Autumn is a good time to be enjoying the fall colors with a nice hike or a bike ride. Playing sports with friends. This is also a good time for yard work and house repairs. Lots of autumn activities that could result in tired, overworked muscles. We have these issues during all seasons. Winter months may have snow shoveling and winter sports like skiing, sledding, etc.
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Improper or excessive use and tension of muscles can lead to symptoms of overworked muscles hours later. When muscles undergo excessive tension for a length of time, muscle fatigue, stiffness, and aches may be experienced.

Young Living has several products that are helpful in supporting tired achy muscles.

PanAway –
PanAway is a blend of wintergreen, which has an active principle similar to cortisone; clove, which contains eugenol, used by dentists to numb gums; peppermint, calming for nerves; and helichrysum, soothing to overworked muscles.

PanAway is a wonderful oil blend to have on hand for those days when you get a little too much exercise, play sports or work too hard.

Apply on location for muscles, compress on the spine, rub on reflexology points of feet.

Ortho Sport –
A stronger version of Ortho Ease, Ortho Sport Massage Oil is designed for both professional and amateur athletes, as well as anyone who works or plays hard. Ortho Sport Massage Oil has a higher phenol content, which has been used traditionally to produce a warming sensation and provide relief to tired muscles.

Ortho Sport contains:
Grapeseed oil, wheatgerm oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, wheatgerm oil, vitamin E, and pure therapeutic-grade essential oils of birch, juniper, marjoram, red thyme, vetiver, peppermint, eucalyptus australiana and lemongrass.

Wintergreen
A refreshing, minty, sweet aroma is stimulating and invigorating. Great addition to lotions and ointments that are applied after activity.
Includes the naturally occurring constituent methyl salicylate.

Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil comes from Young Living’s new Northern Lights Farm in British Columbia, Canada.

Northern Lights Black Spruce can also be applied anywhere, including to the bottoms of feet, along the spine, back of neck, or used for massage. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, camphene, and beta-pinene.

Apply to bottoms of feet, along the spine, back of neck, or wherever desired or use for massage.

Suggested Use
Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6 oil. Apply to desired area as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 30 minutes 3 times daily.

Essential Oils can be soothing for overworked muscles.
A few options:

Muscle Relaxing Oils:
Basil, German Chamomile, helichrysum, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, Aroma Siez

Analgesic Oils: Bergamot, wintergreen, helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, PanAway, peppermint, Cool Azul, Deep Relief


How to prepare your own High-Powered Massage Oil:

Add these formulas to 4 oz. V-6 Mixing oil or Massage oil base.

Cooling and Soothing blend 1

Recipe:
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 2

3 drops lavender
4 drops cypress
3 drops wintergreen
4 drops marjoram
5-6 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 3
10 drops wintergreen
10 drops peppermint
10 drops marjoram
8 drops elemi
8 drops vetiver
5 drops helichrysum
5 drops cypress

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 4
20 drops wintergreen
15 drops marjoram
10 drops juniper
10 drops cypress
6 drops spruce

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

You can add these formulas to 4 oz. of Ortho Ease to strengthen its effects.

Sports Massage Oil
16 drops Roman chamomile
8 drops peppermint essential oil
8 drops orange essential oil
8 drops ravintsara essential oil

Add essential oils to 4 oz carrier oil. Massage as needed.

These oils can also be added to the cream or salve recipe below.

Making a Salve or Cream
SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup of Oil Mixture- a combination of…
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat.

Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife to make sure contents stay well mixed.

Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

How to Make Hot and Cold Compresses

Preparing for a hot compress:
Fill a bowl with very hot water.
Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oil.
Dip a folded piece of sterile cotton cloth into the prepared water.
Squeeze out excess water.
Place the moistened cloth onto the affected area until it reaches body temperature.
Repeat steps 3 through 5 two to three times.

Preparing for a cold compress, replace hot water with ice cold water and follow with steps 2 through 6.

Carrier oils are usually overlooked because they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of other essential oils, but they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils. Let’s take a closer look at these carriers and why they deserve a place on the shelf of anyone who uses and loves essential oils.

What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources and have a neutral smell. They aren’t volatile like essential oils, which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application.

What aren’t carrier oils?

Vegetable shortening, butter, and margarine are best left in the kitchen—they’re not intended for topical use. Mineral oil and other petroleum derivatives like petroleum jelly should also not be used as carrier oils.

How are carrier oils used?

Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. This can make them too strong to apply undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong aroma, making them the perfect pair for diluting especially strong essential oils—reducing the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic qualities. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its concentration before applying.

Like other substances that are high in fat, carrier oils have a limited shelf life, meaning that eventually they can go bad. Depending on the type, oils with a short shelf life should typically be used within six months, while oils with a longer shelf life may stay good for up to a year. It’s important to store oils in their original air-tight containers in a cool, dark place, such as the pantry, to maximize shelf life.

Carrier oils can vary widely in their consistency, absorption, aroma, shelf life, and other characteristics. Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties, so you can mix and match until you find the blend that’s just right for you!

Get to know some of the more popular carrier oils!

Grapeseed Oil

Light and thin consistency
Well suited for massages; leaves a light glossy film over the skin
Moisturizing
High in linoleic acid
Relatively short shelf life

Sweet Almond Oil*

Slightly sweet, nutty aroma
Medium consistency
Absorbs relatively quickly; leaves a slight hint of oil on the skin
Rich in vitamin E and oleic acid
Moisturizing
Good all-purpose carrier oil

*Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

V-6 Carrier Oil – A proprietary formula from Young Living Essential Oils, combining fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil (contains a lot of vitamin E and acts as a natural preservative), sunflower oil, and olive oil Moisturizes and nourishes the skin An excellent carrier oil for all your best essential oils and applications

**Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

Jojoba Oil

Slightly nutty aroma
Medium consistency
Superior, non-greasy absorption, similar to the skin’s natural oils
Moisturizing for skin and hair
Long shelf life

Olive Oil

Popular, easy-to-find oil used in both topical and culinary applications
Thicker consistency; leaves an oily feel on the skin
Stronger aroma
Good source of oleic acid (omega fatty acid)
Relatively short shelf life

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Unlike coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature
No noticeable aroma
Absorbs well; leaves skin feeling silky and moisturized; non-greasy
High in essential fatty acids
Long shelf life

Coconut Oil

Solid at room temperature
Distinct coconut aroma
Solid white color
Leaves a moisturizing, oily feeling layer on top of the skin
Long shelf life

Cocoa Butter

Solid and difficult to work with at room temperature
Best used when melted and blended with other carrier oils
Sweet, chocolate aroma

Shea Butter

Solid at room temperature
Nutty aroma
Cream colored
Moisturizing to skin and hair; leaves behind a moisturizing, waxy-feeling layer