First what are essential oils? They are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different part of a plant, including the flower, bard, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind. The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than their dry herb cousins.
The oils in plants perform many functions in the living plant. In most cases they are a part of the immune health of the plant or they may just be the end product of the plants metabolism. For this reason scientists agree that the oils are healing because they contain hundreds of organics, including hormones, vitamins that work on many levels.
When you plant a seed to grow a plant, it germinates, a plant grows and more seeds are created. Each plant has its own life force so to transfer that ‘essence’ to ourselves can only be a positive outcome.
A special note; There is no official systems that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. Even if it says it on the bottle it’s just marketing. If it says it’s FDA or otherwise approved, not true! Therapeutic grade usually means it was manufactured according to strict standards of purity and may be taken internally.
With that said here are 1 of 8 essential oils for health and wellness.
The Latin name for Lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma. Lavender essential oil should never be ingested, only topically applied or inhaled through means of aromatherapy or vapor.
Acne and Skin Care: Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection caused by the over-excretion of sebum that causes Acne. It does this by way of hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing of many skin conditions like psoriasis, antifungal for Athletes foot, dry scalp etc.
Respiratory disorders: The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can loosen up the phlegm and relieve the congestion associated with respiratory conditions; speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections.
Anxiety: Lavender scent, for most people, has a calming effect. The refreshing aroma can remove nervous exhaustion and restlessness which also increasing mental activity. The impact on the autonomic nervous system is why it is frequently used as a treatment to regulate heart-rate variability.
Insect bites: The smell of lavender is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitos, midges and moths. Dab a little oil on exposed skin to prevent these irritating bugs. Lavender is also anti-inflammatory and by rubbing some oil on the bite will reduce irritation and pain associated with bug bites. It is also very effective on lice, lice eggs and nits. Sunburn, Earaches, Sleep: Lavender oil induces sleep which has made it a common alternative to medications for insomnia. Elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity when their normal sleep medication was replaced by lavender being placed on their pillows.
Some information received via www.organicfacts.net