FUNCTIONS: Bridge from the heart, it takes us from one side of the river of life-our body- to the other side, into spiritual realms. It channels akasha- the ether- into our bodies which represents all sounds and vibrations. The communication center provides energy for understanding verbal and mental communication.
GLANDS/ORGANS: Thyroid, throat, jaw, ear, nose, throat, vocal cords, and breath.
TUMBLED STONES/CRYSTALS: Blue lace agate, aquamarine, turquoise, chalcedony,apatite, azurite.
ESSENTIAL OIL: Lavender
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Positive expression of self, clear communication of feelingsand thoughts, will, and thoughtfulness of speech.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Uptight, low self-esteem, low self confidence, hostility, anger,hurt, arrogance, self-righteousness, excessive talking.
Zensational offers a Smudge Mix made from cedar, sage, palo santo (holy wood) and lavender buds. I also have dried lavender buds and homemade sachets. The Floral Tea Kit has a sample of Earl Grey Lavender Tea from Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennignton, KS. To get your lavender products, please go to the Zensational Store.
From the “Complete Book of Essential oils and Aromatherapy”
“Lavender is capable of many important jobs and is a delight to use.Every home should have a bottle of lavender because it is so very effective in the treatment of burns and scalds.Lavender oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring and also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Although not known specifically as a circulatory stimulant, lavender oil certainly seems to allay the effects of clinical shock and as a mood tonic and antidepressant it helps to deal with the psychological shock of injury. It also has a multitude of other qualities which make it a truly indispensable oil. Lavender oil should be added to anyone’s basic care kit of essential oils along with Tea Tree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove.”
Lavender can be used in many varied ways:
Decorative: The whole plant is good as hedging. Flower, hang dried in bunches on their own or with other tiny flowers, add sprigs to wreaths and nosegays. The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of lavender all contain essential oils and all are valuable for different purposes. Parts of the plant can be used fresh, dried or distilled with the essential oil extracted.
Culinary: Use to flavor jams and to make lavender vinegar. Mix small amounts with savory herbs for fragrant stews. (I used lavender honey on plain Greek yogurt, very tasty.)
Household: Put dried flowers in sachets and bundles to scent drawers and to protect linen from moths. Rub fresh flowers on skin or pin on clothes, to discourage flies. Stem use dried as incense or scented firelighters. Add to your scrub water for regular cleaning jobs from floors to counters to bathrooms.
Cosmetic: Make tonic water for delicate and sensitive skins to speed cell replacement and for an antiseptic against acne, add to soap. Use oil in message for muscular aches, fluid retention and cellulite.
I made a skin toner one using 3 parts rose water, 1 part witch hazel, and add a little cider vinegar, and a few drops of lavender essential oil. I put it in a 2 oz. spray bottle and spritz on before I put on my moisturizer. I also made a hair rinse using, cider vinegar, water and a few drops each of lavender, lemon and orange essential oils. Vinegar smoothes the hair cuticle down and helps to make the hair look shinny. It also stripes away buildup from hair products.
Medicinal: Infuse as a tea to soothe headaches, calm nerves, and ease flatulence, fainting, dizziness and halitosis. Use heated essential oil as an antiseptic, mild sedative and painkiller, particularly on insect bites, stings and small (cooled) burns. Add six drops to bathwater to calm irritable children, and place one drop on the temple for headache relief. Blend for use as an aroma therapeutic massage oil in for throat infections, skin sores, inflammation, rheumatic aches, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Health precautions: There is scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of some of these remedies, especially the anti-inflammatory effects, but they should be used with caution since lavender oil can also be a powerful allergen. Ingesting lavender should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
How to Use:
- Aching Muscles
If you’ve spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of lavender oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aroma therapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain cream sold by chemists and use as a moisturizer or cleanser.
- Bugs & Bacteria
French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
- Burns (minor)
After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on neat lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scarring.
- Cuts & Wounds
Apply lavender oil to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat (no carrier oil).
Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.
Stroke infused lavender oil (a few drops of lavender oil & carrier oil) into dry, itchy skin—small children will find this especially comforting or add a few drops of lavender oil to calamine lotion, shake before use.
Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
- Giddy Spells, Faintness or Pulpitations
Make your own smelling salts—sea salt , lavender oil, peppermint oil & basil oil.
The distilled water of Lavender (Hydrosol) Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a baby’s back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
- Long-Haul Travel
Combine lavender, rosemary, Neroli, frankincense & clary sage, into your hand luggage and roll it over your pulse points to help you keep a clear head during those endless hours in the air.
- Menstrual Cramps
Massage a few drops of lavender oil on your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.
- Moths,Midges & Mosquitos
These annoying little insects all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, splash yourself with lavender hydrosol before you go out at sunset or to bed, put 3-4 drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for insect bites, soothing itching & inflammation: dab it on to them neat as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hand lavender bags on your coat hangers or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.
This infestation by a tiny mite burrowing into your skin causes intense itching. Rub the whole body with neat lavender oil, then following every day until better with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol. Change and wash bedding and clothes and sprinkle lavender oil on the mattress.
Combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
Lavender is one of several essential oils that aroma therapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
- Stress & Anxiety
Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist - Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.
Spray pure Lavender Mist – Hydrosol directly onto the skin or Add 8 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.
I love the smell of lavender and I have fun finding different ways to use it.Have some fun and experiment with its different uses.
Love and Light,