Lavender Oil

Every year we try new things with the lavender we harvest.  We use it for baking, decoration, sachets, soaps, medicine and more.  

Recently we took a stab at making lavender oil, which can be used as a bug repellant, to aid in restful sleep and for perfume.  It’s also wonderful in removing the itch from mosquito bites and taming dandruff.

How to make lavender Oil:

1.  Harvest the lavender.

2.  Remove the flowers and put into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

3.  Add Organic Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil to the jar.

4.  Let the oil and lavender sit for one month in a cool, dark place.  Shake the jar daily.

5.  After one month, using a funnel and cheesecloth, strain the oil from the flowers into a new, clean jar.  Many people will discard the olive oil but we did not.  It smells too nice and is great for adding to shampoo/conditioner or using directly on your scalp for healthy hair.  You can also use the olive oil as a bug repellant by dabbing some on your neck and behind your ears.

6.  Once the olive oil is drained, express the lavender oil from the flowers using two spoons.  Put some flowers onto one spoon.  Use the other spoon to press down and expel the oil.  Store the oil in amber glass bottles/jars.  Enjoy.


Bug Bites

[tweetmeme] If you’ve been outside anytime recently it’s more than likely you’ve been nabbed by a mosquito or another critter looking for a munch.  The itch, the sting and the welts can be part of summer.  Below are a few remedies to keep on hand for just about any type of bug bite or sting.

Ledum – This remedy is a remedy used mainly for puncture wounds, which makes it wonderful for stings and bug bites.  It’s a great remedy for spider bites, especially if there is swelling and/or inflammation.  It is also recommended for bites that become infected and are suppurating and can be helpful for mosquito bites and bee stings.  It is especially helpful for those who have an extreme reaction to mosquito bites, including great itching and swelling.

Apis – This homeopathic remedy is made from the honey bee, therefore it is the first remedy to think of if you are stung by a bee, yellow jacket or wasp.  It will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling/redness almost immediately.  It can be taken orally in pellet form and can be applied topically in a cream.  It is also extremely helpful for those that are allergic to bees.  The sting/bite itself will generally be puffy, tender, red and may burn.  Cold applications help alleviate the pain with this remedy/sting.

Silicea – This remedy can help to extract a stinger if it is lodged in the skin.

Aconite – This remedy can be used if a person becomes fearful and panicked after being stung.  If this is the case, this remedy should be used immediately after the sting.  Once the person has calmed down another remedy, more specific to the sting itself, can be used.

Hypericum – This is one of the first remedies to consider if a sting/bite occurs in a nerve-rich area of the body, such as a fingertip.  Shooting nerve pain will come from the location of the sting if this remedy is indicated.  Numbness and tingling may also be present.

Select the remedy that best matches your symptoms.  A potency of 6C, 6X, 30C or 30X can be used.  The number of times a dose should be taken depends on the severity of the sting.  The more severe the reaction to the bite/sting the more frequently a dose can be taken.  Discontinue taking the remedy once improvement occurs.  If there is no improvement after a reasonable amount of time you should select a different remedy.  If you are uncertain which remedy to use contact a Certified Homeopath for assistance.  If a severe allergic reaction occurs from a sting or bite, seek emergency medical attention.

To help keep the bugs off you in the first place, without using those chemical-ridden bug sprays, you can take a small 2 – 4 ounce glass spray bottle, mix 5 – 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and fill the remainder of the bottle up with distilled water.  Shake vigorously until well mixed.  Spray on your skin when going outside.  Not only will it keep the bugs off of you but it smells wonderful!  If ticks are a problem in your area add a little Rose Geranium essential oil to the mix.

We do not diagnose or treat disease/conditions.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses please consult a licensed medical doctor.