Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lavender--a Cure-All?

Did you know that essential oils--natural oils from plants, trees, nuts--have all kinds of wonderful properties than can help your body heal from various issues? It's true!

Lavender, while smelling sweet/floral/herbal, has some amazing properties. It's like the SuperMom of flowers and helps many different kinds of issues. For example, you can use it to help depression, panic attacks, irritability, and mental fatigue. Try adding 10 drops or so to a nice, warm bath and relaxing for 15 minutes or more. Inhale the aroma while you are soaking and don't think of anything outside of that bathtub. It will all still be there when you are finished.

Can't do that? (What, you can't just take a nice, relaxing bath while you're at work? ...or while driving your car in heavy traffic?) That's understandable, so how about this: place a few drops on a tissue and seal it in a bag in the morning, and take it with you. Then when you are having a rough time, open the bag and inhale all the Lavender goodness. Imagine you are in a quiet field full of Lavender, no stress, no boss, no traffic. Just peace and quiet and you.

Lavender is also good for insect bites--place a drop or two on a cotton ball and dab at the bite area. Got allergies or sinusitis? Try a couple drops of diluted Lavender on a soft cloth and gently massage the sinus area.

For clearing up your skin, try a facial steam with a drop or two of Lavender. Or if you have a nasty bruise, place a couple drops on a cold compress and gently hold on the affected area for about 15 minutes. It should help relieve the pain and swelling.

Most people know that a few drops right before bed will help you sleep. Try it in a lotion and massage your feet, or a drop or two on your pillow or on a tissue next to your bed. Whatever is comfortable for you.

Heaven and Earth Essentials offers many products with Lavender essential oil. Our most popular by far is the Sweet Dreams Lavender Cream. A little massage with it before bedtime and you'll be sleeping like a baby. Shhhhhh....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rheumatiz Medicine

I was doing a little research I get older I'm discovering that I have more aches and pains than I used to...and I don't like taking drugs for them because that just masks the issue. Plus I'm very sensitive to everything and if anyone experiences the side effects of a drug, it is ME. (I'm like the canary in the coal mine, and if you know what I'm talking about, you just aged yourself too.)

The layman's definition of Rheumatism is pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles; it can often be affected by temperature changes such as exposure to cold.

A wonderful and natural way to deal with these issues is to use essential oils. Try Chamomile, Lavender, and Rosemary. Not only do they smell wonderful, but they have amazing properties to help our bodies heal! Try adding a few drops to a warm bath and soak for about 15 minutes. To make it truly luxurious, add some Bath Salts, especially if they have Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, and Himalayan Pink salts (and no additional fragrance). Relax and let the salts and essential oils work for you. Heaven and Earth Essentials offers Bath Salts with these ingredients and we can add any or all three of these essential oils in it for you.

Another good way to help your aching joints is to add a few drops of these essential oils to a non-fragranced, natural lotion or cream or massage oil. Gently massage into the skin, let it soak in. Try our Massage Oil, Emollient Lotion, or Silken Glove Hand Cream--we'll add the essential oils for you.

When you use natural products, you can't help but feel good!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Natural remedy with Essential Oils

It's that time of year again, the beautiful days and buggy evenings. I enjoy sitting by my new little pond and fountain, but I really don't like the bugs! I refuse to use chemical sprays, especially DEET. So here's something for y'all to try--Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil. Not only does it smell great (of course, that's my opinion), it has been found to be "just as effective as DEET"! So why are we using nasty chemicals on ourselves and our children? Heck if I know.

Another good essential oil is Rose Geranium. Also keeps the mosquitoes at bay.

Both are also good for getting rid of sandflies, ticks, midges, and stable flies. Sounds nasty! Try a drop here and a drop there. What have you got to lose but a bunch of itchy bug bites?

More natural remedies will be coming in future posts!