Lavender oil can be applied topically to relax the muscles or its aroma can be inhaled for a calming effect.
Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy and can be added to bathwater, dispersed in a vaporizer or simply dabbed on a tissue and breathed in. The essential oil leaves and flowers can also be employed in a sachet underneath the pillow.
This popular flowering herb’s essential oil has been demonstrated to depress the central nervous system in a manner comparable to pharmaceutical tranquilizers.
Lavender oil can be applied topically to relax the muscles or its aroma can be inhaled for a calming effect.It is very useful and effective in anxiety,depression,irritability,mental fatigue,panic attack,stress.
Rubbing lavender essential oil on the feet is a particularly effective method for application, as anything on the feet is absorbed quickly.
Lavender is very useful and effective in its usage as a sleep aid. In addition to the use of lavender flowers in a brewed tea, it may also used in the form of an essential oil distilled from the leaves, flowers and stems of the plant.
It should be noted that allergic contact dermatitis has been documented in some individuals applying lavender products externally. To safely detect an allergic reaction it is always a good idea to do a spot test before administering a full application.
Also note that not all varieties of lavender are tranquilizing ? some, such as Spanish lavender, can have just the opposite effect.
Lavender Mint Tea (One serving)Ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers (or 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers).
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried mint).
- 1 cup boiling water.
- Rosemary, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and rose geranium may also be added for an interesting multi-herb herbal tea.
- Lavender plant(stems, leaves or buds).
- Lavender essential oil.
- A handkerchief.
- 2 needles(1 large to fit 1/4" ribbon and 1 regular size).
- Ribbon(1/4" wide).
It should be easy to find all the necessary items listed above from your local craft or floral supply store.
You may use lavender harvested from your own plants or order the lavender buds online (just enter “lavender” or “lavender buds” into your favorite search engine to find an online retailer).
- Fold handkerchief in half, and then fold it in half again. You can iron the handkerchief for a crisper look, or simply leave it as is.
- Now, sew three sides together using needle and thread (or a sewing machine).
- Open the unsown side of the handkerchief and proceed to fill it (like a pillow) with lavender plant pieces and/or buds.
Be sure to use a lot of plant material, but don’t stuff it too tight.
The end result will be a lot like a beanbag. Sprinkle the pieces with lavender essential oil. 8 to 10 drops should be more than enough.
- Thread your large needle with 1/4" ribbon and loosely thread to keep the plant materials inside your homemade sachet.
- Tie the whole thing off with a knot.
- Enjoy your new sachet.
What is Lavender?Lavender (L. angustifolia and others) is a shrubby flowering bush indigenous to the mountainous regions of the western Mediterranean and is considered have been first domesticated by the Arabians, then later spread across Europe by the Romans.
Lavender was brought to North America by the Pilgrims and was one of the first garden plants imported to Australia in the 19th century.
It can be found in abundance in the wild in many parts of the world as well as being garden grown in a sunny, well-drained area, preferably in mildly alkaline soil.
The smaller species will also grow quite easily in well-drained pots.
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