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Hiking with chamomile!

Who never tried to get lost deep in nature, on a green or dirty path, with a bike or a pair of walking shoes, ready for a day of hiking?

Who never met these groups of “pros” who seem to have everything, all the material, the equipment, and most of all, the energy?

Perhaps are you a real trailer, or simply like me a nature lover who periodically needs to immerse in silence, earth infused smells and the feeling of getting lost…

In anyways, pro or not, this is all about hiking, a real sport, as natural for the human as simply walking.

Walking has so many advantages, it could be considered as one of the best sports ever

If you think about it, walking is a complete exercise, based on a double balance mechanism using both arms and legs.

An international team of scientists has shown that men and women should walk about 12000 steps in a day to stay healthy.

Walking is actually a very recommended sport for people suffering from chronic pains, fibromyalgia and arthritis but also again stress…it helps you to empty your brain! To use more senses…

You might wonder how aromatherapy gets implicated here…well, it does, thanks to chamomile.

First, chamomile grows wild a little bit everywhere. You can have it in you garden but you can meet some wild bushes of it in the wild. It is as if it were made available to the hiker, on purpose, by Mother Nature.

Let me explain.

Roman chamomile (Anthémis nobilis) is a powerful anti-inflammatory oil, analgesic, bactericide, cicatrizing, tonic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, anti-pyretic.

Applying it with massage oil on your legs, your back, your shoulders and your feet is very convenient and efficient way of preventing unwanted pains, before, during and after your hike.

Keeping with you a little tube with a blended chamomile essential oil is also a good way to keep a powerful pharmacy with you since this oils is also well known to help with toothache, skin inflammation, itchiness, stomach ache, diarrhea, ulcer, vomiting, nausea and gastritis.

And on the emotional side, this oil makes wonders for anxiety, nervous system, tensions, anger and fear!

If hiking is for you a therapeutic anti-stress tool, pairing the experience with chamomile essential oil will make it even more pleasant and powerful.

Here are some blend suggestions to massage before, during and after your hike.

Have 10 ml of your favorite base oil  (macadamia, arnica infused, grape seed) ready in a little dispenser and add:

• 3 drops Anthemis nobilis EO
• 2 drops Cedrus atlantica EO
• 5 drops Citrus lemon EO

Massage on your chest and fore arms before and during hiking to help you improve your breathing and lower your mucus production.

On the same amount of base, add:

• 2 drops Anthemis nobilis EO
• 3 drops Cupressus sempervirens EO
• 5 drops Eucalyptus radiata EO

Massage on your chest before and during the effort to help you in case of cough and any respiratory infection

On the same amount of base, add:

• 3 drops Anthemis nobilis EO
• 5 drops Picea mariana EO
• 2 drops Nardostachys jatamansi EO

Massage during and after the hike to help you sustain your energy, cope with the heat and the physical effort

If you want children to benefit from these blends, simply double the amount of base oil.

When enjoying nature, isn’t it even better to benefit from what it made available to us to keep us safe and happy? 

Enjoy your hike, with chamomile…

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