Sunday, January 24, 2010


Not long ago, I was asked "if you could be a plant, what plant would you be?" Without hestitation I said ..... Lavender. I love EVERYTHING about Lavender!

Scent...color...texture...taste... calms and soothes my spirit...

Lavender, as with other herbs have been used since ancient times. The Romans used Lavender to scent their bath water. Its name comes from the Latin verb, Lavare, to wash. The ancient Greeks prescribed Lavender for coughs.

Today Lavender is widely used in so many ways - from bath scents, to medicinal, to chocolate. Lavender is an effective sedative and calming remedy for digestion. It relieves aches and pains and encourages relaxation.

I have been stretching myself with being more in touch with herbal uses versus over the counter remedies. I am presently trying a hand at mixing an heral remedy to help Eds and my symptoms of creaking joints, aching bones and muscles. We are also trying new ways of eating to relieve our arthritis aches with dietary changes. While cleansing herbal remedies to help alleviate our arthritic condition by clearing toxins from our systems. We both suffer from backaches and sciatica.

I am presently gathering dried herbs and essential oils to make an infusion found in one of my home herbal books.
Lavender oil is a mild analgesic and can relieve many types of backaches, while thyme is an antispamodic that relaxes overtense muscles and eases pain.

Juniper oil is midly analgesic and increases blood flow to the skin, encouraging healing.

Eucalyptus oil helps to encourage blood flow to the surface and is effective for aches and pains.

St. John's Wort oil is an anti-inflammatory helping to repair damaged tissues and ease pain.

Pine oil is a tranditional remedy for sciatica. It eases muscle pain and is a stimulant helping to counter act fatigue.

Be sure to use 100% Pure Grade Essential Oils. You should never skimp on the quality of oils used.

10 drops Lavender oil
10 drops Thyme oil
5 drops Juniper oil
5 drops Pine oil
10 drops Eucalyptus oil
18 ml St. John's Wort oil
Mix oils in a 100 ml sterilized dark glass bottle and shake well. Pour about a teaspoon of oil onto one palm and gently rub your hands together before massaging into painful areas. Repeat at least twice a day.

Base oils to use with the Lavender oil are Sweet Almond, which contains vitamins, minerals and protein that are absorbed into the skin. Grapeseed oil and Olive oil can also be used.

I like to dilute 1-3 drops of Lavender oil in a teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil and massage my temples and neck for tension headaches and migraines.

Some uses for Lavender oil are..... 2-4 drops of Lavender oil in 2-3 cups boiling water ... inhale vapors for headaches, insomnia or depression.

2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn will decrease pain.

A few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth thrown into the dryer will deoderize and freshen your laundry.

Rub Lavender oil on the bottoms of your feet for a calming effect on the body.

A drop of Lavender oil on an insect bite will stop the itch and can help reduce swelling.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Dee;
    hope all is going well.
    how was your holidays?
    that inhale the lavender vapors also opens up the nose and lungs it has been said. but make sure you're not allergic to lavender first.

    take care;
    emily h