Warning: Do not use essential oils for external applications in pregnancy or for children under 3 years old without consulting a specialist.
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Peppermint applied externally has cooling and muscle-relaxing properties. These are invaluable where there is pain due to inflammation and/or muscle spasm
How to use
As peppermint essential oil added to any cream dealing with a recent injury (bruising after a fall, back strain, sprains, etc.) or for providing a gentle analgesic action.
Adults and children: Add 5-10 drops of the peppermint essential oil to 50g of a base cream
Caution needed if allergic to salicylates.
Birch is anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. It is used for all types of arthritis, including gout, especially if there is substantial swelling involved.
It can be combined with any other anti-rheumatic remedies.
How to take
Adults: 0.7-1.3ml diluted with some water, 2-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
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