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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)

Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Lactation? Suitable

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.

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or cream and apply to area of concern or as desired. This blend works well with a roll-on applicator.

Inhalation:  Suitable to diffuse, but blended for pain issues which lend themselves to topical application.

Internal: Not recommended for children. The quality of the oils used in 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. Click here for more information about internal usage.

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. Thanks so much for formulating it, Linda! - Brenda

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.

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.