THE WONDROUS BENEFITS OF LAVENDER OIL
Ellen, queen of our farm, just got stung by a yellow jacket this week. Boy do they hurt!! Ever been stung by a yellow jacket? Did you wish you could get the pain to subside? Tried baking powder and all sorts of other remedies I bet? Well she put a little tiny drop of our Lavender Oil on the sting and NO PAIN !!! Wow was that ever something. Not only no pain but by that evening it was like she was never stung.
Bill, the head ranch hand, got bit 5 times on his wrist by mosquito’s and they swelled up and itched terribly bad. Well guess what? Of course lavender oil to the rescue and no pain, no itching and the swelling went down overnight.
This is the time to be using lavender oil for those bug bites and if you wear it on your neck when you are out in the wilds with the enemy they will not bother you.
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Our pure steam distilled LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL is bottled and ready. The bottles are 15 ml or 1/2 fluid ounce, with a tamper-evident top which will allow you to dispense the oil by the drop. This year’s lavender essential oil is distilled from our Lavandula x intermedia “Grosso” which is known for it’s high oil content and pleasing fragrance.
Lavender essential oil has multiple health benefits. It is known for its calming and relaxing properties. It is used on skin to help heal cuts, scratches, and bruises. It is also known to help in the healing of burns as it diminishes pain, promotes rapid healing, and reduces scarring to a very minimum.
Lavender essential oil can be used as an insect repellent.
Lavender essential oil can also be used in many crafts from soap making to refreshing your pot pourrie. It takes only a few drops to lend its sweet and pleasant fragrance in whatever way you want to use it.
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The Wonders of Lavender Essential Oil
At a time when we are all taking more responsibility for our health we are learning more about some older and traditional methods.
Lavender has been used throughout history not only for its pleasant smell but for its other properties that affect our health. Our lavender essential oil is produced locally by steam distillation of the fresh lavender flowers producing a pure essential oil.
Lavender has a calming and soothing effect on the nerves and relieves tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general. It is also effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.
It is also very beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, laryngitis, halitosis, throat infections and whooping cough and helps the digestive system deal with colic, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.
Lavender essential oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains, especially those associated with sports activity.
On the skin, lavender essential oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, lice, insect bites and stings, and also acts as an insect repellent.
Lavender essential oil is one of the very few essential oils that can be used on the skin neat or without dilution. This is especially useful when treating minor wounds and burns.
The following are some ideas for how to use LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL to help yourself and your family be more healthy.
VAPORIZERS ~ Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a vaporizer can be useful for allergies, dizziness, sleeplessness ( children, too), hay fever, headaches, depression, trauma, anxiety, nightmares, irritability, and nervous tension. As it lifts the mood and soothes irritability and relieves stress those muscles relax to reduce muscle tension and spasms. For the treatment of insomnia, studies have shown that the elderly, who frequently do not sleep well, slept better and were more alert during the day when sleep medication was replaced with lavender essential oil in a vaporizer or a few drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow at bedtime.
MASSAGE OR IN THE BATH ~ Lavender essential oil can be diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) for a relaxing massage. This is especially soothing for a baby who is tired and cranky. A few drops of lavender essential oil in a tepid or a hot bath is so relaxing after strenuous work as it relaxes the muscles. It reduces stress and is so pleasant to just be surrounded by the fragrance. Massaging a few drops of lavender essential oil onto the temples, forehead and at the nape of the neck is often used to treat headache.
ON A COTTON BUD ~ Lavender essential oil can be used on a cotton bud (or on your clean fingertip) directly on acne, insect bites (spider), bruises, and minor burns. Lavender essential oil has antiseptic properties and cicatrisant properties which help with wound healing. It also has cytophylactic properties which help reduce scaring. Because lavender essential oil has soothing and anti-inflammatory action it is effective in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, and carbuncles. It eases the pain of sunburn and counteracts the itching of insect bites.
ON A COMPRESS ~ To a bowl of cool water (a cup of water will do nicely) add 6 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil and swirl a little to mix. Soak a cloth and squeeze out the excess and apply. This is effective for headache, tired eyes, to rejuvenate the skin on your face, for sunburns, burns, and chaffed skin.
ACNE ~ Lavender essential oil is known to have antimicrobial properties so is one of the most effective oils for the treatment of acne. Not only does it inhibit the bacteria that cause the redness and tenderness of inflammation but it helps re-balance the over-secretion of sebum on which the bacteria thrive. Apply with a cotton bud directly on the acne and then add a few drops of lavender essential oil as you use your cleansing and moisturizing creams.
BUGS AND BACTERIA~ Clinical studies have proven the antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties of lavender essential oil. A 5% or less dilution is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB, and diphtheria. and other infections.
INSECT REPELLENT ~ As an insect repellent, lavender essential oil can be used undiluted directly on the skin or sprayed on as a hydrosol. A few drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball placed near your open window at night keeps bugs away. Mosquitoes, midges, and no-see-ums hate the smell of lavender. A lavender bud sachet hung in your closet or stored with your sweaters also repels moths.
MENSTRUAL CRAMPS ~ Massage a few drops of lavender essential oil into the lower abdomen or apply a few drops to a hot compress to relieve menstrual cramping at that time of the month.
SHINGLES ~ Lavender essential oil applied directly to lesions or on a cold compress to the lesions is soothing as it reduces the pain and aids in the healing of the agonizing blisters that come with shingles. This works for a cold sore as well.
SUNBURN ~ Apply lavender essential oil to a sunburned area to reduce the pain and aid the healing of a sunburn. This will help reduce scaring. And next time apply the sun block more frequently.
HEAD LICE ~ Head lice do not like the smell of lavender any more than other bugs. To treat head lice prepare a rinse of water and a few drops of lavender essential oil and apply at least once a day. Or apply a few drops of lavender essential oil directly onto the fine-toothed comb you are using to comb out the nits.
This herbal information is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have. Use your God-given good sense in regaining and maintaining your health.