Do you ever feel like you need a “time-out?” A special break– away from the moment, not because you ‘got in trouble,’ but, because you’re feeling troubled?
When I feel that way I rely on lavender to soothe and ease my woes. Lavandula angustifolia has been cultivated for centuries for it’s many uses and healing benefits–namely for stress relief, relaxation, and restful sleep.
For me, the sacred scent of lavender is what I need on a tough day, or any day for that matter. The deep, intoxicating, uplifting scent sweetly suggests the mind to relax and be peaceful.
This easy-to-grow herb is a welcome friend in my garden; and the benefits and uses of the lovely flower are bountiful.
- Insect bites and stings
- Nervous tension
- Slow digestion
- Sore muscles
- Lavender oil is a good addition to most skincare products.
Let’s be honest… Some days the only time I can eek out for myself might be in the shower.
But who am I kidding? As my 10-month-old plays on the bathroom floor, she often whines at me while I wash. She has an uncanny, “Mama’s dripping wet and busy” sort of radar, and likes to exercise all of her sweet baby-isms while I’m busy. Honestly, I could pretend that it doesn’t bother me, but that’d be silly, and every mother in the world would call my bluff. Most often, I wish for a peaceful shower, and if I can’t get that, I can at least draw upon my herbs my when I need extra support.
I use a lavender hair rinse not only for the benefits to my hair, but for the aromatherapy benefits for my mind. Sometimes a girl needs a break– or a “time-out.” 😉
This recipe uses a lavender infusion, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil. If you don’t care for the lovely scent of lavender, stop reading now. 🙂
- 3 C boiling water
- 2 T dried lavender
- 1/2 C lavender hydrosol
- 1 C dandelion-infused apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
In a lidded jar, pour boiling water over dried lavender. Cover and shake. Let the infusion cool to room temperature for several hours, shaking periodically.
Once cooled, add remaining ingredients. Bottle in a squirt or spray bottle. Use as a conditioning hair rinse after shampooing. It is not necessary to rinse out of your hair. The vinegar smell is faint and dissipates completely.
(I use a homemade marshmallow root shampoo bar and always follow up with some sort of a vinegar rinse).
-When applied with a fine-mist spray bottle, this would make an excellent burn spray! Lavender essential oil and apple cider vinegar are supreme in the treatment of burns.
-Hydrosol, or floral water is:
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are produced from steam-distilling plant materials. Hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the beneficial components that whole plant materials have to offer.
Hydrosols are usually a by-product of essential oil production, but the highest quality comes from devoted distillers who, with artist-like precision, steam small batches of fresh floral and plant material strictly to produce hydrosol (the hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion). Most of our hydrosols are distilled in copper stills, (a few in stainless steel stills) and processed through certified organic methods in the Pacific Northwest and Europe. Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong. In most hydrosols there is less than 5% actual oil.
Please note that their aromas are mostly mild and subtle, sometimes bright and fragrant, and most hydrosols have an herby or grassy note indicative of their authentic and therapeutic properties.
Wonderful as a facial splash, body perfume, deodorant or air freshener. Cool a hot flash, change your mood, or add them to lotions and creams. Hydrosols should be kept in a cool, dark place, and refrigeration is recommended unless you will use them within a short time. Each of our 3 oz and 8 oz hydrosols are packaged in an amber bottle with a black mister. The bulk 16 oz and 1 gallon sizes are packaged in HDPE plastic bottles.
–To further add to the healing benefits of this herbal rinse, I use dandelion-infused ACV. For tips on how-to infuse vinegar, follow the directions here. If you don’t have any infused vinegars ready to go, of course plain ACV will work just fine 🙂
How do you make your hair rinses? Do you love lavender as much as I do?
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