Spring Forward with Oils
This is the official Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by Danielle Harris.
In order to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the Spring and get out of the struggle from Springing forward, the next 4 blog posts will be for you to learn about the essence of essential oils.
This blog post is about Lavender essential oil; the most universal oil.
But first it is important to discuss, general safety information: Do not take any essential oils internally (in your mouth). Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. Do not apply citrus oils to skin, even undiluted, and expose self to the sun. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapist. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and seniors.
I am now a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and I will work to incorporate essential oils into my practice as a RN and Aging Life Care Professional (www.evolveseniorsolutionsllc.com). As well as offer services as an Aromatherapist outside of my nursing and aging practice.
https://www.facebook.com/EvolveSeniorSolutions) this month I’m going to feature an essential oil everyday.
There are many types of Lavender. The lavender in this blog post is Lavandula angustifolia, which is the botanical name. This lavender is considered an oil that is labeled by the FDA as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).
Historically, lavender has been used for 2,500 years. The Egyptian’s used lavender for mummification and perfume. The Roman’s used lavender for cooking and scenting.
Lavender essential oil constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do) are:
• Linalyl acetate
• Lavandulyl acetate
• 3-Octanyl acetate
The constituents are important to know because this is a key factor in ensuring you are purchasing true Lavandula angustifolia.
Overall, to me, lavender blends well with everything.
But based on the main constituents and aroma, lavender oil can blend well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood Virginian, Clove Bud, Clary Sage, Geranium Egyptian, Helichrysum Italicum, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose Absolute, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Sandalwood Australian and Vetiver.
Just, trust your nose and give it shot.
The flowering tops are the parts of the lavender plant used to extract (take out) the oil, this is done through a process called Steam Distillation.
We have the pleasure of Lavender essential oil due to places like southern Europe, Britain, and France.
Lavender characteristics include: a clear with a possible tinge of yellow, it’s a consistency of thin, and the strength is medium, the aroma is fresh, floral, and sweet. Lavender is typically classified as a middle to top note when blending for perfumes.
Lavender oil is considered the “swiss army knife” of oils, so hence, lavender oil has a variety of beneficial uses. Lavender oil should certainly be included in your first aid kit, of oils that is. Some other possible uses of lavender oil include: insomnia, acne, allergies, relax, tension, anxiety, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, cuts, depression, eczema, dermatitis, dysmenorrhea, flatulence, headache, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, migraine, oily skin, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo.
I hope that you enjoyed this short deep dive into Lavandula angustifolia / Lavender. If you would like to learn more about aromatherapy services offered, check out my Facebook page.
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