Sunday, December 17

Lavender And Ti-Tree Essential Oils

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LAVENDER (Lavendula Offinalis, Augustifolia)

Appearance: Evergreen woody shrub with narrow, grey-green leaves and blue flowers

Part Used: Flowers

Extraction: Steam distillation

Effects on the mind: Very versatile. Anti- depressant, soothing, calming to the nervous system, eases insomnia especially if over anxious or over active brain at night

Effects on body: Antiseptic, insect repellent, treats sunburns, anti-inflammatory, relieves colic, skin care, eases aches and pains in rheumatism and arthritis

Blends well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Marjoram, Rosemary

Special precautions: Avoid during first 20 weeks of pregnancy

TI TREE  (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Appearance: A small tree or shrub with needle like leaves, with yellow or purplish flowers

Part Used: Leaves and twigs

Extraction: Steam distillation

Effects on the mind: Cleansing, stimulating and revitalising. Useful after an emotional crisis or shock. It is refreshing and uplifting if someone is prone to infections or slow to recover from an illness. Use of ti-tree helps to revitalise the patient.

Effects on body: Fights bacteria, fungi and viruses. Use at first sign of a cold or flu and this may be enough to combat the severity of the symptoms. It is useful to use against glandular fever and post-viral syndrome otherwise known as ME. Ti-tree is a powerful immune stimulant invaluable for infectious skin problems, as well as acne, athlete’s foot, boils, cuts, warts, herpes, thrush and verrucae.

Blends well with: Lavender, Rosemary but more often used alone because it is more effective that way, but it does enhance the smell of other blends.

Special precautions: Generally a safe oil to use undiluted in small doses, but can cause skin irritation in some cases.

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