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

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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 Tamara publishes her blog at More information on her essential oil products can be found at

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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.

KG Stiles is a certified aromatherapist practicing in Ashland, OR USA. PurePlant Essentials is her line of pure organic essential oils. Remedies with Lavender

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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 with plant profiles, growing tips about succulents and native plants. She also cooks up 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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Monday, November 10, 2008

Lavender Oil - Powerful Herbal Remedy From Nature

Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils today, and for good reason. The fresh herbal aroma of lavender oil is a favorite of many who enjoy natural fragrances. And, as one of the safest and most versatile essential oils, lavender oil is also a very powerful herbal remedy, that is useful for many common health issues.

Pure essential oil of lavender is antibacterial and antiseptic. It can be applied undiluted "neat" to minor burns to ease pain and accelerate the healing process. Actually, this is how the burn healing and pain relieving properties of lavender oil were discovered. A well know story in the history of aromatherapy, is the experience of French chemist, Dr. Rene Gattefosse, one of the founders of the principals of aromatherapy. Dr. Gattefosse burned his hand while working in his laboratory, and not thinking, plunged his hand into a nearby bowl of liquid to cool the burns. He realized the pain of the burns was diminishing quickly, and the burns healed rapidly thereafter. The bowl contained lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil can be used to aid sleeplessness. Massage lavender essential oil into the soles of the feet before going to bed, or put a few drops on a tissue and place the tissue between your pillow and pillowcase to help promote sleep when you're feeling restless. Lavender oil is very calming and helps to relieve stress. When feeling anxious and "jumpy", inhaling pure essential oil of lavender is instantly relaxing. Place 2 or 3 drops in your palms, rub palms together, cup palms over your nose and mouth, and inhale for soothing stress relief.

Lavender oil is an effective herbal remedy for natural headache relief. Massaging a few drops into temples, and inhaling lavender essential oil, helps to relieve the pain of stress headaches, and can also be used to lessen the severity of, and provide natural relief from migraine headaches. I have tried this for migraines when I feel them starting and it works! Massage a few drops of lavender essential oil into temples, then place a drop or two into palms, and inhale, while cupping palms over the nose and mouth. My migraine headaches begin to fade instantly during this relaxing treatment. And, after sitting quietly and continuing to inhale the lavender oil for a few moments, my migraine symptoms stop almost completely.

Lavender essential oil is analgesic (reduces pain), and a massage with a few drops added to a carrier oil (examples include: soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil), helps to relieve pain associated with overexertion.

To help keep insects away when outdoors, lavender essential oil works as an effective insect repellent, and can be used as a natural alternative to toxic, chemical based products. Apply a few drops to the neckline, wrists, and ankles, and rub a few drops into palms and apply to hair, to repel mosquitos and other flying insects. For maximum insect repelling effectiveness, lavender essential oil should be reapplied every hour or so, or as needed.

Lavender essential oil should not be applied undiluted to babies and children. It should be applied only after dilution with a carrier oil including soybean, sunflower, and olive oils, at 4 drops lavender essential oil to 1 oz. carrier oil.

Lavender oil provides substantial benefits for the maintenance of natural health and wellness. The multiple uses of pure lavender oil make this powerful herbal remedy an essential for natural home health care.

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical care, or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

Kim Mujahid is a natural health and beauty writer, with over 15 years of experience in the natural skin care and health industry. Her online health site,, provides articles, information, and resource guides on topics of natural health, wellness, and beauty. For more information about natural health, natural beauty, and nature inspired lifestyle, visit

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Pure Lavender Essential Oil is often referred to as the Mother of Essential Oils because it is so versatile. Therapeutic-grade pure lavender essential oil has been highly regarded for the skin. Pure Lavender Essential Oil has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing - physically and emotionally.

Picking the right Lavender Essential Oil

You can find lavender essential oil in many different stores and online. If you are going to use your lavender essential oil only as a fragrance you are probably ok to use any type of essential oil you like and enjoy the fragrance.

However if you plan to use your Pure Lavender Essential Oil as a natural alternative to help with health and your putting it on your body you need to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil. It will cost slightly more then lower quality but you will know it is pure and of the highest quality and safe to use.

Below Are Some Common Uses of Pure Lavender Essential Oil

* Rubbing it on the feet may cause a calming effect on the body.

* Rubbing a drop of it on your palms and smoothed on your pillow may help you sleep.

* Putting a drop on a bee sting or insect bite may soothe the itching, stinging and discomfort.

* Putting 2-3 drops on a minor burn may soothe it.

* Dropping it on a cut may soothe it.

* Rubbing it on dry or chapped skin may bring relief.

* Rubbing a drop chapped or sunburned lips may help discomfort.

* Rubbing a drop between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in alleviating the discomfit of air borne pollen and/or dust.

* Rubbing several drops into the scalp may help with flaking.

* Placing a few drops of on a cotton ball and placing in your linen closet to scent the linens and may help repel moths and insects.

* Placing a drop in your water fountain may help to scent the air, help sanitize and prolong the time between cleanings.

* Placing a few drops on a wet cloth and throwing into the dryer, can help to deodorize and freshen your laundry.

* Diffusing it may support the body's natural defenses against air borne sensitivities to the skin and immune system.

* Spritzing several drops of it mixed with distilled water on sunburn may help soothe it.

* Dropping it on a cut may help clean the wound, sanitize and soothe it.

* Applying 2-3 drops to a rash may help soothe the skin.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lavender: The Amazing Flower That Dates Back To The Ancient Egyptians

Can you imagine a flower that is a source of all purpose essential oils for skin care, pain relief, wound healing, relief for burns and skin diseases, plus so much more?

These are just some of the attributes of the attractive pleasant smelling purple colored flower known as lavender. The name Lavender is derived from the Latin word lavera meaning to wash, and has gained the reputation as possibly the greatest multipurpose source of natural essential oils ever found.

Think for a moment that this is not some chemically produced substance, but a natural product that can be acquired without prescription and the cost is considered quite economical.
lavender essential oils are also used as a deodorant, fungicide, antiseptic, insect repellent, and anti inflammatory.

lavender is also highly regarded for treating many skin complaints including acne, itchy or cracked skin, acne, blisters, warts, abscesses, boils, and eczema,

It is also prized for its nerve calming properties, and is known to restrict swelling and inflammation and speed up healing of minor burns.

Originally from England, Lavandula angustifolia is the most common strain of lavender and often referred to as true lavender. True lavender has the botanical name of Clavandula as the prefix.

Around fifty distinct species of lavender grow throughout the world, including lavandula vera and lavandula officinalis.

lavandula angustifolia is the most sought after variety because of the low concentration of camphor retained after distillation. This gives the essential oils derived from it a strong floral aroma, and also makes it perfectly effectual in aromatherapy where it is highly regarded for quickening the healing of minor burns.

Lavandin (lavandula intermedia) is a hybrid variety which is produced mainly in France by crossing true lavender with spike lavender (lavender latifolia) lavandin is generally larger than true lavender and easily identified by its woody stems. Its flowers range in color from blue like true lavender to grey.

Spike Lavender, or lavandula latifolia is often referred to as Spanish lavender, as it is common there, and also prolific in the Mediterranean countries.
The essential oils from this plant are found to retain a higher percentage of camphor than that found in true lavender

The first recorded cultivation of Lavender was found to be by ancient Egyptians who held it in high regard, using it to produce soothing and healing ointments and perfume.
It was also used by the Egyptians as a balm for mummification and the perfume has been found in tombs, including that of Tutankhamen.

Lavender has certainly stood the test of time, and is used commonly in perfume for women and after shave for men.
The uses and benefits of lavender do not stop with fragrances however.
Lavender essential oils are recommended for relieving the pain of minor burns and cuts, and are perfect for treating sunburn and insect bites. Even headaches can be treated by massaging lavender oil on the neck and temples.

Lavender and relaxation are words that are synonymous, and its benefits and uses in aromatherapy are enough to fill a book. Unlike many essential oils, lavender can be used undiluted, as allergic reactions to it are rare.

If you are just beginning your journey with this amazing flower, a wealth of experiences await you.
Whether you use it for a relaxing addition to a soothing bath, or as a soothing, rejuvenating skin treatment, be prepared to be amazed by this versatile plant

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The Many Wonders of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is created through a process of distillation of several species of lavender. There are two types of the oil, Lavender Flower Oil, which is clear oil and impenetrable in water, and Lavender Spike Oil that is concentrated from the Lavandula Latifolia aromatic plant.

Lavender oil is usually added to perfume products. It can also be used for aromatherapy to help soothe and aide relaxation. The fragrance of the oil is known to decrease stress. It may also be used in meditation sessions. Its components calm the mind and body, and encourage a feeling of stillness.

Lavender oil also helps in relieving tension and headaches when inhaled in the form of steam or applied to the skin. You can adjoin this with a vaporizer to care for a cough and respiratory illness. It can also serve as mosquito repellent when applied as a cologne or when included in lotions and hair products.

Supporters of alternative treatments say that lavender oil may provide first aid treatment for an array of ordinary illnesses. The thinned or pure oil solution can act as an antiseptic and pain killer when administered to minor burns and insect stings. Use only a small amount when applying it straight to the affected area. The best way to apply this is with the use of wet cotton wool padding to the affected region.

For curing sunburn and sunstroke, 10 drops of oil can be diffused in 25ml of base oil. Lavender oil when incorporated with chamomile is a treatment of eczema. To prepare a massage oil to soothe joint and muscle pain, 1ml of lavender oil should be incorporated to 1oz. of base oil and apply generously on the affected area.

To treat asthma or bronchitis, combine 1ml of lavender oil, 5 drops of chamomile oil and 10ml of base oil then apply this to the chest as a rub. If you want to use this as cure for head lice, use 5-10 drops of lavender oil and dilute it in water and lather it on the hair, you can use a few drops of pure lavender oil and apply it on a fine comb to remove nits.

Oral dosage is not to be administered to children. It can be used as topical solution to treat skin illnesses and injuries like minor cuts and chafes. It should not be applied on open wounds. For adults, lavender can be used in combination with herb tea. This can be used as vapor treatment for headache, depression and insomnia.

Herb medicines are used for strengthening the body and curing diseases. Herbs consist of active substances that can activate side effects and has a negative response to other medications and supplements. You must seek first the advice of health professionals before taking any herbal medicine. However, occurrence of side effects is uncommon but some build up allergies with lavender.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Lavender Lotion Or Bath Salt

Lavender lotion or bath salt is one of the most soothing of scents, calming and relaxing for the body, particularly during the evening hours. Lavender lotion or bath salts are among the more gentle of the natural or essential oils and can be used by adults who are unable to use other types of natural oils, as well as being gentle enough to be used even on your infant.

Bathing before bed in a lavender based product is so relaxing in fact that several companies have begun making these products for very young children and babies, in an effort to promote restful sleep for them.

Lavender lotion or bath salt is quite often used by those who cannot sleep, to help them to gain a good nights sleep using the aroma therapy that has become so popular in recent years.

Lavender also holds the distinction of being one of the herbs with the least likelihood of provoking an allergic reaction and as such can be relatively safe to use even for those who have allergic reactions to some of the more popular batch products. Lavender lotion or bath salt will provide relaxation and restful sleep when used in small amounts, however when it is used in larger amounts it tends to be a stimulant so you will need to be careful how much of the essential oils that you use in your bath.

Lavender essential oils can also be used in cleaning, offering a natural method of low residue cleaning because it is both antibacterial as well as gentle and natural. For this reason, lavender lotion or bath salt can be used by those who have skin problems and are not able to use other varieties of bath oils in their method of low residue cleaning.

For this reason, lavender lotion or bath salt can be used by those who have skin problems and are not able to use other varieties of bath oils in their bath water or as a shower gel.

It is quite easy to make your own lavender lotion or bath salts simply by adding several drops of the food grade or pure essential oils to mineral salts such as dead sea salts which are furnished in specialty or hobby store, and stirring it, leaving it for several days to permit the fragrance to seep into the mineral salts. Likewise you can make a mild lavender lotion by using an unscented baby lotion and adding one or two drops of lavender essential oil. Be careful how much of the oils you add as they are quite concentrated.

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