Today we are going to talk about Lavender. Lavender has such an wonderful scent, but it's so much more than that, it can also soothe and heal an amazing variety of ailments. So read on my pretties!
Healing With Lavender
When you begin building up your collection of essential oils, there is no better place to start than with Lavender. Its dreamy fragrance has made it a popular perfume for centuries, but this gentle herb also has powerful harmonizing properties.
The valuable therapeutic oil produced by Lavender flowers can be used to treat troubles of the heart and mind. It is widely used y herbalists and aromatherapists to treat depression, but its healing properties also run to pain relief of a more physical kind.
As a massage oil, Lavender relaxes muscles and eases tension. Its strong antiseptic properties effectively heal conditions such as acne or sunburn. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied undiluted. It can even be used on sunburned or damaged skin.
Active Ingredients Of Lavender
Alcohol~Lavender oil contains up to 50% of the alcohol Linalol. Linalol helps to kill bacteria and viruses. It also helps to heal burns, wounds and sores.
Ketones~Ketones are compounds that help to relieve pain, build new skin tissues and reduce inflammation. They also have a sleep-inducing effect. Ketones Can be toxic, so Lavender that contains an amount above 35% should be avoided. diabetics, epileptics and pregnant women should avoid them completely
Esters~Esters are compounds that ease swelling and soreness, prevent muscle spasms, fight fungal infections and prevent scarring. They also help to regulate your moods, preventing you from experiencing depression and hysteria.
A Natural Relaxant
For A Blissful Sleep~Before going to bed soak in a warm tub with a few drops of Lavender.
To Relieve Stress And/Or Anxiety~Dab the oil onto your pulse points of the temple and wrists.
To Relieve Headaches~Massage a few drops of undiluted Lavender oil to your temples.
Improve Your Skin And Hair
To Prevent Dandruff~Add a few drops to the water of your final rinse or sprinkle some onto your hair brush.
For Minor Cuts, Bites, Strains and Bruises~Add a few drops of Lavender oil to a bowl of water, soaking a cloth and pressing it over the affected area.
Spots And Pimples~Dab morning and night with Lavender oil.
Dull and Oily Hair~Make an after shampoo rinse with a jug of mineral water, few drops of Lavender and the juice of a lemon. Leave to infuse for 30 minutes before using.
Ease Period Symptoms
Period Pains~Gently massage the lower back an tummy with diluted Lavender oil.
PMS~To avoid the emotional symptoms, combine the following and add to your points in the days leading up to your period:
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Roman Chamomile
- 30ml carrier oil
The calming, soothing smell of this combination should help to regulate your hormonal system.
When using Lavender oil in a massage blend, dilute it in a carrier base (check my blog archives to learn about carrier oils) such as Grapeseed oil at a ratio of 10 drops lavender to 30ml carrier.
Ahhhh ....Friday...now I get to go relax. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you Monday