Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:15

Distillation for high quality Essential Oils

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The process of extracting the essential oil from the plant material is what makes an oil different from another. This process of extraction is called distillation. One method of distillation is through the use of steam.

To distil using steam and oil you must first obtain a still. A still is the apparatus used to distil. The still contains a heat source at the bottom which is used to heat water inside a holding tank. Also inside the holding tank is a grate that you place the plant product that you wish to distill. The holding tank is covered and then connected by piping to a condenser. The condenser collects the steam coming from the holding tank and it cools it. Finally the cooled steam goes through a separator with separates the essential oil from the water vapor. The separator is one of the most important parts of the distiller.

Next you harvest your plant material. Make sure to choose organic plants because pesticides and herbicides may contaminate the oil. Essential oils are found in the leaves, flowers, stems and other parts of the plant. It is important to take care when harvesting these plant materials so as not to release the oils before the process of distilling. Remember that a little bit of oil comes from a lot of plants. You will need to harvest a lot of plant material in order to get enough oil to use. After you harvest, you will want to hang the plant up to dry. After the plant is dried, place it in the holding tank of your still and boil water in order to start the distillation process. When the oil is extracted, store it in a dark glass bottler or a stainless steel bottle. This will ensure a longer shelf life.

As you can see, distillation is a long and difficult process. Some manufacturers cut corners in the distillation process in order to cut costs. When corners are cut, the oil may become adulterated, impure. To cut costs they may: speed up the distillation process, dilute the oil with other oils or even chemicals, re-use already used plant material and use plant material that has been treated with pesticides. The best way to extract pure, un-adulterated oil is thr ough a low and slow distillation. To fully extract the oil the process may take several hours at a low temperature. Some manufacturers, to create more oil in less time may speed up the process of distillation and not get the same, pure product. Many essential oil companies may dilute their oils with a carrier oil or even with added chemicals. Although the oils may still smell the same, they are dangerous to use in a therapeutic capacity. Some companies may use the same plant material and re-di still it several times before discarding it. This makes for a weak essential oil. Only use essential oils that have been distilled from organic plant components. If they are not organic, they may contain traces of pesticides and are thus harmful to use. 

Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:14

Daily Usage of Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil is a great oil to use on a daily basis. You don’t need to make someth ing complicated in order to enjoy tea tree oil. In this article, we will give twelve different ways to use it daily. Try one today and see how you like it!

If you suffer from acne, add a couple drops when cl eaning your face. You can use it with the soap that you already use daily or you can use with just wate r. It will help to quickly clear up your acne.

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection on your feet t hat causes the scaling, flaking and itching of the skin. Typically you can treat athlete’s foot with an anti fungal cream. Naturally you can treat it with tea t ree oil. Mix about 10 drops of tea tree oil with about 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil, like coconut oil or grape seed oil. Massage the oil into your feet. Repeat ev ery day until the athlete’s foot disappears.

Tea tree oil is often an ingredient in anti-dandruf f shampoos. You can easily make your own anti- dandruff shampoo. Select whatever shampoo you usual ly use and add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil into the shampoo. Mix well and use daily. If you live in a dry climate or if your skin gets d ry and scaly in the winter, you can treat your dry skin by mixing tea tree oil with a carrier oil and then mas saging it into your skin.

Earaches are common in children. Oftentimes in orde r to get rid of the earache you have to put your child on a round of antibiotics. As an alternative, try treating an earache using tea tree oil. Add 2 drops of oil to 2 Tablespoons of warm water. Using a drop per, place one drop of the mixture in each ear. You may need to repeat this a couple times each day unt il the earache goes away.

Tea tree oil has a fresh scent. It can be used to f reshen the air and draw out bad odors. Take a handf ul of cotton balls and put some tea tree oil on them. Pla ce them in a baggie to store them until you need them. When you smell strong food odor or musty smel ls, take a cotton ball and place it in the room and it will smell fresh again in no time.

Chapped lips tend to be common in the winter. If yo u frequently are putting on Chap Stick or lip balm without any relief, try adding a drop or two of tea tree oil to your lip product.

Make a natural mouth wash by combining tea tree oil with water. You can adjust the strength of the mouthwash by adding more or less oil.

Mosquito bites are annoying. If you want to draw th e itch out of your mosquito bites simply place 1-2 drops of tea tree oil directly on the bite.

Keep your toothbrush clean with tea tree oil. Once a week place a couple drops of oil on your toothbrush. Let it sit and then rinse it before you use it. It will sanitize it and keep it fresh.

A soothing product that you can use for aching musc les is tea tree bath salt. To make it add 10-15 dro ps of tea tree oil with ½ cup of Epsom salts. Dissolve the salts in a warm bath and soak in it in order t o relieve muscle stress.

Enjoy your tea tree oil every day. Choose one thing to do today in order to utilize th is powerful oil.

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Recently Madonna said: “I can’t live without Morocc an Argan Oil.” In a few short years argan oil has skyrocketed to one of the most prized oils in t he western world. Today if you walk down the aisle of any drugstore, dozens of products now prof ess to contain argan oil, and claims abound as to its miraculous properties. But is it really t hat good? I decided to investigate.

The first issue I found, is that there are a lot of imitations out there. A lot of watered down argan oil claiming to be real. The trick is to look at the ingredients, you want the pure stuff. The ingredients should simply be: ‘’100% Argania Spino sa Kernel Oil’’. Honestly, if there’s anything else listed, you just don’t want it.

Now when you get your hands on the pure stuff, that’s when the magic happens. Bes ides its traditional culinary uses, local Moroccan woman have also used argan oil cosmetically for hundreds of years. They have used it as the main ingredient for their traditional beauty recipes, to protect their hair, skin and nai ls in a dry desert environment. Traditionally the oil has also been used medicinally, as a topica l oil to treat various skin ailments. The properties of this oil are definitely restorative and healing. However despite what some well-known brands are saying, to date there have not been big scale expen sive clinical trials, to back up what Moroccan women have known for centuries. Most clinical trial s have been focused on the culinary use of Argan oil(which has also revealed some astounding anti-cancer health be nefits) but little has been actually proven on the topical use of pure Argan oil. However, what we can do is break it down by examining the composition of the oil, and looking at the rese arch done on each of these compounds individually, which are found within Argan oil, to find out more.

So, pure Argan oil contains: vitamin E, essential fatty acids, prostag landin, phytosterols, polyphenols, ferulic acid and a whole lot of other precious compounds that ar e probably too much of a mouthful for you right now. It does sound complicated, but remember that each of these compounds are powerful, have specific functions that help your bo dy and have been proven to do so many times over. Firstly, argan oil is high in tocopherols (vitami n E ). Vitamin E is well known as the elixir of youth– a powerful antioxidant that slows down aging. It is important in protecting your body from harsh environmental conditions, such as s un exposure and pollution. It has been proven to significantly help in the reduction of sc arring from wounds and the appearance of stretch marks.

Argan Oil is 80% unsaturated essential fatty acids . The most abundant of which are Omega 9 (Oleic acid) and Omega 6 (Linoleic acid). T opically applying these can have a number of hugely positive effects on the skin. Fatty acids improve moisture retention and keep the skin elastic and firm. It has been proven that they are particularly healing to extreme dry skin problems like eczema.

Fatty Acids also play an extremely important role i n the formation of prostaglandin in our body, a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, while stimulating blood circulation. That’s why a massage with argan oil can be so effective for stiff arthritic joints and aching muscles.

Argan oil naturally contains phytosterols , which have anti-aging benefits because they encourage new collagen production in our body that is lost from sun exposure and aging. One of the contributing factors to aging is the breakdo wn and loss of collagen (the main component in connective skin tissue). As the body ages, it is not able to produce collagen as it once did. Though many skin care products and brands boast abo ut the fact that they contain collagen, the fact is, collagen is too large to be assimilate d directly through the skin. Taking a collagen pill is not the answer either, because your body will be unable to use it to build your collagen level. The most effective way (besides actually injecting collagen into your skin which is very painful and expensive) is to use phytosterols to boost your own body’s collagen production.

Argan oil is also rich in ferulic acid , a super antioxidant that is found in the cell walls of plants. Antioxidants prevent skin damage caused by free radicals and assist in skin repair and rejuvenation. And get this! Incredibly, this super antioxidant was found in a recent study to increase its activity when exposed to UV rays. Let’s get this right that actually means that it increases its activity the stronger the sun’s rays get! So, not only can it help protect your skin from future damage, but it will also help heal damage from the past.

My investigation continues but the evidence I already uncovered supports Madonna’s statement and a whole lot of other celebrities shou ting out the benefits of this rare plant oil. In fact Argan oil has now found its place known as ‘’liquid gold’’ within Hollywood's beauty industry. Get in on the secret and try the pure stuff on your skin, hair an d nails today! I promise, you won’t be disappointed

Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:13

Aboriginal Uses for Tea Tree

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Australian aboriginals were familiar with the terra in that they lived on. They understood that many plants and trees in their area, could be used for m any different purposes.

The tea tree is a large tree native to Australia. Native aboriginals identified many different species of the tea tree along with their medicinal properties. Properties absorbed int o the body through infusion, steaming and ointments. Each have their own therapeutic benefits enhancing the benefits of the plant extract.

To create an infusion, leaves and bark from the tea tree were gathered and crushed. Then placed in water to soak for several days. The longer it soake d, the more potent the infusion became. The infusion was then drunk or also used as bath water. This remedy was helpful in alleviating headaches, coughs, colds and fever. Infusions were also poured onto open wounds in order to cleanse them.

Steam was also an effective way that the aborigines used tea tree. The branches and leaves were crushed up and placed into boiling water. The patient would then inhale the rising steam and feel relief from headaches and congestion. Another method for administering steam was by placing the tea tree branches and leaves into a fire. The p atient would then squat over the fire while inhaling the steam which arose.

Ointments were also an effective way to help heal. The aborigines would crush up tea tree leaves and mix them with animal fat. This ointment would t hen be rubbed on the body to alleviate congestion or a fever.

Other ways that tea tree was administered was by ma king a bark or leaf tea. This consisted of boiling the leaves or bark in hot water. The leaves could then be crushed and the scent of the leaves could be directly inhaled. The crushed leaves could then be applied directly onto open wounds.

The bark of the tea tree is similar to paper which can be ripped, torn and folded easily making it useful as a bandage. The aboriginal people also use d tea tree bark in many non - medicinal uses. It was used to wrap food in to cook (similar to alumin ium foil used today), to fix holes in canoes, woven into sleeping mats and also used to produce s imple raincoats.

The power of the tea tree has been utilized for centuries by aboriginals. Tod ay, we have the ability to extract the oil from thi s amazing Melaleuca tree and use its medicinal powers whenever and wherever we may need it for therapeutic value. Either as a natural cleansing ag ent or for soothing of bites. It is also ideal to relieve aching muscles.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:12

Skin Care

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Guest Article - Thank you Nick Stokes of Uptown Spa


To most people, skin is purely esthetic organ, meant to show us in a good light. However, many individuals disregard the fact that skin is actually quite important part of human body. As our outer layer, it represents the first line of defense against all foreign agents. Besides that, it has some other purposes such as sense of touch and it helps us establish what is cold and hot thus warning us of imminent danger. When we are exposed to the sun, it absorbs sunrays transforming them into vitamin D. Also, it is important for stopping water inflow out of our body. Given all of its functions, it is necessary for us to perceive skin not only as something which makes us look good, but also as an organ which helps our body with numerous issues.


First thing which you need to know about your skin is that water and food are its best friends. By consuming enough water during the day, you make sure that your skin is fresh and healthy. Good nutrition is also very important for it. Like any other part of our body, it is important for us to consume different types of food so we can introduce various minerals and vitamins which can help us protect our skin and keep it healthy. Anyway, even if you don’t have enough of certain vitamin of mineral, you will be able to tell quite easily. When you don’t have enough water, or if your skin is not moisturized enough, you will experience itchy feeling (happens due to the dryness). Problems with minerals and vitamins can be noticed through discoloration, and often, red patches. It is always recommended to use cosmetic products which are made for your skin type. Also, any additional treatment in a spa or a beauty salon won’t hurt you. You can always try out one of the best beauty salons in Toronto, Uptown Spa in North York.


Besides internal factors, there are also some external elements which can negatively impact us. Our skin is meant to protect us from microbes, heat and cold. In that regard, as soon as we are exposed to a hostile environment, your skin will register it, and it will be shown by surface changes. For example, you can develop blisters. Although our body can take certain amount of punishment, try not to overdo it. Some of the advices which can help you is to carry lip balm during cold weather, not to overexpose yourself during sunny day, don’t shower with a really hot water and try to wash away all cosmetic products after you showered or after you washed your hair.


Some of the issues you may develop are not only due to a harsh environment or malnutrition. There are certain issues such as acne which can persist for almost entire life. In those cases, like in a case of any other medical condition, it is necessary to contact your doctor. Have in mind that you need to be persistent with skin because most of the treatments require a longer period of time until they bear fruit.
 

by Nick Stokes of Uptown Spa

One of the best ways to experience the power of essential oils is to diffuse the oil into the air. There are several benefits to diffusing essential oils.

Depending on the type of oil you diffuse, you can experience:

·         Cleaner and purer air

·         An elated mood

·         Increased concentration and focus

·         Reduced stress

·         An immunity boost


There are four main types of diffusers on the market today. While they range in price and function, they all have the power to take your essential oil of choice and disperse it throughout your home. These four types of diffusers are: ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative. We will explore each kind of diffuser so that you can make an informed decision when looking to purchase a diffuser to use in your home.

With the ultrasonic diffuser, you add your essential oil and water into the diffuser. Through the use of ultrasonic vibrations, the oil is broken down into microscopic particles which are then dispersed, with the water in the form of a mist. Not only does this diffuser spread your essential oil throughout the room, the mist creates a nice humidifier as well. The downfall to this kind of diffuser is that it only diffuses a small amount of oil and thus you will have to run the diffuser for longer in order to fully feel the effects of the diffused oil.

Unlike the ultrasonic diffuser, the nebulizing diffuser diffuses the oil without the use of water. This kind of diffuser quickly saturates the air around it and you only need to run it for about 15 minutes per hour. This the most therapeutic style of diffuser.

An evaporative diffuser contains a pad on which you put several drops of your essential oil. There is a fan that then blows over top of the oil causing it to evaporate into the room. This type of diffusion is less therapeutic because by evaporating the oil, you are separating the components of the oil. By doing this method of diffusing, you are causing the oil to be less volatile than it is in its whole form.

A heat diffuser uses heat to cause the oil to evaporate. This type of diffuser is not as therapeutic as the ultrasonic or nebulizing diffuser for the same reason as the evaporative diffuser. If you do choose to purchase this kind of diffuser, make sure to choose a low-heat diffuser instead of a high-heat diffuser as high heat can actually alter the chemical components of the oil. This type of diffuser is silent and impressively economical.

The use of a good diffuser will help you feel the benefits of your essential oils without physically applying the oil. You will be able to purify the air in your home and help protect your family from the effects of airborne diseases.

 

 

 For a Happier and Healthier Life.
Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:00

5 uses of Pepermint

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Peppermint essential oil is a must have for your medicine cabinet. It is versatile and can help to treat a variety of symptoms and is packed full of healthy benefits.

If you look in your medicine cabinet right now, you can probably see a variety of products that contain peppermint. The difference between your drug store products and essential oil is that the drug store products contain chemicals and fillers where peppermint oil does not. Peppermint oil is all natural and will work with your body to make you feel good. Below we will explore the five most common uses of peppermint oil.

Stomach pain, including: indigestion, nausea, and gas. Peppermint oil contains a natural, organic compound called menthol. The menthol in peppermint is what will help alleviate your stomach discomfort. To apply the oil, place 3-4 drops on your abdomen and rub until the oil is absorbed into your skin. You can also place a few drops on your wrists and inhale deeply.

 Another remedy for stomach pain is a peppermint tea. Boil a cup of water and then add a drop of peppermint oil (add more if you want it stronger). The oil in your tea will separate from the water naturally but the flavor will be dispersed.

Expectorant for coughs, colds, asthma, or bronchitis. The menthol contained in the peppermint helps to relieve these respiratory symptoms. To help feel relief, massage a couple drops of oil straight onto your chest. You can also create a peppermint steam by placing a couple drops of oil in a pot of boiling water, place your face close to the water and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the moisture for thirty seconds and repeat if desired.

Improves concentration, perks you up. Peppermint oil helps if you are looking to replace caffeine. During the day if you are unable to concentrate or you are feeling tired; rub some peppermint oil on your neck and shoulders, or directly under your nose. You will get a burst of energy to help you through the day.

Headache and stress relief.Massage a drop of peppermint oil onto your neck and temples. This will help alleviate your headache, or help you calm down when feeling stressed. You can also add a couple of drops to a hot bath and breathe in deeply as you soak in the water.

Tooth and muscle pain.If you have a painful toothache or have a baby that is teething, applying peppermint oil can relieve some, if not all of that pain. Place a drop of oil directly on the pain or rub over the gums of your baby’s mouth. Repeat as many times as necessary. Peppermint oil is an anti-inflammatory, meaning that if your muscles are sore or inflamed, the oil will ease, relax, and make them feel better. If you are sore from exercise or from working in the yard, peppermint oil can help to cool some off that soreness.

 

As you can see, you can use this one oil to replace not just one item in your medicine cabinet but several products that you regularly buy chemical jammed, over the counter.

 

 

Lavender essential oil is used in treating patients of insomnia. Oil is appreciated for its soft scent and its fragrance is commonly used in soaps, shampoos and lotions. Lavender is a small blue flower and its fragrance is derived from its herb.

The Lavender flowers are arranged in spirals of 6-10 blossoms. When the scent is inhaled by people, lavender gives a soothing and sedative effect. Oil helps in reducing different kinds of pain such as headaches, muscle pains, sprains, stress, depression, anxiety and lumbago.

Lavender flowers are native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean. Lavender flowers need sunny and stony habitats to grow prosperously. It was said that the oil helps in purifying the soul and body of the living.


You can massage the oil on the areas where you feel pain to relax the muscles and ease the uncomfortable pain. To create a mild and tension free atmosphere, you can spray a few drops of lavender oil in your room. You can even spray a few drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball and put it near your pillow or over your eyes at night time, this will help you to relax and wind down when trying to get to sleep.

 To improve the quality of your hair, you can use lavender essential oil by conditioning your hair deeply with it. You can mix 10- 12 drops of oil with one cup of warm olive oil to do so. The combination of these oils helps to maintaining the quality and growth of your hair.

If you are suffering from a cold then you can inhale lavender essential oil as it is one of the best ways of treating the respiratory diseases of the body. Therefore, lavender essential oils must be kept at home, and the wonderful scent of this flower must be enjoyed by all. .

 

Aromatherapy experts have said that regular use of lavender oil improves your body’s defensive level against the illness. This is all done by motivating or boosting the immune system of your body. The healing lavender products which are available on the market contain a high percentage of lavender oil to heal the pain, and these are:

·         Essential oils

·         Soaps

·         Lotions

Bath Gels

·         Extracts

·         Dried or whole flowers.

 

 

 

Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:56

The Lavender Flower

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Lavender flower is colorless, insoluble in water and has the density of 0.855g/ml. The essential lavender oil is lavender spike oil which is distillated from an herb known as Lavender Latifolia or Portuguese Lavender. The lavender oils are produced worldwide on a large scale. These oils are used in aromatherapy, which helps prevent users from getting any sort of disease. Lavender oil also helps in the production of perfumes, the scent of lavender has a very calming effect on the body which reduces the stress and anxiety from one’s body. The lavender flower oil is a mixture of a compound of natural photochemicals.

The oil is used to give body massages to people who want to reduce stress from their mind and to relax. Lavender oil is essential for those people who are dealing with the problem of hair loss. Hair loss reduces the alopecia from your head, the people who suffer from alopecia areata are given treatment which includes excess usage of lavender oil. Patients are recommended by the doctors to apply the oil and perform massages. The treatment is done for 7 months and from then on positive results are seen. You can add few drops of lavender oil in your bathtub to have a relaxing, stress free bathe.

If you feel some kind of irritation on your skin then you can immediately apply lavender oil on that area as lavender oil is great for healing and soothing any skin irritation problems. There are currently only a few manufacturing industries which are producing 100% natural lavender oil. Many products are made which include some percentage of lavender oil like soaps, perfumes, lotions, creams and shampoos. The oil which consists of pure therapeutic grade is included in perfume bottles and it kills bacteria which is healthy for your body.  Historically the oil was used as an essential item which was always added to beauty products. The oil gives a very delightful light and fragrant floral aroma. 

 

 

For a Happier and Healthier Life.
Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:55

167 Uses of Lavender Oil

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Lavender  oil is as old as mankind, it can be traced back as far as 2,500 years. Lavender oil is usually extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. This beautifully-scented herb has been mostly used as perfume, however there are many other therapeutic uses for the lavender plant.

 

From an Ayurvedic point of view, Lavender is the perfect oil that is suitable for all people. And I truly believe that no medicine cabinet or pantry should go without it.

 

Lavender has been used continuously for centuries to enhance food and is used for health in the form of dried flowers, herbed oils, and essential oils. People were using Lavender for all kinds of things from washing linens to soothing teas, from hiding under the corset of beautiful ladies for a pleasant smell, and to healing wounds of a soldier.

 

It is important to say that among various species of Lavender, only Lavandula officinalis (other names: Lavandula angustifora, Lavandula vera) can be used therapeutically.

 

Therapeutic Lavender is not cheap and is the most regularly adulterated oil. There are more than 30 different types of Lavender oils for sale. Not all of them are of a therapeutic and organic grade. Some species of Lavender contain too much ketones and are too toxic to be used in aromatherapy so only buy your lavender only from reputable sources.

Medicinal Properties of Lavender

 

Analgesic: arthritis/rheumatism, muscle pain, bruise

 

Antibacteria: According to some undisclosed research, it is effective against: diphtheria, pneumonia, acute sinusitis, otitis media, meningitis, sepsis, septic arthritis, endocarditis, peritonitis, pericarditis, cellulitis, brain abscess, urinary tract infections, E. coli, septicemia, ankylosing spondylitis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, gastrointestinal illness to name a few

 

Antifungal: Candida, nail infection, chlamydia, tinea capitis

 

Anti-inflammatory: eczema, insect bites, sinusitis, cystitis, bruises, spraines, acne, otitis

 

Anticeptic: acne, bronchial secretions, cystitis, otitis, skin infection, influenza, sinusitis, tuberculosis

 

 

Antispasmodic: cramps, coughing

 

Calming:sedative

 

Carminative:flatulence, colic

 

Cicatrizant: burns, scars, varicose ulcers, wounds

 

Emmenagogic, Hypotensor, hypertension, Cardiotonic & tachycardia…

 

 

At this point you might feel completely overwhelmed. Not to worry. Follow these simple rules to be on the safe side:

•        Always consult doctor if you have any serious problems.

•        Never self-diagnose or self-medicate.

•        Never drink essential oils.

•        Never put essential oils in your eyes, nose, or on private parts.

•        Only use essential oils from the reputable sources

 

However, it is said that Lavender has 167 uses. I never managed to put together a full list of 167, but I think the list below covers the main uses that the Lavender Plant has.

 

1.                   Insect repellent - Add few drops to a skin lotion, apply just before your daily walk in the park.

Put a few drops on your hands, rub together, and then rub on your body just before going out.

While traveling, put a drop on your bed and a drop on the pillow.

Note:for outdoor use you will need to reapply essential oil every few hours.

 

2.                   Insect bites –Apply one drop to bite and rub it in.

 

3.                   Burns –apply one drop immediately but do not rub if a blister appears. For the bigger burns, soak the wound and gently cover the injured place, and go to the hospital.

 

4.                   Skin rushes –Apply a few drops, gently rub it in. Contact the doctor if the rushes persist and no improvements show in the next day or two.

 

5.                   Small cuts –Apply 1-2 drops onto wounded area. It will disinfect, ease the pain and help with healing.

 

6.                   Cough, cold, flu, sinus infection – Diffuse the oil in a room for a couple of hours, add 20 drops of oil to 1 cup of boiling water, lay down and inhale with deep breaths to get the maximum effects.

 

 

7.                     Insomnia diffuse the oil in the room overnight night.  Add 20 drops to 1 cup of boiling water. It will put restless babies to sleep like a charm.

 

8.                      HeadacheRelief 1 drop of lavender (can be mixed with 1 drop of Peppermint) and applied around the hairline.

 

9.                   Muscle pain, arthritis, back pain– ease the pain by applying 1-2 drops of Lavender oil directly on the affected area.

 

10.               Muscle relaxer, and promotes overall relaxation- Did you know that Lavender oil was used in Ancient times in Asia to tame lions? Yeah, it’s that powerful! Aim for 100% pure lavender oil to benefit from this effect.

 

11.               Depression, anxiety, mood swings –diffuse the oil in the room for a couple of hours or as long as you want to. Add 20 drops to 1 cup of boiling water.

 

12.               Ice-cream –.  Only use therapeutic or food grade oil for Lavender ice-cream. Instead of vanilla flavouring, add 1 drop of Lavender oil for 2 cups of ice-cream mixture before putting it in the ice-cream maker. It adds unforgettable flavor.

 

13.   Add to Diffuser-A word about diffusers: Only use cold diffusers (ionic diffusers) because heat destroys therapeutic properties of essential oils.

 

14.               Estrogen Supplement -Studies have shown that lavender, when coupled with tea tree oils could create an estrogen-like effect.

 

15.               Menstrual cramps -Massage a few warm drops on to your lower abdomen.

 

16.               Anti-Bacterial Wash- A French study proved that lavender is a powerful antibacterial, in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that causes typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.

 

17.               Anxiety -smear a few drops right under your nose, the scent of Lavender will help relieve your anxiety.

 

18.               Earache - Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat.

 

19.               Chicken Pox- soothes the itchiness and prevents scarring.

 

20.               Acne treatment- Lavender is believed to inhibit the bacteria that causes skin infection and helps rebalance the over-secretion of sebum (natural body oil) which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”.  Simply add a few drops of lavender oil to your usual face cream.

 

21.               Fever - Apply a soaked towel with cool water that has been mixed with lavender oil on the patient’s forehead, face and neck.

 

22.               Dry and itchy skin- Lavender oil generally heals the skin and balances the sebum (natural body oil). Simply massage lavender oil on your skin for a hydrating and soothing feeling.

 

23.               Sinusitis -Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend you should inhale to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.

 

24.               Urine Flow -Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders as it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps.

 

25.               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. Simply mix a tablespoon in your salad dressing, or swallow it in the morning before breakfast.

 

26.               Cure for Ringworm- Our 2 year old got a ringworm infection on her belly. We had lavender oil and rubbed a few drops on the infected area. Within a few days, the ringworm was completely gone. It was a great, natural therapy for a minor ringworm infection, without the fear of any man-made chemicals touching our baby's young skin.

 

27.               Helping little ones prepare for bed- Many children can benefit from a calm, predictable routine at a consistent time each night. When Lavender oil is added to the regime, it can be even more effective. Rub a few drops of oil on the soles of the little one's feet. We have even put a few drops on our fingers and touched the under-side of their noses so they would smell it and develop a calming routine with a familiar smell. And, since the smell center of the brain is very close to the memory center, this kind of pattern can produce strong, peaceful memories for little ones as they grow older.

 

28.               Safely moisturizing chapped lips- Only pure therapeutic-grade Lavender oil should be considered safe for ingesting or use on skin areas. Be sure your bottle does not say “for external use only” as it is not pure therapeutic-grade and is not worth the money spent on it. Apply as needed to areas of chapped lips in the dry winter season to relieve dry, burning, chapped lips and to promote healing and moisturizing effects.

 

29.               Winter chapped hands - Lavender oil can triple as a bactericide, moisturizer, reliever of pain, itching and dryness caused by dry, cold winter conditions. Try a few drops as needed and rub into the chapped areas of the fingers and hands.

 

30.               Eczema relief and dermatitis- Using Lavender oils alone or with other essential oils that are good for the skin can help bring relief to the dryness or the inflammation caused by eczema and dermatitis. Many children have eczema patches and eventually grow out of them. Using Lavender oil is a safe and effective treatment.

 

31.               Fabric freshener and deodorizer - Place a few drops on a cloth or laundry drier sheet to freshen your laundry’s scent and naturally deodorize.

 

32.               Romance and relaxed social settings -Diffuse the lavender oil to set the mood for a nice romantic evening or for a relaxed social event.

 

33.               Can be used in a day spa for diffusing -Lavender is a nice oil for diffusing, cleaning the air, and bringing balance to any atmosphere. Diffusing it in a certain area of your day-spa can really bring a sense of balance and tranquility.

 

34.               Lavender infused tea and other drinks -Using Lavender in a nice cup of hot tea can help as a nice wind-down drink after dinner or with a decaffeinated tea before bed. It can also be used with a nice Chamomile tea or “Sleepy time” tea before bed or when trying to relax.

 

35.               Lavender in breads and cooking - Experiment with Lavender oil (digestible kind) in your fruit breads and other dishes. It can provide a wonderful complexity and aromatics to some of your favorite dishes. Try adding a drop or 2 to a few bites before adding it to a complete recipe to be sure you like it first.

 

36.               Sunburn relief -Lavender drops can be diluted in water to spray over sunburn to promote relief and healing several times a day. Try using Lavender instead of (or alternating with) aloe vera gel and diluted apple-cider vinegar to help take away the heat and sting of sun-burn.

 

37.               To settle throat or muscle spasms - Recently, I had some issues with GERD and esophageal spasms. If you ever have esophageal spasms or IBS, it can be very uncomfortable and at times, painful. I decided take a few drops of Lavender oil on the tongue to see if it had similar muscle relaxation effects on the smooth, involuntary muscles of the digestive system. The Lavender oil was very effective in greatly reducing the spasms and bringing relaxation and relief to the constricting muscles in my throat. It must be therapeutic grade so that it is pure enough for ingestion.

 

38.               Sinusitis and allergy flare-ups -Both Lavender and Peppermint oil can be very effective for helping to reduce the flare ups from allergies and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus linings). Place a few drops near the affected areas, nasal passages, temples, forehead, back of the neck, between the eyes (but certainly not in the eyes) – test some near your eyes to make sure the vapors are not too intense for your eyes as it can irritate or cause the eyes to water a bit.

 

39.               Great for a relaxing bath oil -Try adding several drops to a warm, relaxing bath, while playing some soft music and lighting some nice candles. A little extra time for yourself on those days when you really need a break after work or from the kids can really bring you back to a sense of normalcy.

 

40.                Relief with heart palpitations - Lavender oil, being a natural tonic and sedative, can also be inhaled in pure form to help with heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat. Practice making calm and quiet surroundings and inhaling Lavender oils when your heart is racing. Be sure to stay with your doctor's advice if you have a condition or are on medications.

 

41.               Calmness before an exam -Inhale some drops of Lavender before and during a test if permitted, to help you reset balance to your mind and emotions during test anxieties. Using the Lavender lightly during study times can also help produce calm memories when thinking through particular topics, which can carry over to the testing scenario.

 

42.               Before a presentation or job interview - You can inhale some Lavender aroma and even put a drop or two under the nasal passages to bring calmness and balance to the mind and emotions before a presentation in front of your peers or colleagues or just before a job interview.

 

43.               Water fountain or aromatherapy fountain - Placing a few drops of Lavender in your fountain can kill bacteria and promote a nice, balanced, calm atmosphere while keeping the water fresh and free of microbes.

 

44.               Reducing scar tissue -Be sure to consistently add Lavender oil to areas of skin that are wounded and beginning to heal to help reduce scarring and promote healing, while also experiencing the antiseptic properties of the oil.

 

45.               Dry eyes and tear ducts -Do not place Lavender in the eyes. However, you can put a drop or 2 near the bridge of the nose to promote your lacrimal glands to produce tears.

 

46.               Motion Sickness - Experiment with the locations of application, Lavender can be used to help alleviate symptoms of minor motion sickness. It is not intended to prevent motion sickness on a long cruise or where a stronger medicine may be needed. However, it can be effective in relieving symptoms of the onset of motion sickness.

 

47.               Bath salts -Not only can Lavender be used by the drop in a relaxing bath, but it can also be mixed with pure bath salts and wrapped up to use later or for a gift for a friend or family member.

 

48.               Respiratory infections - Lavender can be used in a vaporizer to help kill germs and promote healing due to respiratory infections.

 

49.               Hair loss and re-growth for alopecia -Alopecia areata is an auto-immune dysfunction where the hair falls out, often in clumps or patches. In one study documented by the University of Maryland Medical Center, 86 alopecia areata patients went through a split test. Both subjects massaged the scalp daily for 7 months, whereas only half used essential lavender oil during the massage. The experimental group that used Lavender oil reported significant hair re-growth over the control group that simply used scalp massage alone.

 

50.               Reduce agitation in dementia patients -Some studies have shown that aromatherapy and other Lavender oil use can help reduce agitation for aging patients who experience agitation and irritability due to dementia.

 

51.               Irritation from shingles -Adult onset of shingles due to the Herpes Zoster virus can be quite irritating and downright painful. Some people have used Lavender oil to alleviate the pain, irritation and itching caused by shingles. Also, because shingles can often be associated with life stressors, Lavender can help with that too.

 

52.               Scabies infections - Scabies has been identified by the WHO (World Health Organization) as a water-borne parasite / illness that can also be transmitted by skin contact from infected persons. Some natural medicinal doctors (NMDs) have used therapeutic-grade Lavender oils and baths in conjunction with other oils such as tea tree oil to effectively kill these parasites that burrow under the skin, lay eggs, and cause allergic irritations and dermatitis. Not only can the Lavender oil kill the parasites, but it can bring relief to the skin irritations.

 

53.               Overactive nervous system -Sometimes, other voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms can be treated well with Lavender oil massaged on or near the location of the muscle spasms caused by an over-active nerve or nervous system.

 

54.               After surgery pain relief - Although there have been more reported testimonials, one study done on biopsy patients (reported at the University of Maryland Medical Center) for after-surgery pain relief showed significant pain decrease in patients who received oxygen with Lavender aromatherapy versus those who just received oxygen without aromatherapy in post-operative scenarios.

 

55.               Improve concentration - Because of its ability to stabilize mood, reduce anxieties, and help calm the nervous system, Lavender has been reported by many to help improve the ability to concentrate by reducing other symptoms that can distract thought and the ability to focus.

56.                   Ear infection - 1 drop of Lavender massaged around the ear, 1 drop of Lavender (can be mixed with 1 drop of Chamomile) on a cotton ball, place the cotton ball into the ear. Must be applied to both ears even when the pain affects only one.

 

Lavender could be perhaps one of the most versatile herbs and essential oils in the world, and the therapeutic uses for its pure essential oil are seemingly endless.

From cooking, to easing tensions, to soothing skin irritations and acne, essential, therapeutic-grade Lavender oil is the first essential oil that should be stocked in every household. Lavender oil should be therapeutic / pharmaceutical grade in order to safely use on the body or for ingestion. Most oils sold in the marketplace are labelled this way, but are actually not intended for internal use. Also, where ever you see the word “neat” next to essential oil use, this means undiluted (not mixed with water or other dilutions).

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