10+ Uses of Lavender

Pure French Lavender Sachets

Lavender and its many uses

Lavender:

Do you remember as a child walking past lavender and pulling off a few of the flowers and squeezing them between your fingers and smelling the sweet aroma all the way home?
Now when you do the same thing in milliseconds it takes you back to your childhood.
A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people’s moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it’s sometimes called the “emotional brain,” smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
That is one of the beauties of Aromatherapy it transcends all boundaries.

Here are some of the other benefits and uses of Lavender:

(if you haven’t used lavender before always do a test to see if allergic)

Lavender oil is one of a few oils that can be put directly neat onto the skin.

Possible Uses:

Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete’s foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrheal, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough.

Here are some of the many uses of lavender essential oil:

Relaxing nervous tension (Stress):

Lavender aromatherapy has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Just dab a few drops on your temples, neck and wrists and put a few drops on a cotton ball and keep close by & sniff throughout the day, this will calm you.

Better sleep:

Because lavender aromatherapy is so relaxing and calming, it helps induce sleep and is often used for insomnia. Put a few drops on your pillow at bedtime, or in the bedroom in a diffuser.

Muscle tension:

Lavender’s relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities make it an excellent remedy for muscle pain and tension. There’s nothing more wonderful than a taking a hot bath with lavender essential oil to soothe and relax sore or overworked muscles or rheumatism. Be sure to add the lavender oil to bath salts or epsom salts first so they will mix with the water.

Menstrual pain:

Gently massage lavender over the lower abdomen, in a circular motion for menstrual, pre-menstrual or menopausal tension.

Respiratory infections:

Lavender aromatherapy is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, asthma, bronchitis, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, etc. It can be diffused into a vapor or applied topically onto the neck, chest and soles of the feet.

Lavender Skin Care:

Lavender essential oil is ideal for skin care because it is gentle, yet effective. It moisturizes, helps skin maintain elasticity and prevents the build up of excess sebum – a skin oil that bacteria feed on. It helps skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes and helps minimize stretch marks. It is also beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds as well as burns and sunburns as it stimulates healing. It is also helpful for bruises, hives and insect bites.

Hair Care:

Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair and scalp as it conditions the scalp and prevents the build up of excess sebum. It’s antiseptic qualities disinfect the scalp, help dandruff, hair loss and prevent and treat head lice.

Massage:

A massage with lavender essential oil is a supremely relaxing and aromatic experience. Both sore muscles and joints respond to lavender’s anti-inflammatory and relaxing effects.

Freshening Closets:

In ancient days, small bundles of dried lavender were placed in closets to help keep clothes smelling fresh and keep moths away. You can do the same today by hanging sachet bags inside your closet or placing them between your sheets, in the laundry room and on your pillow. Or you can hang ceramic pieces that you’ve infused with lavender essential oil.

Calming Children:

Lavender aromatherapy is ideal for restless children and babies because it it so gentle and calming, yet powerfully antiseptic. Also because of lavender’s gentleness, it can be used “neat” (full-strength) even on baby’s skin without dilution.

Wash:

Put a couple of drops of lavender on a piece of cloth and place this in your drier; it will make the clothes smell oh so fresh.

Blood Circulation:

Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.

Digestion:

Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.

Immunity:

Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.

Skin Care:

The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other

Lavender Bath

Excellent for aching muscles, relaxation, stress relief. Add 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil after running the water and vigorously agitate water. Add the drops to a cupful of milk or Epsom salts and then put in the bath as this helps to disperse the oils through out the water. This is a great way to receive the benefits of Lavender oil. Lie back and enjoy!

Lavender Shower

After wetting your hair, add 3 drops Lavender oil to a cupful of water and tip onto your head. Stand under running water and allow oils to rinse off. Cup your hands over your face and breathe in the vapours. Add oils when shampooing your hair and rinse off as normal.

Lavender Vaporization

Fill the top dish of an ‘oil burner’ or ‘vaporizer’ with water and add 6-8 drops of Lavender oil. Place a lit tea light candle in the space provided underneath the dish. This is a very good way to receive the benefits of the Lavender oil. Use in the bedroom or living room. Vaporization is especially good to use when you have a cold or feel unwell. Keep burner away from draughts and open windows. Hint: use warm water in the dish for quicker results.

Lavender Oil Massage

This is a particularly effective way to apply the oils when you have tight and sore muscles or have sustained an injury. The oils will be absorbed quickly into the blood stream, thus assisting the body and mind. NEVER massage UNDILUTED oils, always use a good quality vegetable or carrier oil. Add 5 drops of Lavender oil per 10ml of vegetable oil. Use 1-2 drops for babies and the elderly. Only use lavender with babies.

Lavender Tissues/Handkerchief

Good for instant relief from flu, sinusitis and anxiety. Use 1-3 drops Lavender oil and inhale immediately as required.

Lavender Steam Inhalation

Great for colds and flu or as part of a skin/care acne regime. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the vapour. Keep your eyes shut. Continue to breathe deeply for a few minutes, occasionally removing the towel and your head from the bowl.

Lavender Hand/Foot Bath

Great for tired feet, fatigue or sore/dry hands. Add 4-6 drops Lavender oil to a large bowl of warm water and soak for approx 10 minutes. Then apply a Lavender lotion for added benefits.

Lavender Compress

In a bowl or warm water add 6-8 drops Lavender oil and swirl around. Soak a cloth then gently squeeze out and apply to area of your body you wish to treat. Use cold water for treating new muscular injuries or sprains.

Lavender direct for Burns

After running cold water on the burn for approx 10 minutes, put a few drops of neat lavender oil onto the burnt area (including sunburn). This will greatly assist the healing process. ONLY use lavender. Remember serious burns must be seen to by a doctor.
The dosages mentioned are recommended for average sized adults. For the elderly, disabled, the very sick or young children, half the dose is recommended.

Business cards and Stationery:

When you give out business cards or stationery why not make a more memorable statement.

Take a tissue and place a few drops of lavender oil on it, then take a freezer bag and place your business cards, stationery, Christmas cards in the reseal able plastic bag then put the tissue with the lavender oil on it into the bag and seal it, leave it for a day or so, the lavender aroma will be absorbed by the paper.

Vacuuming:

Add a few drops of lavender oil to the vacuum filter, this will make this job more appealing and less stressful.

Warning:

Lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.

Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be used neat,it does not have to be diluted with a carrier oil,to get better coverage when massaging it is best used in a carrier oil.

When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, however, Lavender is an exception to this rule as is tea Tree oil.) on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction. Even if a particular essential oil is not known to cause irritation, this step should not be ignored. Even if oil does not irritate you, it still can irritate someone else. It is important that you always keep that in mind.

Aches and pains: We have been using lavender in our body wraps since 1995, as the therapeutic benefits of the heat and lavender help to relax muscles and keep you calm.

Lavender is also antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective in the treatment of wounds and as a front line defense against respiratory infection. It is tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive systems, lowers blood pressure and helps thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins. Lavender is indicated for muscle spasm, sprain, strain, cramp, contracture and rheumatic pain. It is sedative to the central nervous system and relieves headache, nervous tension, and insomnia; it can also help balance mood swings. Spiritually, lavender is said to balance the physical, astral and etheric planes.

Because of lavender’s many therapeutic properties, if I were stranded on a desert island with only one essential oil, it would be lavender (it also takes the itch out of insect bites and helps heal sunburn!) But what other essential oils can be called in to use here in civilization? What should you use if your client does not want the deep relaxation or sleep-inducing effect of lavender, or if they have a tendency toward lowered metabolism or low blood pressure? What if they need to relax because they are about to take an exam, give a presentation or walk down the aisle?

*Article taken from www.wildflowersaromatherapy.com

Lost Dream Pet Bear *Cuteness Alert!*

lostbuddy

 

Poor Katelyn had lost her Dream Pet Bear sometime in the spring of this year.

She was so attached to the bear that her mother, Alanna, made her a LIFE SIZE Warm Buddy Bear for her Halloween Costume! Very talented mom!!

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this bear, please let us know.


 

Hello,

Six years ago my newborn twins were given Warm Buddy Bears (one was lilac and beige; one brown and beige). The lilac one went missing in a snow storm four years ago.
 
My daughter Katelyn has been so attached to Buddy (the brown one) that I actually made her a life-size Buddy costume this past Halloween (see picture attached).
 
At Christmas I tried to find a replacement lilac one her twin was missing; as the styles have changed I ended up ordering the cat and two mini-vintage-style brown buddies.
 
And now Katelyn has lost Buddy- he’s been missing since spring. 🙁
 
Do you have any of the old style left somewhere in a box or closet? I’d love to buy a brown and/or lilac one if you have.
 
Thanks for your time,
Alanna


Aromatheray Sleep Mask

Creating the Perfect Sleep Environment

Our Warm Buddy Body Wrap and Aromatherapy Sleep Mask were recently reviewed by Dr. Cary A. Brown. She is a Professor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Body Wrap

This product is well suited for many people to help promote sleep. Research shows that one way to help people fall asleep naturally is to raise the core body temperature slightly. When the heat source is removed, the core body temperature drops. This slight drop in core body temperature signals the body to make certain hormones that help with sleep. The heated body wrap, either held across the lap, or laying lengthwise on top of the body, is ideal to raise core body temperature slightly. Then, when the wrap cools, core body temperature will start to drop and you are more likely to fall asleep. The key is the heating up and then cooling down process. That’s why we like to be cozy when we go to bed but cannot sleep if it is too warm all night long. The Body Wrap is very pleasant to hold and soft on the skin. The aromatherapy is relaxing as well. People I spoke to all felt that the way the Body Wrap draped and conformed for full body contact was a very positive feature. Research also shows that moderate pressure, for most people, is more relaxing than light and so the weight of the Body Wrap is also helpful to produce a pleasant, relaxing sensation.

Aromatherapy Sleep Mark

This is the best sleep mask I have ever tried! I and three other people tried it out and we all agreed it conforms to the contours of your face perfectly and does not allow any light to creep in around the edges. This is important for sleep because as soon as the light level (measured in lux) in the bedroom is 30 lux or greater, your body slows down the production of hormones that you need to go to sleep and stay asleep. Thirty lux is equivalent to the light level at dusk and the average office is about 300-500 lux. The strap needed some adjusting the first time but we all agreed that the nice wide elastic band was more comfortable than the thin elastics on most sleep masks. The cover material is very comfortable and did not irritate anyone’s skin. We tried the mask heated, room temperature and cooled in the fridge- and it was comfortable at all three temperatures. The slight weight and the aromatherapy were also very pleasant and relaxing. Most sleep mask get discarded in frustration because they shift around as you try to go to sleep and that did not happen with this product.

For more information about passive body warming to help promote sleep they can look at:

https://medium.com/@benjaminspall/the-perfect-sleep-environment-1d427cd16407

Sport Wrap - Heat Wrap Therapy

Heat Wrap Therapy

Sports medicine researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) have concluded that heat wrap therapy is more effective for relieving lower back pain than drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

The results were published in Spine Magazine. In the six-month study involving 371 patients, participants were given the maximum recommended non-prescription dosages of ibuprofen and acetaminophen or heat wrap therapy for two days to treat acute lower back pain.

The results showed that the heat wrap therapy provided significantly more pain relief beginning on the first day of treatment than the oral pain relief medications, and that the effects lasted more than 48 hours after the treatment was completed.

Dr. Nadler states, “Confirming that this [heat therapy] treatment is effective is important to patients because it gives them a treatment option that does not have the potential risk to the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract than can accompany inappropriate analgesic (oral pain medication) usage.” The heat wrap treatments for low back pain also proved to be “better than oral analgesics because it goes beyond pain relief to provide muscle relaxation and increased flexibility.”

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in people under age 45 and the cost to society is estimated to range from $20 to $50 billion per year, according to statistics provided by the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Perfect Heat Wrap Therapy Products

A Warm Buddy Sports Therapy Wrap (pictured below) or Body Wrap is the perfect heat wrap to help relieve lower back pain. Warm Buddy products promote relaxation and provide natural relief from aches, pains and stress.

The Full Heat Wrap Therapy Study

Warm Buddy heat therapy products were not used in the study. The full study can be found here: Spine Magazine Heat Therapy Study.