On the unfortunate occasion of a nasty fall about 3 years ago…not only did I break my ankle, but I also learned that I have arthritis and am essentially bone on bone in my left knee. Joy.
At the time, the broken ankle was getting all of the glory and attention…my knee had never really bothered me much. I was getting older after all. And I was pretty rough on my joints when I was younger in life: gymnastics, track, cheerleading. A little aching here and there is to be expected, right?
Well, fast forward a few years and now that knee is starting to make it’s aged self known. It’s still not bad enough that I want to do anything drastic…like surgery…I’m putting that off as long as possible. So I stand less (I’m a nurse…this can be difficult), rest it more, exercise to build up the muscles supporting it (OK – I don’t exercise as much as I should…but I have been doing some mat work in the privacy of my home, cuz it’s not pretty!) and eating healthier to lose weight.
Did you know that 1 pound of weight loss = 4 lbs of joint stress reduction? Wow! Neither did I…so now there’s THAT motivation.
I used to take over the counter anti-inflammatories to help manage the pain, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. I was taking them several times a day but especially at night.
Sleep is difficult when you have an aching knee.
Until I discovered Deep Blue Rub by doTERRA. This is my new BFF.
Product Description from doTERRA:
dōTERRA’s Deep Blue Rub is a rich, topical cream infused with Deep Blue® Soothing Blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that provide targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles. Formulated with a propriety blend of natural plant extracts and other powerful ingredients, Deep Blue Rub provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. With close to 5 ml of dōTERRA’s top-selling Deep Blue essential oil blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus, Deep Blue Rub is an essential addition to your bathroom cabinet, gym bag, or first aid kit. Deep Blue Rub is blended in a base of moisturizing emollients that leave your skin feeling soft, non-greasy and is the choice of massage therapists and sports practitioners who currently use dōTERRA’s Deep Blue essential oil blend in their practice.
I keep a tube at home and one at work. On days at work when I’m on my feet a lot and walking with little time to sit and rest my knee I will take a break and rub some into my knee. A small pea sized amount is all it takes. It’s non-greasy and non-staining so I can pull up my scrub leg and rub it in and go.
My nightly routine includes rubbing a pea sized amount into my knee immediately before going to bed. I’ll massage a small amount anywhere else that is aching too…sometimes my ankle, sometimes my neck…might be my leg muscles. Ahhh the relief! I’m not even kidding!! You know those over the counter anti-inflammatories I mentioned earlier? I almost never take them anymore.
I will squeeze every last drop of cream out of the tube. There is nothing wasted! You can see in the picture how I take the top off and I will milk the tube and squeeze every last little bit out by crimping the top over. In fact, I about panicked earlier this week when I thought I was OUT! Luckily I remembered I had ordered a replacement tube preemptively. Whew!! For once i was thinking ahead!!
PS – if you are interested in using essential oils to manage your wellness lifestyle, please visit my doTERRA website here: Jan’s doTERRA website Scroll down to the bottom of the page and request your FREE e-book “10 Solutions to Common Wellness Problems”. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
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