Sports, cold weather, and essential oils

3975269-hiver-landscape-winter-sceneYou like to do outdoor sports, but you worry a little about how your muscles will react to the cold weather ?

Muscles can stiffen in cold weather, causing aches and pain during the activity, and the lingering muscle pain, due to failure to warm up before an activity.

You can easily make this balm to apply to the muscles before exercice. It will help to avoid these problems.

Fill a small container with about 15 ml of a vegetable oil, for example olive, argan, sesame, apricot kernel… and mix with :

-20 drops of essential oil of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

-20 drops of essential oil of Balsam of copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)

-20 drops of essential oil of Rosemary camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis Ct camphor)

Mix well.  Massage the oil into the muscles a 1/2 hour before the activity. Do not massage the whole body, only the areas that will be worked the most, (such as calves and thighs prior to running or jogging).

You can also use this balm as an after sport massage. Apply after a shower on painful muscles. This will also prevent a good part of the post-activity pains.

This should not be used for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children less than 15 years of age.

You will find many recipes for sportsmen and others in my book « Sport and Essential Oils », to be published this week . However, it is available now for order on this site or on but it is in French !

Special thanks to my English teacher, Catherine Roth, for her great help for the translations on this blog !

Christine Lapchin – Naturopath in Paris, France

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) anti-histamin and anti-inflammatory

imageSkin allergies happen frequently, and if they are not too serious most of the time, they reduce drastically our quality of life.

One plant is useful for the treatment of moderate skin allergy cases, skin inflammations such as mild suburns, irritations due to chaffing or dry skin, it is the Calendula officinalis, our old friend marigold.

The best and handiest way to use it in France, is to buy a Calendula officinalis CO² extract.

In a small container, mix 15 ml of olive oil or even better Calophyllum oil, with a small amount of the marigold extract (about the size of a grain of rice).

Be careful! the Calendula oil will leave a permanent stain, so avoid contact with clothing.

Rubbing the oil onto the affected area of skin several times per day will work wonder.

This is the best anti-inflammatory, it calms and regenerates the skin.

Christine Lapchin – Naturopath in Paris, France

Copaïba balm – Copaifera officinalis


First of all, excuse my bad English, I try to do my best, but it’s not always enough…

The copaïba balm is a resin extracted from the trunk of an amazonian tree.
It’s better to use the essential oil made with it, because the distillation takes off the resins which may be allergenic.
Be careful : in shops you can find both : the balm, and the essential oil extracted from the balm.

This essential oil may be used undiluted on the skin in case of pains and inflammations of muscles and joints.
Tendinitis, muscular tear, sprain, pulled muscle or ligament, aches, arthritis and osteoarthritis will be improved with this product.

It is a great anti-inflammatory, anti-pain and cicatrizant, and it’s not very expensive.

This essential oil allows a better supply of blood in the tissues where it is applied, so the injuries are healed faster.

This product may be diluted in vegetal oil, or/and mixed with some other essential oils, but used alone it is very efficient as it is.

Christine Lapchin – Naturopath in Paris, France