Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Discover Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Can you smell your way to good health? There are many people who now think or are sure that you can.

The planet is filled with natural fragrances that many of us take for granted. However there are many who believe that the right natural fragrances can help you feel better, work better and, best of all, relax!

It could be the fresh smell that precedes a rainstorm, the smell of freshly ground coffee or the smell of your favourite flower; natural aromas are all around us and influence our disposition. An excellent example is the trick of having bread baking or fresh coffee on the go as you show a prospective buyer around your house.

Much work and research has been done to see if the power of smell can help in the treatment of many common ailments. Is that possible? Put a good quality lavender essential oil onto an aromatherapy diffuser or hot stone vaporiser, close your eyes and feel yourself relax and drift off into another world. Our bodies have worked in close unison with Mother Nature for so many years and maybe she knows something we are only just beginning to understand.

There are more than 150 oils that have distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that are reputed to improve health and prevent illness. All aromatherapy oils have their own unique healing and antiseptic properties. Some oils are antiviral, others relieve pain, some are relaxing and yet others can even be used as anti-depressants.

Like all alternative treatments, aromatherapy is not something you experiment with without attaining some knowledge. For example, mentioned above is vaporising lavender essential oil and enjoying the soporific effect. It may be tempting to massage the lavender essential oil straight from the bottle onto your temples or foreheads. However, good quality lavender oil is very concentrated and that strength on the skin is likely to cause an unpleasant reaction. It is only recently that the advice has been given to mix Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils with a carrier oil before massaging into the skin. Previously it was considered safe to put either of these essential oils directly onto the skin but there have been cases of allergic reactions.

Research by reading articles, books and e-books by experienced practitioners. The time will be well spent as there may be benefits to you, your health and wellbeing.

There is much to be discovered and enjoyed in the safe use of aromatherapy and essential oils.

Rodger Cresswell is Managing Director of Avondale Consultancy Limited and Consultant to JC Regali

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Three Fresh Ways With Essential Oils

Have you ever thought of how often you vacuum your home?
It’s wonderful that modern vacuum cleaners have good efficient filters and often two or more!
They should of course be kept as clean as possible, preferably every time the cleaner is emptied.
They are excellent for trapping the smaller dust particles while cleaning but have you thought of using a few drops of your favourite pure essential oil dripped onto the filter.
Two or three drops of lemon myrtle, lavender or pine can leave a wonderful aroma around your home, not to mention the benefit of enjoying the fragrance while doing your chores.

Why not add one or two drops of pure essential oils to your washing powder to leave their wonderful scent on your clothes.
Another possible method is to drip a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a piece of cloth and adding to your laundry in the tumble dryer.
Favourite essential oils of mine would have to be lavender, lemon myrtle or eucalyptus.

Motherhood can be a wonderful experience, especially the joy of bonding during the final evening feed whether by bottle feeding or breast feeding.
We have to be mindful that pure essential oils are very potent and should not be allowed onto the skins of either breast feeding mothers or babies.
That is not to say that the use of aromatherapy has to be completely avoided at this time.
In fact there can be wonderful positive benefits to be had if used with caution.
A couple of drops of chamomile, lavender or a mixture of both dripped onto a tissue or piece of cloth in the bedroom or nursery (out of reach of children) can have a wonderful calming affect on both mothers and babies to unwind, relax and enhance the bonding experience of mother and child.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Aromatherapy Treatment - Natural Medicine to Heal

Sometimes in the medical treatment, traditional sources of medicine work better than the chemical compounds. And, there are many who prefer to go for herbal treatment rather than going for the allopathic ones not because merely that they are without side effects, but because they have the natural healing process which delights you as well. After all, they are taken from the nature. Aromatherapy treatment is just like that. Here the aromatic ingredients are taken from deep down the nature for the mental and bodily well being.

Aromatherapy treatment is sure to give relief from a large number of problems. There are essential oils, the distilled liquid extracted from herbs plants, barks, roots which have the fragrance therapy as well as other medications to heal your physical and physiological wounds, at times to relax you.

Aromatherapy can be used for the treatment of a number of ailments. A range of aromatherapy essential oils are used for treatment of specific conditions. The following is a list of essential oils that are used as different medication purposes. Just look at the tremendous impact they can have on our mind and body:

Essential oils reducing pain: Bergamot; Chamomile; Lavender; Marjoram; Rosemary.

Anti inflammatory oils: Bergamot; Calendula chamomile; Lavender

Preventing and combating local bacterial infection: Bergamot; Eucalyptus; Juniper; Lavender; Rosemary; Tea-Tree.

Sleep inducing: Chamomile; Lavender; Marjoram

Immune system stimulant essential oils: Garlic; Lavender; Tea Tree.

Sometimes, they are hepatic also, which strengthen the liver: Cypress; Lemon; Peppermint; Rosemary; Thyme.

Well, not only for the bodily well being, aromatherapy treatment is used for the mental pleasure too. You can use the aromatherapy candles to have a relaxing aura around you. They are the best to calm down the tension through their sweet fragrance spread over the aura around you. Again, there are aromatherapy massages where essential oils are used for relaxation purposes. You will have a soft human touch mixed with the pleasure of having the benefit of natural products harping throughout your body. The fragrance also takes you to a new height. There are aromatherapy bath salts and the soaps that exfoliate your skin and keeping it smooth in addition to providing an unmatched relaxation.

Aromatherapy treatment is natural and is beneficial both for the mental and bodily well being. Also aromatherapy is easily accessible through online means. Aromatherapy is a complete treatment source but don't forget to make sure you are not allergic to any product before using it.

Mercy Dorson is working with the Horticultural Research Station in Adelaide. He has also been involved with various researches on rare species plants. To find Aromatherapy treatment, essential massage blends, essential oils, aromatherapy, oils visit http://www.essentialoils-and-aromatherapy.com/

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top 5 Aromatherapy Oils for Beginners

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils (oils extracted from plants) for a healthy benefit. Because aromatherapy can be done as a self-help technique, it can be used for a variety of common health issues. Below is a list of the Top 5 essential oils that beginners can use for common issues.

Eucalyptus -- Eucalyptus Globulus
Eucalyptus has a stimulating smell that clears congestion. It has a long history and is common in many of today’s over-the-counter cold preparations. It is a powerful antiseptic which reportedly kills airborne germs. It is excellent in vaporizers during cold and flu season.

Lavender -- Lavandula Augustifolia
Lavender has a mild fragrance and is often used in potpourri, soaps, & talcs. It is a gentle oil that may be applied directly to the skin. It is excellent for use on burns. Lavender is widely known for its relaxation properties. It is an excellent stress reducer.

Peppermint -- Mentha Piperita
The distinctive smell of peppermint is widely recognized. This essential oil should not be used internally or directly on the skin. It is a very potent inhalant which contains menthol which clears the head and stimulates thinking. Also, it has traditionally been used for nausea, headaches and fatigue. It makes an excellent foot massage when mixed with carrier oil.

Rosemary -- Rosmarinus Officinalis
Rosemary has a long history and has been valued as sacred and religious oil. It has antiseptic properties. Rosemary is a powerful physical and mental booster and is often used in “Wake Up” blends.

Tea Tree Oil -- Melaleuca Alternifolia
Tea Tree oil has a very distinct, medicinal-like smell. It may be applied directly to the skin. It is exceptional for use on cuts, acne, warts, and other skin/fungal infections. It may be added to shampoo as head lice or flea repellent.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Guide to Essential Oils (O-R) Obesity - Restlessness

OBESITY - Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Orange

OBSESSIVE/COMPULSIVE - Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

PANIC - Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

PMS/PMT - Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Rose, Chamomile

PSORIASIS - Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Juniper, Sandalwood

RASH - Blue Tansy, Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Tea Tree, Spikenard, Patchouli (Hives & itching)

REGRET - Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood


RELAXATION - Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang

RESPIRATORY - Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Basil, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrtle, Peppermint, Ravensara

RESTLESSNESS - Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Orange, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang

Especial care should be taken when using "hot" oils! Always use "hot" oils in extremely weak dilution of less than one percent for skin application.

Commonly used "hot" essential oils known to have the potential to cause, skin irritation, include: basil (Ocimum basilicum), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), birch (Betula lenta), black pepper (Piper nigrum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), clove (Eugenia aromatica), ginger (Zingiber officinale), expressed (cold pressed from peel) oils of lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit (Citrus limetta, limonum, sinensis and paradisi), lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates), oregano (Origanum compactum), Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), Siberian, balsam or silver fir (Abies siberica, alba, balsamea), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) and in some cases, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) and peppermint (Mentha piperita).

If any of these essential oils is applied in a dilution of carrier oil on the skin and a hot, red irritation occurs this is the result of a burn to the skin that requires immediate attention. Always have a vegetable carrier oil like Pure Light Coconut Oil or Jojoba available to apply onto the skin in such cases!

Apply a carrier oil will have an immediate effect of calming the skin irritation. Do not wash or rinse the area with water as this will drive the essential oils further into the skin and increase, not diminish discomfort.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance your health. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and can produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

KG Stiles is a certified aromatherapist practicing in Ashland, OR USA & founder of PurePlant Essentials aromatherapy products. She compounds aromatic remedies for: colds and flu, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression & more. A registered and accredited MindBody Therapist and Health Educator KG has advanced certification & training in Bowen Therapy, BodyTalk & Aromatherapy. She is the owner of Springhill Wellness Center & has developed massage training & holistic health programs for the spa industry, health clubs, clinics, schools, resorts and individual clients.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Benefits of Lavender Green Tea

In Health

Organically grown Green Tea is rich in polyphenols and anti-oxidants that fight free radicals that damage cells and tissue. An 8 oz. Cup of Green Tea has as much potency as a cup of blueberries, a best source of anti-oxidants and as much vitamin C as a lemon. It also contains magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, folie acid and potassium.

Larch Arabinogalaetin (AG) is a good source of natural dietary fiber. Women who increase fiber from 12 to 24 grams absorb 90 fewer calories from fat and protein. Men who increase fiber from 15 to 36 grams absorb 130 fewer calories. Larch (AG) moves waste through the digestive tract promoting intestinal cleansing, making it the safest dietary supplement. Unlike psyllium, larch increases mineral absorption, and like our green tea, it contains no sugar, sweetener, seasonings or colorings.

AG provides us with healthy bacteria that fight free radicals in the digestive tract. The digestive tract is the site of the vast majority of free radical production. A healthy digestive tract directs nutrients to the organs of the body and eliminates waste.

Skin Care

We eliminate toxic materials through the digestive and urinary tract. Should these organs fail, toxins will attempt to exit via our skin, decreasing the quality of our skin. Green tea, larch, and lavender are frequently used in skin care products.

Weight Management

Green tea has been sold in health food stores as a safe way to reduce weight. Green tea is thermogenie. That is, it bums fat. If we don't burn fat, we will soon wear it.

Weight Management & Stress

Does stress causes you to reach for comfort food7 Comfort foods are often used to deal with emotional events. Lavender is emotionally balancing; that is, it picks us up when we are down and helps to calm us when we are tense. Possibly reducing our desire for high calorie sweets. Long before Lavender was used for fragrance, it was considered a culinary delight. Enjoy the taste of Lavender Green Tea with Larch and profit from the many nutritional benefits without the calories.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lavender Aromatherapy For Stress Relief-Seven Little Known Tips To Feel Better And Live Happier

Aromatherapy is the essential oil portion of the plant that is separated and may be used to stimulate healing in a variety of ways, including stress relief and stress management, anxiety, depression, insomnia, pregnancy, child birth, migraine headaches, muscle soreness, nausea and a number of other health issues. It is best to use Aromatherapy sparingly with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, or sweet almond oil (my favorite). Try to avoid using the essential oil directly on the skin.

Aromatherapy can get pretty involved, and you can get quite bogged down with learning a variety of essential oils, so we are going to keep this simple and to the point by focusing on one of the best and safest essential oil - lavender and how you can use it to manage stress.

Why lavender? Women love the smell of lavender! It's perhaps the most popular essential plant oil that is a big favorite of many women for stress management, balance and healing. Its properties are safe, calming and very pleasant. Just what you need to de-stress so you feel serene and think clearly.

The purer the quality of lavender you use the better results you will get. You can mix it with lotions, vegetable oils or water. Lavender is great for a number of health benefits, especially, insomnia, depression, stress and anxiety.

Here are seven little known ways to use lavender for stress relief

Tip one – lavender with your bath.

Use three to five drops of lavender in your bath when you have a few minutes to take a bath. The essential oil actually seeps into your body and stimulate a feeling of calm and relaxation. If you don’t have time for a bath, just mix a few drops of the lavender in your favorite lotions, creams or carrier oil and use it as a moisturizer. Be mindful of what you have to get done after use because it can make you feel sleepy. You can actually make your own lavender moisturizer so you can have it on tap and ready to use whenever you want. Simply buy the lavender plant at your local health food store, blend it with your favorite carrier oil and keep it in a cute little bottle in your bathroom or bedroom.

Tip two – ‘take five’ with your lavender eye pillow.

Get a basic eye pillow that comes ready made with the lavender scent in the pillow. When you have a few spare minutes, just sit back on the couch and put the pillow over your eyes as you inhale the scent of the lavender and ‘take five.’ When you are relaxing, remember to take some nice deep breaths and think of five things you are absolutely grateful for in your life. This is a great time to meditate; you will feel calm and re-energized. Think of adding some music therapy as you enjoy your lavender scented eye pillow and enjoying your deep breathing. Get music that will actually slow down your heart rate, classical music is great for this.

Tip three – lavender at bedtime.

Put a few drops of pure lavender oil with distilled water in a spray bottle and shake well. Simply spray the mist on your pillow before you go to sleep. You will be in dreamland very quickly. You can sip a cup of lavender herbal tea prior to going to bed. This will also help you sleep peacefully and get you ready for the day ahead.

Tip four- lavender for healing and pain relief.

Lavender's anti- inflammatory properties has great healing power and may quickly assist in the healing process for minor scratches and bruises such as insect bites. I use lavender to wipe my hands during the flu season. Lavender in any form can be great during childbirth to ease the mother’s tension, or during pregnancy to alleviate some of the mother's discomfort.

Tip five – lavender with your favorite massage.

When you have about ten minutes to give yourself self-massage, use lavender in your massage oil and simply work you way from head to toe. This is a great way to say I love you….to you! Of course the other option is to have a willing partner who is kind enough to give you a full head and body massage. Then there is the professional option, where you can either have a massage therapist come to your home or you go to a day spa, or even a stay spa. You can either request the use of lavender with the massage oil or you can bring your own.

Tip six – lavender neck and shoulder pillow.

There are some great aromatherapy neck and shoulder pillow that come with the lavender scent mixed into the ingredients inside the pillow. For tight shoulders and a stiff neck, simply put the pillow in the microwave for two minutes or LESS, please watch this so the pillow does not burn, and make sure it is NOT too warm for you, then simply wrap it around your should and let the heat relax the muscles as the lavender stimulates your nervous system. I do this while I am on the computer or watching TV. Heck, if I get the opportunity I use this around my shoulders while I'm in traffic! It sure stops me from swearing when someone cuts me off.

Tip seven - lavender scented candles/diffuser.

If you don’t have the time to do much of anything to get some lavender into your life, then you can simply get a lavender scented candle and just burn it. My personal favorite is soy candles. Soy is awesome because it burns clean; there is no flakey wax to deal with. It is a lot safer around pets and children because it is plant-based and non-toxic. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a diffuser and enjoy the calming effects as you inhale. Think of it as mental yoga.

Monique is a speaker, author, lifestyle expert, nationally certified massage therapist & reiki practitioner. She has worked with hundreds of busy women using an eclectic blend of techniques to help her clients achieve relaxation and the energy required to be successful in ALL areas of life. Monique's passion is helping busy women to have success without the stress. Monique is the publisher of the 'Home Spa Tips ezine. Check her out at http://www.homespatips.com

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Lavender Essential Oil - Universal Healing Remedy

Highly scented Lavender has a distinctly sweet floral-spice aroma that's a little wild and woody. Lavender smells like the color blue to me! I think of the Blue Bird of Happiness when I inhale its lovely and intoxicating scent.

Distilling at high altitude allows lower temperatures and lower pressure for distillation making it possible for the volatile phytochemicals to come through intact in the final product.

A universal first aid healing oil! Lavender's pure and clean scent is well known. Every home and office should consider keeping a bottle of it on hand!

Lavender is the most commonly used essential oil and the absolute classic oil for treating burns!

During the early 20th century, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse became interested in the use of essential oils for their medicinal properties. While working Gattefosse accidentally burned his arm very badly!

On reflex Gattefosse plunged his burned arm into a large vat of lavender oil. His burn healed rapidly and there was absolutely NO scarring of tissue!

Gattefosse is credited with coining the term "aromatherapy" in his 1928 article supporting the use of essential oils in their whole, pure and unadulterated state.

Apply Lavender immediately to burns to prevent blistering, or scarring, as well as speed healing of wounds as it stimulates cellular repair and regeneration.

Lavender was first cultivated in the high mountains of Persia and southern France.

A hearty and robust plant Lavender thrives in barren environments that sharply contrast to its natural power for producing healing energy.

Lavender's gentle nourishing and healing effect on the body, mind, spirit and emotions comes from its notable ability to harmonize and stabilize the entire human energy system, or Chakras.

Excellent for balancing hyper emotional states such as shock, anger, impatience and irritability.

Lavender helps dispel the negative mental states of fear & worry.

Supports self growth and development of inner freedom from compulsion and clinging to one's desires.

Please join me for The Universal Healing Remedy Part II. We'll explore Lavender's healing power for nurturance and self care!

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance your health. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

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Lavender for Nail Fungus

Natural healers often recommend using essential oils from herbs such as thyme, oregano, mint, and even lavender for nail fungus treatment. Lavender (from the scientific genus Lavandula) is not one of the commonest herbs mentioned in this regard, but it is a member of the mint family and scientific studies have shown that it does have some antifungal properties. Aromatic herbs, which must fend off the attacks of fungi and other organisms in nature, seem to produce potent substances that can be extracted or distilled from the plant to produce a concentrated antifungal substance.

Lavandula antifungal properties are perhaps the least well known of the herb's many uses - esthetic, culinary, and medicinal. Lavender has long been used to create a sweet flowery scent in perfumes, bath water, linens, and closets. It is used to flavor teas, potato dishes and other foods. It is known to have a calming effect and has been used in many first aid remedies including medicines for headache, wound dressings, and insect bites, and as a treatment for chronic health problems such as rheumatism, psoriasis and parasitic infections, to name just a few. Lavender has antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, characteristics that explain why herbalists recommend lavender for nail fungus treatment.

The mechanism for lavandula antifungal activity is not well understood, but it may act in similar ways to essential oils from other herbs. Fungi that are actively growing spread by putting out long fine branching stalks called hyphae - most people have seen this type of growth on occasion when mold starts to grow on food items. It has been noted that essential herbal oils seem to eat away at the walls of hyphae, causing them to disintegrate and lose their inner contents. Interestingly, some studies show that a preparation that contains other essential oils as well as lavender for nail fungus may work better than single oils by themselves. For example, lavender oil appears to be synergistic with tea tree oil, meaning that the two mutually increase each other's positive effects.

Fungal nail infections have always been notoriously hard to treat and modern medicine, despite many attempts to find effective antifungals, hasn't been very successful at developing drugs that are both safe and effective. In this respect the potential of herbal oils such as lavandula antifungal extract provide considerable hope for people who don't want to take a systemic drug which may cause unpleasant side effects. Many preparations from alternative medicine vendors today contain special blends of essential oils including lavender for nail fungus, and there is a growing collection of literature confirming that these remedies do work. If you're looking for an alternative to an expensive prescription drug for a nail fungus infection, a natural remedy containing essential oils is worth a try.

Before starting self-treatment with lavender for nail fungus, or any other alternative or home remedy, have your nail infection confirmed by a medical professional: other nail conditions can look similar but will not respond to antifungal remedies.

R. Drysdale is a freelance writer with more than 25 years experience as a health care professional. She is a contributing editor to Lavender for Nail Fungus at Nail Fungus Treatment, a blog dedicated to the treatment of fingernail and toenail fungus.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Lavender The Universal Oil

The smell of lavender has to be one of the most exquisite sensations your mind, body and soul can experience. Close your eyes and let the sweet, earthy, slightly herbaceuos, floral scent calm your frazzled nerves and relax your mind. Folklore has given this tall, fragrant flower many names and properties. Elf’s Leaf, Nard, Nardus, and Spike, all have been said to carry powers of love, protection, sleep chastity, longevity, purification, happiness and peace. Lavender was carried to see ghosts and worn to protect against the "evil eye". Sachets were made and filled with the dried flowers to attract love. Its has even been given masculine qualities and an association with the planet Mercury and its element is air.

This spiky flower was imported by the ancient Greeks from Syria for its fragrance. Today commercial perfume houses still use lavender essential oil as the base ingredients in many of their perfume blends. This herb is grown commercially in England, France, Bulgaria and Croatia among many other parts of the world. Depending on where lavender is grown and at which altitude, gives this herb its different healing properties. The Botanical name Lavandula comes from the Latin word "lavare" which means "to wash". Lavender essential oils are also used in combination with massages to relax and relieve stress from the body. Given the name "Universal Oil" this herb stands up to its many claims.

This aromatic essential oil should be in every household medicine cabinet or first aid kit. Lavender is known to work wonders on minor scrapes and burns, itchy insect bites and is used to prevent scarring. In 1910 Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, one of the founders of the science of aroma therapy, found this out accidently after burning his hands in a laboratory explosion. Thinking he was submerging the burned hand in a pot of water when in fact it was lavender essential oil. He later noticed that the hand healed faster and with less scarring. Lavender essential oil is one of the only essential oils that is safe to use undiluted directly on your skin and is baby safe as well.

Here is an easy salve recipe to make using the dried flowers of lavender and lavender essential oil. This salve may be used to help treat dry cuticles, hangnails, minor burns and scrapes. This does not replace any medical assistance as with any injury you may need to seek the advise of your medical doctor. This salve puts no claims on healing and is meant only to assist.

What you will need; Paper towels, 1 cup olive oil, ½ once lavender herb (dried flowers), ½ ounce lavender essential oil, ½ ounce beeswax, ½ teaspoon vitamin E (400 unit capsule) and cheesecloth to strain. Makes 5 ozs.

Put lavender herb in your olive oil and bake in oven at 200 degrees for 3 hours. Allow this mixture to cool a little, while its still war, strain lavender herb (with cheesecloth) into a pan on top of the stove. Add vitamin E ( ½ teaspoon). Add beeswax and stir until melted, let cool some, add your essential oil to the mixture after it has cooled, pour into a wide mouth 5 ounce jar or into five 1 oz jars.

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Paulette Gehrke has taken several correspondence courses in herbal preperation, reflexology and accupressure through Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and is currently enrolled in Lakeside School of Massage Therapy. She owns and operates Natural Earth Essentials where you will find quality handcrafted aroma therapy soaps made with all natural ingredients.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Lavender Bath Salts - A One-Of-A-Kind Experience

When you are thinking about special products that you will enjoy and will also enhance your bathroom, lavender bath salts is the perfect place to start. Lavender bath salts are very popular; and there are reasons why so many people love them. If you are not yet familiar with this product, it is something you definitely must try; after you do, you will surely agree that there are plenty of reasons why it is at the top of most people's lists of favorites.

A Classic Scent

Lavender is a classic. It has been one of the most favored aromas throughout time, preferred over most other scents by everyone from royalty to average people, young and not-so-young alike. The fact that its popularity has had such staying power and is loved by those of all ages and from all walks of life, shows that it is something extra-special indeed.

Lavender bath salts will give an air of delicate sophistication to both you and your bathroom. While the scent itself is glorious, it is also loved because it is strong enough to hold without being overpowering. It will give just the right amount of scent to your skin and to your bathroom, lingering just enough to be noticeable and enjoyed to its utmost.

Lingering Aroma

Using lavender bath salts will give you the best that this product has to offer. First, if you can imagine reveling in a long, luxurious bath, relaxing in an aromatic paradise, these salts will be an absolutely wonderful experience! However, a point which is even better is that the rewards you get from using them do not stop with your bath-- the warm scent will linger in the room so that it will delight your senses for a long time after your bath.

The distinct scent of lavender is much nicer than the aromas given by candles, burning incense, or any types of standard air freshener; and it is also a decidedly natural scent, much preferred over strong perfume and other scents which seem to mask the air rather than to enhance it. You will be giving your room a special treat when you use lavender bath salts-- and this scent's lingering presence will be a delight to anyone who captures its essence hours after it is used.

One-of-a-Kind Experience

There is no other product that can honestly make so many positive claims. This is one whose long-standing use has made it a favorite for generations, among all ages, classes, and backgrounds. In addition to being a classic, it always seems to be distinctly unique whenever it is used. And it will provide as much aromatic enhancement to the entire room as it provides enjoyment to the person who is actually using it.

When you think about all of these reasons together, it should be quite easy to understand why lavender bath salts is a product which so many people have loved for so long a time-- and also why you, too, should treat yourself to this one-of-a-kind experience!

Ernest Jarquio is a successful Webmaster and publisher of Bathrooms-And-Showers.com. He provides more resources on topics such as lavender bath salts, Bath and Bodyworks and bathroom colors that you can research on his website even while lounging in your living room.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Focus On - Lavender

The ancient Greeks called the lavender herb nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. It was also commonly called nard.

During Roman times, flowers were sold for 100 denarii per pound, which was about the same as a month's wages for a farm labourer, or fifty haircuts from the local barber. Lavender was commonly used in Roman baths to scent the water, and it was thought to restore the skin. When the Roman Empire conquered southern Britain, the Romans introduced lavender.

During the height of the Plague, glove makers at Grasse would scent their leathers with lavender oil, and this was claimed to ward off the Plague. This story could have some validity as the Plague was transmitted by fleas, which lavender is known to repel.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy, a soccer player for Real Madrid, advocates the use of Lavender, and has been said to coat his boots in it prior to sleep.

In England lavender farms are springing up to meet a growing demand and on a sunny day, it could be Provence but the sight of lavender stretching out as far as the eye can see is becoming increasingly common in England. No longer the preserve of ancient aunts, lavender is now a sought-after ingredient in aromatherapy and herbal medicine, where it is used for both its antiseptic and calming properties.

Last month, a school in Hereford gave lavender-laced tissues to nervous GCSE candidates, and it is also becoming popular in cooking where it is used as a distinctive flavouring in scones, cakes and ice cream.

Lavender has become so important that there is even a spectacular celebration of lavender and herbs at The English Lavender Festival held in July each year. At this festival there isa large display of lavender and herb plants for sale together with border perennials and biennials.
Nigel Goodwill, The English Lavender Festival organiser says "Lavender is such a wonderful plant that we decided it was time to celebrate its properties with a dedicated national festival for all the family."The most common species in cultivation is the Common Lavender Lavandula angustifolia.

Lavenders are widely grown in gardens. Flower spikes are used for dried flower arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris. Dried and sealed in pouches, they are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths. The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic and for aromatherapy.

Lavender flowers yield abundant nectar which yields a high quality honey for beekeepers. French chefs in and around Provence have been incorporating this herb into their cuisine for many centuries. Lavender lends a floral, slightly sweet and elegant flavour to most dishes. It is the buds however that contain the essential oil of lavender, which is where both the scent and flavour of lavender are best derived.

Lavender needs little introduction to people as its scent is already hugely popular and well loved. At Regent House this traditional Lavender fragrance ranks amongst our top 5 sellers and is available in a wide range of products including simmering granules, fragrance oils, room sprays, ironing oil and fragrant stones. In the aromatherapy range Regent House has essential oil, massage oil, massage cream, rollerballs and a CD relaxation pack which aids sleep. All of the products sell excellently in garden centres and gift shops and recently Regent House has launched a floor standing display full of just Lavender products.

Lavender is known for its powerful but gentle relaxing, de-stressing, antiseptic and uplifting properties.
It is good for:
The urinary system: problems like cystitis.
The circulatory system: palpitations and high blood pressure.
The respiratory system: throat infections, influenza, bronchitis and whooping cough.
The nervous system and emotions: it calms a variety of nervous disorders including excitability, insomnia, migraine and nervous tension. As well as panic attacks, hysteria and depression. It has a steadying influence on the psyche, helping indecisiveness and emotional conflict as well as aiding in strengthening the conscious mind.
The muscular system: helps muscular and rheumatic aches and pains.
The reproductive system: useful in treating scanty menstruation and leucorrhoea.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lavender Aromatherapy Improves Health

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other natural aromatic compounds from plants to affect one's mental or physical health. Essential oils, are known as hydrophobic i.e. non-water mixing or volatile i.e. air mixing. Essential oils are sometimes referred to as an "oil of" a plant e.g. oil of lavender. Essential oils are referred to as "essential" because they are the perceived "essence" of a plant..

Essential oils and other elements used in aromatherapy are used for relieving a variety of discomfort from indigestion to headaches. Aromatherapy is used to alter mood, inspire confidence, ease depression, and increase energy. In many cultures essential oils are used for their antiseptic value to treat infection. In France, essential oils viewed and considered in a similar way prescription drugs are in the United States. Essential oil treatments can be delivered in many different ways- direct inhalation of vapors, inhalation of steam from a vaporizer, through massage, or through therapeutic baths. It is important to note, however, that essential oils are diluted in carrier oils (neutral, odorless oils) before being used on skin. Essential oils can be used singly or in combinations with other essential oils.

Other products used in Aromatherapy besides essential oils include absolutes, phytoncides, and infusions. Absolutes are essentially purer forms of essential oils that have had their lighter, less dense components extracted with ethanol. Phytoncides are natural antimicrobial liquids used by many plants to protect themselves from rotting or being eaten by insects and animals. Infusions are oils or other liquids that have been infused with herbs, flowers, or berries.

One of the more popular and widely used aromas is lavender. Lavender grows well in rocky environments that have good sunlight. Lavender has woody branches and green leaf-like shoots resembling rods. The grayish green leaves are oblong and in curled spiral patterns. Lavender oil is taken from the flowers of the plant with steam distillation. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourris. . Lavender's Latin name Lavare, means "to wash". Lavender essential oil has a calming scent and helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Lavender aroma eases nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. Lavender essential oil induces sleep and is recommended for insomnia. Lavender essential oil helps ease pains caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Massage with lavender oil helps relieve pain in the joints. Lavender oil helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces inflammation of the urinary bladder. Lavender oil is often helpful for respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.

Lavender oil helps skin because of its antiseptic and antifungal properties. Lavender oil is used for various skin disorders e.g. acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburn.. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema. Lavender essential oil is useful on lice and lice eggs or nits in hair. Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation by lowering blood pressure and hypertension. Lavender oil for digestion increases the mobility of the intestines increases production of gastric juices and bile and so eases indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea. Lavender oil also helps improve the immune system. Lavender can be used as an insect repellent for mosquitoes and helps heal insect bites. As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breast feeding women, people with diabetic concerns or people with unusually sensitive skin should avoid using lavender essential oil.

The health benefits of aromatherapy has been underestimated. Aromatherapy has often been considered to be only a way to make "everything smell nice". The health benefits of aromatherapy are much more powerful and effective than is commonly perceived or known by most people. Aromatherapy is a deeply beneficial natural healing modality for enhancing emotional balance and physical health.

Jennifer has more than twenty years experience with all natural health care. She provides all natural aromatherapy products through http://www.sweetmedicineessentials.com/aromatherapy-c-7.html

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lavender - the Universal Essential Oil

Ancient Romans added lavender to their bath water to induce a calming and relaxing effect (lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which means “to wash”). Over the years, this herb continued to gain popularity for treating a whole range of ailments, from muscle pain and headaches to depression and irritability, not to mention general sleep disorders. Lavender was also popular in the Victorian age – people often carried handkerchiefs perfumed with the scent to calm anxiety.

Lavender has a clean, powerful, floral, powdery, and pleasing aroma. It is pale yellow in color. It is the most versatile and adulterated of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender is calming, sedative, a muscular relaxant, anti-inflammatory, a powerful tonic for the entire system.
It is highly regarded for use in skin conditions such as acne, to soothe burns and scalds. Lavender has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. Inhaled, it can ease depression, nervous tension and just relax the tensions – physically and emotionally.

There have been many research studies on lavender. In a study conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, adults exposed to lavender showed increased beta power, suggesting increased relaxation. The subjects in this study performed math computations faster and with fewer errors and experienced less depression.

Lavender is balancing and is useful for a multitude of ailments. It is considered the universal oil and is good for all skin types. It helps the body regenerate new skin cells and minimizes scarring, an excellent oil for sunburns and other types of burns, useful in healing acne and eczema, good for hair and scalp. This oil is very good for headaches, especially PMS headaches, as well as sharp aches and pains. Use it to calm the nervous system, lower high blood pressure, calms palpitations, is balancing to the central nervous system.

Use lavender oil on hyperactive children and dogs to calm them. This oil clears the spirit while gently soothing it, relieving anger, exhaustion and stress, and is very useful for manic-depressives in balancing the ups and downs.

Lavender brings energy of peace to all the chakras of the body, as well as opening the heart and crown chakra. It encourages feelings of patience and security. It balances the heart chakra system.

Precautions: None, use small doses on children and dogs or cats.

1. Rub lavender oil on the bottoms of the feet for a calming effect on the body.

2. Rubbing a drop of lavender oil on the palms and smoothed on the bedtime pillow may aid sleep.

3. A drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite may soothe itching, stinging and discomfort.

4. 2-3 drops of lavender oil may soothe a minor burn.

5. Add a few drops of lavender oil to chilled water in a spray bottle and spritz the skin for a soothing, cooling, fragrant pick-me-up.

6. Mixing several drops of lavender oil with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, almond or jojoba oil and applied topically may be soothing to skin irritations.

7. Placing a drop of lavender oil on the end of the tongue, around the naval, or behind the ears may help to alleviate motion sickness symptoms.

8. A drop of lavender oil on C-5 vertebra can relieve hiccups.

9. Rubbing lavender oil that has been blended into V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, jojoba or almond oil on dry or chapped skin may bring relief.

10. Rubbing lavender oil that has been blended into V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, jojoba or almond oil on chapped or sunburned lips may relieve the discomfort.

11. Massaging lavender oil around the area of scar tissue may help in reducing and/or minimizing the appearance the scar.

12. Rubbing 2 – 4 drops of lavender oil on the armpit area may act as a deodorant.

13. Rubbing a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in alleviating the discomfort of airborne pollen and/or dust.

14. Rubbing several drops of lavender oil into the scalp may help with dry scalp and flaking.

15. A few drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball placed in the linen closet will scent the linens and may help repel moths and insects.

16. A drop of lavender oil in a water fountain will scent the air and may help sanitize and prolong the time between cleanings.

17. A few drops of lavender oil on a wet cloth tossed into the dryer, can deodorize and freshen the laundry.

18. Diffusing lavender oil may support the body’s natural defenses against air borne sensitivities to the skin and immune system.

19. Spraying several drops of lavender oil mixed with distilled water on sunburn can help soothe it.

20. Dropping lavender oil on a cut may help clean the wound, sanitize and soothe it.

21. Applying 2-3 drops of lavender oil combined with vitamin E oil to a rash may help and soothe the skin.

Tamara Boswell Petrucci is a licensed esthetician, certified Reiki practitioner, reflexologist and aromatherapist. Her practice is in north Orange County, CA. Her website is http://www.TamarasSkinCare.com Tamara publishes her blog at http://www.TamarasSkinCare.blogspot.com More information on her essential oil products can be found at http://www.YoungLiving.com/TamaraSkinCare

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lavender Essential Oil - Caregivers Support Remedy

Lavender opens the mind and heart to rest securely in the present moment.

A useful aid for breaking the habit of negative self-talk!

Lavender reduces angry and defensive mental images.

Lavender is known for promoting flexibility in temperament.

Nourishes your ability to let go and rest in the present moment.

Excellent for relieving situations that may trigger anger and frustration.

Lavender is a breath of fresh air.

Inhaling the aroma of Lavender always puts people in a happy mood and leaves them feeling refreshed.

A revitalizing aroma for care givers!

Use Lavender oil when you're feeling burned-out, or exhausted from caring for others.

Lavender allows space for self care!

A gently reassuring oil, lavender is like a warm hug from an understanding friend.

Lavender essential oil has been used to help balance moods and calm emotions.

Helpful for calming intense feeling states of nervousness, stress, depression, fear, irritability, frustration, anger, rage, resentment and jealousy.

Lavender has broad application and may be beneficial for treating an assortment of wounds, as well as for relieving inflammatory conditions like fever blisters, rheumatism, sore muscles and back pain.

Lavender is excellent for skin care and promotes healing and regeneration for all skin types, especially dry skin.

Add to your shampoo for helping to reduce hair loss.

Also good for regulating sebum production to relieve oily/dry scalp conditions.

Helpful for controlling dandruff!

Use Lavender for burns, rashes, acne, eczema, boils, dermatitis, leg ulcers, and psoriasis.

Apply it immediately to burns to prevent blistering, or scarring, as well as speed healing of wounds as it stimulates cellular repair and regeneration.

Especially good results reported for treatment of bee and wasp stings!

Lavender is useful for relieving headaches, especially sinus headaches.

May help relieve physical and psychological effects of asthma attacks!

Stimulates digestive juices and promotes fat metabolism.

Helpful for treating high blood pressure and rapid heart syndrome.

First aid treatment for motion sickness, blend with Peppermint to enhance this effect.

Useful for relieving premenstrual tension, and promoting restful sleep.

Please join me for Universal Healing Remedy Part III. We'll discuss exciting new research results for Lavender essential oil.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance your health. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

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The Uses Of Lavender For Your Beauty Regimen

Lavender is a very popular herb but some people – especially those who are not into this
herbal thing and aromatherapy, do not know as to what extent it can do. But if you want
to use herbs in your beauty regimen, then knowing more about lavender may just be your
first good step because it is versatile, and has a lot of potentials that have been used
by people for many centuries.

Lavender is a tiny evergreen shrub that grows well in temperate areas and in many
countries around the world, mostly in Mediterranean countries. It produces tiny pink,
white, or pale blue flowers and can grown in very high altitudes. It came from the Latin
word “lavare” which means “to wash”.

There are many varieties of lavender. The most common is Lavandula anguistifolia or
officinalis, while the others are Lavandula stoechas, Lavandula dentate and Lavandula
multifida. Lavender has a long history that dates back to the time of the Roman Empire,
when it was used by Romans during bath rituals. It was also often used by herbalists for
insect bites and to repel insects. Its insect repelling properties were useful during The
Plague, when lavender was used to repel fleas. Associated with feminity, it quickly
became popular among the royalties, especially with Queen Victoria for its calming

Up to this day lavender proves to be versatile that does a lot of in so many areas of
health. As far as beauty is concerned, lavender oil can be used, along with olive oil and
other essential oils, to treat acne. It is also used to prevent hair loss. Pour 3-6 drops
of lavender oil in water when bathing. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic
characteristics, it can control blemishes, treat insect bites, burns and skin
inflammations. A favorite among aromatherapists, lavender is often used in soap making,
candle making and perfumery. It is used for massage, foot care, and as a hair rinse to
clean the scalp and gives it a nice fragrance. It is used to make potpourris, salt baths,
balms, lotions, salves and creams. The reason for this could lie in its herbaceous, yet
floral scent – elegant, feminine, relaxing, calming, and soothing. Its scent invokes
relaxation and peacefulness – calming for some to fall asleep. When used along with
chamomile to make a sachet, it can be placed under a pillow to ward off insomnia.

Do you know that aside from using lavender in your beauty regimen, it can also serve as a
mood booster as well? This was proven by two separate studies done by researchers from
University of Miami in the US and the University of Northumbria in the UK. In the US
study, participants who were given lavender felt much better and were less depressed. The
same result was reached by the other researchers from the University of Northumbria.

Being an adaptogen, lavender can also eliminate stress and irritability. So if you are
stressed, inhaling some lavender might be your answer.

While there are many more uses this herb has, I have only mentioned those in the beauty
aspect and will mention more in another article.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Lavender : The Purple Panacea

Lavender is wholly spent with us, for to perfume linen, and the dried flowers to comfort and dry up the moisture of a cold braine(Parkinson)

Lavender, the once popular English garden herb, was used extensively as a perfume, but the versatility of its oil has made it a remedy for ailments.


In classical times, lavender was widely used by the Romans and Libyans as a bath perfume. This was probably how it derived its name from the Latin word Lavare, which means "to wash".

In Spain and Portugal, lavender is used to cover the floors of churches and houses on festive occasions, or make bonfires on St John's Day, when evil spirits are said to be abound.

The Arabians made use of lavender flowers as an expectorant and antispasmodic. People in France and Spain used to hang the flowers upside down in a closed bottle in the sunshine to extract the oil for dressing wounds.


Lavender is a shrubby plant native to the mountainous regions of the Western Mediterranean. It is widely cultivated in France, England, Italy and even in Norway. Now it is also grown as a perfume plant in Australia. The scent of lavender is light and mild with a floral scent and woody undertones, and its oil is clear with a mild bitter taste. It has fresh and clean attributes that create a pleasant and soothing ambience. The scent is found on most parts of the shrub but the essential oil comes from the flower.

The lavender grows to 1 to 3 feet high with short, irregular stems covered in yellowish-grey barks with numerous straight, slender, broom-like branches. The leaves have the opposite characteristics of being sessile, linear and blunt. The flowers are produced in terminating, blunt spikes from the young shoots, on long stems. The spikes are made up of rings of 6 to 10 flowers. The flowers are short-stalked, purplish-grey, five-toothed and hairy.

Health Notes

The calming effect of lavender works well on suppressing mood swings. Its mild aroma helps soothe anger and relieves mental stress. The sedative effects are ideal to aid sleep and relieve headaches caused by anxiety. The mild characteristic of its aroma creates a balancing effect on the central nervous system and helps reduce depression.

Like the eucalyptus, lavender is also used as an antiseptic and painkiller. It is able to accelerate the healing process of wounds and burns. In addition, it also works as an insect repellant and relieves stings and insect bites. The oil, in cotton wool, when tied to a little bag and hung in a room, is said to keep flies away.

Although not an anti-inflammatory, lavender has healing properties that help promote cell growth especially for the skin and is good for removal of acne, athlete's foot, fungal growth, swellings, scarring and stretch marks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lavender Aromatherapy Oil - The Essentially Essential Oil

Lavender is the safest, oldest and most well known healing plant; it has been used as medicine, cosmetic, herb, and aromatherapy oil throughout history. Being that it is safe it is the most commonly applied oil in the field of aromatherapy. Studies conducted in the UK revealed that lavender oils affected the diminishment of mental faculties, such as memory, and in fact improved both memory and attention span. In these studies the Lavender’s effect on the olfactory senses—the sense of smell—has greatly increased and improved cognitive performance and mood; the lavender aromatherapy essential oil is potent in calming uncontrolled feelings and emotions. Drops of Lavender oils in the vaporizer can ease coughs and other respiratory ailments.

Lavender essential oils remove indecisiveness as well as the pain of emotional conflict and bring about a sense of rationality to the disturbed mind. The lavender aromatherapy essential oils also function not only to calm the uncontrolled emotions, but have a positive impact on the nervous system. Numerous studies have shown that the lavender aromatherapy essential oils especially pacify a number of nervous disorders: excitability, panic, nervous tension, agitation, and promotes peaceful sleep. Some of the studies concluded that the lavender aromatherapy essential oil is initially absorbed into the skin through the hair follicles; it is then diffused into the bloodstream and disperses its healing properties into the lymphatic system and a sense of lightness and calm pervades the mind. The sensation of ethereality can simply be explained by the serotonin that is released in the brain.

Brief History

Lavenders are a genus, or class of flowering plants in the mint family. They have been cultivated thousands of years throughout the globe; they are known as French, Bulgarian, Province, Kashmir, even a Tasmanian Kashmir Lavender; and by many other names relating to their geographic origin. Lavender appeals to the senses and it yields oils that are used in perfumes, balms, cosmetics, and in topical application for its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Interesting adage: Lavender was believed to cure the Plague though it was only its scent that repelled insects carrying the Plague.

The Lavender, be it English, French, or Asian, is heavily scented and blends well with other essential or carrier oils such as, floral, clove, citrus, labdanum, sage, patchouli, pine, Cedar-wood, etc. and an array of other oils. The plants produce pale yellow, or tinted green oils that have strong scents, and it blends well with the majority of aromatherapy oils.


The flower-petals yield nectar that is used for flavoring honey, sugar, herbs; when blended with black tea it is sold as lavender tea. English Lavender essential oils have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory curative powers and soothe head-aches. Also, the oils wards off insects and calms itchy incest bites. The extract has been known to facilitate sleep, relaxation, and calm general restlessness. Lavender oils balance, regulate, and soothe the body and mind; added to bathwater or sprinkled on pillows Lavender oils promote peaceful and relaxed sleep. Lavender is an analgesic, anti-microbial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antitoxic, etc. The oils are used to treat hypertension, water-retention, convulsions, and other spasmodic ailments.

Surrounding oneself with products of Lavender Essential Oils may bring unexpected harmony into your life; aromatherapy incense throughout the home, aromatherapy candles for evening pleasure, lavender sachets in the closets and drawers, and drops of it on the pillows. Lavender aromatherapy essential oil can be applied in light rings, aroma lamps, diffusers, and potpourri throughout your home, bathroom, or office.

Tamra Cantar is a freelance writer on topics of interest and has a website dedicated to providing the visitor with useful information and resources for Aromatherapy. Visit AromaOilEssentials for more information on Lavender oil as well as other essential oils.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lavender Aromatherapy and Its Utilizations

Rene Gattefosse, French chemist, in 1928 found the therapeutic property of lavender while exploring botanical fundamental natures. He knocked over a bunsen burner, gravely burned his hand, and as soon as applied lavender oil. Gattefosse was astonished at how it alleviated the pain and cured his hand without scarring. This was the arrival of modern aromatherapy.

Lavender Essential Oil which is applied in aromatherapy is frequently distilled from the purple blooms of the plant and is taken out by a procedure utilizing water or vapor.

Essential oil of lavender is applied in aromatherapy practices to dispose of depression, oppose fatigue and get relaxation. It contains strong disinfectant properties and was even utilized on the wars to stop infection and reduce pain. A drop of lavender oil blended with a teaspoon of carrier oil, like grape seed and massaged into the temples and back of the neck will chase off headaches. Blended with any massage oil, it assists reduce the pain of arthritis or aching muscles too. Infrequently, simply a small cotton ball with droplets of lavender near your pillow could assist you drop off to a profound sleep.

Aromatherapy with lavender might decelerate the activity of the nervous system, recovers sleep quality, support relaxation, and raise mood in those experiencing from sleep disorders. Mixed lavender oil, when applied for massage creates a relaxing, soothing effect. Some drops of the oil in a hot bath will alleviate nervousness and create an enjoyable sleepiness. In a cool bath the oil will energize and strengthen. Lavender oil makes an outstanding skin or facial oil for concerned skin conditions like acne and provides short-term release to the symptoms.

Lavender and relaxation are two utterances that are practically identical with each other. Nevertheless, as said by Erich Keller in his book 'Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care' he notes: "Lavender is wide-ranging oil for skin care. Its result is antibacterial, pain-relieving, curing for injuries, comforting for skin disorders, refreshing, antiseptic, fungicidal, insect-repelling, revitalizing, and anti-inflammatory".

It can be utilized to care for every types of skin and is effectual for acne and oily hair, prickly skin, hand care, fractured skin, contusions, shock injuries, acne scars, blisters, abscesses, furuncles, warts, boils, eczema, athlete's foot, wounds, and burns. A bath with lavender soothes and cures the skin after sunburn.

Survey published in the journal Chronobiology International, in a 2005, researchers stated that lavender aromatherapy assisted all 31 men and women experience more "vigor" the next morning, contrasted to the night they respired in distilled water, an application that dished up as the control setting.

Breathing in the aroma of lavender is the most well-liked method to benefit from lavender aromatherapy. The lavender could be located into potpourri around the home or even on cotton balls that can afterward be put in drawers and around the home. Diffusers and light rings are other means that lavender aromatherapy can be applied and are leading techniques to eject the beautiful attractive smell of this purple herb into the region for you to breathe in. generally speaking, lavender aromatherapy is one of the more well-liked and extensively received types of alternative health care as well.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Purple With a Purpose - What You Should Know About Lavender

Lavender is everywhere. A simple walk through the supermarket and you’ll find lavender candles, detergent, soap, fabric softener, air freshener, and body spray. There is no wonder that many companies take advantage of this thought after scent to improve upon or create new products. Lavender has been around for thousands of years and there are many reasons why. This fragrant purple flower can be used to cook, to sooth, or to add a pleasing scent to everything from clothing to the human body. Don’t just assume this pretty flower is only useful as a gorgeous centerpiece. Here is a quick rundown of the many uses for lavender.


Lavender has been around for quite some time. This multi-facetted plant has been used for over 2,500 years in a variety of ways by various groups of people. Some of its earlier uses can be traced back to civilizations like the Egyptians. In these cases, lavender was used to help mummify bodies and as a perfume. The use of lavender as a perfume continued on through the ages and even today it’s used as a fragrance in several household products including detergents, candles, and body sprays. Throughout history, lavender has also been used in cooking and medicine.


Cooking with lavender is something that’s been done for years, yet not many people seem be very aware of its uses in the kitchen. This mint relative can be used in everything from baked goods to soups. Individuals who choose to cook with lavender often use it as a replacement for rosemary or thyme in recipes.

Another great way to add lavender into your cooking is to make lavender sugar by simple throwing a few flowers or leaves into an air tight container with some sugar. Leave it there for a few days and the sugar will pick up the essence of lavender and you’ll be able to use if in baked goods. Still little weary of cooking with lavender but want to introduce it into your kitchen? Try using dried or fresh flowers to add color to your salads or dishes.

Note: If you do plan on cooking with lavender, steer clear of lavender that you purchase from a flower shop or a gardening center. These plants may have been treated with pesticides or other growth chemicals that are not suitable to eat.


Lavender is also used as an apothecary for several ailments that plague us. Having trouble going to sleep? The scent of lavender is attributed to relieving stress and anxiety by producing a relaxing sensation. Try inhaling lavender oil or burning lavender scented candles to help send you on your way to a peaceful night’s sleep. Some people even use lavender oil to help cope with the pain of headaches and migraines. This pretty purple flower also has some antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities that can help with skin inflictions such as acne and burns.

Bringing Lavender into Your Home:

There are several ways you can cash in on the benefits of this ancient plant. Here a just a few to get your started

  • Lavender Essential Oils: Essential oils can be ingested, inhaled or applied directly to the skin. Having a stressful day? Trying sprinkling a few drops onto your pillow before you go to sleep or putting a few drops in a warm bath.
  • Soaps: To really get the most out of your shower night or day, purchase some quality lavender soaps. You can use these soaps all around your house so put them anywhere you wash your hands.
  • Foods: Try introducing lavender into your cooking. Make some lavender sugar and try it out next time you’re baking for yourself. Gourmet food retailers often sell lavender products to eat or cook with such as lavender honeys, chocolates, and teas.

Note: Lavender is an allergen so before applying it to the skin or ingesting, but sure to test it out on a small patch of skin, for example on your inner arm.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lavender: The Queen Of Herbs

Are you in love with lavender? If so, you're not alone, as lavender has become the most popular aromatic herb. In fact, in 1999, the "queen of herbs" was named as the "year of lavender!"

As one of the most loved aromatic herbs, lavender has been cultivated and used throughout the centuries. In ancient times, the Egyptians used lavender in incense and perfume and it was even used in the mummification process. The Arabs, Greeks and Romans used lavender as an offering to their gods.

Because of its tendency to render a better quality essential oil, true lavender -- which is found in the French and Mediterranean Alps, growing in altitudes of 6,000 feet -- is considered to be the most effective of these aromatic herbs.

Common Uses Of Lavender

As an essential oil in today's society, lavender is used, both internally and topically, for a number of conditions:

- Aromatic (a most popular fragrance)

- carminative (to relieve flatulence)

- antibacterial

- antiseptic

- nervine (to calm the nerves)

- expectorant

- stimulant

- cosmetic

- antispasmodic.

It has also been used to prevent some childhood infections and to soothe temper tantrums in children. The most common uses of lavender are to: treat burns (from minor to scalding), eczema, grazes, cuts, inflammation, dermatitis, headaches, migraines, fainting, nausea, insomnia, bacterial infections, boils, acne, arthritis and rheumatism. As a germicidal agent, lavender oil is non-toxic.

It contains linalool and linalool acetate which play important roles in the healing process.

Calming Effect Of Lavender

Both humans and animals, when inhaling lavender, experience a sedative effect that closely favors the calming effect of the geranium and peppermint plants. This is probably the reason why these aromatic herbs are favored for a variety of uses from treating depression and sleep disorders to treating premenstrual syndrome.

Lavender beauty and bath products, to be used for external purposes only, are often available in gift baskets. A wonderful gift for any occasion, lavender is sure to be appreciated by all who receive it. In addition to its use in aromatherapy products and treatments, lavender may be used to specifically treat depression.

The Gift Of Lavender

Lavender is a popular gift item that can be purchased separately or in a gift basket. Most of the aromatherapy gifts are made with essential oil and dried lavender buds. Examples of these are bar soap, bath bomb fizzers, bath crystals, bath oil beads, closet or drawer sachets, hand and body lotions, sleep pillows and soothing herbal sea salts. Beauty products that contain lavender range from body sprays and hair care products to a variety of skin care products. All of the above products mentioned are used for the sole purpose of creating a sense of peace and to promote relaxation.

Lavender Trivia

Did you know that lavender is also used in home cleaning products?

Throughout history, lavender has found its way into the homes of many historical figures. Queen Victoria insisted that her furniture and floors be cleaned with lavender to freshen up the rooms in her castle. Queen Elizabeth I of England enjoyed drinking lavender tea as a way to relieve her migraines and other maladies. During World War I, nurses treated injured soldiers by washing their wounds with an antiseptic wash that contained lavender.

Cooking With Lavender

Lavender is an amazingly versatile herb that is also used for cooking -- not only at home, but also in many upscale restaurants. A member of the mint family, lavender flowers are wonderful flavor enhancers that can also add to the appearance of the food. Lavender flowers and leaves can be used freshly cut; their buds and stems can be dried before use.

It is best to use lavender with other herbs, such as fennel, oregano and savory, and it can also be used with its other mint cousins (rosemary, sage and thyme). Lavender has an extremely powerful aroma, so it must be used sparingly or the recipe will have a bitter taste, and you'll feel like you are eating perfume. The next time you're cooking up a storm, add a sprig of lavender to the pot and enjoy!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Fragrant, Flowering Lavender Herb Growth and Care in Low Water Gardens

Lavender is an aromatic herb grown for centuries and appreciated for its fragrant, purplish blue flowers. These small, drought-tolerant shrubs take full sun to partial shade outdoors. They can take moderate water, but can also survive in low water gardens once established (usually after a year). The flowers bloom on long, square-shaped stalks and buds can be up to two inches long.

Lavender leaves are also strongly fragrant and can be sticky with essential oils. The flowers are great in fresh bouquets. They can also be used for flavoring in salads or vinegars. Dried bouquets and flowers are used in crafts and as home decor.

Mature lavender plants have narrow green or gray green needle shaped leaves on woody branches. They are great in rock gardens, dry herb gardens or as low, informal hedges. They add structure to the landscape with their evergreen leaves and are a good height for the middle of the flower bed. Mix lavender shrubs in with other drought tolerant herbs like rosemary and sage to enjoy their fragrance on hot summer nights.

Two of the more popular home garden forms are French lavender (Lavandula dentata) and English lavender (lavandula angustifolia, l. officinalis). French lavender reaches 3 to 4 tall and 4 to 6 feet wide and is more drought tolerant with more compact flowers. English Lavender plants are smaller, reaching only about 2 feet high and wide. The English variety is known to be shorter-lived (3 to 5 years), but is considered to have a more complex fragrance.

After the second year or so, lavenders can develop a dry thatch, or collection of dry leaves on the inside of the shrub. The plant can also become leggy, meaning it has long spindly branches. This means it is time to prune back your plants. Fall is usually the best time to do this, especially in mild winter areas. Trim the branches way back; to about 10 inches long. The next spring your lavender will grow back thick and fresh.

The intoxicating scent of lavender has been used in love potions, perfumes and soaps for centuries. It is also credited with the ability to promote chastity. It has been worn to elevate moods and used in aromatherapy to cure nervous depression. In Victorian times a gift of lavender flowers could mean either loyalty or mistrust. Modern science has discovered that lavender oil has antispasmodic, antidepressant and carminative properties.

Lavender is a great insect and moth repellent. In the past it was used as a 'strewing herb' in hospitals and homes to disinfect and clear the air. Dried lavender blossoms make excellent potpourri and can be tied up in cotton fabric before being tucked into drawers or linen closets. The branches are also highly fragrant and can be layered into woodpiles to keep out bugs.

Lavender plants are another beautiful addition to any water-wise garden and provide fragrant flowers for the home almost all year.

Laura Zinkan is a writer in California. She cultivates a gardening site at http://www.theGardenPages.com with plant profiles, growing tips about succulents and native plants. She also cooks up http://www.MomsRetro.com where you can find retro art and kitchen tips for busy cooks. Copyright 2008 by Laura Zinkan. Article may be reprinted if author credit is given with a website link. All rights reserved.

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