The Classic Lavandula Officinalis Fragrance June 20,
To fully experience the essence of lavender, you must visit a
lavender farm. The purple fields swaying in the breeze and the
heady aroma of sun kissed flowers will soon intoxicate you. We
often visit a farm on Whidbey Island in Washington State to
experience walking through a lavender field.
During Medieval times lavender was thought to be an
aphrodisiac. It is a universal oil that has traditionally been
known to balance the body and has many uses. In ancient times,
there are accounts of the use of lavender to scent the bath or
laundry. Lavender essence is an efficient antiseptic and is used
to treat burns and wounds. You can retain the intoxicating scent
of lavender in sachets and pillows. In Elizabethan times,
lavender oil was rubbed into oak furniture to give it a high
Provence Lavender has the sweetest fragrance, but English
lavender has the sweetest taste. The whole experience of
grinding lavender into sugar with a mortar and pestle is
seductively primal. The scent of the lavender is almost
intoxicating. It gets even better when the cookies are baking.
Making lavender cookies is quite romantic.
Avalon Organic Botanicals Essential Oil,...
So, back to the oil...
Taking sleeping pills normally makes you feel drowsy the next
day. British researchers found that insomniacs who sniffed
lavender oil at bedtime fell asleep just as fast as those who
took a heavy sedative.
The scent of lavender is known to increase the brain's alpha
waves, which are associated with relaxation. Lavender is
analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-depressant, anti-fungal,
antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic,
regenerative and sedative.
Other uses for this oil include:
Healing your skin- bruises and burns especially
Blemishes - 1 drop applied directly
Soothing Bath - 6 drops dispersed into warm tub water
Reduction in back pain
Apply to arthritis pain
Scenting your laundry
Room Diffusing - 6 drops to refresh and purify a room
Herbal Pillow - 3 drops placed on a cotton ball and put into
your pillow for sweet dreams
Keeping cats away from areas of your house
Mix into creams - 2 drops to 3 ml facial cream
Soothes Sore Muscles
Treats Mild Anxiety
Mix into furniture oil or look for Sweetwater Lavender Herbal
that is so heavenly.
Lavender just promotes a feeling of love, peace and general
well-being. This product is made with 100% CCOF Certified
Organic Lavender Essential Oil (lavandula officinalis).
Lavandula Officinalis is also known as the English garden herb
that is highly regarded for its classic fragrance in soap and
potpourris. This oil was known for protecting clothes and stored
linens from moths.
This English garden herb is highly regarded for its classic
fragrance in soap, and potpourris, but lavender is also an
important medicinal herb.
Favorite Lavender Painting:
Lavender Field at Monclos by Timothy Easton
Favorite Lavender & Herb Books:
The Herbfarm Cookbook
by Jerry Traunfeld - has a great
lavender cookie recipe
100 Flowers and How they Got Their Names by Diana Wells
The Lavender Garden: Beautiful Varieties to Grow and Gather by
The New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses by Deni Bown, pg.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley
Safe Herbs by Chris D. Meletis
Of all the Lavender oils I have found, I am more in love with
the Avalon Organics Classic Lavender Fragrance. Also look for
Avalon Organic Botanicals Therapeutic Lavender Hand & Body
Lotion to keep by your bedside.
Sweet Dreams :)
Aroma Vera Pearl Aromatic Pottery
Secrets, January 28, 2006
When you see the picture of this adorable porous clay jar
it almost doesn't do the "cuteness" justice. The jar
is tiny and absolutely cute. Just remove the cork and pour in
essential oils like rose or lavender. Perfect for stashing away
in a closet or for keeping in a desk drawer. I have mine as a
"message in a bottle" so when I take out the cork and
look down inside the bottle, I see a secret message.
You could put this in a candle display with sand and shells or
keep it in a pocket. The creamy glaze also has a swirl of
rainbow glaze that makes this look like it is a pearl from the
sea or half pearl, half freshwater pearl. Either way, it is one
of the cutest little essential oil jars around. I love filling
this jar with Sunshine Spa Rose Perfume Oil. It lifts my mood
and makes me think I'm in a rose garden. The essential oil
absorbs into the clay and then slowly releases, making expensive
essential oils last much longer.
This item would make a perfect gift or stocking
stuffer present for Christmas.
~The Rebecca Review
Nuxe Clarifying Mask
Clay Mask with Essential Oils, April 10, 2007
This delicate mask is made very simply with clay and essential
oils. This nature-derived formula deep cleanses and purifies the
skin. Essential oils of lemon, lavender, pine, rosemary
(antiseptic), myrtle (anti-bacterial/anti-inflammatory),
marjoram, orange, tangerine, sweet lime are blended with clay,
grapefruit extract and birch. Lime oil can brighten the skin by
removing dead skin cells and lavender is known for being
anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and regenerative. Birch is
anti-inflammatory but should be avoided during pregnancy. With
antiseptic citrus oils and numerous anti-inflammatory essential
oils, this becomes a very calming, healing mask you can use a
few times a week to purify the skin. The texture is similar to
honey blended with clay and this is a mildly scented product.
~The Rebecca Review
Lavender Therapy Cleansing Bar
Essential Oil Blends to Love
Since some essential oils are more expensive than others, it is
wonderful to find blends of oils that are less expensive but
provide the oils you want to use...
Aroma Land Essential Oils are Very Affordable and they also
have wonderful kits so you can try out a wide variety of oils.
Jojoba Based Oils, June 27, 2005
If you are allergic to almond oil, then you will appreciate
the Aroma Land essential oils that are blended with Jojoba oil.
This Body Fragrance Sampler is made from 2 -10% essential oils
blended with 90% Jojoba oil so you can use them immediately
without having to blend them. You may enjoy adding these oils
into your skin creams or you can use them as single essential
This kit contains:
Chamomile - This is the Roman one that was used by ancient
Romans to give them a clear mind. My essential oil book talks
about mothers using chamomile to calm crying babies and it is
definitely a calming essential oil. Blends well with Lavender
Jasmine - Women have treasured this oil for centuries. The
Jasmine flower symbolizes happiness, love and hope. Once you
inhale this scent, you will want to buy Jasmine tea. This
fragrance can help you increase your intuitive powers.
Neroli - Folklore tells the story of the Princess of Nerola,
Italy. She loved this fragrance. Brides were known to use orange
blossoms in their bouquets.
Rose - The rose oil in this collection has a spicy scent that
mellows into a comforting rose garden fragrance you would find
in a garden on a sunny afternoon. Perfect as a base when
blending your own fragrances. Start with rose and then
experiment by adding other oils. It is quite enjoyable to create
your own perfumes.
Tuberose - A white tropical flower. This might be nice to blend
into a bath or massage oil. I liked it mixed with the rose oil.
Add a little Jasmine and you will have a very exotic perfume for
a summer evening.
Ylang Ylang - Only add this to your blends if you want to feel
very relaxed, totally
in love and maybe even a little giggly. Traditionally used for
strong shiny hair, so you could add this to a conditioning
This was the first time I bought so many oils all at once and
the Aroma Land oils are fun to try because you can buy a lot of
oils for a very affordable price.
Also look for other Samplers: Romance, Energizing, Day to Night,
Respiration, Classic Blends, Sports & Fitness, La Femme,
Personal Spa, Home and Travel, Goddess, Made for Men and Sensual
Through these sampler packets you can try essential oils like
Lavender, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rosewood, Vetiver, Tea Tree,
Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Grapefruit,
Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Bay Laurel, Lemon, Clary Sage, Ginger,
Cinnamon, Bay Laurel, Hyssop and Basil.
~The Rebecca Review
P.S. Look for books by Connie Higley if you are blending your
own oils. She has delicious ideas and healing advice.
Aura Cacia Candle Lamp/Oil Burner
Safer if you have Cats
, December 9, 2008
My little cat Meesa is notorious for sniffing at candles while
they are burning. Since this was a big worry I decided to buy
something where the candle was partially enclosed. This
beautiful oil burner was a good solution and is a much safer
option if you have cats.
The top of the oil burner can be filled with water and your
favorite essential oils. My current favorite is The
Body Shop Gingerbread Home Fragrance Oil but I also enjoy
Cacia - Essential Solutions, Love Potion .5 Oz and Aura
Cacia Fir Needle, Balsam Essential Oil Canada .5 oz.
If you are looking for something that will disperse your
essential oils all throughout your home then this oil burner is
an excellent choice. I can also highly recommend the following
Soy Tealight Candles. They are soy candles and last longer
than other regular tea lights and come in a variety of scents
that you can mix and match with your essential oils.
~The Rebecca Review
Body Shop Gingerbread Oil
Buttery Gingerbread Scent for the Holiday Season
December 9, 2008
I finally learned how to use essential oils in an oil burner. At
first I wasn't adding any water because no instructions came
with the oils I had or with the oil burner. By adding water the
scent seemed to disperse more evenly into the air (instead of
smoking) and my entire apartment was then scented with essential
oils. Once I learned this new trick I wanted to buy more
fragrance oils. I'm currently using a Aura
Cacia Candle Lamp - High Fire Kiln Dark Blue/Rust 1 ct as an
The Body Shop Gingerbread Home Fragrance oil is perfect for the
holiday season and has a rich buttery ginger and honey
fragrance. There are hints of cinnamon but it is not
overwhelming. I like using the oil with the following candles:Dozen
Soy Tealight Candles Gingerbread Goodies. You may also enjoy
lighting your candles with a Bic
Luminere Candle Lighter.
~The Rebecca Review
Essential Oil Dreams
One Dozen Red Roses
Comforting Woodsy Warm Rose Oil, March 13, 2006
"Highest of all the oils (Spiritual); approximately 320
MHz. It enhances the frequency of every cell, bringing balance
and harmony to the body." ~Connie and Alan Higley
Many rose oils are reminiscent of a rose garden. This rose oil
reminds me of a wild rose bush you would find in a cedar forest.
There is a hint of comforting cedar wood with varied elements of
fragrance not unlike a fine perfume. Spicy notes mingle with
sweet rose perfection while delicate high points capture your
attention. Of all the rose oils, this one has numerous elements
to lift your mood and scent everything from bath products to
laundry soaps. The highly concentrated oil will last for a long
time. One drop of this in a spray bottle of spring or mineral
water and you have a beautifully scented skin refresher. Put a
drop on a cloth and toss it in the dryer for rose scented
towels. Add to your fabric softener or drop the tiniest amount
on a card you are sending to a friend.
The sheer value of this product is astounding when you consider
how expensive rose oil can be. The high concentration is
superior to all other rose oils I've tried and this is very
affordable. In this case, you seem to get more than you paid
for. If you are looking to add rose oil to your collection, this
is the best one I've found for blending with other oils and
making bath products and scenting products I use around the
Essential Oils from Green Valley Spa
This oil will bring a poetic beauty to your life and can
alleviate times of emotional upheaval. Use for dry skin (add to
creams), addictive behavior, anger, despair, depression, grief,
nervous anxiety, heart problems, emotional fatigue, irritability
and insomnia. Since this is highly concentrated, you may want to
blend it with jojoba oil first before mixing into beauty
Caswell-Massey also sells a divine Egyptian Musk, Ylang Ylang
and Lilac oil. Very affordable oils and unlike other brands were
you have to almost pour the oils in the tub, a few drops will
do. Highly Recommended.
~The Rebecca Review
P.S. The Aroma Vera Pearl Aromatic Pottery Diffuser with a cork
lid is perfect with this product.
For quite some time I've been fascinated by essential oils. While
they can at times be quite expensive to collect a few high-quality
essential oils can go a long way.
, June 14, 2008
This book is divided up into three main sections. In the first
section there is a brief history of essential oils and an
interesting picture to show steam distillation. There is information
on why lavender and neroli stimulate new cell growth and how
rosemary encourages healthy hair growth.
The second section is very helpful with ideas on which essential
oils to use for a wide variety of common complaints. While it is
interesting to note that cardamom and black pepper are good for
heartburn, a recipe would be useful. If you want a recipe I can
recommend the one for a chai tea in Savoring
the Spice Coast of India: Fresh Flavors from Kerala. I made it
tonight using soymilk and a rooibos teabag.
Part three in this fascinating book includes information on 165
essential oils. While I've read many books on essential oils there
were numerous oils I'd never heard of before. In this section there
are a few oils you want to avoid like wormwood that can cause brain
damage. You may recognize bergamot if you have ever made Earl Grey
tea. Could lemonade be part of a cure for arthritis? This book gives
all sorts of new information and also has a helpful glossary.
While this book is comprehensive I think it would have been better
to organize the essential oils according to their common name
instead of their Latin name. Fortunately there is a good index so
you can find your favorite essential oils fast. In the index you can
find the common name (frankincense) as well as the Latin or
botanical term (Boswellia Carteri).
If you are looking for any additional information I can also
recommend anything by Connie Higley: Reference
Guide for Essential Oils Tenth Edition, October 2006. I have the
1999 edition but have been considering the new edition to add to my
~The Rebecca Review, currently wearing Aura
Cacia Love Potion Essential Oil .5 oz. I love all the Aura Cacia
Perfume Science: The Art of Making Scents