One thing I really like about topical application blends is they enter through the skin and become absorbed into the bloodstream, then is disbursed throughout the body.
The essential oil peppermint Mentha xpiperita has many therapeutic properties including muscle relief as a “antispasmodic and relieves nervous irritability” (Petersen, 2016a, p. 269). The active constituents include “42.8% l-menthol and 19.4% menthone” (p. 267).
Cautions with this oil include “in large doses it has been known to cause allergic reactions, should be avoided during pregnancy, if used topically keep at a 2% dilution and should not be used for more than 3 consecutive weeks. A skin patch test should be conducted for possible skin irritation” (p. 271). I love using this essential oil in blends where I want a strong mint aroma and energizing properties.
The essential oil chamomile Roman Chamaemelum nobile is known for its soothing and calming therapeutic properties. The active constituents are “85% esters which are known for their antispasmodic properties” (p. 83).
The cautions and contraindications for this oil are to “avoid during pregnancy, may cause dermatitis so a skin patch test is recommended and is of GRAS status in the United States” (p. 86).
This blend is effective to soothe tension and boost energy due to the therapeutic makeup of each of the essential oils being used in the blend. Chamomile Roman C. nobile is a sedative and antidepressant which can help soothe tension in some individuals. One of peppermint M. xpiperita therapeutic properties is an adaptogenic oil which “means it can sedate or stimulate depending on what is needed” (p. 268).
The reaction an individual has to a blend depends on their individual experience with the aromas being used.
Petersen, D. (2016a). Aroma 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, Oregon: American College of Healthcare Sciences.