Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lavender Part 1:

 
I love lavender so much that I have to talk to you about it in two or three parts- Today we are going to talk about the oil itself and what it does.

Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil
  • It is distilled from the French, sweet, or true lavender plant
  • It takes 250 lbs of raw lavender to make 16 oz of essential oil
  • Once distilled, the essential oil must be kept in a dark container and away from direct sunlight
Therapeutic Uses for Lavender
  • Stress-relief
  • Relieves Insomnia
  • Heals skin abrasions such as: burns, sunburns, infections
  • Relieves mild depression symptoms
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial
How do essential oils work?
  • Essential oil molecules are so small that they are able to cross the blood/brain barrier
  • Only alcohol, drugs, and essential oils can do that
  • This means they can affect the signals your brain sends to your body - helping the body to naturally heal itself
  • Most effective when inhaled and absorbed through the skin
Lavender is the safest and most versatile oil. It can be used on infants, pregnant and nursing women and all other children and adults (there are a few adults who are allergic so it is always important to test a small area first). Next time we will talk about how to use this oil - but I wanted to give you time to buy some first. You can try your local health food stores or order some at these websites:

Cosmicflower

Mountain Rose Herbs


If you are interested in learning more about all of the essential oils this is my favorite reference book by Julia Lawless:

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