Lavender Essential Oil And Its Uses.

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Lavender a common and useful essential oil. Going back to my earliest memories lavender has been in my home, and has always been a comforting essential oil for me.
I picked up some books flicked through the pages as I hoped to find out a little more information about my favourite go to essential oil lavender. I am a novice when it comes to essential oils, however I have come to enjoy using them and finding ways in which they improve my daily living.
Lavender has some useful properties which are as follows:
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Balancing
  • Calming
  • Healing.
Lavender has been my go to essential oil in times of stress or difficulties sleeping. I love  lavender infusions drifting throughout the house, lavender baths and a few drops of lavender on my pillow which leave me feeling calm and relaxed. I have enjoyed lavender soaps, talcum powers, and body lotions over the years.Lavender pillows have filled  my drawers and been spread throughout the house, contributing to a calming relaxing atmosphere in my home. For years I have loved using lavender, and have found it an affordable essential oil to purchase.
Lavender is good for treating insomnia just put a few drops of lavender on some cotton wool and place it in your pillow slip, this works well.
Lavender also has a reputation for being useful for the  nervous system, as it helps to balance the  nervous system, relieves emotional stress and anxiety, and can assist with depression. This is because lavender has properties that balance emotions, as well as calming emotions.
Lavender is also very good for headaches especially if you use it when you feel a headache coming on, I usually dilute a drop of lavender oil into some carrier oil for example almond oil and rub it into my temples, this helps to relieve the headache.
Lavender is also good to have in the first aid kit, it has antiseptic and healing properties. So it can be used on scratches, cuts, bites and wounds. I didn’t realise this, so I have not used it for this purpose. 
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Lavender is wonderful for self-care you can put a few drops in your bath, or even use lavender based body products. Lavender is good for healing damage skin and inflammatory skin conditions, as well as give you a sense of calm and relaxation. I am always careful to put essential oils into a carrier oil such as almond oil, or mix a few drops in a natural base body lotion. Always test a small skin test patch for allergies, with the diluted essential oil in the carrier oil or lotion before using more liberally. 
Lavender can be use to bring about a calming and relaxing atmosphere to your home. This can be done through infusing it in an oil burner, lavender bags around the house, lavender growing under your windows, and also lavender candles.
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Lavender has many more uses. As I mention earlier on I am not an expert in the use of essential oils, just an interested novice who loves to use them.
Some useful books are  as follows:
  • Change your mood with aromatherapy by Denise Whichello Brown
  • Aromatherapy and your emotions- How to use essential oils to balance body and mind,  by Shirley Price
  • Aromatherapy- A complete guide to the healing art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  • Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  • Calm Kids a guide to natural therapies for children by Jennifer Jefferies.
Please share what your favourite essential oil is and why, and what circumstances you use it for?
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
FRAN DISHON
Disclaimer: I am only a novice in the use of essential oils, I have no expertise in this area and the informational is from my own personal experience and research from books. Always be cautious when using essential oils and beware of any side effects. 
 
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Self-Care

Caring for myself helps me be better able to care for others.

Some of my self-care practices for today.

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Sipping tea and saying positive affirmations.( 5 minutes)

 

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Penning words, thoughts and dreams in my journal, doing morning pages (30 minutes)

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Listening to relaxing music through out the day as I  did my worked.

 

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A lunch time walk around the lake with my beautiful dog Little Miss Popularity.(1 hour)

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Lunch at the fountain during my walk, enjoying the view and my food.

Infusing my life with such wonderful self-care practices revitalises me, making me feel refreshed and leave me with the feeling that life is wonderful.

What self-care practices did you do today?  Please leave a comment I would love to read your thoughts.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Journal Writing

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Today is Yoga Tuesday so I thought I would write about an act of self-care. As part of my self-care ritual I like to Journal, it is my daily dose of me time.

 

First thing in the morning before rushing around getting the children ready for school, I like to start the day by taking some time out for me.  Life can be so busy, busy, and so fast paced. I like to start my day slowly and calmly. In the morning I like to sit down and do some journaling. It helps to clear my mind, explore questions, dream, and some times just think. It always helps me start my day off right and with some sort of plan about what I intend to do. The method I use is Morning Pages, a journaling tool created by Julia Cameron in her book the Artist’s Way. I mostly do journaling in the morning, however if for some reason if I miss a morning, I simply do it in the afternoon or evening. It has become a daily ritual for me.

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“Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.” ( Julia Cameron)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has a great tool in it called Morning Pages. This tool is aimed at helping the individual to find their creativity, and finding your own inspiration.   This tool requires the individual to get up each morning and do three pages of free flow writing, or stream of consciousness writing. It other words you just write down what ever is in your head for three pages. A mind dump. It is like a writing meditation. It does not need to make sense, and it not intended to be read. It is basically just turning up to the page and putting something on it. It is a great tool for clearing the head and starting the day with focus. She also talks about recognizing when your inner Censor, the inner Censor is the one that says negative and critical things about you, the one that says ” that work is not good enough” or ” who would want to read what you have to write.” As Julia says it is important to remember that the inner Censor’s negative opinions are not true, they are just an opinion. It also helps to picture your Censor, the below image is what mine looks like, when I think about that image it is hard to take her serious.  When the negative opinions come up, just think of your inner sensor, now it is just an opinion and move on. This assist to quieten the voice of the Censor. I think this actually works. I am now more aware when my inner Censor is talking and can be kinder to myself.

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Sometimes I will use my Morning Pages to explore different issues, in other words I journal my way to solutions. Journaling is also a great way to do reflective learning. It has often allowed me to learn from life events, learn about my strengths and weakness and identify skills and knowledge I  have or need to learn. It is not all serious, a lot of time I have a lot of fun with my Morning Pages, and write very silly things, write about what I love about life, or simply just let my imagination go off on its own little trip. That is the beautiful thing about Morning Pages, there are no rules you just write. So each day that is what I do, I just write.

Do you journal? What style of journaling do you do? If you have any comments about journaling. I would love to read about them. There are so many ways to do journaling.