Some of you have been following along with our many home repairs and renovations lately.
I’m still trying to finish things up inside, but I have to parcel out my spoons carefully so I still have a BUTT-ton of trim to prime and paint.
In the meantime, we had our driveway repoured and in the process, all the old shrubs needed to come out. They weren’t what would be my choice anyway – holly bushes are beautiful, but their pokey leaves aren’t very inviting lining the front walkway…..
My neighbor, HB, is super smart and resourceful and has way more of a green thumb than I do. She always hits the clearance area of the garden department at Lowes when she’s looking for plants. She’s shown me I actually can nurse plants back to health. LOL. So, when we went to look to replace the shrubs (and we added an entire new area that needed landscaping), I trudged back to the back of the store. And SCORE! I bought 5 azaleas, a rose bush, a mountain laurel, and 5 other ones that I can’t remember right now (plus some non-clearance plants like Hen & Chicks <3) and spent about $175. Some of the shrubs started out at $25-30 a piece! I love a bargain.
Well. A truckload of compost, a truckload of mulch, all that planting and boxwood trimming, and I could barely make it up the stairs to take a shower. By the way, I was disgusting. There was dirt…… well, every place there could be dirt.
I will say I contemplated a pain pill, but decided to oil up first and see how things went. So I hobbled up the stairs, and tried to decide what the best bet was to start with. Aromatouch won, and I massaged that into my shoulders, wrists and feet. One long shower later (water really works to drive the oil in), and I was ready for phase two. Deep Blue & Lemongrass plus a massage with DDR Prime on my feet.
So it didn’t completely eliminate my misery, but I could at least make it down the stairs and go about the rest of my day…..well, evening – we worked until about 4pm. I had a class at 7 at the house, so I needed to be able to function. (I must confess though, I did wear my PJ pants until just before 7)
Why those essential oils?
Aromatouch is an incredible blend of Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit, and Lavender. Many of these oils (like Cypress) have circulatory support; Peppermint, Marjoram, and Basil, even Lavender, are great options for sore and tired muscles. Grapefruit is pretty amazing - Grapefruit oil supports healthy functioning of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in our body and is involved in the removal of unwanted and toxic substances. I guess you can see why I picked this one.
Deep Blue is a SUPER popular blend for sore muscles and joints.
I get a ton of positive feedback any time I send out samples. I add Lemongrass because it’s super beneficial for muscle recovery. This time around I used my Deep Blue Touch roller and added a few drops of Lemongrass to the roller. It’s a great scent combo too.
And finally, DDR Prime – It’s a blend that doesn’t get a lot of press, but OhMyGoodness. It is packed with oils that support overall cellular health. I choose to massage it onto my feet to help with recovery. I pushed my body past its limit – and you all know what a gamble that is. It could send you into a tailspin that lasts for days and days and days. I’ve thrown myself into miserable flares before because I’m incredibly stubborn and push through things when I ought to stop. So enter DDR Prime...
According to doTERRA.com, “DDR Prime combines essential oils shown to have powerful antioxidant properties so that your body can properly address oxidative stress for long-term well-being.Each essential oil contained in DDR Prime has a variety of benefits. Frankincense and Wild Orange have both been shown to promote a healthy response to free radicals. Clove oil provides powerful antioxidant properties. Niaouli and Thyme essential oils support cellular immunity and overall cellular health. Summer Savory has been shown to support the body’s natural mechanisms to deal with oxidative stress. Lastly, Lemongrass oil can protect against environmental threats.”
How did it all work out?
Obviously, I survived, but honestly, I felt a lot better the next day than I expected. Yes, I was super tired still, but not FLARE tired, just normal “I’m 50 and worked hard in the yard all day” tired.
I can’t recommend enough having an oil stash on hand. You never know what your days will bring, so I love being able to play mad scientist and deal with whatever comes my way. If that sounds appealing to you, I’d love to answer your questions and help you figure out the best way to build your own oil stash.