Herbs for Health – Essential Oils
This year we are going to explore how to use ESSENTIAL OILS safely in the home.
There are a number of wonderful Aroma therapists in the Midlands, so for more information please consult them.
What are Essential oils?
A natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odour of the plant from which it is extracted.
Most essential oils are colourless because on exposure to light and air they oxidise and evaporate when subjected to heat.
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender, from “lavare” (Latin meaning ‘to wash’) has been used for over 2000 years. The Egyptians used it in their mummification process and also as a perfume.
This is one of the most versatile oils and can be used for most ailments. Produced in the Mediterranean region and France it is one of the few oils that can be used directly onto the skin
Use it for:
Light Burns and Cuts Its antimicrobial properties prevent various infections, combat bacterial/fungal disorders as well as to speed the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds.
For burns or skin problems, mix lavender oil with coconut oil in 1:5 ratio for rapid healing.
Headaches & migraine can be eased by rubbing these oils on the back of the neck and the temples while inhaling it.
2 drops of Lavender & 2 drops peppermint oil in the palm of your hand then rubbed as above.
Lavender for Sleep and Insomnia Diffusing lavender before or during sleep can help, or rub it directly on your neck, chest and temples Taking a bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil to the water is effective.
Precautions: Generally safe to use, but do not use in early pregnancy. It may also make you drowsy if you have low blood pressure. Do not use it if you are taking prescription medication for sleep related disorders or for depression,
Lavender oil is considered generally safe for children, although there is some concern that lavender’s effect on hormone levels could be harmful for boys who have not yet reached puberty.
Use caution if using lavender oil frequently on young children.
Lavender oil is readily available at most Health shops, but please make sure that when you buy ESSENTIAL OILS that it states on the bottle that they are 100% pure and are not blends or POT POURRI AROMA OILS.
Until next time,
Yours in herbs,