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.