Frankincense (Boswelia frereana/carterii), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Fleabane (Erigeron candensis), Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Children? Do not use on or near the face of an infant or young child.
Pregnancy/Lactation? Tisserand/Young notes that Myrrh is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation.
Tight, sore, aching muscles and spasms.
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.
Inhalation: This blend is suitabel to Diffuse, but for muscle issues, topical application is preferred.
Internal: River CP 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.
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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.