Get A Little Lavender Essential Oil In Your Life
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Lavender: The Oil of Many Uses
I hear you want to start learning about essential oils? Well if you don’t i want to tell you as i am now well into them!! 🙂 This is a wonderful journey, and it is a great thing to study. One of the biggest questions many people ask is, “what oil do I start with?” This is not an easy question to answer because each person will tell you something different depending on what they have used themselves. The oil that tends to stand out for someone who has used essential oils for a while is lavender. I buy my oils online and only buy purely organic ones, i have found a few organic oils suppliers and right now am trying the products here http://www.essenceofarcadia.com/product-category/oils/ i will let you know how they are in a follow up to this post.
History of Lavender:
According to the website Aura Cacia.com, this wonderful oil has been used for over 2,500 years for a variety of ailments and aromatic reasons. According to their website,” Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume — and also for mummification, by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. In ancient Greece, lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity.” I am not saying that the medical uses are going to be used today. In fact, it is irresponsible of me to say that it will work for those things. There is no actual science to back up the claims of the ancients. What can be said is that it can help with other minor ailments such as burns, and scalds. It can be used as an antiseptic, and even a sedative. (The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood)
Aside from the uses listed above, lavender is a wonderfully versatile herb, both in its plant form and in its oil form. I have used lavender to ease headaches, to help stop the bleeding when I have cut myself shaving, and also as a relaxation oil when I have had a stressful day. It is also interesting to note that this oil can be used neat on the skin. That means that you can put this on your skin without being accompanied with a carrier oil, such as grape seed to help prevent any adverse effects on the skin. It needs to be stated however that, if you use this oil neat that you make sure the bottle does NOT say “do not put on skin”. In fact, if the oil you pick up states that on the label, I do not recommend using that particular brand considering most people use this particular oil in that way. You can also use this aromatically on a tissue. Simply drop a couple of drops on the tissue or cotton ball and inhale. Some people even use it this way in their car to make it smell better!
Lavender oil’s uses are endless. It is widely regarded as a great “starter oil” for those who want to learn more about essential oils and their benefits. Aromatherapy is only one way this oil can be used. As noted above, it has a variety of uses that can be beneficial to the human body. I recommend doing your research to know what oils are best for you. Look for the purest oils possible and be aware of labels. Read your labels and do your reading. Lavender oil can be not only a wonderful oil to get started, but also an oil that you will go back to again and again. To your health!