Soothing Lavender Massage Oil For When You Need To Relieve Some Stress, Beyond Just Emotionally
By Kirsten Cowart
Lavender is one of the most beautiful herbs with its purple flowers that honey bees and butterflies love. The familiar aroma has been used in countless hair and body products, making it super recognizable world wide.
Medicinal Uses Of Lavender
Lavender is starting to become known for its incredible remedying abilities as it soothes the soul and melts away depression. The scent of the plant can calm the mind both emotionally and physically; it can ease tension, stress, insomnia, headaches and migraines.
Here are just a few of Lavender’s amazing uses and abilities:
Lavender is used both as an herb and an essential oil. After a stressful day, you can add 8-10 drops of the oil to your bath or rub some on the back of your neck for some super quick relief.
Babies And Birth
Lavender was used in ancient times to empower people with courage and strength. While using large amounts of lavender is discouraged during pregnancy, some women will use the oil on their back while giving birth. Once the infant is born, it was also common tradition to bathe the child in lavender to officially and calmly welcome the child into the world.
Infections And Digestion
The soothing power of lavender isn’t just for the head. It also can aid in relieving digestive issues, crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and even calm muscle spasms.
This herb works great as a natural antiseptic and can help clean and disinfect burns, scrapes and other wounds. It also acts as a natural antifungal and antibacterial agent, keeping all of the bad bugs away without the need for any combative toxic chemicals. On top of being known as “first-aid in a bottle,” lavender can help fight off the flu and most colds as well.
Where You Can Get Lavender
You can jet down to your local herbalist or florist and they should have the right amount of lavender that you need. You can also go to wholefood stores, which typically have enough to purchase in bags.
On an additional note, there are several types of lavender, all of which are edible. Some tastier than others, but none of them should cause harm by being eaten too much. Still, moderation is always key.
Make Your Own Remedying Massage Oil
Now that you know more about his awesome herb, enjoy the cleansing, soothing and remedying effects of it in this homemade lavender massage oil.
It is actually quick and easy to make lavender massage oil by simply adding the essential oil to a “fixed oil” (the technical term for a vegetable, seed, or nut oil, distinguishing it from the steam-distilled “essential” or “volatile” oils of a plant).
If you are looking to get the most bag for your buck with the amazing medicinal benefits of lavender however, then you will want to use the flowers as well.
How To Use Your New Oil
Soothing Lavender Massage Oil
- 1 ½ ounces of dried lavender buds
- 4 ounces of seed or nut oil
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- Once you are ready, place the lavender buds in a wide-mouthed glass quart jar. Pour the oil over the buds and put the lid on and set it in a warm, sunny spot for 2 to 3 weeks (alternatively, if you want to hasten the process, you can gently warm the oil and buds in a double boiler for about an hour).
- No matter which path you choose, it is on to the next step. Strain the buds from the oil and add in the essential oil drop by drop, until the scent is to your liking. Bottle and store your new oil in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.
If you follow these instructions then your oil should keep for at least 6 months.
Simply keep a bottle by your bedside and use for evening massages and keep another little bottle in your bathing area for a nice body oil after a hot shower.
What did you think about the process of actually making an oil? Wasn’t too hard, right? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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