Lavender is the Oil of the Month at Upward Spiral
Lavender Essential Oil helps us to open the space for self-care, both within our bodies as well as our spirit. This plant has been used for many years for both its aromatic and medicinal properties. The name comes from the Latin lavare meaning "to wash." No wonder it is a favorite for bath time and scenting linens.
Lavender is very calming and soothing to the body and mind. The heavenly scent has lifted many weary heads and settled the turbulent waters of countless anxious minds. It is one of our best wound-healing oils, with therapeutic properties ranging from anti-inflammatory to anti-septic to anti-fungal and beyond. It also inspires us to consider what it is we need to do to take care of ourselves and invites us to pause for a quiet moment of reflection.
3 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil:
- A drop on a tissue can help keep you calm during the day, especially if you already have fond memories of this scent. In anticipation of a stressful day, prepare by having a lavender bath the night before to strengthen the calming effect.
- A few drops in the bath is a great way to unwind. After filling the tub with warm water, place a few drops of the essential oil in the bath water and swish around. You can increase the therapeutic effect by first placing the drops in some epsom salt and adding to the water, but still swish! Let yourself sit in the bath for at least twenty minutes and gather all your other creature comforts (candles, music, tea/wine, whatever you like!) to make it a real treat.
- Keep in your home apothecary for minor cuts and burns. Essential oils are a great way to provide healing for yourself and your family. Make sure you get educated on the safest way to use essential oils at home. We've got some great classes to get you started. Check our calendar for dates.