Lavender – How Do I Love Thee?
One of my favorite therapeutic oils is lavender.Aï¿½ Over the years I’ve asked many people, “If you could have only ONE essential oil, what would it be?”Aï¿½ The answer is almost always, “Lavender!”Aï¿½ Why was lavender chosen so frequently?Aï¿½ After several years of personal use, I’d like to share information with you about lavender’s versatility.
1)Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½ Anxiety or Distress.Aï¿½ Lavender oil has a soothing, calming effect.Aï¿½ It relieves tension.Aï¿½ My daughter was frying eggs one morning, when the unthinkable happened.Aï¿½ The stove top malfunctioned.Aï¿½ An electric arc was created from the heating element, melting right through the pan, to the fork in her hand.Aï¿½ All the hair on her arm was gone.Aï¿½ Her bones were aching.Aï¿½ We applied lavender, and then called the doctor.Aï¿½ He said if it continued into the next day, he would see her, but there wasn’t anything further to be done right then. Aï¿½The lavender would take care of the discomfort in her arm, as well as help relieve any panic she might be experiencing. In the middle of that trauma, we received a phone call informing us that a cousin had committed suicide.Aï¿½ That’s when I reached for the lavender oil and liberally applied it to my wrists and temples.Aï¿½ Does lavender soothe anxiety and help relieve tension?Aï¿½ Oh, yes!
2)Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½ Headache or Migraine.Aï¿½ Lavender can be used to help relieve headaches.Aï¿½ Be aware that someone with a migraine may be very sensitive to smells, and may not welcome the essential oils.Aï¿½ We’ve dealt with that difficulty by applying lavender to the sole of he foot, then covering the foot with a sock.Aï¿½ This helps to reduce the scent in the air.Aï¿½
3)Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½ Sunburns.Aï¿½ Over the years we have purchased many sunburn relieving products.Aï¿½ What we have found is that often the pain they are supposed to relieve has merely been aggravated.Aï¿½ On one particularly difficult sunburn we tried three different products.Aï¿½ None was effective.Aï¿½ Then we remembered, Lavender!Aï¿½ We applied it neat, drop by drop over the burn, and the relief was immediate. We are so grateful for this marvelous essential oil.
[Caution must be stated at this point.Aï¿½ Make sure your essential oil is pure; lavender angustifolia.Aï¿½ If you try to use a lavender hybrid (Lavandin) on a burn, the camphor in it will only make things worse.]
4)Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½ Exhaustion or Insomnia.Aï¿½ Lavender works so well when you just close your eyes, inhale, and allow it to seep into your consciousness.Aï¿½ Sometimes that’s all the strength you feel you have left at the end of the day, even breathing seems difficult. This is definitely the time to reach for lavender.Aï¿½ One daughter wrote, “Mom-I’ve been using lavender for its aromatherapy properties.Aï¿½ It soothes, relaxes, and calms me at night before I try to fall asleep.Aï¿½ My rest, the nights I use it, is deeper and more relaxed.”Aï¿½ Another daughter loves the aroma so much she wears it in a special necklace around her neck, just to have it with her all the time.Aï¿½ She feels it helps her focus through the stresses she encounters during the day.
I used to hide a grin when my friends would tout the marvels of essential oils.Aï¿½ Then I tried them.Aï¿½ Now, I’m a believer. Lavender truly is a wonderful friend.Aï¿½ No wonder it is known so well, used so often, and for so many reasons!