Tuesday, June 25, 2013

soothing lavender & peppermint foot oil {diy}

So if you've been hanging out here on our little blog for any amount of time, you may have noticed my obsession with essential oils. I blog about oils and make a LOT of stuff with them (here & here & here). But it's only because essential oils are ahh-mazing. Plain and simple. Have a headache? Rub peppermint oil on your temples. Muscle spasms? Massage wintergreen oil into the problem area. Troubles getting to sleep? Try valerian or lavender oil on the bottoms of your feet. Seriously, name the ailment, there's an essential oil ready to work its magic. And the best part is they are all natural. No chemicals. No crazy ingredients you can't pronounce. Essential oils are straight from mother earth.

Today's DIY is a treat for your feet.

Peppermint oil is a known pain-reliever...perfect for sore tootsies at the end of the day. It's also used to treat viral and fungal infections as well as skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Studies have shown that inhaling peppermint oil helps with respiratory conditions and also increased mental accuracy by 28%. Just don't get the stuff near your eyes. yowza. 

Lavender not only smells heavenly, but has been found to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing. It's also used to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, and scarring. It's one of the most calming essential oils. Studies have found it heightens relaxation, helps insomnia, reduces depression, AND improves cognitive performance. So it reduces stress AND increases alertness. You'll become like a relaxed monk ninja. (no studies have confirmed this.)

Other suggestions for your foot oil:
Tea Tree: antifungal, anti-inflammatory, & antimicrobial
Frankincense: antitumoral, immunostimulant, muscle relaxing, antidepressant
Grapefruit: detoxifying, antiseptic, rich in limonene (combats tumor growth), aids in fluid retention
Geranium: antibacterial, antifungal, improves blood flow, helps various skin conditions, menstrual problems/PMS, helps release negative memories & eases nervous tension
Patchouli: relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, prevents wrinkles/chapped skin, relieves itching 
Vetiver: anti-inflammatory, eases arthritic symptoms, relaxant, circulatory stimulant, eases anxiety/depression/insomnia
Wintergreen: anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, reduces blood pressure, eases muskoskelatal/muscle/nerve/arthritis pain


Here's what you need:


1.Clean out your empty bottle. I like using one with a pump, otherwise oils can get messy if the top isn't screwed on tightly. I used an old Mrs. Meyers hand soap bottle (the labels on those bottles come off really easy...and their soap is wonderful). Just make sure it's free of any soap before you start.
2.Add the carrier oil to your clean bottle. Jojoba and almond oils work great.
3.Add 20-30 drops each of lavender and peppermint (This depends on how much carrier oil you are using...you can add until you're happy with the scent.)
4.Tightly screw on the cap and shake the bottle really well.
5. Grab your note card and write whatever you'd like to call your creation on the front. (You can also punch a hole in the note card and tie it around the bottle instead of gluing it to the front.) Note: a heavier card stock works best for the label...regular paper weight has a tendency to wrinkle with collage pauge.
6.Cut the note card to desired size and cover the back completely with collage pauge (or mod podge).
7.Position the card on your bottle and cover with a thick coat of collage pauge. Hold in place for several minutes until the corners don't curl up.
8.Wipe off any excess collage pauge before it dries.
9.Let the label dry completely.
10.Wrap the hemp and any charms around the top of the pump. I used a little collage pauge to keep the hemp in place.

Last few thoughts: Today's post is my opinion and not intended to treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Please do your own research and use common sense {and listen to that little inner voice that is always there when you get really quiet...it's a wealth of knowledge}. My intent is to simply show my decision to use a more natural approach in helping with unwanted conditions, ailments, & diseases. All info about the oils I've mentioned above is found in the Essential Oils Desk Reference book. HIGHLY recommend if you're interested in essential oils. I have THIS version...though didn't pay near what they're asking for it now. {Yikes.} I will cross my fingers that you can find it waaay cheaper.

I'd love to hear what you think about essential oils. 
Do you use any? What? Why?

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