Lavender ~ Lavender ~ Lavender
♡ Lavender the scent of relaxation
♡ Lavender is an ancient plant with a long-rich history
♡ Lavender is a flowering plant of the mint family that has a clean,fresh scent.
♡ It is one of the MOST popular Essential Oils in the world !
♡ The word lavender means to wash ( Greeks & Romans loved it in their bath waters ! )
♡ In China researchers have discovered that lavender essential oil helps the body produce three of the body's most powerful antioxidants within 22 hours of using lavender essential oil... glutathione, catalase, and SOD (superoxide dismutase)
♡ Romanian scientists have found that after diffusing and inhaling lavender essential oil vapor for 60 minutes a day-for just seven days helped protect cells from damage that lead to cancer
♡ "Research has shown that lavender essential oil has also been shown to reduce symptoms and development of Alzheimer’s disease"
♡♡♡ I never really liked the smell of lavender.......Until I met mine...my own Lavender spray mist...Now I am in love with it ! ♡♡♡
And I think that may have been because most of it I was smelling was a chemical fragrance (not good) and not the real thing Lavender Essential Oil !
The cost of Lavender Essential Oil can run very high especially Lavandula angustifolia / English Lavender usually called “True Lavender”...All Lavandula species are real lavenders...Many Lavender E.O's you buy are a mix of a few different lavenders and are heavenly and the best quality also...
...These two compounds linalool and linalyl acetate are the two primary aroma compounds that occur in Lavender.There are some 38 species of lavender that are highly valued and used all over the world...Lavandula angustifolia is the most wanted...Lavender 40/42 is a wonderful blend of a few beautiful lavenders...
♡ Lavender has many great benefits and uses :
-The scent...perfumes, cosmetics,herbal remedies
- Eczema & psoriasis, dried flower arrangements,sachets, motion sickness,nervous stomach,flatulence, colic, relaxation,help decrease moodiness,recommended for muscle pain and aches soothe headaches, migraines,sleep,used in foods,cosmetics,teas,insomnia,anxiety, reduction of postnatal depression, disinfect the scalp and skin,lice,fleas,bed bugs,air freshener,blood circulation,reduces acne,reduce swelling & redness of a cold sore, treatment of hair loss,help with diabetes,
Lavender is known for its stress-relieving,antibacterial,anti-fungal, antimicrobial, expectorant, antiseptic and analgesic properties.
♡ A French scientist~chemist and scholar Rene Gatefosse was the first to discover Lavender's ability to promote tissue regeneration... when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident in an experiment in a perfumery plant...He treated it with lavender essential oil and it seemed that oil helped heal and seemed to leave less scarring !
This is his account of what happened:
“The external application of small quantities of essences rapidly stops the spread of gangrenous sores. In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped “the gasification of the tissue”. This treatment was followed by profuse sweating, and healing began the next day (July 1910).”
("Gas gangrene is a potentially fatal infection, and was the cause of many amputations and deaths in the First World War.") and this led to treating soldiers with lavender and other essential oils on their wounds...
(Gattefossé R-M, Tisserand RB (ed.) 1993 Gattefossé’s aromatherapy: the first book on aromatherapy. CW Daniel, Saffron Walden, p 87 )
And that is what interested him in finding out more about essential oils ! . Upon application, he was amazed to find that his burn pain disappeared almost instantly, and eventually healed with no scar! Lavender is a wonderfully regenerative and soothing oil, suitable for both skin care and aromatherapy. It is calming and relaxing for both the mind and skin, and is great to use for children who have a hard time falling asleep.
♡ ~Having a restless night ? Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow at least 1/2 hour before bed
♡ ~Use a mist or a few drops of lavender in the car
♡ ~Mix a couple of drops in your hand soap,dish liquid,shampoo etc...
♡ ~Put a few drops in your diffuser (a non-toxic air freshener)
♡ ~You can add this to your laundry also...in the wash and on a washcloth in the dryer !
♡《~Lip balm containing lavender EO for healing sore lips
♡ ~Used in cremes & balms for eczema
♡ ~Use a spray distillate as your natural/chemical,toxin free perfume/scent
♡ ~Used in cremes & balms for sore muscles/pain & inflammation
♡ ~Use a lavender mist for itching skin and bug bites and stings
♡ ~Facial spray mist as an astringent
♡ ~10 drops lavender EO per 1 ounce of aloe vera for dry skin,cuts,sunburn etc...
♡ ~Smudge sticks of lavender are used to fumigate sick rooms
♡ ~Stomach discomfort ? Spray lavender distillate mist on that belly !
♡ ~For headaches mix lavender oil & peppermint oil with a carrier oil (or make a mist) massage/ rub the mixture of the oils on the back of the neck & the temples keeping away from eyes/mucous membranes.
***Avoid high doses during pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant.
****Full strength essential oils should not be applied to skin they should be diluted with carrier oils.
****Lavender contains limonene that can cause photosensitivity
**** European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.
***Sebai H, et al. Lavender (Lavandula stoechas L.) essential oils attenuate hyperglycemia and protect against oxidative stress in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Lipids Health Dis 2013; 12(1):189.
****Altaei DT, Topical lavender oil for the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulceration. Am J Dent 2012; 25(1):39-43.