Did Ya Know Friday

A few little facts about a healing herb called Lavender:

Active Ingredients of Lavender

1.) Lavender oil contains up to 50 percent of the alcohol linalol. Linalol helps to kill bacteria and viruses. It also helps to heal burns, wounds and sores.
2.) Ketones are compounds that help to relieve pain, build new skin tissues and reduce inflammation. They also have a sleep-inducing effect. Ketones can be toxic, so lavender that contains an amount above 35 percent should be avoided. Diabetics, epileptics and pregnant women should avoid them completely.
3.) Esters are compounds that ease swelling and soreness, prevent muscle spasms, fight fungal infections and prevent scarring. They also help to regulate your moods, preventing you from experiencing depression and hysteria.
4.) Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied undiluted. It can even be used on sunburned or damaged skin.

A Natural Relaxant

5.) Prepare for a night of blissful sleep by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil into a deep, warm bath.
6.) Dab pulse points such as your temples and wrists with lavender oil to relieve stress or anxiety.
7.) To relieve headaches, massage a few drops of undiluted lavender essential oil into your temples.
8.) Drop lavender oil on your sheets or place a small bag of flowers under the pillow to help you drift off to sleep.

Magical Lavender

9.) Lavender is the sacred scent of the Celtic month of the Willow Moon (April 15 to May 13). Picking lavender during the full Moon enhances its magical powers.
10.) The Romans burned lavender over hot coals to surround a new mother and child with the scent of compassion.
11.) The ancient Greeks dedicated lavender to Hecate, their goddess of witches, sorcerers and enchantment.
12.) Sprigs of lavender were worn by medieval monks to banish evil spirits.

Improving your Skin and Hair

13.) To prevent dandruff, add a few drops to the water of your final hair rinse or sprinkle some onto your hairbrush.
14.) Treat minor cuts, bites, strains and bruises by adding a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of water, soaking a cloth and pressing it over the affected area.
15.) Treat spots and pimples by dabbing them morning and night with lavender oil.
16.) Make an after-shampoo rinse for dull and oily hair with a jug of mineral water, a few drops of lavender oil and the juice of a lemon. Leave to infuse for 30 minutes before use.
17.) Use a soft, warm cloth compress on damaged or broken skin. This will ease swelling and pain as well as promoting skin regrowth.

Ease your Period Pains

18.) To relieve period pain, gently massage the lower back and tummy with diluted lavender oil. This will aslo balance your spirits.
19.) To avoid the emotional symptoms of PMS, combine 3 drops lavender, 3 drops Roman chamomile and 30ml carrier oil and dab on your pulse points in the days leading up to your period. The calming, soothing smell of this combination should help to regulate your hormonal system.
20.) The esters in lavender oil reduce muscle spasm, thereby easing period cramps.

Using Lavender

21.) When using lavender oil in a massage blend, dilute it in a carrier base, such as grapeseed oil, at a ratio of 10 drops lavender to 30ml carrier. Some massage oils may be already diluted.
22.) Pulse Point Blend - Blend five drops of lavender with 20ml of a carrier oil such as almond for pulse point use.
23.) Room Fragrancers - Add three drops to water in your vaporizer bowl to gently fragrance your room.

Source: Enhancing Your Mind Body Spirit


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