Friday, March 11, 2016

The Versatile and Amazing Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular and versatile of all the essential oils.  It takes about 150 pounds of lavender flowers just to produce a pound of essential oil.  On average, an acre of lavender will yield about 12 pounds of oil!

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The flower is harvested when the blooms are fully developed.  Then the flowers are steam-distilled to extract all the essential oil goodness!  With Young Living's Seed to Seal process, only the finest lavender is grown and harvested.

There are many uses for lavender essential oil... these include, but are not limited to

  • Putting a few drops on your neck and wrists for a soothing scent when needed
  • Add a few drops to make for a very relaxing bath
  • Add a few drops to a diffuser to liven up a room
  • Put a few drops in some almond oil and have a relaxing massage oil or moisturizer
These are just some of the most basic ways to utilize lavender oil, for the sky is the limit with this product!  I put a few drops in the cool mist humidifier to help my boys get a peaceful nights sleep.  One or two drops in a water spray bottle makes for an instant freshener I can then spray around the room on old and stale smelling furniture or shoes.

History

The history of this wonderful flower has been recorded for more than 2500 years!  All throughout the middle east lavender was used as a perfume and even in the mummification process when Egyptians would dip the shrouds in lavender.  

By the times the Romans rolled around, lavender was recognized as one of the most valuable flowers.  It was used heavily in the famed Roman baths.  The very root of the word lavender is the latin word lavare which means "to wash."

Romans also used the flower as a perfume, insect repellent and in their cooking.  It has also been found in the smoking mixtures found in archaeological digs.  

Throughout the middle ages, lavender was strewn on the floors of castles for cleaning and scent purposes.  It was found in healers gardens, with the belief that lavender could ward off diseases.  Since lavender has been proven to drive away small stinging insects, like mosquito and fleas, the usage of lavender may very well have helped people avoid getting the plague, which was spread by fleas.

The history of lavender is one that is rich with usages for cleaning, relaxing, seduction, medicine, and  a whole host of other uses.  How many can you think of?  A drop of lavender oil on a note to a loved one is very traditional.  The flower was worn by women throughout the ages to prevent spousal abuse, for the scent of lavender was considered to have a strong calming effect on men.

Lavender oil is considered a powerful sleep aide and very conducive to long life.  Therefore if you are having trouble sleeping at night, consider a diffuser in the bedroom to help aide in sleep and well being.  For a particularly powerful one two punch, try a relaxing bath with some oil, then diffuse it while you sleep.  

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