Some Ways You Can Use Lavender
Lavender is an essential oil that I always keep in my stash! It is so versatile, and smells so yummy! But here are some ways to use Lavender;
Burns, cuts, scars: Topical Application diluted 5% in carrier oil. If the wound is open, use undiluted in minute quantities. Helichrysum is preferable for larger injuries.
Sore muscles: Topical Application diluted 3-5% in carrier oil.
Anxiety: Diffusion, Topical Application diluted 5% in carrier oil, Aromatic Bath.
Sleep disturbances: Diffusion, Topical Application diluted 3-5% in carrier oil.
Generally non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and nontoxic. Be confident you are using true Lavender Oil, as Lavender is one of the most frequently adulterated essential oils.
Therapeutic benefits of Lavender;
The refreshing, floral scent of Lavender creates a calm, peaceful atmosphere, while instilling a sense of well-being. It harmonizes your nervous system with the perfect balance of masculine and feminine qualities. Lavender is healing, rejuvenating and cleansing for your skin. It is well-known for its ability to heal burns, as well as cuts, bruises, insect bites, sore muscles and scars. With its mothering energy and soothing aroma, it is the first choice in the treatment of insomnia and all stress-related conditions.
Beloved around the world for centuries, Lavender gets its name from the Latin word “lavare,” meaning “to wash,” and was used to repel the fleas that carried the plague. The colorful herb was sought by ancient Romans, who added Lavender to their baths for its antiseptic qualities and lovely aroma. The scent was thought to encourage amorous feelings in men while preserving the chastity of women. This inspired unmarried girls to sneak Lavender into the pillows of their love interests and hang their damp linens on Lavender bushes to absorb the fragrance. Not surprisingly, the oil is prized by perfumeries who want to add depth, complexity and romance to their blends.
About the Plant
An evergreen shrub that grows up to three feet tall, Lavender has green, woody, upright stems that produce abundant blue-violet flowers.
Native to the Mediterranean region, Lavender is now cultivated in France, Bulgaria and Kashmir.
Lamiaceae – The Mint Family
Janice Robinson, CCHC