Lavender, a relaxing scent for a busy day and a good night's sleep.
The term aromatherapy, or the study of essential oils for healing, was first coined by Dr. Rene Gattefosse, in France in the 1920s after accidentally discovering the therapeutic effects of lavender oil. Dr. Gateffosse was a chemist and worked in a cosmetic laboratory that tested lavender. He had an accident that caused his hand to be severely burned. Out of desperation he dipped his hand into the lavender oil. He experienced instant relief from pain and noticed that his hand healed without scars.
This inspired him to learn more about the therapeutic effects that oils had on the body. He learned how to create essential oils from numerous plants and fruits and tested the effects they had on the body. He wrote a book about his work in 1928 that is considered the beginning of the study of aromatherapy.
Lavender is the queen of essences
The Lavender family is made up of many species, of which only a few are useful for treating the body. The Latin names for these varieties are Lavendula spica, Lavendula augustifolia, and Lavendula stoechas. If you are using it for aromatherapy, be sure to get these varieties, as other varieties may not have the same effects. You can check the bottle for Latin names or ask an assistant about the type of oil used.
Many other types of lavender oil are used as a burning oil to create a scent. They will not be able to soothe cuts or burns or heal the skin, they will simply emit a pleasant scent.
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If you use the essential oil directly on your skin ...
There are many ways to use lavender essential oil. It is considered safe to use in undiluted form on the skin, but to be on the safe side rather than lamenting a allergic reaction unexpectedly, perform a patch test. This means putting a drop of the oil on a small area of the skin and leaving it for a few hours. If there is no adverse reaction to the oil, you can be safe to assume that the rest of your skin will have the same reaction. If there is a reaction or you prefer to make lavender oil last a bit longer, you can always dilute it with other oils, but it may not be as potent. Apply lavender oil or mix to the skin area that needs relief.
Lavender essential oil can also be used with fevers, itching, and insomnia. It can be smelled, placed on a handkerchief or pillow so that the aroma can smell during sleep.
In the tub: Drops of lavender oil can be added to a hot bath. It is recommended that no more than 6 drops be added to the bath.
Massages: Lavender oil can be mixed with olive or jojoba oil to create a massage oil that will help calm the body. You should mix about one milliliter of lavender oil with ten milliliters of the other oil.
For wrinkles: As we indicated previously, lavender essential oil has regenerative properties on the skin that not only serve to relieve burns, but also help to restore skin for its regenerative properties. The same goes for crow's feet or Wrinkles skin.
Acne: Likewise, lavender has antiseptic properties that help clean the areas affected by acne, while deflating the area of skin where you have the acne episode.
Deodorant: if you suffer from extreme chemical sensitivity and know how to make homemade deodorant. Add a few drops to the formula for a delicious and relaxing scent.
Before sleep: You can place a few drops of lavender in your diffuser, be it your steam diffuser or an incense, and you will see how you lower the revolutions for a quiet night without tossing and turning.
Likewise, a bath with aromatherapy soap with lavender essential oil at night before going to bed is a very good practice for a peaceful night away from the daily stress of work.