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Oct 02 2013

Lavender Oil For Stress

 

LAVENDER: THE ESSENTIAL OIL

By Jan Robbins, Family Herbalist
& Rudy Silva, Nutritional Consultant

Are you stressed out by the end of your work day?  Have you been told that stress kills?  Do you know how to reduce your stress without playing sports, rolling steel balls in your hand, or standing on your head?  Are you still confused about how to reduce your stress?

How would you like to just smell your stress away with an essential oil? An oil that deletes your stress when you smell it, or an oil that reduces your stress and provides you with many health benefits.

Well, say hello to Lavender Oil and good bye to stress ~

 

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What is Lavender Oil?

Lavender oil comes from the flowers of the lavender plant and is known to be very safe to use. This precious essential oil has been around since ancient times when it was used to make lavender perfumes and colognes. And it is still used today. There are many types of lavender. The most common type is called Lavendula angustifolia.

Lavender oil can be used to create a relaxed sense of mind and body. When properly applied, it can help to reduce your stress and depression levels. It has calming and relaxing properties, especially when inhaled. According to www.everything-lavender.com, “Studies have shown that when inhaled, individuals show a slowing of brain waves. This very clearly demonstrates the calming effects which in turn relieves stress from the individual as the body is brought into a more harmonious peaceful state.” I think this is something that everyone can use at one point or another since we live in a stress-filled world.

Why use Lavender Oil?

Lavender Fields ForeverOne reason to use lavender oil is that it has calming and relaxing properties, it is better than using prescription drugs or street drugs to relieve your stress. The oil also inhibits bacteria, acts as an anti-septic, and has deodorizing properties amongst others. It even repels insects naturally because they hate the smell of lavender! Putting a little sachet bag in your drawers will work wonders.

How to use Lavender Oil

Essential oils are very concentrated oils. Since lavender oil is safer than other oils, you may apply it directly to your skin. Not all essential oils can be used in this manner. Most need to be diluted with carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, olive or almond oil. If you are going to be using lavender oil as massage oil, then you will need to use one of the carrier oils above.

All you need is a few drops of lavender oil at the chosen area and then you rub it in. Even though it is called an oil, it is not greasy…that is unless you purchased a low-quality oil that has been cut or has fillers in it. Pure lavender oil feels and smells nice when applied to the skin. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and moves into the bloodstream to go where it is needed.

Here are a few ways you can utilize the powers of Lavender Oil:

  • Inhale lavender to help with the flu, sinusitis or anxiety. Apply 1 – 3 drops of the oil on a kleenix or handkerchief and inhale.

  • Rub lavender oil on the bottom of your feet for a calming effect on the body. It will get into your bloodstream quickly to relax you. You may also soak your feet in a hot foot bath by adding 4 – 6 drops of lavender oil to it.

    Aromatherapy diffuser

    Aromatherapy Diffuser

  • An excellent way to use lavender oil is through the use of an aromatherapy diffuser. These dispense the scent into the air of your home or office to create a relaxing and soothing environment. The anti-septic and deodorizing qualities help make the air cleaner and fresher to breathe and are especially useful if you own pets.

  • Fill up a tub with hot water and add a few drops of lavender oil, a little bit of milk and Epsom salts to relax you and soothe any aching muscles.

  • You can apply it directly on your skin (bug bites, acne, skin irritations), but for massaging you must dilute it with a carrier oil.

  • For insomnia you can put 3 to 4 drops of lavender oil on your palms and then wipe the oil on your pillow to help you sleep better.

  • To soothe sunburn and promote healing, put a few drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle filled with water and spray frequently on the burn. This is an extremely effective treatment.

There you have it. A beautiful oil that can reduce your stress, help you sleep better, and improve your health. Head out, right now, to a health store to get quality lavender oil. I know you will love this oil.

C A U T I O N S:

  • Always buy quality organic lavender oils which state that they are of a therapeutic/medicinal grade. Stay away from synthetics and fillers. Read your labels! Beware of lavender oils sold in clear glass. The essential oil should always be sold in amber glass as it is sensitive to light and heat sources.
  • If you are going to be using the oil on your skin, make sure to do a 24 hour skin test. Apply a single droplet to your forearm and then check the area after 24 hours for any reactions. As with any product, if you develop an allergic reaction do not use or discontinue use.
  • Use half doses when dealing with children, elderly, disabled or the sickly.
  • Avoid using lavender oil if you are pregnant, epileptic, or have a fever.

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Sources:

Everything Lavender:  http://everything-lavender.com

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Jan Robbins Certified Diet Counselor, Nutrition Educator, & Family HerbalistJan Robbins is a Certified Diet Counselor, Nutrition Educator, and a Family Herbalist. She received certifications from Bauman College and Dr. John Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. Over the years, she has taken many training courses in Nutrition, Herbs, Iridology, and Foot Reflexology. And has studied under renowned teachers such as Susun Weed and Dr. Bernard Jensen, as well as many others. She is also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Jan looks forward to helping you and your family reach all your Healthy Notions.

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3 comments

  1. Chloe

    I need to keep more lavender around. Thanks for the ideas!

    My mom keeps some dried lavender in a mason jar in her car and whenever she is stressed or feels some road rage coming on, she just crushes a little with her hand, releasing the scent into the car and onto her hands. Says it calm her right down.

  2. April - Healing For Real

    I LOVE these! My favorite is a lavender bath. I take one at least once a week.

  3. Sarah

    Lavender EO is my FAVORITE! in all of my homemade natural body care products it is the first ingredient. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah

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