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Secrets of Lavender oil

Secrets of Lavender oil

Have you visited the Lavender Festival at Cyherbia botanical park in Avgorou yet? The festival started on the 10th of June and will go on until Sunday the 25th of June 2017, with daily extractions of essential oil of lavender which you can see -and smell!- from up close.

Lavender oil has so many uses, no home should be without it.  Here’s why:

20 ways to use lavender essential oil

  1. Lavender oilRestless leg – rub some lavender oil on the front of the leg, anywhere in theshin to knee area to get relief from RLS.
  2. Stress and anxiety – lavender has a natural calming effect, and will soothe anxiety and stress.
  3.  Insomnia – lavender essential oil will help you sleep and relax. Rub it on the bottoms of your feet
  4. Menstrual cramps – rub essential oil on the abdomen area where you are suffering, and it can bring relief within 15 minutes.
  5. Headache – rub some on the temples and forehead.  If you also have peppermint oil, the combination of lavender and peppermint in a carrier oil will work wonderful for headaches!
  6. Aching muscles – add lavender essential oil to a carrier oil and massage into aching muscles.  This is a great thing to do at bedtime.
  7. For Season Allergies – you can make a trio of lemon, lavender, and peppermint.
  8. Heals insect bites – a drop of lavender oil on bites helps relieve the itch.
  9. Fatigue – add some drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water to relieve fatigue.
  10. Fevers – add some drops of oil to a cool washcloth and rub gently on forehead, neck, and trunk are to cool down the body. You can also use lavender in a steam vaporizer to bring the comforting warmth to a chilled body.
  11. Muscle pain, sprains- again add lavender oil with a carrier oil and rub on sprains and muscle pains.
  12. Natural air deodorizer – Add lavender oil to a vaporizer or diffuser when you have allergies and colds.
  13. Fresh linen spray – add some drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle with water and spray on your sheets, pillows, and towels for a natural linen spray.
  14. Soothes burns – Lavender will help soothe sunburns and other types of burns as well.
  15. Make your own bath scrubs. Use sugar, olive oil, and lavender to create a wonderful exfoliating scrub for rough skin.
  16. Insect repellent – add lavender to a carrier oil and rub on to your arms and legs for a great insect repellent.
  17. Against acne – applied on the cleansed  face, it helps to dry out spots without drying the skin and disinfects blemishes as well.
  18. Stop bleeding –  lavender will help stop bleeding on small cuts and wounds.
  19. Lavender can be used in cooking in a large variety of recipes.
  20. Calming your children – put oil into a diffuser and place in a child’s room to help them sleep. Or…Add oil to a carrier oil and rub on the bottom of their feet anytime you want to calm down your child.

Lavender

If you are looking for a place in Cyprus that will amaze you with Lavandula Angustifolia, or English lavender, you definitely need to visit Cyherbia. This variety is known as the most fragrant and most medicinal of all lavenders.

Lavender extraction

Lavender has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It was once considered essential to the medicine chest in every home. It was used for everything from nerve stimulant and restorative, to relief of muscular aches and pains and sprains, to inducing peaceful sleep, to easing the ache of rheumatism and nervous headaches to promoting the appetite, to relieving flatulence. Lavender has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and anti-depressant properties.

It is the flowers fresh or dried,  that contain the  medicinal properties of lavender.

Lavender has been used internally and externally for:

Stress, Anxiety, Exhaustion,  Irritability, Headaches, Migraines, Insomnia, Depression, Colds, Digestion, Flatulence, Upset stomach,  Liver and gall bladder problems, Nervousness, Loss of appetite.

Lavender flowers make a relaxing and refreshing tea which has the same basic medicinal properties. An infusion sweetened with honey was a traditional treatment for insomnia, irritability and nervous headache. Lavender acts as a sedative to both the nervous system and the respiratory tract.  Lavender tea soothes coughs and colds, has a mild antidepressant action, helps in menstrual pains and aids digestion. It also relieves stomach cramps.

Other uses of lavender include:

Lavender

  • Using unsweetened tea as a hair rinse to help reduce hair loss and dandruff
  • Using the dried flowers in sleep and dream pillows, in potpourris, sachets and tucked in drawers to freshen clothing and repel moths
  • The stems with the leaves stripped can be burned like an incense stick and can also be used in crafts such as basket weaving and making lavender wands
  • Arab women have traditionally used a lavender and rosemary based tonic to perfume and strengthen the hair.  It also helps in hair loss and repels head lice
  • Lavender can be used in the kitchen in a variety of recipes, to flavour cakes, ice cream, lemonade, but also on fish

 

Be inspired with Lavender!

Visit 6th Annual Lavender Festival at Cyherbia 

10-25 June 2017