I am finding that I am very intrigued to see what will unfold in this new year. Last year I learned so much; I’m grateful for all of the lessons and the blessings that I received.
Most of us, when we think about New Years, think about resolutions. My resolutions were probably similar to some of yours; how we can fix ourselves, our bodies, organize our homes, and the list goes on and on. And come February, or maybe even March, frustration would set in that nothing much had changed, and of course, my inner critic just wouldn’t stop.
I realized that I was overlooking something in the process. Rather than revamping all aspects of my life at once, I needed instead to take a very small step or two in a new direction. Not a new idea, but definitely a good reminder for me. So my first step is to take some time for self-care… to put me on the list.
After the holidays, I find that I am really tired and my energy is low. This is probably due to over-scheduling, over-doing, and definitely under sleeping. I always know when I need some self-care because that is when Lavender essential oil starts to smell really good to me. I have an interesting relationship with Lavender. It’s not my favorite essential oil. Perhaps it’s because the synthetic version was so overused in the past. But when I’m feeling run down, it’s my go-to essential oil.
Lavender is an aromatic “sub-shrub” that is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. The Latin name for Lavender is Lavandula Angustifolia and it is a member of the Labiatae family. The best quality Lavender is grown and distilled at higher altitudes, with the main suppliers being France and Bulgaria. Lavender, like Rosemary, is a herb that has been around since ancient times. The early Greeks and Romans liked to use it to scent their bath water, which makes sense because the name Lavender is from the Latin word lavare which means to wash. Thru the ages Lavender has been used for all sorts of things, like embalming fluid, lice, and flea repellent and for healing wounds. Lavender was found to be so useful, that in the Middle Ages the Pilgrims brought it with them to the new world.
Lavender is by far the most popular essential oil in aromatherapy.
It is useful for:
- Healing the skin. It is good for burns. (A lot of people use Lavender neat or straight from the bottle. I wouldn’t recommend this as your skin can become sensitized to the essential oil.)
- Skin care, as it is really soothing.
- muscular aches and pains, sciatica and arthritis.
- Insomnia and sleep issues.
- Stress and anxiety. It’s calming to your stressed out nervous system.
- It is also good for tension headaches and migraines.
- Premenstrual tension
- Colds & flues,
I think that the best property of Lavender is its versatility; it has the ability to be relaxing so you can sleep or be gently stimulating so you can get on with your day. It works as it is needed in the body.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted for topical use.
- Lavender is good for most people to use as it is non-toxic and non-irritating.I would always dilute it before topical use.
- Diffuse 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil during pregnancy if you are liking the scent. (A lot of women are sensitive to smells during pregnancy so use small amounts of Lemon or Grapefruit if Lavender isn’t appealing to you.)
- Do not use Lavender essential oil topically in the 1st trimester of Pregnancy. (A lot of women are sensitive to smells during this time anyway.) & use at a .05% – 1% dilution in a carrier oil in the 2nd trimester and onward is fine. (Beverley Hawkins from WCIA says “Experience has shown that using certain essential oils in very low dilutions no more than ½ – 1% during pregnancy is quite safe. However, the old adages, when in doubt, don’t, remains true”.)
- There are conflicting reports that say Lavender interferes with lactation in breastfeeding mothers. If you have concerns avoid using Lavender at this time.
- Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
- Davis Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014