I have had a sleeping disorder for many years. On my last trip to the USA a friend of my sister Maria told me how her hubby and she slept like babies after massaging their feet with lavender oil.
My ears perked up. But due to my busy schedule i forgot all about it.
later on went to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my friend and her family.
Got o gift of lavender body lotion and body wash. It was called “sleep”..
I started using is and am so grateful to all those people who helped bring it to my knowledge.
Following is what my research showed me on Lavender.
It is a miracle herb!
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The name lavender comes from the Latin lavare, “to wash,” since it was often used in bath and laundry waters. Its calming and soothing properties make it unique. According to Nicholas Culpeper who wrote of the herb in 1653, lavender is especially of good use for problems of the head, colds, sluggishness, cramps, convulsions, weakness, and palsy. It strengthens the stomach and frees the liver and spleen from obstructions. It is also helpful in bringing about the menstrual flow.
The flowers of lavender, steeped in a little alcohol, effectively promote the flow of urine, and help ease flatulence and colic. A decoration made with these flowers plus horehound, fennel, asparagus root, and cinnamon can help lightheadedness. Gargling with this as a mixture is good for toothache, and taking two spoonfuls internally can help with a lost voice.
Lavender is recommended for any faintness or trembling of the emotional body, and can be applied to the temples or sniffed. It is not to be used where there is excessive blood or fever. Care should be taken with the oil drawn from lavender, usually called “oil of spike” because of its piercing potency.
Lavender’s tranquil properties make it an excellent mild sedative and painkiller, as well as in treating insect bites and small burns. Blended for use as massage oil, lavender works wonders with skin problems, rheumatic aches, insomnia, and depression.
It’s easy to see why Mercury is said to rule this herb which is so helpful to the head and brain, for Mercury rules thinking and the mind. Author Izaak Walton once said, “I long to be in a house where the sheets smell of lavender.”
And it was Wang Wei, the eighth century Chinese writer, who said it best. “Look in the flowers and perfumes of nature for peace of mind and joy of life.”
A symbol of cleanliness and virginity, lavendar once was used medicinally for sunstroke. Included among the lavenders is a stunning bush of Lavandula heterophylla, a large plant that is almost continually in bloom. It has the sweetest smelling foliage, is equally good when dried, and is a stunning garden plant — but it must be wintered inside.
This herb is reputed to be one of the plants most loved by the Virgin Mary, for as it does now, in ancient times it represented purity, cleanliness and virtue. Churches were decorated with lavender on Saint Barnabas Day. L. vera is the “true” lavender of which other lavenders are varieties.
It is helpful for all disorders that trouble the head and spirit, for its scent is calming.
Lavender can be used in many varied ways:
Decorative – The whole plant is good as hedging. Flower, hang dried in bunches on their own or with other tiny flowers, add sprigs to wreaths and nosegays. The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of lavender all contain essential oils and all are valuable for different purposes. Parts of the plant can be used fresh, dried or distilled with the essential oil extracted.
Culinary – Use to flavor jams and to make lavender vinegar. Mix small amounts with savory herbs for fragrant stews.
Household – Put dried flowers in sachets and bundles to scent drawers and to protect linen from moths. Rub fresh flowers on skin or pin on clothes, to discourage flies. Stem use dried as incense or scented firelighters.
Cosmetic – Make tonic water for delicate and sensitive skins to speed cell replacement and for an antiseptic against acne, add to soap. Use oil in message for muscular aches, fluid retention and cellulite. Add to your scrub water for regular cleaning jobs from floors to counters to bathrooms.
Medicinal – Infuse as a tea to soothe headaches, calm nerves, and ease flatulence, fainting, dizziness and halitosis. Use heated essential oil as an antiseptic, mild sedative and painkiller, particularly on insect bites, stings and small (cooled) burns. Add six drops to bathwater to calm irritable children, and place one drop on the temple for headache relief. Blend for use as an aromatherapeutic massage oil in for throat infections, skin sores, inflammation, rheumatic aches, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Caution: When using lavender use common sense … remember, a little bit goes a long way.
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Whenever someone gave me reason to feel angry, sad, anxious, or fearful, I was able to slow my thoughts and emotions down, remind myself that my antagonist was likely deprived of love, and choose to respond with kindness and understanding.
Okay, maybe I wasn’t able to do this every time I felt I was wronged, but I was definitely on a plane of thinking and being that Jesus Himself would likely have appreciated. I was in the zone that Gandhi must have been in while he was allowing himself to get physically smacked around.
Here’s the thing: Over the past decade, whenever I have been able to purposefully respond with a generous heart in situations where most sane people would have given me full license to respond with righteous anger, I have always been able to walk away with peace in my heart. Always.
I think that this is the magic of taking the high road. Sometimes, it’s human to want to call out mean-spirited and rude behavior. You feel like you need to preserve some self respect. But interestingly, I have yet to feel like I lost anything by diverting or even absorbing bad energy and being compassionate.
Put another way, I have found that peace of mind is a natural consequence of choosing to be kind in every circumstance (And sometimes, being kind entails walking away in silence).
Without exception, in situations where I haven’t been able to pause and control the urge to let someone know that he or she just generated some bad karma, I’ve walked away feeling worse for having “stood up for myself.” In such situations, I guess I, too, was motivated by a need for love.
Also interesting is that I’ve found that the more good energy I put out there, the deeper my well of good energy seems to become. Consciously choosing to walk with a forgiving and compassionate spirit really seems to fortify the intention to lift others up.
This reminds me of the “what do you get when you squeeze an orange” idea. You get orange juice, of course, because that’s what’s inside an orange.
If we have love and compassion within, love and compassion is what will come out of us when we’re squeezed.
Clearly, choosing to give out love doesn’t happen naturally all the time. It takes work. It takes daily effort to stay in this zone. I find that I have to fill myself up with uplifting thoughts on a regular basis. I think this is why I tend to have my best days when I begin by reading from anything that inspires me to inspire others.
And when I don’t do this work, when I don’t take time to consciously choose to give out love rather than demonstrate a need for it, I find that it becomes super easy to slide back into being a reactive person who is easily offended by anything that threatens my ego.
So I guess the main thought that I want to share is this: if you’re ever feeling crummy and you’re looking for a way to feel at peace, try going back to the well, the well that fuels you to be gentle, understanding, generous, and humble.
Even when you are clearly wronged by someone, I can almost guarantee that if you put your hurt feelings away for just a moment and respond with a gentle, understanding, generous, and humble spirit, you will be better for it. And you can spend the rest of your day knowing that you did your part to create healthy energy for someone else.
I’ve long believed that consistently feeling peace within is the most important requirement for optimal health. Never mind the toll that emotional stress takes on our physical health; without inner peace, how can any of us consistently make healthy choices?
It’s during restful sleep that your body produces hormones that are essential to healing (growth hormone, testosterone, and erythropoietin). These hormones work together with your self-healing mechanisms to restore every part of your health.
An often overlooked determinant of quality of sleep is cleanliness of the nasal passageway. Assuming that you have access to clean air, a clear nasal passageway ensures optimal delivery of oxygen to your blood, which in turn, ensures optimal oxygenation of all of your organs. And it’s optimal oxygenation of your organs that should be a top priority at all times. Why, you ask? Oxygen plus glucose equals energy, the very same energy (ATP) that drives every metabolic process in each of your trillions of cells.
When your nasal passageway is partially blocked by debris, your body compensates in part by drawing air in through your mouth. But it’s always best to rely on your nose for drawing in fresh air because your nasal passageway is lined mucous and hairs that specifically work to trap dust, harmful microorganisms, other small particles, and even larger particles like dirt. In effect, this filtration mechanism allows little but air molecules, including oxygen, to travel back into your pharynx, which becomes your larynx, then your trachea, and finally the branches that deliver air into your lungs.
Sneezing, by the way, is the mechanism that your body uses to rapidly discharge foreign material that your nasal passageway has trapped.
So, getting back to quality of sleep, if you have a buildup of mucous and waste materials – usually called snot – in your nasal passageway, chances are good that your brainstem will sense a suboptimal ratio of oxgyen to carbon dioxide in your blood, which, via altered autonomic nervous system tone, will disrupt your overall quality of rest. In this scenario, none of your glands and organs can do their best work in restoring your health, and this is now a little or a lot of buildup in your nasal passageway can hurt your health over the long run.
There’s no doubt in my mind that sleep disruption from partial nasal passageway blockage is a contributing cause of ill-defined health challenges like chronic fatigue, problems maintaining mental focus and attention, and increased risk of physical injury. Bottom line: When your tissues are not properly oxygenated, a lot can go wrong.
Every night before going to bed, your routine should be to take a bath if needed, floss, brush teeth, wash face, clean out nasal passageway, change into clean underwear and pajamas, then jump into bed for some good books. On the few nights here or there where circumstances cause us to miss nasal passageway cleaning, almost always, there is noticeably more tossing or turning.
Of course, there are factors that affect how much buildup occurs in the nasal passageway. During colder months when we have to use dry furnace heat to help keep warm, there is more dust floating around, which increases buildup in the nose. When one of us has a cold and associated running discharge from the sinuses and nose, there tends to be more buildup.
In case you’re not sure how to thoroughly clean your nasal passageway, here’s a simple protocol:
- Stand over your bathroom sink, get a stream of warm water running, and cup your hands together to form a basin-like shape that allows the water to pool.
- Bring your nostrils down to your hands so that both nostrils are filled with cold water. You can inhale very gently to ensure that water goes as far back in your nasal passageway as is comfortable. Hold this position for up to 3-5 seconds.
- Move your hands to the side and allow the water to drain from your nasal passageways. As the water runs out of your nostrils, you can cover one side up at a time while blowing gently through the other side. This will help remove any mucous and waste materials that are in your nasal passageway.
- Repeat the steps listed above two to three times or until you feel that your nasal passageway is completely clear of debris.
If, after cleaning your nasal passageway, you still feel somewhat blocked or congested and can’t see any debris in your nostrils, you may be intolerant to something that you’re eating. Some food intolerances (dairy is a common one) can increase congestion throughout your sinuses and nasal passageway, as well as within the blood vessels that line your nasal passageway, and all of this congestion can partially obstruct air flow, thereby taking away from health potential.
Please make sure you make your children do the same.
I hope these thoughts on cleaning the nasal passageway to help ensure optimal sleep quality prove to be helpful.