Black Spruce (Picea mariana), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Juniperberry (Juniperus communis), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis ct decumbens), Helichrysum (italicum)
Children? Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children under 10 years. Oral use not recommended for children under 5. Diffuse with care (about 2 drops) around 3-6 year old children. Consider HEO's Ouch! Gentle Blend.
Medication/Health Issues? Oral incompatibility with High Blood Pressure medication, Cardiac Fibrillation, Cigarette Smoking (inhalation risk).
Arctic Ice essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function.
Muscle, minor aches and pain
Nerves, minor aches and pain
Pain, including deep tissue pain
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil, unscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.
Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Internal: Arctic Ice is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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1. I was running errands in town one day and began to get a migraine. Vertigo and nausea were setting in, and since I was driving my situation was difficult. I happened to have Arctic Ice in a roller-ball applicator with me. I rolled it on my temples and base of neck. It did seep into one eye, and although “painful” I knew it wouldn’t cause permanent damage. Actually, it got into the eye with the worst of the migraine pain and seemed to help wipe out the pain. Within 45 minutes, my migraine pain and all the other symptoms had vanished. –Linda
2. I have a 19-year-old daughter that has bad cramps from her menstrual cycle. She gets to the point where she has to roll up in a ball, gets very nauseous and throws up. She has used Arctic Ice for two months now, and both months it has been the only thing that has calmed her cramps. I put it in a roller-ball applicator for her, and we roll it over her lower back and abdomen. She begs me never to run out of it. Thank you! - Annie
3. Nerve pain or Arctic Ice works great for my tennis elbow. - Donna
Children Caution due to Peppermint: Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children. Oral use not recommended for children under 5. Diffuse with care (about 2 drops) around 3-6 year old children.
Medication Caution: High Blood Pressure, Antibiotics (Dr Jean Valnet noted that oils high in aldehydes, ketones and alcohols may inactivate antibiotics.)
Smoking: Inhalation of Peppermint (high in menthol), will cause increased lung permeability of nicotine. Menthol also slows the ability to clear nicotine from the body. Those who smoke should allow several hours to elapse between cigarette use and inhalation of high menthol essential oils. (Tisserand/Young, page 185.)
Cardiac Fibrillation: As a cautionary measure, essential oils high in menthol (Peppermint) are best avoided because menthol has been associated with destabilization of heart rhythm. Tisserand notes that "exposure to menthol is not associated with any increase in morbidity or mortality in this population. (Tisserand/Young, page 656.)
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. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, (2014), Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, UK, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition, page 185, 387, 656.
Valnet, Jean (2012-05-31), The Practice of Aromatherapy, Ebury Publishing, page 39.