I've decided to get the ball rolling on the new "Unexpected Reaction Report Form" to show that it doesn't necessarily have to be something negative. I want all sorts of reports of reactions that were either different or adverse from what was intended so the experts can discuss what might be done differently next time to elicit a different response. So I'm going to send out my own unexpected reaction to one of my cremes and see what they send back to me. The case is very interesting: one of our nurses suffers from extreme restless leg syndrome. In desperation, she took home some of the crème we use for muscular aches and pains at the hospice and she reported that it stopped the movement instantaneously. So although the crème is intended for muscles, the unexpected reaction is that it also works for restless leg syndrome. This will be the first case report for the newsletter. If you'd like to receive the newsletter, drop me a line via the Contact form on www.scentsibility.net and share your email address with me and I'll make sure you get it.
My first body balm smells just like a dessert - sort of like these. I love the idea and will be purchasing some roll-on containers very soon as I think they'd be more practical than push-ups. Next time, I think I'll use a tad less beeswax but otherwise, I like it. It yielded about 3.5 oz so it's perfect if you only want to make one for yourself and have it ready in minutes. Here's the recipe:
12 grams Cocoa butter
11 grams Shea butter
13 grams Coconut butter
6 grams Shea Nut Oil
10 grams Jojoba
10 grams Avocado Oil
26 grams beeswax (I think I'll make it about 22 grams next time)
16 drops High Altitude Lavender essential oil
10 drops Vanilla essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
Heat all the ingredients except the essential oils in a saucepan over low heat. Add EOs, pour into 4oz container and put in freezer for about 20-30 minutes to firm it up. Instructions say it should be refrigerated between use to help keep shape and texture. I may try it without that step just to see how well it survives because I figure not everyone will follow directions when I start making these- and trust me, I'm going to do that very soon. I love the concept of a glide-on pseudo lotion where I don't have to get my hands oily or greasy!
The form for submitting information on adverse reactions to essential oils is now on the web site. Once I get enough reports, I will select one each month and present it in my newsletter as a case study. The case will include analyses and/or comments from leading voices in aromatherapy. They will discuss issues like the particular constituents that might have led to the reaction, or perhaps their known interactions with pharmaceuticals the client may have been taking, dosage, dilution rates, alternative EOs that might have avoided the reaction, etc. You can find the link to the form on buttons on the left-hand side of the home page at www.scentsibility.net.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.