- Posted by studio55
- On June 13, 2016
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- Aromatherapy, Blog, Lavender, Live Well Clinic, Majella Farrell
Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils skilfully and in a controlled manner to help body, mind and soul for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. The modern usage of the word ‘aromatherapie’ originated with the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse. In the 1920s he suffered burns to his arm and hand in a laboratory accident. He plunged his arm into a container of pure lavender essential oil, mistaking it for water. Despite third degree burns he made a speedy recovery with no scarring. He subsequently researched the properties of Lavender that caused this recovery and passed his findings onto the medical profession. During world war 11, lavender oil was used to help save soldiers limbs that were being lost to gangrene.
Lavender is the most versatile essential oil with a wide range of therapeutic properties. It sooths the mind, helping with emotional and nervous exhaustion. It sedative action helps with depression and insomnia.
Lavender stimulates the immune system and protects the body from infection, helping against recurring infections. The cooling action is invaluable as an anti-inflammatory for use with arthritic conditions and muscular pain.
In skin care, lavender helps with the healing of wounds and prevention of scarring. It is great for insect stings and minor burns.
I have long held the belief that every household should have a small bottle of good quality lavender essential oil. It can be used in so many ways and with all age ranges. As with all essential oils it should be used in a controlled fashion. Wherever you buy it there should be written advice on its uses and doses required in each situation, or ask a qualified aromatherapist.