DIY: Homemade Allergy Relief Balm

DIY: Allergy Balm #LLP #EO #essentialoils #natural #health
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I am a seasonal allergy sufferer. It seems like every time the weather/season changes I start sneezing, my eyes get itchy and my nose gets runny and congested. Since I’ve begun learning more about essential oils, I’ve been looking for more and more ways to make my own home remedies rather than heading to the drugstore. I discovered this Allergy Balm while browsing Pinterest and knew I found an idea I wanted to try.

Lavender, Lemon + Peppermint (LLP)

What makes this balm so effective against allergies are the blend of essential oils lavender, lemon and peppermint. Together these three oils create a natural antihistamine which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and eases allergy symptoms.

I purchased the doTERRA introductory kit a while back which just happens to include LLP!

DIY: Allergy Balm #LLP #EO #essentialoils #natural #health

Here’s a little more info about these 3 oils:

Lavender: Helps eliminate nervous tension, relieves pain and respiratory problems. It’s also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Lemon: Is a natural anti-biotic, antiviral, antiseptic, and disinfectant.
Peppermint: Contains menthol which helps clear the respiratory tract and has a cooling effect on the body. Because it is an expectorant, it provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief from nasal congestion, asthma, cold and cough.

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You can use the LLP combination in a number of different ways. You can take it internally using gel caps or make a body oil. I decided to try making a balm to rub into the bottoms of my feet and apply to any irritated areas.

Supplies Needed

• 3 tablespoons candelilla wax (or 1/4 cup beeswax)
• 1/3 cup almond oil
• 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
• 1/2 tablespoon vitamin E oil
• *25 drops each of lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils
• Popsicle stick
• Small tins or glass jars

*Note: Peppermint has a much stronger scent and overpowered the lemon and lavender. Next time I will try using less. Maybe only 15 drops instead of 25.

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Combine the almond, coconut and vitamin E oil in a mason jar. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place it on medium-high heat. Place mason jar into the water to create a double boiler. Bring water to a boil, turn down heat and let simmer. Once the coconut oil is completely melted, add in the wax. Let wax melt and add in the essential oils. Use a popsicle stick to stir mixture.

DIY: Allergy Balm #LLP #EO #essentialoils #natural #health

Pour into small containers and let cool completely.

DIY: Allergy Balm #LLP #EO #essentialoils #natural #health

How To Apply:

Whenever you feel the allergy itch coming on, rub this balm into the bottoms of my feet, the base of my skull/neck and apply to any irritated skin areas like around your eyes and nose.

Optional: Decorate your tin/jar with some pretty wash tape!

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DIY: Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend

DIY: Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend #essentialoils #wellness

Last winter I treated myself to a Doterra starter kit and fell in love with the lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils. I use the lavender to ease headaches and help me sleep. The peppermint is great for nausea or upset stomach and I love using the lemon to lighten my mood and give me a fresh outlook. I’ve found using essential oils to be a great natural alternative to over-the-counter medications.

Last September I started working part-time at Molly Muriel Apothecary, and have become more and more interested in essential oils and discovering new ways to use them. I’ve tried them in my own incense blends with herbs; I use them in my bath and even made up my own bath salts.

As a woman who suffers from severe PMS and painful periods every month, I wondered if there was a natural way to ease cramps and other symptoms associated with menstruation. After doing a bit of research I found some different herbs and oils to try, so I decided to make my own essential oil blend to use along with a heat compress during my period.

Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend

Adapted from Natural Fertility Info

• 15 drops German chamomile
• 20 drops clary sage
• 20 drops sweet marjoram
• 10 drops rose
• 10 drops lavender
• sweet almond oil
• 4 oz dark glass bottles

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Fill your bottles about ¾ full with the almond oil. Then add in your essential oils. If you’re new to blending essential oils, be sure to take your time and carefully count each drop. Depending on what brand/bottle of oil you purchase, you’ll use either an eyedropper or some bottles come with a built in dropper. You can see in the photos that I have both. Make sure to only use 100% pure, natural oils. If you live in the Portland area, I recommend visiting me at Molly Muriel Apothecary! Or a great online source for herbs and oils is Mountain Rose.

DIY: Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend #essentialoils #wellness
DIY: Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend #essentialoils #wellness

Once you’ve added in all the essential oils, fill the bottle the rest of the way with almond oil (or insert a pump). To use, apply the oil to your lower abdomen when experiencing menstrual pain/cramps. Place a towel or cloth on top of the oil, then apply a heat compress using a heating pad.

Some more info about the oils I chose:

  • German Chamomile: Reduces inflammation. This oil is deep blue in color due to the presence of azulene. It also has pain-reducing effects, helps calm the nerves, reduces anger, irritability and depression.
  • Clary Sage: Relaxes the nerve impulses, reducing muscle spasms and cramps. Furthermore, it reduces symptoms like bloating, mood swings and food cravings by balancing hormones; and also helps calm the nerves, eases stress and depression.
  • Sweet Marjoram: Reduces pain on all levels. It helps to regulate menses and provides relief for other symptoms associated with periods like headache, dizziness and mood swings.
  • Rose: Also an antidepressant and antispasmodic. It stimulates hormone secretions, which trigger menstruation and can be particularly helpful for those who suffer from obstructed or irregular periods. It also eases cramps, nausea and fatigue while reducing pain associated with menstruation.
  • Lavender: Eases nerves, anxiety, headaches, depression and stress. It induces sleep and helps reduce pain.
  • For more info visit: organicfacts.net
DIY: Crimson Tide Essential Oil Blend #essentialoils #wellness

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Use caution:

  • Do not use this oil blend if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Test the oil blend on a small portion of your skin first. If you experience any sensitivity or irritation, do not use.
  • Always use a carrier oil (like almond, coconut, or olive) when using essential oils. You don’t want to apply them directly to your skin.
  • I am not a doctor or professional herbalist by any means, so I cannot guarantee this oil blend will work for you. Consult your doctor before using essential oils.