Each year around this time, Chris succumbs to the effects of the season. It usually creeps up on him subtly with a runny nose coupled with congestion, itchy eyes and so forth. After a few days of discomfort, he will recognize that ’tis the season. In an effort to continue our quest of eliminating the synthetic chemicals from our home and bodies, this year we have turned to essential oils for seasonal support. And, man, has it served us well!
LLP (Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint) – The Master Combo for Seasonal Support
To Make LLP:
We are using equal parts of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils. I did make a synergy by combining 20 drops of each oil in an empty Peppermint bottle that I had saved. This way Chris can just grab 2 drops from the synergy to use. If in a pinch, he can easily take a drop of each single oil in his hand and apply that way too, but the synergy is the best.
To Use LLP:
When needed, he takes 2-3 drops of the synergy and applies them to his mastoid bone (the bone behind the base of the ear) and then down his jawline. He applies whatever is left in his hand on the back of his neck. Finally, he cups his hands over his nose and mouth and takes in 4-6 deep, slow breaths in order to put the lingering aromatic molecules on his hands to work. This application has worked wonders for him, and he has not needed any further support. If he did, we would also diffuse the combo in the evening after he has showered for bedtime.
A word to the newbies…Essential oils are extremely powerful. Chris and I have been using them for years. If you are just starting out, then I recommend you dilute this synergy before applying. Use just 1 drop of the synergy and 1-2 drops of a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.). Always start slow and you can add from there. The peppermint has a very cooling sensation on the skin. If it is uncomfortable for you, layer on more carrier oil. Never apply water if an essential oil feels uncomfortable (that will just drive it in faster), instead you want to add a carrier oil to slow the absorption process. Got it? Good!
I love LLP because it is effective. I love LLP because my husband no longer suffers through the season. I love LLP because I can see my husband’s gorgeous smile instead of a tissue. I love LLP because it is just one more instance in which I can reach for essential oils instead of synthetic chemicals.
And if that weren’t enough, it is also fun to have a little word play with it…
LLP…lovely little particles
LLP – life-saving, lemony phytochemicals
LLP – light liquid plant juice
LLP – long lasting preparedness
LLP – liquefied loving perfection
Enough fun! Seriously, we are stunned by its effectiveness and so grateful that we can depend on something that we trust to support our wellness.
Thanks for joining me for another Self Care Sunday!
You down with LLP??? I sure hope so, if you need seasonal support like Chris!
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