Lavender Essential Oil

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There is nothing like walking thru a field of lavender. To take a deep breath of that wonderful miracle, it’s like inhaling pure freshness. Lavender has a floral, herbaceous, slightly woody yet sweet aroma. It should not have a camphoreous smell to it. Lavender essential oil can be used directly (neat) on your skin it does not have to be added to a carrier oil. It has so many healing properties. Lavender is the most well known essential oil and it has a long history of uses. It is still used in perfumes, incense, as a deodorant, disinfectant, germicial, antimicrobial, It It is very calming, relaxing, balancing both emotionally and physically yet uplifting. When I am stressed I open a bottle of lavender essential oil then I slowly inhale taking in the aroma. It instantly helps me to relax and be calm.
There are three ways to get the benefits from essential oils.
1. The olfactory system is the main way. When an odor enters into the nasal cavity, it interacts with olfactory receptors. Your receptors send signals to the main olfactory bulb, then to your mitral cells. The mitral cells take the odor the rest of the way to the olfactory cortex; this is where awareness and identification of specific odors takes place.
2. Topically. Essential oils can be applied topically to your skin. Your skin is permeable so it is able to absorb oils and essential oils. Essential oils are very concentrated and they can burn or irritate your skin if applied directly onto your skin. Most essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a base oil like jojoba oil, Olive oil, argon oil, grapeseed oil to name a few oils. Lavender and tea tree are two that can be applied directly to skin.
3. Ingesting by swallowing it. Ingesting (swallowing) essential oils is NOT recommended for the general public. The reason is because you should have a great deal of essential oils knowledge and expertise to be safe. You should talk to a specially trained physician or aromatherapist. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. If you are taking prescription drugs there could be potential drug interactions. Essential oils are very very concentrated and may burn your throat, esophagus or stomach if ingested.
Essential oils are safe to use but always use caution and educate yourself before using them.
I always keep a bottle in my kitchen, my laundry room, my essential oil/first aid kit. I learned the hard way to always take my essential oil kit with me when I travel.
Some of the ways that I use lavender essential oil;
1. I dilute it with alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it into my pillow before going to bed and it helps me to sleep.
2. When I got stung by a bee, I dropped a few drops onto the area and no swelling and minimal redness.
3. When I burn myself (luckily it’s only been three times that it was really bad) the first thing I do is to ice it for at least five minutes, then I soak the burned area in lavender essential oil. I repeat; ice five minutes, lavender five minutes. Within twenty minutes I have no more swelling or pain It doesn’t get a bad blister, nor does it leave a burn scar. It really works.
4. When I got eczema on my hand I made up what I call one of my potions with lots of lavender essential oil included into it. I put it on the pad of a bandaid. Within two days, really two days the eczema was getting better. After four days it was healed.
5. I use it on cuts, scraps, bug bites, mosquito bites, spider bites.
6. I add lavender to my homemade lotions, salves, lip balm, face soap, skin care products, shampoo, conditioner, and body butters. It softens my skin and hair and smells great. I never use store bought face soap, lotions, butters, salves, butters or balms.
7. I use it on sunburns.
8. I make all of my soap, face and body soap. I add essential oil and lavender flowers into my body soap. The lather is so soft, very cleansing and smells great.
9. I make my homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener and laundry scent beads with lavender essential oil infused.
10. I make a lavender tincture that I can use in salad dressing, tea, raw ice cream and any recipes I chose to put it in.
11. I make eyepillows with lavender flower tops, flax seeds and lavender essential oil.
12. I make bath salts and bath oils with lavender essential oil.
13. I make air freshener/disinfectant with water or alcohol and lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Forget those stores bought fresheners, they don’t kill germs that cause odors and they are chemicals.
14. I put a couple of drops in my diffuser to freshen the air. If you don’t have a diffuser you can simmer some water in a small pan, add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil and let it disperse into the air.
15. I add lavender essential oil to almost all of my homemade potions.
16. I add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a very large bowl with marbles on the bottom and soak my feet for fifteen minutes. It is so relaxing and calming.

To make lavender essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) the flowering tops are steam distilled which extracts the volatile (it evaporates rapidly in the form of a vapor) oils from the lavender flowers. Essential oils are very very concentrated so they are very strong. It takes 150 pounds of lavender buds to make one ounce of lavender essential oil.

PRECAUTIONS:
Never use essential oils undiluted (except lavender and tea tree they can be used undiluted), in the eyes or mucus membranes. Keep away from children and pets. When you are applying a essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to a insensitive part of the body like the inside of your elbow. Most essential oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil prior to applying to skin.

When storing oils, do not store them in plastic bottles or with a rubber dropper inserted in the bottle. Essential oils are very strong they can dissolve the plastic and the rubber on the dropper. Leaving the rubber on the dropper gummy and sticky.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is my opinion. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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