember you can buy these oils from Spark Naturals and get 10% off using the code plainjane.)