Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 135 - Utah Rocks - Lavender Fields For INRI

You've heard of that Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever.  Well imagine a field of lavender.  The fresh smell of lavender is said to calm the mind before bed.  On the way from Salt Lake City to our first stop in Cedar City, we stopped on Mona, Utah to visit the Young Living Lavender fields.  I had read about this farm in my Martha Stewart Living Magazine and was surprised that within two weeks of reading the article, I was standing in the same place over 2000 miles from my home.

In 1871, Howard and Martha Jane Corey staked a small homestead in central Utah. While Howard raised livestock, Martha gained a reputation by selling liniments and medicines made from herbs that she gathered and grew on the land. One hundred and twenty-five years later, in 1996, Gary and Mary Young purchased 1,400 acres of this rural land in Mona, Utah. The land, where Martha Corey once grew her own herbs, is now home to the largest herb farm and distillery in the world.

 We were told that the fields were not ready yet due to the abnormal cold weather that was still in Utah.  It was snowing still in some places one week before the first week of June!  But when it is in bloom, the fields are tested three times a day and although people ask when will it be harvested, the answer is they don't know.  This is why it is tested each day.  At any given time, it can be ready and it is harvested on the spot.

Here is the time line of the history of Gary Young and how he came to understand the importance of oils to healing.  The right thing to do is try one of these oils and see if it helps you in the areas of mental health, healing or overall good feeling.

The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means "to wash." Lavender may have earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit. However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.

We were told to rub the oils on the tops and bottoms of our feet and the body knows exactly where to take them to the other parts of ones body in order to heal  itself.  The pores are biggest on the feet and that is why they can be absorbed better. We were told that if you smell an oil, how your body reacts to the aroma will tell  you if you need it. If you think it just smells awful or if you love it due to a trigger of a memory it creates you should use it.  If it is of no degree and your body has no response then it probably isn't for you.  I don't know about the smelling awful that you really  need it.  That doesn't sound logical to me.  It smelled divine inside the gift shop with all the lavender aroma in the air.  We bought sachets to put in the underwear/sock drawer for $2.

You can sprinkle oil on your sheets to freshen them up for guests.  I'm told that you can also add to water and spritz it on a sunburn and the soreness will go away.  All and all it was a truly heavenly and heavily sensual experience.  You felt alive when you were in there and the people were helpful and happy to share their information.  I now have a greater understanding of the event marked in the book of Luke and John in the bible of Mary, sister of Lazarus washing the feet of Jesus with anointed oil after he had raised her brother from the dead.  This was such a honorable yet humbling experience reserved for royalty...and in this case, the King of the Jews.  I can only guess that Pontius Pilate would have needed to smell the lavender to calm his mind before bed after sentencing Jesus to death by crucifixion.

Over the cross a sign is nailed bearing the inscription INRI: Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, Latin for: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. Before he dies, he speaks: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:24).

I leave you with the medicinal purposes of lavender: Enjoy!

In aromatherapy, lavender is used for treating depression, amenorrhea, burns, acne, rashes, arthritis, athlete's foot, carpal tunnel syndrome, psoriasis, vaginitis, insomnia, pain, palpitations, anxiety and nervousness. As massage oil, lavender relaxes muscles and eases tension. Lavender oil is used in diffusers, salves, bath products, and undiluted as a topical essential oil. Lavender oil should not be taken internally.

Lavender's Active Ingredients
Lavender oil contains the natural alcohol linalool; ketones; esters; and aldehydes. Linalol provides lavender's antiseptic properties by effectively killing bacteria and viruses. Linalol also helps healing skin irritations including burns, wounds, acne and sores. The aldehydes in lavender are responsible for its distinct aroma and soothing properties. The ketones in lavender effectively reduce pain and inflammation and help induce sleep. The esters in lavender reduce soreness and swelling, prevent muscle spasms, fight fungal infections and prevent scarring. The esters in lavender also help relieve tension, depression and hysteria, and they help regulate moods.

Using lavender

Lavender is primarily used as an essential oil, which can be purchased in most stores that sell health products, or as the dried herb. As an oil, lavender can be diffused, sprinkled or applied directly to irritated skin. As massage oil, lavender oil should first be diluted with grapeseed or almond oil, using 10 drops of lavender oil to 30 ml of carrier oil. Lavender oil can also be found added to perfumes, flower essences, shampoos, soaps, bath products, herbal salves, and massage oils. Dried lavender herb can be found in sachets, dream pillows, satin-covered herbal eye masks. Lavender herb is also found in herbal cough and cold preparations.

Used in skin products, lavender helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing of rashes, bruises, minor cuts and sores. In one Los Angeles clinic, lavender oil is used for skin cancer, osteomalacia, facial ulcers and insect bites. Lavender also helps balance oil production and prevent scarring. In shampoos, lavender helps prevent dandruff, and as a final hair rinse lavender combined with lemon oil and diluted in mineral water, helps restore sheen in dry, damaged hair. The oils should be added to the water at least 30 minutes before using to ensure proper solubility.

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