Its common knowledge now amongst most health enthusiasts that what we put ON our body is as important as what we put IN our body. There’s no point in eating a clean, organic diet if our body is absorbing harmful chemicals via other means, such as the skin. Seeing as the skin is the largest organ in the body it makes sense to watch what we put on it. Chemicals enter our blood stream through the skin as well as via the mouth, nose, ears and so on. Whilst there are many natural skin products on the market, not many ranges are yet completely organic. That’s why I love Neal’s Yard. For those of you that want to save some money and customise skin products to suit your skin type and health goals then I highly recommend making your own. It’s straight t forward and doesn’t take long. Here is a simple cooling anti-inflammatory balm recipe which you adapt to accommodate your needs by swapping the essential oils or carrier oil. I would also recommended using more essential oils than I have used in this recipe, but thought I’d start simple which is why I’ve only included 2.
Mix the above ingredients together in a glass jar. Apply it to hot, inflamed or sore muscles on your body as and when needed. Alternatively add a table spoon to a hot bath and soak in it for 20 minutes. Frankincense and peppermint oil have numerous other effects on the body besides just soothing the skin and reducing inflammation so be sure to research them well first.