Essential Oils ~ Lavender

lavenderOn June 7th The Fitness Connection is hosting Wellness Saturday  This will start out with an hour of yoga to help relax the mind and body. We will then have a nutrition and weight management workshop featuring Advocare, followed by a holistic approach to many ailments with is featured by DoTerra. Please join us, for some or all.   The only cost involved is an $8.00 drop in fee for the Yoga class.   The 2 informational workshops that follow will be Free.

Essential oils is the oil that is found in the seeds, roots, resins, flowers, trees, stems, bark and fruit of plants.  It is frequently distilled by steam or water.  Essential oils are not greasy as one may think and most are clear.   “Many oils have antiviral, antibacterial or antifungal properties. Some may also soothe inflammation, relax tense muscles or enhance breathing.”

There are hundreds of uses for essential oils, and many ailments can be cured with them from physical to emotional imbalances.  Essential oils have been used in other countries for thousands of years, and are now becoming interest to our culture as people seek more natural ways to heal.

Today let’s explore Lavender Oil.

One of the most popular essential oils is Lavender.  National companies who make cleaners, soaps, shampoos etc are adding a Lavendar fragrance to their products.  Lavender essential oils have many uses.  Let’s explore;

Lavender is a wonderful oil to use on acne.  Remember, they are not oily.  Lavender inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduces scarring”. Another wonderful oil to try on acne is Tea Tree Oil, but let’s not jump ahead. 

  1. Use Lavender on a burn.  Run the area under cold water for about 5 minutes, then use the neat (straight from bottle, no dilution) gentle pat it on the burn.  Within seconds the pain is gone, and in most cases there will be no scarring. 
  1. Eczema is yet another thing that Lavender can help.  In this case you will want to mix a few drops of Lavender with a carrier oil such as Almond, Grapeseed, or olive if that is all you have, gentle rub on the area.  Children will find this very soothing.  
  1. Lavender oil is very popular for people and children with insomnia.  “In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.” Some companies are not making baby bath soap with lavender. 
  1. Sunburn is another use for Lavender.  Spray a pure Lavender mist onto the affected area. 

 These are just a few uses for Lavender oil, there are many other things that Lavender can help with such as insect bites, stress and anxiety, sinusitis, shingle, scabies, months, mosquitoes, menstrual cramps, travel, headaches, headaches, fever.  This list can keep going, but we will let you do some research on your own.
It is very important that you do not take essential oils internally, ask your physician about them and always use top grade oils.  Most oils can be bought locally, at a health food store, and you can always find them online as well.

 

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