I am one of those weird people who do not love the smell of Lavender, but I have been brought to my knees with appreciation and respect for this most wonderful healing oil over the years. Although my business originated mainly for dealing with pain issues, I did want to cover all the bases when formulating my products, including stress & skin problems. I am a balm lover (oil with beeswax & natural ingredients) as the lasting power when applying under the nose and applying on temples for emotional benefits appears to have extended staying power over applying an oil.
As Lavender is somewhat expensive, it seems sort of a waste to spray a pillow when the benefits can be reaped immediately when applied to key areas on the face and wrists. If you are going to spray your pillow, take pure Lavender oil and add distilled water –shake before spraying, but this supply will last for ages.
I was forced into submitting to the powers of Lavender two years ago, refusing to submit to taking medications to relax me. Dealing with severe jaw clenching and insomnia issues, I began applying Lavender Balm every night and it found it was immediately very calming and I was soon sleeping peacefully. (Also, to help with insomnia, drinking “Sleepy Time” Tea with honey is wonderful). What’s interesting is that by relaxing me, I virtually stopped the jaw clenching which eventually relieved the swelling in the jar area.
The following conditions of the mind, will benefit by using Lavender:
• Nervous tension
• Balancing emotions
• Stress & anxiety
• Soothes and calms the nervous system
• Ups and downs – highs and lows
• Insomnia – Research shows that Lavender has a mild sedative effect.
• Studies have shown participants appear to sleep more restfully.
The term “Aromatherapy” was brought about after a French perfumer Rene-Maurice Gattefoss in 1928 applied Lavender to a badly burnt hand which resulted from a lab explosion. The burn healed quickly and left minimal scarring. He began studying many oils and their effect on the mind and body in healing. Lavender has been valued for centuries for its beauty, fragrance and cosmetic value. It also has a long history as an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and long considered a very romantic oil.
A lot of research has been done on the effect that scents have on the emotions, especially for women. Because the same part of our brain – the limbic system – processes both emotions and odor. We have an immediate response to smells. Although women and men seem to have the same detection of scents, women are thought to be more aware and receptive. Lavender helps create a feeling that’s serene and focused. In an article published in the New York Times 2002, several studies indicated that Lavender Oil appeared to help calm agitation in patients with severe Alzheimer’s disease. Three studies were done, all showing significant benefits from patients smelling or rubbing the oil on their skin. This is a great oil for headaches and helping to prevent migraines, although I recently read that Lavender is not to be used in the middle of the migraine – only to prevent them.
Lavender is one of the ten most important oils in the world and claims the #1 placement. Said to be a medicine chest in a bottle it is extremely safe. If you are pregnant suggested use is after 1st trimester. For mothers to be – this is definitely the oil to be used when in labor. Several years ago I had to Fed-ex Lavender up to a customer in Spokane, WA, where her daughter and daughter-in-law were both in waiting. The nurses in the labor room attributed the easy labor to using Lavender in foot massage and applied under nose.
Stress comes with living, and unfortunately life today is changeling and we get so caught up in our hectic lives we don’t take time to “stop and smell the roses”. Even babies experience stress when hungry, wet, and our school kids have major stresses at school (With peer pressure and extensive tests). Stress causes physical problems and mental tension. Using Lavender for aromatherapy massage is a wonderful way to relieve the mind body. I am a firm believer that children should have short massages on a regular basis. Lavender in a nice almond oil with vitamin E. Both my sister in law and sister use the Lavender Balm on their kids who deal with hyperactivity by massaging hands, feet and applying under the nose before bedtime.
Lavender Oil, although best know for aromatherapy, is also used for relief of arthritis, rheumatism, neuropathy, lupus, multiple sclerosis, rashes, burns, scars, Bites. Lavender is my most popular item with massage therapists and acupuncture specialists. You will definitely feel like a new person when you get a massage with this wonderful oil.