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Three Varieties of Lavender

The three varieties of lavender are: Lavender Vera, the most popular; Lavender Spica; and Lavender stoechas. Each contains different chemical properties and have specific healing abilities. I will name a few.

Lavender Vera is most well known as an all purpose essential oil. The very fragrant scent is due to 50% esters and 41% monoterpene alcohols. Small amount of ketones support the urogenital organ functions. Esters and monoterpene alcohols are especially healing and beautifying for the skin. They also relax muscles and reduce tension, making lavender a great pain reliever and sleep enhancer.

Large amounts of ketones in Spike lavender fights viral and fungal infections. Spike lavender also relaxes the heart muscles to help anxious and hypertensive people. It also has ketones to increase tissue regeneration and heal wounds.

Lavender stoechas has a predominance of ketones that reduce mucus, earaches, whooping cough, burns and regenerates skin.

I successfully grow all three lavenders in North Central Texas. They require very good drainage and lots of sunlight.

On an emotional level, lavender opens the heart and clears the mind. They are prevalent in blends that enhance intimacy, social and emotional balance.

Keep lavender refrigerated or in a very dark, cool place in tightly sealed bottles. The high amounts of monoterpenes cause oxidation and turns the aroma stale and less fragrant.

Note: Monoterpene alcohols have a light, floral aroma. They are antiseptic, antiviral and increase immunoglobulins. They can reduce intestinal inflammation; are sedative and tonic. Monoterpenes in essential oils are mild and usually non offensive.  A patch test before application can assure safety.

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Essential oils for Shingles Symptoms

Essential oils contain antiviral properties that can reduce the shingles viral load and subsequent symptoms. The high  amount of esters in some essential oils are especially useful for reducing intense skin and muscle burning,tingling red rash with fluid filled blisters that ooze and form a crust. Symptoms usually occur on one side of the body in a small area. Headache, fever, chills and flu symptoms can occur. Diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor. Shingles originate form chickenpox virus and can display symptoms many years later.

Essential oils may be diluted and applied directly to the affected area, or on a nearby area of skin:

Roman Chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, contains predominately ketones and esters that sedate pain, itching, swelling, eruptions and promote tissue repair. Blend 1 drop of Chamomile in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Red Raspberry is a good choice for shingles.

Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens, also reduces inflammation and promotes tissue repair. Large amounts of its esters are soothing and antiseptic. Use 1-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil.

Lavendula sica and vera, both reduce burning and inflammatory symptoms and promote healthy tissue repair. Although Lavender vera contains more esters, I like to use Spike Lavender because the predominance of ketones promote  antiviral properties. Dilute 1-10 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil.

Palmarosa, Cymbopogon martini, is very cleansing, antiviral and antifungal. Dilute 1 to 5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil.

Apply essential oil blends directly on affected areas or nearby, 3 to 5 times daily. The essential oils mentioned can be combined in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Use 20 drops or less of essential oils in the blend. It is possible these essential oils can be worn to prevent an outbreak of shingles. Apply them to the neck and chest as a preventative twice a week. Viruses attack when immunity is down. Keep your stress levels balanced with Reduce Stress Therapeutic Essence Blend.

Call or email me if you would like an aromablend made for you. The essential oils and carrier oils are available at www.aromahealthtexas.com

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