The Magic of Lavender!

Posted: December 16, 2009 in Massage, Nutrition & Holistic Medicine

The Holidays can be a very happy time for everyone along with a very stressful time of year.  Why not treat yourself to a relaxing bath or aromatherapy with the scent of Lavender.  Sore muscles from shopping the mall all day long?  Lavender can help!

Lavender is one the most relaxing and calming scents.  Not only is it good for relaxing, it can also soothe and heal quite an amazing variety of aliments.  The therapeutic oil produced by lavender flowers can be used to treat troubles of the heart and mind.

Herbalist and aromotherapist use the oil to treat depression.  As a massage oil, lavender relaxes muscles and eases tension, and its antiseptic properties effectively heal conditions like acne or sunburn.  Lavender can be applied undiluted to the skin.

Here are some useful tips using lavender that I like and are very simple.

For Relaxing

  1. Add lavender oil to your bath
  2. Dab wrist & temple with lavender
  3. Drop a couple of drops of lavender into your sheets

Skin and Hair

  1. For Dandruff – put a few drops to the water of your last hair rinse.
  2. Minor cuts or bites – strains or bruises, add a couple of drops of lavender to a bowl of water, soak a cloth and place on affected area.
  3. Pimples – dab a drop onto pimple in the AM & PM.

Preparing Lavender for use

As a massage oil – use a carrier oil such as grape seed oil, add around 10 drops of lavender oil to 30ml of carrier oil.  You can add more or less lavender oil depending on the strength of aroma you want.

Room Fragrance – add 3 drops of lavender oil to a vapor bowl.

Lavender salt scrub –

  1. 1 cup fine sea salt
  2. 1/2 cut light massage oil ( grape seed oil)
  3. 5-15 drops of lavender oil
  4. put salt in small bowl add oil – mix with spoon or wooden stick, add lavender oil.
  5. Tub or shower will become slippery due to the oils, so be careful not to slip! Also, do not use on freshly  shaven legs as the salt will irritate the skin – same if you have any small cuts or scrapes.

I hope you enjoy the use of lavender as much as I do!

Thanks for reading

JC Health & Fitness

by Cindy Rutland

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Comments
  1. Maria Brophy says:

    I love lavender. Where’s the best place to buy it? Is there a good online store for oils that you can recommend?

    • cindyrutland says:

      I buy my massage oils from massage warehouse.com – I do not think you have to be a therapist… or I know the GNC store next to Trader Joes has oils too! A lil bit more pricey, but you don’t have to pay for shipping….Glad you like the article. Now go relax!!!!

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