The School Report
In massage therapy school when we were learning about aromatherapy and traditional Chinese medicine, we assigned with finding a scent, plant, or old fashion remedy to report on. I chose something fairly easy to research(Google). I chose Lavender. Lavender seemed uncomplicated and a pretty straight forward topic. It is unusual for me to pick something uncomplicated and straight forward, since I like show I am an overachiever which complicates things even further.
Come to find out Lavender oil can do some amazing things. Egyptians used it for mummification. The Greeks used it to anoint feet. The Romans used it in the their public baths, linens, hair and bodies. The Roman Solders even used it for wounds from battle.
This brought me to huge findings. In 1910, French Chemist and Scholar Rene’ Maurice Gattefosse badly burned his hand. Gattefosse, I am sure was “just a little panicked”, just like we would be now and plugged his hand into a tub of liquid. Maybe he thought it was water? Low and behold, it was Lavender Oil. Well, that is how the story goes. I was in Girl Scouts, took the first aid training and we were to treat burns with water. NOTHING ELSE. I still subscribe to that theory of first aid, however once we get the burn cooled off and no open areas, broken skin, or anything the needs to go to the ER, lavender oil goes on top.
The story of Gattefosse, as told by different sources sounds thrilling as he makes this exciting discovery as his own expense. Gattefosse was a scientist, according to a source he treated his burn with Lavender oil unaware of what he was putting his hand in. He may have approached it in a more scientific (calm) way to treat his burn. He turned this tragedy into an opportunity and documented facts to back up his findings.
Uses For Lavender
I use Lavender for minor burns, migraines, seasonal allergies, in my mascara, and in my curly hair second and third day hair reviving spray.
Popular Uses Are……….
- Sore Muscles
- Air Freshener
- Healthier Skin
- Bug Repellent
- Heals Burns and Cuts
- Hair Growth
- Improves Sleep
- Monthly Cramps
- Itchy Skin
Swiss Army Knife
WOW! Lavender really does cover a lot. It has earned the nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. Lavender Essential Oil is an oil that would be good to start with if you have never experimented with essential oils before. The Essential Oils I use is Young Living Essential Oils. They are 100% pure, Therapeutic Grade, so a little dab or drop will do you in the carrier oil of your choice. Please click here http://www.myyl.com/pamelaoliver if you want to order Lavender Essential Oil.
I would like to hear about the essential oil that has been the “Swiss Army Knife” for you.
If you have any question, please message me and I would be happy to help you.