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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lavender: Recipes

So far I have shared some basic information about lavender. Now you know what I know!
It is time for the fun part... How to use it. As we learn more oils you will see lavender again as it plays very well with other oils. But for now...

I will start with the youngest members of the family, our babies and children.

Lavender is wonderful for children! It is one of only three that are recommended for newborns. Dilution of essential oil is very important for young children, even one as gentle as lavender. I do not recommend using the oils without a carrier of some kind. That falls under an advanced use of oils that is outside the scope of this blog.
That being said, lavender is wonderful in a massage oil after you give baby a bath to help soothe them to sleep.

Massage Oil
(newborn)
2oz.carrier oil (almond or jojoba)
2 drops lavender
2-12 months: 4 drops
1-5 years: 6 drops
5-7 years: 8 drops
7-12 years: 10 drops
After 12: no more than 15 drops
All the above quantities are for 2 oz of carrier oil.

Soothing Bath
(for mom or dad)
1c. Epsom salt
1/2c. baking soda
6 drops lavender
Mix the above ingredients together(I like to use a mason jar) Run your bath water at a comfortably warm temperature. Just before you get in, add the contents of your jar and swish to dissolve. Settle in and relax for at least 20 min. 

Room Spray 
(for all ages)
8oz. filtered water
10 drops lavender
Place in a misting bottle and shake well before each use. Lightly spray the room before bed time.

Abrasions
(all ages)
Bowl of warm water
5 drops lavender
Drop the lavender into the water and use a soft cloth to clean the area. 

Blisters
(Do not pop a blister!)
Apply 1 drop lavender to the blister then hold an ice cube on the area to cool it down. Keep the blister covered with a piece of gauze to which you have applied a drop of lavender. change the dressing several times a day.

To help you relax you may also inhale the lavender straight from the bottle. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and take a slow, even breath with the bottle of lavender held about 10 inches from your nose. Be careful though... you might fall asleep!

I hope you have enjoyed this first step into the wonderful world of aromatherapy. Maybe it has inspired you to start some research of your own! If you learn something new please feel free to share in the comments.

As always, be safe and know your oil.
 And please, don't eat them! There is an herb for that ;)

I am not a doctor. Nor am I qualified to diagnose or treat any illness. I am simply a student of the world around me. Use the oils at your own risk and please consult your medical professional. This blog is a compilation of my own experiences and study.


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