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Lavender Essential Oil - 1 fl oz.
Charming fragrance is just the beginning of Lavender’s bountiful aromatherapy benefits. Likely the most popular and versatile of the essential oils, lavender has been used through the centuries as a natural antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-depressant sedative and de-toxifier. It is thought to provide both internal and emotional cleansing as the name itself implies—derived from the Latin lavare which means to wash.
Lavender was used by ancient Egyptians as well as Greeks and Romans. Egyptians employed the vapor from steamed lavender plants as incense and perfume. Lavender flower heads were used in the communal baths of Rome both as an antiseptic and as a soothing fragrance. Medieval European herbalists exploited lavender water to treat head lice. Many of our ancestors in the Middle Ages placed small bundles of dried lavender in laundry for a fresh smell and moth deterrent, and in their beds, the aroma helped with insomnia while warding off bed bugs. Queen Elizabeth I reportedly drank lavender tea to treat her frequent headaches.
Beeyoutiful®'s pure lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from the lavender plant, lavandula officinalis, grown in herb gardens around the world. It's safe to use internally as well as undiluted on skin and in bath water. Make sure to test for skin allergy or sensitivity first!
There are many ways to capture the benefits of lavender essential oil:
Diffuse or inhale it directly for aromatherapy.
Some experts recommend making an herbal tea by mixing 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of agave syrup or honey, and add it to a teacup of warm water, or adding a drop or two to juice, milk, or other cool to lukewarm foods.*
Combine 4-5 drops of lavender oil with a bath gel base—a dab of shampoo, liquid body soap, or a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil (to slow the evaporation of lavender oil)—and use in a warm bath.
Place 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow.
Massage several drops of lavender oil into your feet which easily absorb the oil and distribute it throughout your body. You can also mix a few drops of lavender with a massage oil for an overall body massage.
And what should you use lavender oil for?
Nervous System. The calming scent of lavender oil triggers a biochemical reaction in your brain to soothe stressed out, tense nerves and to lift you from a general feeling of anxiety. Lavender works so well for this that you should take care not to drive or do other jobs which require heavy concentration for a while after using it. You may become too relaxed to react quickly to problems.
Stressed out, overstimulated and overtired babies benefit amazingly from a lavender oil massage (a drop of lavender oil on their blankie or teddy bear isn't a bad idea, either).
Headaches can respond well to lavender oil. Rub a drop or two on your temples if you don't have time to indulge in a bath or a cup of tea.*
Insomnia. A couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow will often bring on a restful sleep. You might also run lavender oil in a diffuser beside your bed.
Discomfort. This is where you'll want a lavender oil massage. Congestion in bodily tissues due to injury, overuse, or joint problems causes discomfort, but lavender oil's anti-inflammatory qualities might help to relax and relieve sore, tense muscles, sprains, backache, and general joint pain. If you care for an elderly person, try massaging his or her aches and pains with lavender oil for a loving treat.
Respiratory Disorders. The ancient Greeks first used lavender for respiratory and throat problems. To help sooth colds, coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and even tonsillitis, diffuse lavender oil or add it to a vaporizer while applying it to your neck, chest, and back.
Skin Care. Antiseptic, antifungal ,properties make lavender oil a fragrant way to sooth skin disorders. You can rub it on straight, without diluting (Making sure to test for skin sensitivity first!), or add it to a healthful carrier like coconut, grape seed, or olive oil to spread it more easily. For itchy or irritated skin, you can try adding lavender oil to chamomile tea, and apply it to the affected area.
Burns, Sunburns, and Wounds heal more rapidly when treated with lavender oil because it promotes quick regeneration of skin cells and scar tissue. A famous story about lavender oil's use on burns tells of French scientist Rene Gattefosse, whose lab experiment exploded, severely burning his arm. He had a vat of lavender oil at hand and plunged his charred limb into the solution. Doctors were astounded at how quickly the injury healed -- and without the usual complicating infections!
Hair Care. Lavender oil is a fragrantly effective way to get rid of head lice. To overcome a serious infestation, coat hair and scalp with full-fat mayonnaise to smother as many lice as possible. Then add a few drops of lavender oil to your shampoo and wash well. It may take a couple of washings to get rid of the mayonnaise greasiness. After washing, massage lavender oil into the scalp and hair shafts. Once your hair is dry, have someone check it under a bright light or in sunlight to remove any nits still stuck onto the shafts of hair. You can repeat the treatment as often as necessary.
Insect Control. Mosquitoes, moths, bedbugs, and such do not like the smell of lavender. If you have meal moths in your pantry, don't spray poison! Diffuse lavender oil near the pantry or place cotton balls soaked with a few drops of lavender oil in there instead. And please don’t use standard, toxic mothballs to preserve your wool clothing! Lavender sachets or oil-saturated cotton balls (re-soaked every week or so) provide healthy, effective moth warfare instead -- and it leaves a conspicuously more pleasant scent in your clothing than mothballs!
Mixes well with: Almost all oils, and particularly well with allspice, anise, basil, bergamot, citronella, chamomile, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, tangerine, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree, and thyme.
Important: If you are pregnant or nursing, ask your healthcare provider before using lavender oil. Also, use of lavender oil by diabetics may not be advisable. If you are diabetic, ask your doctor before using lavender oil. Even though lavender oil is generally safe to apply undiluted to the skin, some people may have a negative reaction to it. Before using lavender oil, apply a drop diluted with a bit of olive oil to the inside of your elbow. If there is no reaction after 10 minutes, you are probably not hypersensitive to lavender. And remember: Wait awhile before engaging in any activity which requires serious concentration after using lavender oil. This includes driving a motor vehicle and operating dangerous equipment. *Because essential oils are so very powerful and concentrated we advise against taking essential oils internally without the individual supervision and recommendation of a qualified practitioner
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Lavender Essential Oil is also referenced in this recipe: Homemade Laundry Soap Powder
100% Pure & Natural, Aromatherapeutic GC/IR Verified
Parts used: Fresh flowering tops.
Extraction method: Steam distillation
|Suggested Use||For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios.|
|Contains NO||Chemical solvents, diluting oils, additives.|
100% Pure & Natural, Aromatherapeutic GC/IR Verified
For external or aromatherapeutic use only. Natural essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care.
Safety Information: Can make those with low blood pressure drowsy.
ALWAYS DILUTE BEFORE ANY USE OTHER THAN AROMATHERAPY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES. IF PREGNANT OR LACTATING, CONSULT A PRACTITIONER BEFORE USE. NOT INTENDED FOR INTERNAL USE. DO NOT USE ON SKIN. REACTS STRONGLY TO SUNLIGHT AND OTHER SOURCES OF ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT.
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