Whether you are looking to detox your body this summer or recreate that rejuvenating spa experience, today’s article is for you! I am a faithful user of therapeutic grade essential oils not only for their wonderful fragrance that activates primitive parts of me making me feel more connected to nature and alive but also because of their medicinal qualities that support my body without the unwanted side effects caused by other types of conventional medicines.
Otherwise known as Lavandula Angustifolia and “The Swiss Army Knife of Oils.” The ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated Lavender for its perfume and cleansing properties. They lavished it upon their bodies in scented soaps and baths, had the flowers strewn on the floors so that when stepped on the fragrance was released (weddings and celebrations), in sick rooms to improve fragrance and relax the patient. Some even considered Lavender an aphrodisiac.
For centuries, Lavender was a remedy for ailments as diverse as insect bites, lice, muscular aches and pains, nervous disorders, scabies, sprains, and toothaches. Herbalists frequently prescribed Lavender to fight fatigue, relieve respiratory ailments, and soothe stomachs. Women relied on Lavender to keep their skin clean, clear, soft, and supple. Early twentieth-century medications for colic, coughs, headaches, hoarseness, nervous palpitation, sore joints, used Lavender in smelling salts, in linen closets, scented lingerie drawers and protected clothing from moths and insects. During World Wars I and II, the Korean War and in Vietnam, soldiers and medics carried Lavender oil with them onto the battlefields for disinfecting wounds, to sooth fears, and relieve pain.
Today Lavender is recognized as being an effective analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-histamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, cardio tonic, cell regenerative and sedative.
Interesting side note: If someone does not like the fragrance of Lavender – it may be due to an internal infection that has not been resolved – see if the person likes the smell of OnGuard or Oregano and suggest that they apply the oil to the bottoms of their feet nightly for 3 weeks and then retest the Lavender reaction — they may volunteer that during the three weeks of consistent application and increase in water intake that little things like sinus drainage disappeared, warts left, stomach problems resolved — amazing!
While the therapeutic molecules are busy revving up your immune system, these Lavender molecules also conveniently fight infection at the same time. Lavender enhances immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells. These are the cells that patrol your body, cleaning and literally gobbling up foreign invaders.
Ideas for Lavender uses:
Lavender Bath – mix 4-6 drops into 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, pour into bath tub and add very warm water. Stir in to dissolve. Soak for 15 minutes. Relaxes muscles, relieves nervous tension, warms the heart, and steadies the emotions.
Insect Bites and Stings – (Bee, Wasp, Gnat, Mosquito) gently rub Lavender on bites often until resolved.
Relieve Tense and Exhausted: Lavender 2 drops, Clary Sage 5 drops, Cypress 3 drops added to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil; gently blend and apply to shoulders and base of the neck with an expectation of peace and renewed energy.
Healing of Scars: old or new – Lavender 15 drops, Wild Orange 10 drops, Bergamot 15 drops, Frankincense 10 drops, Geranium 5 drops added to 3 oz. of coconut oil; gently blend and apply daily before sleep.
Chocolates: In a blender, mix equal parts coconut oil, coconut nectar, and raw cacao powder until well blended. Start with 1 drop of doTerra brand Lavender oil, mix, taste, and add more until it is suited to your tastes. Put spoonfuls on parchment paper, freeze to firm and enjoy!
Otherwise known as Coriandrum Sativum. The Greeks use it to this day as a tea and compresses for “Yellow Liver Disorder.” Cilantro is soothing, detoxifying, clears veins and arteries, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-rheumatic, digestive aid, fungicidal, laxative, revitalizing, stimulant, and calms upset stomach.
Some uses for Cilantro:
Diffusing: Cilantro can lift spirits, warm hearts, and ignite a great party atmosphere. Add a few drops of Frankincense and watch the mind clear and accept that anything is possible.
Circulation: Amazing for circulation, “clearing the pipes” so to speak, but works best with lots of water to assist floating away the debris that your body has cast off. This is a great oil to use with heavy metal detoxification. This is an underutilized benefit that Nature provides and given the amount of heavy metal exposure happening to us daily, as well as the negative effects of accumulated heavy metals in the human body, we need to take advantage of healing opportunity we have with Cilantro!
Arthritis: Mix 2 drops Cilantro, 3 drops Cypress, 1 drop Ginger, with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and rub on arthritic knees or wrists for easing motion and reducing pain.
Simplest Salsa: Course chop 4 tomatoes, 1 small onion, juice from half a lemon or lime (or a drop of doTerra’s lemon or lime oil), a dash of black pepper (or doTerra’s Black pepper oil), and Himalayan or Celtic salt. Mix well and start with a drop of Cilantro oil. Mix, taste and add more to your liking.
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To Your Health!