Lavender surely was on his mind as Hippocrates, Father of Modern Medicine, taught that a daily aromatic bath and a scented massage would promote good health.
In 1928 Rene Gattefosse, a French research scientist discovered the remarkable
healing properties of lavender oil by immediately applying it to a burn he
received in a laboratory accident. He later coined the term "aromatherapy".
"I love the lavender oil. It has many uses. It's great for cuts, for burns,
for relaxation. I also use it for allergy. I put 2 drops on the bottom of my
feet morning and night. Two more drops in my plam. I apply it to my temples,
my forehead, the back of my neck, what's left on my tangue, the inhalation
process. It's absolutely wonderful and I am ready to go for the day," says a lavender fan.
Today doctors begin to realize the remarkable effects of essential oils, especially lavender oil
, in the treatment of poor circulation, irregular blood pressure. Lavender is commonly used in pain management and stress reduction.
Source: Henriettes Herbal Blog
Melt the fats on a water bath, add herbs, let sit on low heat for 1.5 hours, strain. Use a syringe to spritz the still-hot herbal salve into jars, put into the fridge to set.
- 2 dl cold-pressed organic safflower oil
- 185 g cocoa butter
- 175 g shea butter
- 16 g dried calendula flowers
- 25 g dried lavender flowers
Calendula - Lavender Oil
Let sit on a water bath for 1.5 hours, let cool, strain by wringing oil'n'herb through cheesecloth.
- 6 dl clear rapsseed oil
- 1 dl cold-pressed organic wheatgerm oil (for the vitamin E)
- 25 g dried lavender flowers
- 12 g dried calendula flowers
Lavender Vinegar for Cleaning
"I make a vinegar infusion with lavender or orange peel and distilled white vinegar (my 'cleaning' vinegar). I use it throughout the house and it has become my favorite cleaning product."
"I use sodium bicarbonate with lavender oil in the kitchen and bath. It is great for neutralizing odors in addition to being a gentle, though very effective scrub."
"Have you tried equal parts bicarbonate with powdered sage with a drip of essential oils of tea tree, lavender or peppermint as a tooth powder? Even my kids like it and their teeth are gleaming."
More Lavender Recipes
Lavender - (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. Lavender has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and
The fragrance of lavender is calming, relaxing and balancing — physically and emotionally. Our lavender plants are grown and distilled at the Young Living Farms in Utah, Idaho and France.
29 Ways To Use Lavender Oil
Before you use the lavender oil as listed below, urgently read the disclaimer
. I ONLY talk about the trusted Young Living Lavender Oil here!
Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils present a danger for consumers.
- Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
- Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
- Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.
- Mix several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
- To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
- To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the
nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.
- Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
- To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.
- Rub 2 - 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
- Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
- Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
- Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
- Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
- Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
- Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
- Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
- Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.
- Diffuse sweet Lavender oil. It's relaxing and inspiring.
- Mix water with a few drops of Lavender oil in a spray bottle (shake well) to make Lavender Floral Water. Deodorize your room naturally.
- Next time you can't fall asleep, take a little Lavender Honey. Just mix a few drops of Lavender oil into honey. Stir well.
- For a Lavender scented candle, place a drop of lavender oil into the pool of liquid wax that forms around the lighted wick.
- Put a drop of Lavender oil on an eye pillow and cover your eyes for a relaxing massage.
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil on receding gum to aid healing.
Warning! Lavender Deception
The industry does not want you to know that they use synthetic lavender oil. It's cheap. It smells like lavender. Oftentimes it is mixed with propylene glycol (a known carcinogen!) because the lavender oil mixed with this substance has a rich feel - like silk when put on the skin.
The consumer has no way of knowing the difference between an adulterated lavender oil and true lavender oil, unless they have access to a specially equipped research lab. Most consumers are happy to buy their lavender oil for $7 to $10 per half ounce in health food stores, beauty salons, or in the mall.
The lavender bottles often say: "all natural lavender oil; authentic; exclusive; exotic; organic lavender oil, organically grown, 100% natural lavender oil; 100% pure; even therapeutic-grade lavender oil!"
- Lavender oil sold in America is a hybrid called lavandin, grown and distilled in China, Russia, France, and Tasmania.
- This lavender is brought into France, cut with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance.
- Propylene glycol, DEP, or DOP (solvents that have no smell and increase the volume) [known carcinogens] are then added.
- This is sold in the United States as true lavender oil.
- For every kilogram of pure essential oil including lavender oil that is produced, there are between 10 and 100 kilogram of synthetic oil created.
- Some statistics show that one company — Proctor & Gamble — uses twice as much essential oil as is produced in the entire world. Where are these so called "essential oils" coming from?
- Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils present a clear danger to consumers. Read Lavender that Burns.
This variety of lavender is very aromatic and rich in essential oils. Lavender has many uses in the home, for crafts, for home made cosmetics, and in the kitchen.
Prefers a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil and lots of sun. Trim back in spring to encourage bushier growth.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Height: 18" to 36" inches
Hardiness Zones: 6 - 9
Bloom Season: All Summer
Exposure: Full Sun
To Plant A Lavender Meadow:
Prepare soil by removing weeds and cultivating to loosen the soil. Spread seeds evenly over prepared soil. Pressing or rolling seeds onto soil will help improve germination rate. Keep soil slightly moist until seedlings are established.