Saturday, March 13, 2010

Scented Saturdays - Lavender

This is a new feature I wanted to introduce!
For as many Saturdays as I remember... :)

I would like to talk about essential oils/herbs and practical applications for that herb/oil. My friends joke kindly about me being an alchemist... there are just so many things that one can do at home to promote their own personal well being!

Remember, according to mental health we have no true definition of mental wellness, only the illnesses and we pretty much have an entire encyclopedia series on all the illnesses we can have. So, if the stressed out day to day "normal life" is the middle balance.... couldn't it be argued that we should have an entire encyclopedia series that speaks of mental wellbeing?

So... stress is normal? I strongly feel stress effects my wellbeing and aromatherapy can aid in stress management. So can yoga and meditation/prayer.... and faith heals... seems like we're trying to tell ourselves something.

This week I thought I would talk about one of the power herbs which would be Lavender.

Lavender has a lightly floral scent, mixes well with most other oils and is very versatile.

Lavender has a long list of therapeutic uses. Remember like any essential oil, they are very concentrated amounts of the herb and should be used with caution. Some oils cannot be applied neat (directly to skin). Lavender can be applied to the skin as it doesn't irritate.

Two very effective ways to take advantage of the benefits any oil has to offer is by mixing it directly in a carrier oil for massage purposes, or placing a few drops of the Essential oil in the bath tub, maybe with some Epsom salts for added benefit.

I should mention that if you don't enjoy the scent, its properties will not be as beneficial for you as they would be for someone who loves the smell. Smelling things that we do not enjoy just adds stress to an already stressed out body and mind. It is counter-productive.

Here we go! Now its time for various random uses for lavender!

  • As a tonic for hair growth, mix 2-3 drops into a container of leave-in unscented conditioner and massage into scalp.
  • Rub a couple drops of oil into temples to aid in headache alleviation. There is also a pressure point in the hand that will take care of that. Also, a lavender scented hot or cold compress will help.
  • To reduce the intensity of flu symptoms place a few drops of Lavender in a diffuser or with steam inhalation. I would recommend both lavender and eucalyptus, they would be a cold power house... maybe a little camphor and some orange oil to bring around the mood a bit... being sick can be depressing. Sometimes it is necessary to combat multiple symptoms.
  • For anxiety or depression, place 8-10 drops directly into the tub. Close the shower curtain if you have one... keep the smell inside with you :-)

There are many uses for lavender and these are just a few! I hope you join me again next time on Scented SATURDAAAAAYS.

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm lavender is one of my most favourite scents.
    Very interesting post.
    Love the idea of flu symptoms..our house has been run rampant with some sort of flu bug we just cannot shake.