Ancient Chinese Remedy
White Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Osmanthus absolute (Osmanthus fragrans) in a 40% base of Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum), Emu and Arnica infused olive oil, which are known to help soothe aching muscles and joints.
Children? Not suitable for children under 10 due to Wintergreen. See Safety information below for more details. Consider HEO's Gentle Blends.
Pregnancy/Lactation? Not suitable due to Wintergreen. Consider HEO's Gentle Blends.
If you would like this blend without the carrier oils added, consider HEO's Sinus Relief blend.
Tamanu oil is known to soothe the skin and help relieve irritations (due to its antiseptic properties). It is hydrating (softens the skin) and helps regenerate skin cells. Tamanu has anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful to relieve rheumatism, eczema and inflammatory skin conditions.
The origin of a similar blend dates back more than a thousand years to the era of the Tong Dynasty. Ancient Chinese Remedy is used to soothe aching muscles and stiff joints. Applied to the temples and back of the neck, it often relieves headaches. (Use caution applying near the eyes since they may be irritated by the strong aroma.)
Ancient Chinese Remedy is antiseptic for surface sores, infections and helps relieve inflammation of insect bites and stings. It may help resolve fungal infections (athlete’s foot). It has been reported to be helpful for rheumatism and arthritic pain, toothaches, cold sores, poison ivy, itching, swelling, stiff neck, muscle pain, bruises and sprains. One person commented that it “works better than aspirin for a headache and is quick to open up sinuses.”
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
Topical: 60% of Ancient Chinese blend is essential oils, so depending on the usage, dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.
Inhalation: Not suitable to diffuse (due to the carrier oils). For congestion or just to enjoy aroma diffused in the air, many prefer to diffuse this aroma of essential oils in a cool-air diffuser. Since it is not suitable to diffuse carrier oils, we offer this essential oil blend minus the carrier oils in a blend we call Sinus Relief.
1. I'm "addicted" to this beautiful blend. It soothes my aching muscles, relieves headaches and opens my sinuses. I find it very uplifting too. Since it's already diluted, I have found that I can apply it to my throat when I get drowsy while driving. It's a nice pick-me-up and helps me feel alert until I reach my destination or a place where I can get some rest.
2. I use two or three drops for a sore throat or to settle the stomach.
3. I recently heard about HEO and I was so excited that they are so affordable. So last week I made my first order, and a few days later I woke up with a sore throat and an upset stomach. I took colloidal silver all day but didn't feel a whole lot improved by bed-time, and then I remembered my oils! I decided to try Ancient Chinese remedy, and I put a little on my feet and diffused some in the room. [Sarah diffused Sinus Relief, which is the same essential oils without the carrier oils.] When I woke up the next morning I felt great! No sore throat and absolutely no symptoms! Thanks so much for producing such great quality oils at such affordable prices! - Sarah
Birch/Wintergreen Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, GERD, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).
Birch/Wintergreen Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch/Wintergreen can be toxic. 5mls of Birch/Wintergreen is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL.
Oral Caution: GERD disease, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).
Tisserand writes about Wintergreen:
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
White Camphor: Julia Lawless wrote that White Camphor is relatively non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating. Tisserand/Young notes in Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Professionals 2nd edition (p. 228) that the “hazard” with White Camphor is skin sensitization if oxidized.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Lawless, J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils,1992, page 69.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 215, 228.