Olba’s Oil is a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper berry and clove essential oils. While you won’t find extensive scientific research on the efficacy of Olba’s Oil in particular, the fact that a report by the National Cancer Institute says various essential oils can have calming, energizing, immune-boosting and antibacterial effects lends credence to many of the suggested uses for Olba’s Oil.
Essential oils are highly concentrated; a little bit goes a long way. Apply just one or two drops of Olba’s Oil directly to your head, feet or any other aching, tired or tense body parts. Massage in the oil, and take care to keep the oil and your hands away from your eyes.
An essential oil compress allows the oils to penetrate your skin without the effort of massage. According to Penn Herb Company, a warm compress soothes aches, while a cool compress applied to the forehead has a refreshing effect. To make a compress, add 10 to 20 drops of Olba’s Oil to a bowl of water, soak a cloth in the oil-water mix, wring out excess liquid and apply the cloth anywhere on your body except over your eyes.
For an invigorating footbath, dilute 25 to 50 drops of Olba’s Oil in a dishpan and soak your feet in the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also bathe in a highly diluted Olba’s Oil formula; start with 50 drops of Olba’s Oil in the bathtub, and increase slowly until the concentration suits your personal preference.
Open Breathing Passages
Olba’s potent essential oils may help open a stuffy nose. Add 20 drops of Olba’s Oil to a bowl of hot water, then lean over the bowl and drape a towel over your head and shoulders to help contain the vapors. Keep your eyes closed as you spend 5 to 10 minutes inhaling the vapors. You can also place a few drops in a bowl of steaming water and leave it by your bedside so the vapors can permeate the air overnight.
On-the-Go Sinus Clearer
For a discreet on-the-go application, sprinkle a few drops of Olba’s on a tissue and tuck it up your sleeve or on a handkerchief that sits in your pocket. When you need a quick pick-me-up, pull out the tissue or handkerchief and have a quick sniff of the invigorating oils. You can achieve a similar effect at night by sprinkling 5 to 10 drops of Olba’s Oil on a handkerchief and tucking it into your pillowcase.
Lisa Maloney is a travel and outdoors writer based in Anchorage, Alaska. She's written four outdoors and travel guidebooks, including the award-winning "Moon Alaska," and regularly contributes to local and national publications. She also has a background in personal training, with more than 6,000 hours of hands-on experience.