|Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM|
Of all the essential oils, lavender would have to be the most versatile oil. Lavender not only smells wonderful, but research is showing that it is able to calm anxiety and reduce stress. But that is not all; lavender has a long list of medical properties as well.
Here is a brief look at lavender as a plant and some history.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia),
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint)
Plant Origin: Utah, Idaho and France
Extracation Method: Steamed distilled from flowering top
The symbolic meaning of lavender is devotion and loyalty
A French scientist by the name of Rene' Gattefosse' first discovered that lavender has the ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed up the healing process. He stumbled upon lavender's ability to heal when he was severely burned in a laboratory accident and by mistake he grabbed lavender oil instead of water. Lavender is still one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia!
Lavender is very well known for its relaxation properties. The fragrance of lavender has been shown to influence: calming, relaxing and balancing both physically and emotionally. Researchers at the University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, which would suggest increased relaxation. Lavender has several medical properties. It has been found that lavender is an: antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, anti-inflammatory and helps combat excess sebum on the skin.
That was just a quick look at lavender and some of the wonderful healing properties it has. You might be wondering how to actually use lavender in your life. Well, for starters lavender oil can be inhaled directly and/or diffused into the air by using a cold air diffuser. Lavender oil makes a wonderful massage oil when diluted with carrier oil. Just ask your massage therapist if he/she carriers 100% therapeutic grade lavender essential oil.
Lavender can also be applied to the skin to help with:
• Insect bites
• Dry skin
• On an open cut to kill bacteria
• Sunburns (add lavender to all natural aloe vera gel)
• Add a few drops to a wet cloth and put in the dryer to freshen clothing.
• Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in linen closest to keep away moths and insects.
Lavender essential oil can be purchased at a local health supply store or on-line through a qualified source. You will want to make sure that the lavender essential oil that you purchase is 100% Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil.
The source that Natural Balance Massage Therapy uses is, Young Living Essential Oils at www.youngliving.com
Information in this e-mail can be found in Essential Oils Desk Reference 4th edition and Young Living Essential Oils.