Black Spruce (Picea mariana), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Juniperberry (Juniperus communis) and Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis ct decumbens), Helichrysum (italicum)
January 2017: Now with true Helichrysum instead of Helichrysum Substitute Blend. The aroma will be slightly different, but the efficacy should remain the same :)
Children? 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. Consider HEO's Ouch! Gentle Blend.
This blend contains high anti-inflammatory components that may help to relieve deep tissue pain, sciatica and arthritic pain. It is calming to the nerves and alleviates skin and muscle soreness.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.
Internal: The quality of the oils used in Arctic Ice are suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate.
Oral Caution: While the Arctic Ice blend is suitable for internal use, 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 French doctors 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.
Click here for information about internal usage.
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.
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.