Friday, 30 August 2013

How To ... Use Lavender Essential Oil

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Pure Lavender Essential Oil 

Latin Name: Lavendula Augustifolia
The most versatiile, useful and popular of the essential oils, lavender essential oil has an abundance of uses. It blends happily with many other oils for use in massage, vaporising, bath preparations and inhaled form a pillow or hankie. Its also one of the few essential oils that are gentle enough to use for babies.
Scent: Fresh, light, spicy, floral
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Country of Origin: France
Colour: Yellow
Fragrance Note: Top and Middle

Blends well with: cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, pine, nutmeg and other citrus oils. 
Properties: Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, calming, rejuvenating, relaxing, soothing
Key Benefits:

Soothing and Calming for body and mind

Can relieve the symptoms of anxiety, panic, depression, tension and nervous related difficulties

Revitalising, toning and antibacterial on the skin - great added to cream, lotions or toners. Also good for acne, boils etc.

Healing and Soothing to skin - good used for burns and wounds but should not be applied to open skin

Great for aiding sleep and relaxation esepcially when combined with Chamomile and Marjoram

Used in child birth to help maintain calm and speed up the second stage of labour in a managed way

Can ease the symptoms of sunsburn and sunstroke

Can help to reduce the itching associated with insect bites, dry skin and eczema
Cautions: Do not use in first trimaester of pregnancy


To help with sleep
Add a couple of drops of chamomile and lavender to a tissue and breathe deeply.

To Relieve Menstrual Pain and PMS

Mix equal parts of chamomile, lavender and clary sage together into a sweet almond base and rub onto your stomach.

To help with Rheumatoid and Arthritis pain

Mix together equal parts of chamomile, lavender and black pepper into a sweet almond base and gently rub into affected area.

Pain Relief Oil Blend
This recipe can be used in the Bath or made up in a Massage Oil.  If you need a more topical application a compress can be used on the affected joints to bring pain relief.  Mix the oils and shake well before use.

You will need:

- 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 6 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Benzoin Essential Oil
- 28ml of base oil

Soothing Balm and Reviving Balm
First make up a Balm:

Place the shea butter, beeswax and grapeseed oil in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until they're melted.  Remove from heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E. Pour into an Amber jar and Store in a cool, dark place.

Soothing Lavender Blend

Bath Salts to help ease Headaches

Mix Epsom salt and baking soda together in a bowl using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils).  Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salts. Stir until thoroughly mixed.  Store mixture in a dark glass jar. Let cure for at least 24 hours before using. Use about one cup of bath salts per bath.

- 3 cups Epsom Salts
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Relaxing Lavender Blend

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