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tuesday lavender oil

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

good morning everyone! thought I would write something today about lavender oil. people think its just a pretty smell, but there is a lot more than that to lavender. I got to thinking about this because last night when I couldn't sleep, I put a couple drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and slipped it into my pillow case. I drifted off to sleep soon after that.
lavender oil has been in use since ancient roman times--the word lavender is derived from the latin "lavare" which means to wash--and indeed it was used as a bathing herb at that time. it is an incredibly useful herb--my armomatherapy book lists about a page and a half of uses throughout history for lavender--including many medicinal ones. it is widely regarded as a calming agent, as well as a help in cases of migrane, depression, insomnia and the like. as testament to this, I have seen bees fall asleep in it on very hot, sunny days when the oil is around the plant in a cloud. it is also very well known as an antiseptic and can be used to purify the air (an easy way to do this is to put a drop of the oil on a light bulb BEFORE you turn the light on). a few drops of lavender oil in the bath (add the oil after you are in the tub) or in a footbath can relax and calm you. lavender is even edible--I have seen recipes for quick breads containing lavender flowers--even made one once--it was very good.
if you want some lavender oil, be sure to buy the true essential oil (derived from the plant itself) do not buy a "perfume" oil--it is a synthetic mimic and does not contain the therapeutic properties that the oil from the plant does.
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JUSTYNA7 3/6/2014 9:30AM

    I wonder if it would help DD... thanks for posting.

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LIVEDAILY 3/4/2014 6:17PM

    There's a lovely company in CT that makes lavendar pillows and sachets from REALLY good lavendar. I've bought from them in the past, because their lavendar smells so clean and fresh and not cloyingly perfume-y. I even have a sachet for the car!

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TERRACOTTAGE 3/4/2014 9:09AM

    I grow munstead lavender and use it too. I buy my oils and creams from Weir's Lane, a Canadian, family owned lavender farm and business. This was a really good blog. Makes me impatient for mine to be in bloom. emoticon

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ADARKARA 3/4/2014 8:13AM

    Thanks! Hubby has problems with insomnia and I think I'm going to sneak this into his pillow!

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/4/2014 7:30AM

  I didn't know this! Thanks!

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JANET552 3/4/2014 7:18AM

    Thanks for the info!!

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