Thursday, April 22, 2010


So, lets talk about lavender. If you are interested in using essential oils you should start with lavender. It is the safest and most versatile oil. In addition to my massage therapy license, I am also a certified aromatherapist. This just means that I have studied essential oils in depth, and know how to safely use them medicinally.

Lavender can be used to heal all kinds of ailments, but I will just list my favorites.

  • stress reduction

  • skin abrasions/burns

  • anti-viral

  • anti-bacterial

  • insomnia

So how should you apply lavender? You can mix it with a carrier oil, such as sunflower, jojoba, safflower, or olive oil and massage it into your skin. Use 4 or 5 drops to a 1/4 cup of oil. You could also put a few drops in some milk and pour it into your bath (the milk helps the oil distribute through the water, otherwise it will just float on the top). You can put several drops on a cotton ball and inhale deeply if you don't want the scent to stay on your skin.

How do essential oils work?

Please be careful when you use any essential oils. They are not merely a fragrance, they are a powerful, concentrated substance.

Lavender is safe to use on infants, pregnant/nursing mothers, and everyone else (except the few people who are allergic to it).

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