Oils for warming the body

Oils for warmth. 🔥

Why has this never occurred to me before?

Both of my girls played early morning soccer games this morning with temps here in Northern Tennessee in the 40s and wind that will cut right through you.

I had an impulse this morning to look and see if there was such a thing as oils for warming the body. I checked a couple of my essential oil references.

They both named the same five oils! Black pepper, oregano, rosemary, marjoram and juniper. One reference mentioned cinnamon bark and thyme as well, but I have found them to be too hot when applied topically so I steered clear of them all together. I opted not to use oregano either for the same reason.

The oils listed make so much sense because they all help the get the blood pumping which is what keeps us warm. They are known as rubefacient oils which are defined as “substances for topical application that produces redness of the skin (if not diluted properly) by causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation.

I mixed them up, diluting well at 4:1 (four drops carrier oil for each drop of EO.) I’m calling this my “warm roller.” I applied it to my extremities – hands and feet. It smells herb-y and earthy.

Edited to add: I was concerned about experiencing redness to the skin or skin sensitivity sense a few of these are considered hot oils but had no issues. I was not as cold as I expected to be during the games which could be the oils or could be because I was prepared and layered well.

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