the Healing Convalescence Essential Oils We Used Get Well Blend

Thu 6th, Feb, 2014

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Good evening from a very lovely scented old white cottage, a little post today on healing and recuperation essential oils…

Now before what’s been going on recently, I suddenly had this push to start back into  using lots of essential oils again, before that I was really just down to my basic three oils I have been using for years and are mostly always with me (you can read about my quick guide to essential oils I love here, I am NO expert, I just wrote about how they’ve been in my life for a very long time now and are part of this little family) …a lovely reader then pretty much said that the oils were calling…now I know why….and I took my oils to hospital with me and I am adamant in my own head these have helped us…in both the actual healing but also in the cleansing and de-crapification of the stuff in the air….and I am also 150% sure that the fact that I’ve used them on my kiddos since they were babbas meant that even if the oils did nothing else, getting them going when we got home from the hospital equaled comfort and soothing and safe for all…especially me…

OK so once we were home and in between moonlight gardening and skirting board inspection I was also dousing the house in oils to heal and soothe…I immediately reached for the oils I knew were restorative, the main one that sprung to mind immediately was Rosemary, closely followed by Tea Tree, Marjoram, my trusted lavender and a few others…


To get the oils into the house I used my diffusers (I wrote in that same post I linked to above my views on diffusers) but I also used the oils a lot in massage and particularly foot massage / reflexology (totally a DIY job by me, no idea if I was doing ok or not, but I concentrated on the crystals, and using my phone googled reflexology maps and pressured the bits that were appropriate, whether it did anything is unknown, but therapeutic power was immense) and hand massage – massaging these two areas was mainly because of the nature of what happened and the feet and hands were the only part easily accessible …and you know what I found it very therapeutic too…

So here are the essential oils I used mostly and together for my what I am calling Get Well Blend, these were in my wash bag when in hospital and also on my bedside and in high rotation here….

along with Lavender, Tea Tree I also used…

Marjoram – known for it’s anti-baterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-infectious properties, so quids-in with this one – plus mentally soothing, calms the nerves and relaxing

Peppermint – anti-inflammatory, anti-viral – cleanse the spirit (needed that!), calms the mind, eliminates fear of unknown

Mandarin – antiseptic, anti-bacetrial, promotes growth of tissue/new cells, sedative, relaxing, relieves stress and anxiety

I also tried to get my hands on Frankincense but unfortunately none of the shops local to me had it, even sending the lovely Mr BC off on an oil hunt one day…I’ve used it in the past and loved it, next time I go oil shopping it will defo be going in the basket to add to my stash…

In addition to diffuser and massage we also used and are still using the oil blend daily in the bath – we had the diffuser going in there and I also added to the bath the oils – I think it’s pretty much common knowledge that the bath has a whole role of its own to play in this old cottage and the last month has been no exception, it’s been HUGE in my humble opinion in recovery and healing…of all of us, ok maybe not the 6ft2″ one but you know what I mean…

So that’s my latest installment on essential oils, I know a bit different to my usual posts on food and white paint but after lots of interest, messages and emails from my last post on essential oils my hope in posting this is that one day someone somewhere will be in the same place I was, maybe sitting by the side of a hospital bed googling healing or convalescence and this may in some way help one single other person…you never know…

OK, I am over and out, I have some stuff I am kinda excited to share on here soon,, silly really my life isn’t that exciting but now it’s semi-regular again oh man it’s good to be thinking again and things like finally getting my veggie chili photos done has been good, ditto a little move around in my bedroom I’m pleased with…and I’m hoping soon I will have thrifted treasure to show you…

I’m going to the bath with my oils…see you on the other side


p.s new site is done, I just have to push go, exciting for me in that things this end will work (yay yay yay to that, OMG I am so over it behind here it’s been dreadful), your end will hopefully mean it’s cleaner, quicker, easier to navigate and find stuff and on the front page there won’t be things dropping off all over the show…oh and guess who has his own little bloggy section?  well that would be Barls – get ready super blogging Barley is on the way…I aim to be one of those sad mad cat ladies of the blog world only mine will be a dog and yup I will be dressing him up heehee, I think that could be quite funny, he already has a scarf wardrobe…xo


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38 Responses to “the Healing Convalescence Essential Oils We Used Get Well Blend”

  1. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Thanks for all the tips on the oils Sarah I love essential oils my favourites are lavender,rose rose geranium and peppermint and orange and ylang ylang.
    I have heard that hand and foot massage is very good for relaxation and healing so I think you are on the right track and anything that is familiar or that your children love and are used to makes a hospital feel not so clinical.
    Can’t wait to see Barley all dressed up and blogging xx

  2. Angela says:

    Thank you for the info. I’m just using peppermint for a headache right now. We have a lovely shop in White Rock, Vancouver, British Columbia Called Saje. They have a great online shop. You can see all of the essential oils available. They have wonderful nebulizers too! A Canadian friend.

  3. Awesome post Sarah. Really appreciate your thoughts and ideas on aromatherapy. Feeling really inspired to give it a go myself for the first time. My word for 2014 is simple, and I can’t but help think that aromatherapy fits quite nicely in with that idea. Simple pleasures are the best. xx

    • sarah says:

      yes they do – I don’t think you will look back really, so easy and once you’ve bought a few they last for ages and you can just keep adding (or not) to your collection xo

  4. Natures pharmacy is the perfect choice for healing and support. My favourites for the tough times are all the citrus oils lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and my super fav lemon grass, they truly lift the fog and elevate your mood. Such a delightful way to lift your spirits. xx N

  5. so nice to read your tips. i know so little about oils, but have an online friend who is an aromatherapist, and keep next to my bed a small bottle of clary sage she sent me for stressful moments. your suggestions sound good and i’m glad to hear they’re proving helpful. the best thing of all.

    • sarah says:

      I hope you get into them – it seems like there is a lot to learn, but really you can pop it on your wrists and sniff and it helps lol x

  6. Beth says:

    As a long time reader of this blog over the past many years,I feel I’ve come to know you as a friend. I totally understand your desire for privacy for your family, but I’m sure I speak for many of us that wish you would tell us what happened. I feel very incomplete reading your posts now, something I’ve never felt before with your blog. I’m still sending compassionate healing energy your way, but it would be lovely to know why.

    • sarah says:

      thanks so much Beth, I am sorry you feel that way :(

      before I blogged about it I thought a lot about what to share – I have never shared my kids’ lives on the internet, I don’t feel it is my place to and I don’t want them to have a digital footprint b/c of this blog hence I shared my* side of the accident as a mother and person and my trauma… I won’t be sharing the details of the accident unless they were totally my details to share which they are not, hope you understand

      thanks so much for your energy I really appreciate it x

  7. Sharon Forward says:

    Hi Sarah, whatever happened best wishes. My favourites are lavender and frankincence. (exuse spelling) Did a small course in it years ago and it was very interesting.x

  8. Mary Lemon says:

    Sarah, I’ve just started using oils and was interested to read your post. I’m going to find the other post. I started using Young Living oils and love them and diffusing lavender or Peace and Calming is so relaxing when I go to bed. So sorry to hear about your son and praying he recovers soon.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what a jam packed post!
    After a trauma or drama mundane days and routines are pure gold. So lovely to hear you chatting like your usual busy and interesting self.
    Cheers big ears

  10. Smaggle says:

    Lavender is magical! Gald things are looking up for you petal!

  11. You have really got me wanting to try a few oils, probs in a diffuser I’m thinking to waft the goodness through the house. How are you finding your electric one? I’m thinking with kiddos and my mental mind it may be worth investing in one. And as a side note…isn’t it amazing how bloody good “regular” feels after a shock, trauma, etc?!! I think it really magnifies how important all those little, every-day insignificant’ things are…so glad you are feeling back to “regular” now :) xx

    • sarah says:

      well unless you can find one on sale or cheaper than I did seriously don’t bother, it’s ok but the other ones are much more effective – I’m finding that a bit tricky because I want them on all the time and so obviously you have to be careful but nah the electric one just doesn’t seem to be as good…ok but I dunno probs not $50 worth!

      yes regular feels fab!

  12. Andrea says:

    Not a spammer — I read your site regularly and am enjoying the oil posts. I hope it’s OK to point out this nifty product a friend of mine designed for keeping oils organized! I’ve currently got mine on a random blue soap dish, where they fall over pretty much all the time. Am looking forward to making order out of oil chaos!

  13. Susan says:

    Someone beat me to posting the Spark Naturals site. They are great for those of us here stateside and Canada. I am sure that there are other great companies in different parts of the world.

    No matter which ones you use, Camp Wander is a great educational blog for essential oils. Rebecca has used them for years and just gotten seriously into them over the past 5, I’d guess. I started reading her blog as she is gardening in Wyoming & we are in Colorado but similar soil…and then she started posting more about EOs…

    So glad that you are all healing Sarah…more prayers in your direction.

  14. Diana says:

    I love Lavender most of all.
    Sarah ~ it makes me happy to read your blog.
    Just in so many ways. When you are happier we all are!
    Hang in there!

  15. Cathi says:

    I always end my day in the bath with ylang ylang, majoram and a bit of lavender on my pillow at night. I’ve been using peppermint oil for 30 years for headaches, stomach aches and because I love the smell, it’s uplifting. Wonderful post on essential oils! Glad all is getting a bit better for your family. xxoo

  16. Anonymous says:

    dear sarah, always a fan of essential oils … it makes one feel a little more in control, just doing something to help!… mothering I suppose!
    I love clary sage especially when the nervous system has been overwrought.
    also geranium is excellent for states of anxiety, combines well with bergamot, Melissa or rose … from my bible … NATURAL HEALING FOR WOMEN
    sending positive healing energy love m:)X

  17. hrh Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for the post, Sarah… taught me a lot, and got me thinking about ways I can use the oils I have already. Along with thinking hmm I wanna buy some others to try as well! take care, so glad y’all are healing in that cottage. xo

  18. Sandy says:

    Hi Sarah – absolutely love your cottage, so much so that I am painting everything in sight white! My husband dare not stand still !! You are such a delight and am very sad you have had to go through trauma with your beautiful little family, I tried to question “what the hell and why?” but find my head spins with no answers, you do not deserve it but so happy you seem to be coming out the other side. Your essential oils I adore – now, stupid question I know, but how do you make a mixture for a diffuser – do I mix how much of each oil (guessing so many drops) with how much of what liquid, water ?? Sorry, if this sounds dumb. I can’t wait to get started and have that divine smell going through my much-painted white house on the beautiful Gold Coast – moved from the Hills District in Sydney but if I had been on the northern beaches like you, no way would you have moved this little white painter!! Big hug to you, Sandy xx

  19. Sharyn says:

    Yes, Oils have been a large part of our lives in the last 20 years and I don’t travel without them. They are wonderful in all the ways you have shared and are fabulous to create that clean sense of calm and home when in yukky hotel rooms or elsewhere. It is one of the first things my kid’s would look to pull out of our cases and set up in the room to make us feel at home.

  20. Diana says:

    Love the new look to your blog.

  21. merilyn says:

    good morning sarah, all good on the new blog look!
    hope things are going ok your end! a big hug!
    love m:)X

  22. Mhairi says:

    Hope all is ok with you. Miss your blog and thinking of yoy and hoping that everything is ok and you are just taking a break. xxxxx