Ahhhh…..The aroma of Lavender!

Essential oils are one of the true wonders of nature. The oils are stored in the cells of the plants, in places like the leaves/needles (mint and pine), the flowers (rose or chamomile), bark (cinnamon), the roots (ginger ), the skin/rind (citrus fruits) or in the seeds (anise). They are the “essence” of the plant.

The majority of essential oils are obtained through two methods: expression and distillation. Expression is when the rind is pressed, squeezing the oil out.  But the majority of essential oils come from some sort of water or steam distillation. This by far is the most common process and can be done at home too!  The heat from the steam forces the plant to open up and release its oils. Just google distilling essential oils and you can find all the instructions you need to make quality essential oils right in your kitchen.

Ways to use essential oils

ImageCommon ways of using essential oils include, vaporization, massage, bathing, and compresses. But be careful essential oils (except in rare exceptions) should not to be applied to the skin without diluting them first.  Select your oils based on their therapeutic properties.  One of my favorites is Lavender.  Lavender essential oil, is floral and herbaceous, and always delightful. Aromatherapists use it because it has relaxing and calming properties. I always have it on hand for burns, bug-bites and skin irritations. And we Soap and Candle makers love lavender just because it smells so good.

 

Google is your friend, so research what you are looking for.  You can also pick up a book at your local bookstore if you really get into using essential oils. Do your research on the oil you want to use BEFORE using it.

Vaporization: I use Lavender in my vaporizer and on my pillowcase.  You can also use essential oils in a small container over a radiator, or in a light bulb ring diffuser (found at our local craft store) to softly scent a room.  Or treat your stress or cold by placing a drop or two onto a tissue or pillowcase.

Baths: I also use Lavender in my baths.  Put drops of essential oil in your bath and soak to sooth achy muscles or to simply relax.

Massage: Lavender is a wonder scent for massage therapy.  Blend your essential oils into a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed oil. Use this to massage your body or better yet to massage someone else.

Compresses: Essential oils can be used to as an effective way of relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  Apply them as a compress to the affected area.

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Bath Salts they’re supposed to be for RELAXATION, right?

Image“Ivory Wave”, ” Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky”, and “Bliss”—- are all among the many street names of a so-called designer drug known as “Bath Salts”. We thought bath salts were for relaxing in a state of aromatherapy, after a long day at the office? Unfortunately these “Bath Salts”, and similar products with euphemistic names are not supposed to be for human consumption. These products are being sold in shops, convenience stores and gas stations and our children are purchasing these dangerous items. These bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone.

When MDPV gets to the brain, the effects include producing feelings of empathy, stimulation, alertness, euphoria, sensory awareness and hallucinations. Other reported effects include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and sweating. Parents and schools must stress to children that these substances, despite not being illegal, these can be even more dangerous than street drugs, just like tobacco & misused medications. This is the ideal moment to have that conversation to help the youth understand why something that is legal is not necessarily safe.

Using bath salts as directed can be a tool in achieving a level of relaxation. Also, when you make your now, you can make it a family project and spend some quality time with your kids in the kitchen.  There is a fun & easy bath salt recipe below for you to try.

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ImageStress Reliever Bath Salt Recipe

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt (from your local drug store)
  • 1 cup Sea Salt (from your local health food or grocery store)
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (from your local health food store)
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