Then I strained the oil from the orange peelings, and poured the oil into a glass jar. I realized that the strength of the orange oil may not be as potent as if it had been done with vodka, but I was okay with that. My plans were to use the orange oil for simple purposes around the house, and with cooking.
What I didn't realize when I made the orange oil was how effective it would also be as a massage oil.
I did some research online regarding the use of essential oils, and natural treatments to see what I could try to help with the swelling. I found that Young Living recommended using tangerine oil for swelling.
Since I did not have access to tangerine oil, but did have some of my own orange oil, I decided to come up with a regimen for the swelling in my legs, and see what happened.
My basic "recipe" for the massage oil consisted of the following:
1 tbsp orange oil (my own)
1 drop Peppermint oil
1 drop Lemongrass oil (I also used some Young Living Lemon Oil samples that a friend lent me)
1 drop Lavender oil
1 drop Thieves oil
I mixed these oils together and massaged into my legs both morning and night. By the end of the first day I had noted marked improvement in my legs, as they didn't feel so tight, and they hurt much less. By the second day, even though I had woken up in the morning with some swelling, it was much less, and by the third day, the swelling was completely gone. This morning I woke up to no swelling, and have worn shoes all day, and have experienced no swelling. This is a big improvement for me, and I'm really thankful to have found a combination of oils that will help the swelling.
I certainly don't claim to be a medical adviser, but I just wanted to share the simple health benefit that I received from this massage oil combination.
Have you tried essential oils? What has been your favorite oil, or oil combination?