Welcome to a brand new series from Tree of Life...drumroll...Oil of the Week. Each week (or so;), one of our team will share a few ways you can start using one of our favorite oils today. Like, now. Right after you read the post. Practical. Informational. Perfect? (We’re pumped.)
In a burst of logical inspiration, we decided to start at the beginning. Stay tuned as we go through each oil in the Premium Starter Kit. We hope that as you follow along, you’ll learn more and start using each oil in a way that easily fits into your daily life.
First up, PanAway by Alexis Peters.
The PanAway Power Play
The last 4 years of my life have been a whirlwind. In February 2012, my husband and I were in a head-on car collision on the way to work. One long month in the hospital and 2 major surgeries later, I was on the road to recovery. It was the scariest, hardest, most full of love and support time of my life.
I’m thankful to report that the rest of the whirlwind has been a different journey altogether -- bringing two sweet boys into the world. I’ve come a long way since the wreck and surgeries, but the equation of spinal fusion, two pregnancies and caring for two small children leaves me with lots of aches by the end of each day. Not to mention my postpartum exercise program I’ve added back into my life for the last 3 months or so.
That’s why I’ve really connected with the blend PanAway. It’s designed to:
- Support stressed muscles
- Support healthy circulation
- Help alleviate head tension
- Prepare the body for a workout
Pick a bullet point, and I’m there at some point of the day. Find out how you can harness the power of PanAway in your own routine. But first, a little background.
What’s in PanAway, Anyway?
PanAway is an essential oil blend. So it’s a mix of several therapeutic-grade essential oils:
These oils work together to soothe minor aches and penetrate skin for optimal benefit.
Sensitive Skin Watch
PanAway can possibly cause skin sensitivity. Test PanAway on a small skin patch before massaging further. Dilute with your favorite massage oil or carrier oil (I’ve tried Jojoba with great success) to help lessen your chances of irritation and to stretch the blend if you want to massage a larger part of your body (e.g. your back).
Going Deeper: Perfect Pairings
Add more Helichrysum for a deep tissue massage. For additional bone support, more Wintergreen may be applied.
4 Ways to Use PanAway
#1: Muscle Out Minor Muscle Aches:
Option 1: Massage.
Step 1: Dilute 1-2 drops PanAway with your favorite carrier oil (coconut or olive oil are 2 other options).
Step 2: Massage directly on your stressed, tired muscles after a workout or a day chasing babies.
Option 2: Warm Compress:
For prolonged soothing, try a warm compress. Perfect end to a long day!
Step 1: Apply 1-3 drops of PanAway plus carrier oil on location or along spine.
Step 2: Cover with a hot, damp towel.
Step 3: Layer on a dry towel, leave for 10 minutes to half an hour.
#2: Circulation Support
Step 1: Dilute 1-2 drops PanAway with your favorite carrier oil.
Step 2: Massage on location in the direction of your heart (e.g. for legs, start at your ankle and work your way up).
#3: Head Tension
Work toward calm with these tips.
Option 1: Aromatically
Diffuse PanAway or apply 1 drop to hands, rub them together and inhale.
Option 2: On Location
Rub 1-2 drops diluted PanAway on temples and back of neck.
#4: Work Out Your Workout
Apply to the neck before your workout for invigorating respiratory and muscular support.
And there you have it. The first installment of our Oil of the Week series. We love sharing and learning about the oils, so we’d love to hear from you! Do you have any tips or questions about PanAway? Leave them in the comments.