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10 Shades of Lavender :: Blissed Out Geek 101

Posted on 30 March 2017

I have always been a bit obsessed with manipulating mood through the senses - the sense of smell for me is incredibly powerful.  The right smell (or combination of smells) can bring me to an exact moment in time, where I can hear and feel and even see in the minds eye again... recalling all the sensory data that was associated with that smell.  I like to linger in it and believe.

Mood control.... time travel... big concepts, true... and I digress.

Back to the basics, in order to accomplish mood control through smell I have played around with aromatherapy over the years; and over the years sought out products and methods free of toxins.  For a few years, I bought the high grade, very expensive all organic essential oils and then heated them in a candle powered diffuser - even though this was a low temperature heating, it still felt toxic.  

More recently, I will only diffuse in a cool, water based ionizer for diffusing the smells and am so glad they are popular and easy to find these days.  These essential oils, I came to find, offer a lot more in the world of "heal thine self" then mind control, they have healing and supplementally positive properties that are well worth sharing.

Over the next few months I will introduce you to all my favorite oils and their uses - starting with my all time favorite... Lavender.

The sciencey stuff:

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a versatile essential oil, although known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender oil is used to cleanse cuts, heal burns and minor skin irritations, among other lesser known uses.  Commercially, the plant is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender. This has antiseptic[13][14] and anti-inflammatory[15] properties. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products.

English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Lavandin, Lavandula × intermedia (also known as Dutch lavender), yields a similar essential oil, but with higher levels of terpenes including camphor, which add a sharper overtone to the fragrance.

How to use:

Carry a little sampler bottle of lavender wherever you go and you will always be prepared for practically anything (along with some of the other survival gear we discuss on this blog).

10 Shades of Lavender:

1. Sleep aid
Using the cupping and inhalation method - rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and cup your face, inhale deeply - then smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.

2. Bee sting / Insect bite
Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.

3. Minor burn
Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!

4. Cuts
Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.

5. Eczema / Dermatitis
Mix several drops of Lavender oil with an oil like coconut, almond, grapeseed, etc. and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.

6. Nausea or motion sickness
When experiencing the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

7. Dry or chapped skin
Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

8. Chapped or sunburned lips
Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

9. Hay fever. 
Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.  Unless you are allergic, in which case you should have not read this far at all ;p

10. Dandruff. 
Emulsify several drops of lavender oil in palms then rub into the scalp to help soothe the scalp with dandruff.

Do you have any other uses for Lavender oil?  We'd love to hear from you how you use it in your Blissed Out life!
And there is always this... you can eat it!

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