The Nose Knows

September 16, 2009

Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE the smell of lavender? It is one of the most peaceful, fresh, CLEAN smells…and for that reason alone, it is worth having around your home. But, over the years, I have learned just how versatile this impressive essential oil is…

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Did you know that lavender has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, nervine, cooling, and antiseptic properties ASIDE from its obvious aromatic pleasures? With that kind of resume, it is an excellent alternative in so many of our day-to-day situations.

  • Instead of buying antibacterial spray, mix 1 cup of water with 25 drops of PURE lavender essential oil. Spray onto surfaces — no wiping necessary. Use in high "touch" spots — door handles, bathroom faucets and handles, phones, and remote controls — especially when people are sick.
  • When your children are irritable, dilute 10-20 drops of PURE lavender essential oil in their bath water. If I think my girls are coming down with something, I get them out of this lavender bath, dry them off, and rub their bodies down with a massage oil and…you guessed it…lavender. Right before they go to sleep, I rub 1 more drop of lavender on the soles of their feet. Ahhh…
  • When you feel a headache coming on, rub 1-2 drops of PURE lavender essential oil directly onto your temples.
  • If you are under excess stress, feel overly anxious, or are completely exhausted. draw a bath and add 2 cups of Epsom salt and 20 drops of PURE lavender essential oil. Steep yourself in the water and relax.
  • For bronchial spasms, rub PURE lavender essential oil onto your chest.
  • When you are really sick, put a bowl of steaming water somewhere in your room and add 10 drops of PURE lavender essential oil. If you are congested, add 6 drops of either PURE eucalyptus or tea tree oil with the lavender oil…it will open you up and put you back on the road to good health.

Lavender is considered the "wonder oil" among its peers, and now you know why. And the beauty of it is whenever you are in doubt about what to use, you can ALWAYS rely on lavender. It can be applied directly to the skin and is safe for anyone to use. When I first smelled lavender oh-so many years ago, I had no idea what I was falling in love with…but my nose, well, it certainly did!

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