The Great Harmonizer- Blog 23
Lavender is one of the best essential oils for harmonizing a blend, a perfume, or a treatment. The scent can neutralize an odorous blend that is overpowering. Small amounts of lavender can also be added to a perfume blend that is very sweet or floral. A few drops of lavender will produce a calming, yet refreshing addition to the blend.
Once the combination is applied the aroma will blend with the individual’s body chemistry, releasing a unique odor. A blend will smell different on every person. If you are preparing a blend for another person, the blend can be tested with perfume blotters. These are small strips inserted into the blend, after each additional oil. Smell the strip immediately and every 15 minutes afterwards for up to one hour. This will allow the potency to be adjusted and the true scent to ripen. Once the aromas are completed, allow the scent to cure up to 3 days before applying. It will be fun to smell the blend every day to observe how it changes. Keep a notebook of every blend, the amount of drops of each essential oil, and how the smell effects you. When the receipt wears the aroma, note how he or she is affected by the smell and what feelings or memories it evokes.
If you are making a blend to wear, apply a drop on your skin and observe the scent and affects after each essential oil. You can use perfume blotters if you prefer. Perfume blotters may work best with an alcohol base, like a perfume. When preparing an alcohol base perfume or cologne, allow the completed blend to cure for up to a month, noting observations on a daily, or weekly basis. A perfume can transform totally overnight. It is exciting to create an alchemical process. Notes and observations will aid maturation of your skills as an aromatherapist.
Lavender is well known for healing hearts. However, it has an even greater influence on immunity. Lavender is very beneficial for reducing asthma and bronchial conditions. Asthmatics breathe easier with a drop of lavender added to a cool mist or a steam inhaler. They build resistance to colds and flu with a lavender massage or foot rub. Lavender reduces muscle and bronchial spasms that plague asthmatics, decreasing wheezing and coughing as deep breathing increases. Enjoy the relaxing effects of this massage without smelling like a locker room.
Muscle Relaxing Lavender Massage and Foot Rub
In 2 ounces of carrier oil add:
2 drops L. officinalis
4 drops of Clary Sage
1 drop Rosewood
Optional 1 drop Marjoram, Origamnum Marjorana
Do not use Margoram if pregnant or menstruating heavily. Bottle in a dark glass with a screw cap for at least 3 hours. Massage muscles, feet and painful or tight areas.
Lavender aids immune stimulating herbs to prevent colds, flu, and fevers. Add a few drops in a room mister or aroma lamp.
In a 1 dram (3.7 ml.) dark glass bottle add:
10 drops L. officinalis
4 drops Lemongrass
2 drops Thyme, Thymus vulgaris
1 drop Angelica, Angelica offiicinalis
1 drop Ginger
Fill remainder of the bottle with distilled water. Cap with a tightly fitting top. Allow to cure 3 hours or longer. Turn the bottle over 3 times. Add 3drops to a aroma lamp or room mister.
Lavender, alone, or combined with other essential oils relieves headaches and migraines. Lavendula is both pain relieving and antispasmodic. It is a natural antidote for stress, and all components of headaches. Apply frequently to obtain the best results. Massage the neck, temples, and forehead.
Headache Relief Formula
In 2 ounces of carrier oil add:
20 drops L. officinalis
5 drops of Clary Sage
5 drops Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis
10 drops Benzoin
2 drops Rockrose, Cistus labdaniferus, or its oleoresin, labdanum
Bottle in dark glass with a screw cap. Allow to cure at least 3 hours before massaging the neck, upper shoulders, forehead, and temples.
Lavender heals many skin problems. It is antiseptic, astringent, and deep cleansing. The balancing effect treats dry skin and acne. Like rose, lavender benefits every skin type. The oil stimulates lymphatic drainage to reduce toxic impurities metabolized by the skin. This increases new cell growth for hair, scalp, and skin. Add lavender in a hair rinse and it reduces hair loss. Use lavender to treat eczema and psoriasis combined with pure lemon balm essential oil. It is safe to use on diabetic skin ulcers and boils. Wear lavender undiluted for stings and insect bites.
The following combination treats soft tissue skin problems, including eczema and psoriasis. Always skin test a small area prior to treating the entire surface.
In 1 ounce of aloe or jojoba carrier oil add:
10 drops L. officinalis
5 drops Immortelle
2 drops labdanum oleorosin or rock rose essential oil
Bottle in dark glass with a screw cap. Allow to cure up to 3 hours, before massaging skin.
Lavender has been used for cystitis and urinary symptoms for at least 200 years. It works well with juniper essential oil in a sitz bath to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. An easy preparation is to make the following bath salt recipe.
Lavender Bath Salts
In a 16-ounce glass jar, add:
6 ounces Epsom salts
2 ounces sea salt
Mix thoroughly and add:
40 drops of L. officinalis
10 drops Juniper, Juniperus communis
2 drops Cedarwood, Cedrus atlantica
4 drops Sandalwood
Cap tightly. Sore in a cool cabinet or closet. Allow to cure 7 to 10 days before adding 4 ounces to a warm, drawn bath. Note: Not recommended for children. Consult a physician immediately if fever occurs with any urinary symptoms.
I have used the lavendula officinalis, I grow, for over 10 years in hospitals in combination with Petite Fleur essences and other essential oils for nausea, and side effects of chemotherapy. It is important to begin wearing the blend before chemotherapy starts, so the individual will not correlate lavender with the side effects of chemotherapy.
Nausea during pregnancy is treated individually. Although lavender reduces nausea and motion sickness, it does not always help pregnant women. Each expectant mother must find the aroma to help her. Usually it is some bizarre aroma, such as eucalyptus. However, lemon is a good guess. Some moms to be prefer no aromas. Moms rule. When baby arrives, essential oils are not recommended for children under 18 months. Lavender is not recommended for male children.
To reduce insomnia and encourage a good night sleep, have a lavender foot and body massage. Sleep with the angels!