This time of the year when the cold starts creeping in and the damp settles into the air again, a long lost winter friend, I like to use a massage blend to warm my skin in the morning instead of a body lotion.
I find complex essential oil blends a little overwhelming and prefer a simple blend, so I wanted to share this one, which I believe is perfect for this time of year. The blend contains just three essential oils, Lavender, Geranium and Eucalyptus but it has a wonderful warming fragrance that is both soothing and uplifting.
I would never have thought to combine eucalyptus, as with such a strong fragrance I thought it would be overpowering, but in fact it is not at all, and it is the eucalyptus that provides the punch in this little blend – it is also an ‘adaptogen’ bending to the bodies needs and does contain antibiotic, anti-fungal and slightly antiviral properties.
The merits of Lavender oil are well known, and Geranium is my ‘go-to’ oil for my general well being. My much loved and missed Nan, used to bring her Geraniums in for Winter – all lined up along the window sill and I think I find the smell a little nostalgic, as well as harmonising and healing.
This little blend is from The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Ann Worwood, first published in 1995, this remains my favorite book for Essential Oil blends and advice.
You will need…
- 30ml of base oil – I use Sweet Almond Oil, because it is cheap and works well as a massage carrier oil – do not use this if you have a nut allergy, try coconut, grape seed or sunflower oil, and always do a patch test first.
- 15 drops Geranium
- 10 drops Eucalyptus
- 5 drops Lavender
Mix the ingredients together and store in a dark glass bottle. Massage the oil into the skin when you come out of the shower in the morning, and use on tense shoulders and muscles last thing at night.