SOLID OR LIQUID?
The balm is very temperature sensitive. It will solidify in a cold room and it will liquefy when it comes off a hot delivery truck. This is because Wise Men is unrefined, organic, and basically as minimally processed as possible. If it's solid, in order to apply it, you may prefer to either melt it a bit first. Or you can shave a bit off the top and then it will immediately melt like butter in your hand. If you store it in a sunny window or near a heater it will soften to a balm like consistency. You can even put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. If it's liquefied, in order to apply it, it's best to store it at room temperature. You could refrigerate it for 30 minutes to harden it quickly.
It takes ½ second for a smell (aroma/odor) to get to the brain. It takes 9/10 of a second for the sense of pain to get to the brain. ALWAYS smell the essential oil first. That way the healing properties of the oils begin working immediately as the brain sends the healing messages throughout the body. You may put a finger tip of cream into the palms of your hand. Cup your hands around your nose and inhale. Ummm...
FOOT, HAND, EAR APPLICATION –
Why do we apply Wise Men onto these special areas? This is the most common way to apply the oils to get the fastest response from them. The oils will be bypassing the liver and will not accumulate there. There are 800 pores per square inch on the foot! The feet, hands and ears also have places corresponding to all parts of the body. These places are called reflexology points. By placing essential oils onto these reflexology points you will actually be treating the corresponding area of the body. If you study different books or charts about reflexology of foot, hand or ear zoning, you will see variations between the location of corresponding organs and parts of the body on the feet. Don’t be concerned. Simply work all over the foot and focus on the points that appear sore or tender. It’s not necessary to locate any exact point. The body will adjust.
Practicing yoga or stretching after applying Wise Men can greatly enhance the benefits particularly when treating nerve disorders like sciatica or postherpetic neuralgia. How does it work? Similar to a good massage, yoga will release electrical impulses up the nerve pathway. This in turn releases energy to support the systems of the body and stabilizes abnormal electrical activity in your nervous system. Additionally, yoga practice can help you become stronger and more mindful of how you move. Yoga connects all the joints through posture and can correct improper spine mechanics; it turns out everything is connected to everything else.