New Year, New You?

canstockphoto1281338Most 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.

After the holidays, I find that I am really tired and my energy is low. This is probably due to over-scheduling, 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. But when I’m feeling run down, it then becomes my go-to essential oil.

Lavender is an aromatic “sub-shrub” that is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. 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. Thru the ages, Lavender has been used for all sorts of things, like scenting bath water,  lice, and flea repellent and for healing wounds.

Lavender is by far the most popular essential oil in aromatherapy.
It may also be useful for:

  • Soothing 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. Diluting is always best) 
  • muscular aches, pains, and arthritis.
  • Insomnia and sleep issues.
  • Stress and anxiety. It’s calming to your stressed out nervous system.
  • tension headaches and migraines.

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. 

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.)
  • Use caution when using Lavender essential oil topically in the 1st trimester of Pregnancy.

References

  • 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

http://roberttisserand.com/2011/07/lavender-oil-and-pregnancy/
http://www.westcoastaromatherapy.com/free-information/articles-archive/using-essential-oils-during-pregnancy/
http://www.netherfield.co.nz/lavender-history.php

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