Ouch! - Gentle Blend
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), Rosalina (Melaleuca ericafolia), Palmarosa (Cymbopobon martinii), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum), Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Medication? Contraindicated Orally: Antidepressants/CYP2B6 substrates, Diabetes medication
A gentle blend of essential oils noted to help soothe minor aches and pains. The oils in this blend are suitable for children, the elderly and those with sensitive skin.
Ouch! essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Antihistaminic (may neutralize histamine and hold further production in check)
Blood clots, minor
Bones, minor injuries
Calming to CNS
Digestion, stimulates appetite, cramps, gas,nausea
Ears, impairment, loss, over sensitive, ringing
Eczema, dyshidrotic, nummular
Energy, mental and physical
Female reproductive disorders
Fungus, skin issues, ears, dandruff, dysentery
Hearing, impairment, loss, over sensitive, ringing
Inflammation (cooling) aches, pains, especially of the skin, respiratory, sciatica, digestive and nervous systems
Insect bites and stings, deterrent (apply topically, diffuse, spray)
Joint aches, pain
Ligaments, injured, torn
Menstrual cramps, PMS
Muscle, minor aches, injury, pain, sore, spasms, torn
Parasites, round worms, tape worms, hook worms, thread worms
Relaxing and uplifting
Respiratory system, congestion, infection, mucus
Skin: bruises, burns, cuts, eczema (stress-related), infection, irritation, inflammation, itching, grazes, psoriasis (nervous), rashes, sunburn, wounds
Sprains and strains
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
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: Ouch! 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" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Contraindicated Orally: Antidepressants/CYP2B6 substrates, Diabetes medication
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1. Ouch! is now our go-to oil for our 5-year-old daughter's severe growing pains. We used to use PainX or Resolve, and Ouch! works every bit as well, yet is a gentler formulation. So we now prefer it for her. After 5 to 10 minutes, she starts to settle down and then can drift back to sleep. I've also tested it on my sciatica, and it worked excellently. But since Ouch! is a more costly blend, we reserve it for our daughter. Linda, thanks so much for formulating it! - Brenda
Medication? Contraindicated Orally: Antidepressants/CYP2B6 substrates, Diabetes
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. 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 are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2011, page 133.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013.