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“I love wearing nylons” said no woman ever.
That is, unless, they prefer nylons over spidery legs!
Let's face it…summer is around the corner. Why wait until it's time for shorts or cute skirts before working on those lovely legs? (shaving also helps)
Of course if you don't have any varicose veins…or spider veins…and your legs are perfect…no need to read further.
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This recipe was created purely based on the essential oils which contain the best therapeutic properties – phlebotonics (phlee-bow-tonics). Fortunately, it also smells amazing!
This is a 2% dilution according to my dilution chart over on Diluting Essential Oils Safely.
Want to make a different amount? Use the following essential oils per ounce of carrier:
- 4 drops Cypress
- 2 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Geranium OR Clary Sage
- 1 drop Grapefruit
- 1 drop Tangerine
- 1 drop Helichrysum
- 1 drop Frankincense
Questions you may have about this recipe
Q: I don't have all the essential oils in this recipe – what can I leave out?
A: Well I hate to mess with a good thing…but there are some alternatives you can use for some of the essential oils. You can replace Tangerine with Sweet Orange or Mandarin. Errr…I guess that is all I would suggest you replace! I do have the “Geranium OR Clary Sage” in there, as some people I know Mom *cough cough* don't actually like Geranium. If you are going to mess with it, I would say this: if you have all but one or two of the essential oils,
buy the ones you don't have you can replace with more of the essential oils in this recipe – but please don't replace Cypress! And please don't use more than 2 drops Bergamot because then you risk phytotoxicity with exposure to sunlight – on this theme, using more than 4 drops per ounce of Grapefruit can also cause a phytotoxic reaction.
Q: Can I use something other than jojoba as a carrier in this recipe?
A: Yes, if you want to use this recipe with a different carrier oil, or a lotion, that is fine. Play around with different carriers to see what you like. I have a huge post on different carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.
Q: Where can I find the jojoba oil you prefer to use?
A: You can find the jojoba oil I like here.
Q: Can I make a stronger dilution?
A: I do find 2% is a great dilution which works for most people. You can certainly double or triple the dilution for the first few applications, but I would not suggest a high dilution for long-term use. For more information about dilutions read: Properly Diluting Essential Oils.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?
A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?
A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?
A: It is, although I'd probably go with a 1% dilution (but please tell me your child doesn't need this recipe!). For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.
Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?
A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂
Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
Lea received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Lea is a contributing writer for Natural Herbal Living magazine, and blogs about herbs and natural living on her website, Nourishing Treasures.
Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.
Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.