WHY I AM A HUGE FAN OF ESSENTIAL OILS…

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

I buy my oils from Nature’s Best as they have such good quality oils and still use their breathe easy blend if anyone in the house is suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms. Their breathe easy blend is made up of eucalyptus, camphor and peppermint which is a natural aid to breathe clearly. Amazon also has a number of companies selling oils on their site.

Did you know that you can even use oils for general household freshening? You can add a few drops of oil to your waste bin, to help mask nasty odours. You can add a few drops onto the inside of your toilet roll core then every time it is turned the aroma is released. You can also add a few drops to a cotton wool ball and place in your vacuum bag, and of course lavender acts as a natural repellent against insects. Our wardrobe is always full of little lace bags filled with fresh lavender to keep the moths away.

Just reading what Lavender Oils contains is enough to promote me to buy some –

  • Steam distilled from Lavandula angustifola flowers
  • Relaxing and calming properties
  • Ideal for skin care and restful sleep preparations
  • Topical treatment for insect bites

Lavender essential oil has a slightly deep note and an herbaceous tone, yet rich, mellow and fruity.

We harvest 30 to 50 kg per hectare of these prized flowers at the optimum time in their life-cycle, and in the most suitable climate to maximise potency. It takes 150 pounds of flowers to produce just one pound of oil. Once collected the flowers are steam distilled to extract the Lavandula angustifola oil.

Since ancient times, Lavender (Lavandula angustifola) has been one of the most popular and widely used scents, with its name derived from the Latin lavare, to wash. The essential oils from this plant are known to have a soothing and calming effect, and is often used to relieve many ailments. Applied topically to insect bites can relieve irritation.

Did you know?
You can eat the lavender flower buds! They can be added to biscuits, cakes and sprinkled into salads.

 

 

 

 

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