#9 Recipe and Ramblings: Hot Water Rollerball

#9 Recipe and Ramblings: Hot Water Rollerball

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our strength until we are in hot water!” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 Eleanor Roosevelt has always been a favorite for me. She always advocated for women's rights even before they were called women's rights or society thought there was a need to advocate for them. I believe she is one of the most important women in US history. She had over 35 honorary degrees, wrote a newspaper column for 27 years, and was the first to include women journalists in the White House.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a pillar of strength, and that is what this blend is about. 

In this quote, she uses the word tea bag and hot water to describe what I call having your back put against the wall. Those tough situations where you're not sure how you're going to get out of it.

female empowerment fists raised in solidarity

I have been put in this position both professionally and personally, sometimes, from my own accord and sometimes not.

A few years ago, I received a subpoena from the state investigating my medical company for filling out a form incorrectly. They were threatening to take away my business and fine the company over half a million dollars.

To say that my back was against the wall or I was in hot water is an understatement. I would stay awake at night worrying, crying, and trying to figure out how it all went wrong. I knew at a certain point I just had to sit with it and think about it like a chess match. If one pawn went one way, then another pawn one another way, where would that put me? I knew I had to fix it.

Eventually, I got an attorney, and the issue was settled for less than half a million dollars, but expensive none the less. This was a professional time in my life where I needed strength, and I wish I would have made this blend then.

beautiful close up of blooming cistus rock rose flower

Recently, I built this blend in the middle of my divorce when I found out some information about my ex-husband that shattered me. Things that he did, actions he performed that I had no knowledge about. Every day for about a month I died a slow death. But we still had kids to raise, we still had to work together, and I knew I had to keep my shit together.

And this blend helped give me the strength to do that.

I built this blend to be put into a rollerball and kept it in my car. Warning: It is not a good idea to leave a rollerball in a car in Florida in the heart of the summer, but that's a story for another day.  Every day I had to go into the office, I would put this on before I went in. That way I knew I was walking in with some sort of empowerment attached to me even if I didn't feel it.

I am sharing this blend with you today so if you ever find yourself in a situation where your need instant strength, you can pull on the benefits of these oils to find it. I've called it the hot water roller ball, for those times when you find yourself in hot water whether it was your fault or not.

 orange orchard with blossoms and beneficial orange oil

Hot Water Rollerball

1 part Cistus, Cistus labdanum

3 part Orange Oil, Citrus sinensis

2 part Bay Laurel, Laurus nobilis

½ rollerball filled with Fractionated Coconut Oil


Cistus oil is sometimes called rock rose oil. It is earthy with just a tiny hint of rose. It supports creativity, motivation, and awareness.

Sweet orange oil assists with tension, balance in mind and body, stops mental chatter, is refreshing, and increases emotional strength.

Finally, bay laurel is a sweet floral oil that has a spicy undertone. It increases confidence, inspiration, courage, and is said to increase self-love and self-worth.

Eleanor Roosevelt quote about the strength of a woman in hot water

If you are looking for some of my favorite places to get the above ingredients, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. I’ve been asked a lot about places to get supplies for making your own rollerballs, storing orders, etc, and I also recommend Got Oil Supplies.

As always, if you would like to purchase this rollerball already blended and made by me, you can get it from my shop buy clicking here.

Use the Hot Water Rollerball, define that strength when you need it most, and if you have time, look up just how cool Eleanor Roosevelt was!

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