I must start by saying I don't know anything about aromatherapy but I use this oil for various things and I think it's very good. I don't know if there is a real difference between brands of oils but I have previously bought cheaper oils, the cheapest I found was in Wilkinsons one time, and this does smell better. The price is probably determined, in part, by the purity of the oil. Whether it is more effective for what I use it for is tricky to say.
The packaging of this Boots oil is smart and looks very sleek and professional, the price is ok too. The bottle, although small, 10ml, lasts a long time as you only use one or two drops at a time.
I was given this oil when I was pregnant to use in the bath after the baby was born, it's not recommended for pregnant ladies though. I did use the lavender oil in the bath a couple of times and it is very relaxing, but the main use I found for my little bottle was when my children had chicken pox. When they were covered in itchy spots I would use a base cream, such as E45 or calamine cream and add a drop of lavender, and a drop of tea tree and use that all over to soothe them. I was hoping the antiseptic properties would help to prevent scarring. It smelt wonderful and I would definitely say it helped them to sleep. Both do have scars from the chicken pox but it's impossible to say whether they would have been worse without using the lavender oil.
Confession time: I don't know a thing about aromatherapy. However. I used to have a lot of ugly prominent scars. With not having too much cash on hand to spend on what are essentially (heh) oily bleachy chemical pastes to get rid of them, I tried my hand at glorified flower juice. (We already had it in the bathroom cupboard.)
Obviously with essential oils the first thing that hits you is the smell. I quite like lavender so I don't mind this so much. I put a few drops in the bath and applied it slightly diluted to the scars themselves. What was great was that the entire exercise was incredibly relaxing. After a few uses I noticed the scars weren't as noticeable as they were before. Now they're totally gone. I wouldn't recommend lavender essential oil for keloid scars but for the pink-ish (obviously I know medical words) ones it does wonders. Unfortunately it did mean I used the entire bottle for this purpose, which, as you will learn, makes it surprisingly expensive.
Unfortunately the lavender essential oil did nothing to my stretch marks, but it did make them smell nice, which is a plus.
The oil comes in a bottle tinted brown to protect it from sun damage and is from Boots. I don't know the price but the Boots website currently places it at £8.99 for a 20ml bottle. I guess it's subjective whether that's good value or not. I assume it is the same lavender oil as you'd get from any other shop.
I have been using aromatherapy oils for many years, after being introduced to them by my mother in law. I picked up mine in Boots recently and got a 10ml bottle for £5.09, though they are often on 3 for 2 so its worth stocking up as the bottles are so small. The bottle comes in a protective cardboard box, is brown and has a twist off white lid that is easy to remove and does not leak. The oils within the Botanics range are authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
It is always recommend that you read the label before using the oil and I would also recommend reading around the subject of aromatherapy if you want to get the best out of them.
The Boots Botanics Lavender Oil is can be used for massage, vaporisation, inhalation or in the bath. It is recommend that for an aromatherapy massage you blend up to 5 drops of essential oil in 10ml of Base Bath, Body & Massage Oil.
The packaging also states that the oil is for external use only. Should never be applied neat oil to the skin, always be diluted in a carrier oil., is kept out of the sight and reach of children, is kept away from eyes. Asthmatics should not inhale essential oils. Also essential oils are flammable, so do not put on or near a naked flame.
Lavender is evergreen woody shrub about 1 meter high (3 feet), with gray-green narrow linear leaves and the most beautiful purple-blue flowers, perched on a long stem and a few varieties of it grow wild in the Mediterranean region, but the main producer is France.
The name is derived from the Latin word 'lavera' which means 'to wash' and the Romans used it frequently in their bath routine, and it is said to have been introduced by them into England, where it soon was a firm favourite. I grow it outside my back door and on my patio, it smells great and relaxes me whilst I am in the garden.
Lavender oil is a calming, relaxing oil, which combats stress and crisis, while the antiseptic properties helps with cold, flu and other ailments. It is excellent for migraines and it supports female health. On the skin it has a healing effect, while preventing scarring and balancing the skin. It can be used for a variety of things including insomnia, colds, colic and it can also be used neat on the skin (though caution is suggested).
Lavender oil blends particularly well with cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, pine, nutmeg and all the citrus oils.
I use the oil in a number of ways, I add a few drops into my bath to help me relax or add a few drops to an oil burner, I also add to a carrier oil, such as almond oil and rub it onto aching or tired muscles. Overall the Boots Botanic Lavender Oil has been well worth buying, it is versatile, smells great and is well priced. I would recommend it to others and also the use of aromatherapy in general.
My mum first introduced me to aromatherapy, which is a complementary therapy where you use essential oils to help improve your mind and body.
Lavender is well known as a relaxing product, that can ease stress and anxiety, so it's quite a popular essential oil and I probably buy a bottle every six to eight months.
This particular product - Boots Botanics Lavender Essential Oil - is made with 100% essential oils - meaning that this is lavender oil in it's purest form. You can buy a 10ml bottle for £4.00, or a 20ml bottle for £6.79.
The bottle itself is childproof and the glass is also tinted, to prevent the oil from being altered by the sun's rays. There is also a special dispenser on this which allows you to release the lavender in droplets. This is a handy feature because never need too much of this - a little goes a long way.
You can use lavender oil mixed with water in an oil burner - so that the room begins to smell of lavender. Or alternatively you can put a few drops in your bath, on your pillow, or on your temples (the area below your earlobes). Some people also put lavender on their night clothes and others on their foreheads. It's up to you really, but it's for external use only and you need to make sure you read the instructions first, because certain people (such as pregnant women and asthmatics) are advised to avoid this oil.
Lavender is supposed to be good for treating sunstroke and it can also be used as an anaesthetic and pain reliever on minor burns. However I normally use it to relax and I find that it does help me to sleep and it relaxes me when I am feeling stressed.
I'd say that the only negative point of this product is that it's quite an old-fashioned smell and if I use too much then I find that it irritates me. That said, I do highly recommend this product. This world can be a harsh place, so it's nice that an essential oil can provide with relief during times of stress and anxiety.
This is a product that people of all ages can use and benefit from. I recently bought my Nanna a bottle of Boots Botanics Lavender Essential Oil because she's been very ill and she's been finding it hard to relax. The oil seems to be helping her, so I will be replacing the bottle when it's ran out.
I'd never really been interested in aromatherapy, or known what essential oils were, until a very enthusiastic lady descended on my school one afternoon to give us sixth formers a talk on the subject. I was delighted, although more about the fact that we were getting out of lessons, it has to be said! But as the talk went on, I became really interested in what she had to say. She gave us a brief overview of many of the different essential oils, what they could help with and how to use them, and left us with a sheet of info summarising this. I was completely won over, and decided to get some for myself. Being pretty impoverished at the time, I decided my budget could just about stretch to two bottles, so I pored over the sheet, trying to decide which two to choose. Lavender was one of those I opted for in the end, as it seemed quite versatile- we'd been told it could calm anxiety, reduce spots and help you to sleep. Being a spot-prone insomniac, with A-levels just around the corner, it sounded like it fitted my needs perfectly! The added advantage was that it could be used neat, so I wouldn't have to fork out for a carrier oil to use it with.
I wasn't altogether sure where to look for essential oils, so was delighted to stumble across them in Boots, in their own-brand Botanics range. The little bottles in their neat boxes looked really cute, and I couldn't wait to try them out. If I remember rightly, this 10ml bottle of lavender oil cost me about £4, and I'm very surprised to see that it's the same price now, nine years later! The price of essential oils obviously hasn't risen with inflation!
The box contained an information leaflet, which I've long since discarded! But the bottle itself states that this oil 'calms, relaxes and comforts'. It also warns against applying neat oils to the skin (although I have read that lavender oil is safe for most people to apply directly to their skin), and advises consulting a doctor 'or aromatherapist' before using if you're pregnant or suffer from epilepsy or skin allergies. At the bottom is the best before date, which alarmingly is Sept 2003! So you can see I've had this for quite a while! But I'm glad to say that it still smells as good as ever- being pure, I don't think it will go off as such, unlike many cosmetics or skin products that start smelling suspect as they approach their BB dates.
The lid of the bottle is black, although I see the latest version is white. It's one of those medicinal type lids that you have to push down and twist at the same time to remove. This particular lid is quite temperamental, and requires just the right combination of movements to remove it. Having to wrestle the lid off isn't exactly conducive to the relaxation that this product is supposed to provide! By the time it's off, I'm usually in good need of the calming oil contained inside! Having said that, I've had no such problems with the other bottle I bought, so I think this must just be a bit of a dud lid. The oil inside is released drop by drop through a small hole, enabling you to get exactly the right number of drops out- this is important as the oil should be used sparingly.
The bottle itself is dark brown glass, which is essential (ho ho) for keeping the oil inside protected from light, which can cause the oil to degrade. For this reason, you should also store them out of direct sunlight. Essential oils can also eat away at plastic, so glass bottles are also a must.
Lavender oil is usually made by steam distillation of- you guessed it- lavender flowers. I'm sure we're all familiar with its sweet, yet somewhat musky scent, and although it won't appeal to all, it's a firm favourite with many, as shown by the popularity of lavender bags. In its oil form, its aroma is intensified, and I found that just a couple of drops on a tissue was sufficient to let the scent permeate throughout the room, although not overpoweringly so. I've tried using it in this form to help me get off to sleep, although it hasn't ever made a noticeable difference; having quite an acute sense of smell, I find that smelling anything out of the ordinary makes it as hard for me to drop off as if there was an ongoing noise or light in the room. But it's certainly relaxing, and this is where its anxiety reducing properties come into play. It's amazing how much smell can affect our mood without us even realising, and quick whiff of this can really help with relieving stress and calming the mind. A few drops of this oil in a hot bath can really maximise its relaxing effects.
Among its many other uses is skincare- this oil can be applied to burns or insect stings to reduce swelling and pain. Fortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to try it out in this context, but I have used it on spots before, and found that it does seem to lessen their lifespan and reduce redness. The downside of applying it to your face is that it's the only thing you'll be able to smell all day- at least it should keep you relaxed though!
Given its nature, I'd say that one brand of lavender is pretty much like another- they're all made the same way, and have the same properties. But I've certainly been pleased with this Botanics version- the slightly dodgy lid aside, it's perfectly decent, and reasonably priced too. While I don't think this oil works any wonders, it smells lovely, and can simply be used to sweeten the smell of a room if you're a fan of lavender, or help you to relax when added to a bath. Its many other uses make this a very handy oil to have on hand, and I'm glad I bought it all those years ago, and that it's still going strong!
Now Im not madly into aromatherapy so Im not going to pretend I am for this review but my mom is really interested in this type of thing so its hard not to pick up a few things over the years. Lavender is something I think everyone knows quite a bit about though as it is quite a popular oil for may reasons and is something my mom is never without in her oil collection - shes going to kill me when she finds out Ive used the whole bottle! Now basically the only reason I personally started using this is because when I first quit smoking over a week ago I found it very hard to fall asleep as that is one of the many withdrawal symptoms. I went to bed at around 10pm one night and managed to fall asleep around 6am so I decided the next night I needed something to help and my mom suggested this on my pillow.
Price: £4 - 10ml
This comes in a small glass bottle that is also child proof just in case and it is also flammable. Consult your doctor before using this IF you have a medical condition, skin allergies or are pregnant do not use if you havent done that already. For external use only & DO NOT use if you are asthmatic.
Lavender oil actually has many more uses than just to help you sleep incuding: reducing stress and anxiety, makes a brilliant insect repellent, is a natural antiseptic, it will keep fleas away from cats or dogs if you apply it to them, use it in baths, on clothes or pillows to make you relax/fall asleep, can prevent migraines, can be burnt in an oil burner, stops smelly feet (!) & stops bee/wasp stings from hurting/stinging if applied straight away and that is just a few of its many uses so as you can see having a bottle of this handy around the house is very useful as it can be used for so many things.
As I said the reason I used this personally is to help me sleep and it definately did do that. About half an hour before I wanted to be asleep I put a few drops of this onto my pillow and lay down and in less than an hour I was fast asleep untl the next morning and when you consider how bad I couldnt sleep the night before that is a miracle. Im never going to be without some of this in my room now just in case I ever get struck with insomnia again because it really does work so well and I never know when I might need it for one of those many other reasons. Dont use too much on a pillow though as that can have the opposite effect and make you feel more awake - less is more!
It actually smells pretty great as well and makes the whole house smell dead fresh and clean without using too much of it but thats just as bonus as far as Im concerned and I highly recommend this to everyone. No-one should be without a bottle in their house.
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Aromatherapy Lavender Oil from Boots Botanics.
What is it?
This is from Boots' Botanics range of aromatherapy essential oil products.
What do I think?
I'm not really into aromatherapy but all I know is that lavender oil helps people to relax and calm down. I always use few drops during times of stress or if I have difficulty in sleeping, just a tiny drop on the pillow or on a cushion and let the oil disperse into the atmosphere.
This particular oil from Boots seems to be particularly stong, especially when you first open it for a sniff, I would suggest than you wouldn't do that because the aroma is very overpowering and when I first opened it, this was exactly what I did, and I wasn't expecting a different kind of lavender smell, so I was very shocked and put off from using it for a few weeks. I'm not sure whether it is anything to do with the type of species of lavender that Boots sources, but the scent is very raw, and reminds me of wild lavender. It can be very overpowering, especially it's rich heavy woodiness, so depending on the type of scent you're after it might be better to ask whether its possible to test it out at Boots, though I'm not sure whether it's possible.
With this particular oil from the Botanics range, you will need to use it very sparingly and let 'dissolve' into the air for a while. Particularly if you're going to put some on a pillow, it is best to put only a tiny drop first and to let it disperse in the air and see if that is enough. During the first night, I put too much on, and room room just stank, and I just couldn't get to sleep.
The oil cost £2.99 for 10ml, which is a little more than the average price at other natural health store. Hoever, I have no qualms about the quality, however, it does need to be tested first, as this oil from the Botanics range has a much more unique aroma than the other Brands that I've tried.
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Please note, if you suffer from epilepsy, skin allergies or are pregnant seek professional advice before using essential oils.
I have been interested in aromatherapy for a few years now. For those of you who don't know aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in various ways in the hope it has a positive effect on your body and or mind. You can use essential oils in an oil burner with water to allow the smell to permeate through your room, house etc or you can use them in massage oils, in carrier oil to put in your bath or simply by inhaling the vapour. You should always read the instructions on any essential oil before use as some individuals are advised against using them, such as pregnant women.
This is a 20ml bottle that costs around £6.79 from Boots. This particular oil uses 100% Essential oils meaning that the oil is stronger and purer giving you more impact. Lavender is a great oil to help you relax and de-stress.
Boots Lavender essential oil is one of my favourite aromatherapy products. If I am feeling a little stressed and I am out and about I just have a sniff of the oil. You can either just sniff right out of the bottle or put a few drops onto a hankie and sniff this. If you are at home put a few drops in an oil burner and the smell will just fill your room.
Having trouble sleeping? Put a small drop on your pillow. This particular oil is very strong so really one teeny drop is all you need or the smell will be too overpowering. Alternatively you could burn an oil burner in your bedroom for an hour before you go to sleep and the smell will linger and send you off in to sleepy land! (Don't leave candles unattended and remember to blow out before you go to bed).
As soon as I smell this oil it helps me relax and I can feel myself de-stressing. It is a must have in my aromatherapy kit. For me it is one of the oils that packs the most punch, as its effects are really quick and noticeable. As I said it is quite a strong fragrance so if you don't like the smell of lavender this is not for you. But if you are feeling stressed, are in the middle of exams or are having trouble sleeping I would definitely give this a try.
At the moment I have, what I have termed "a night cold". I am fighting fit in the day and can operate as normal without any cold like symptoms, then, (possibly coinciding with the moon) I begin sneezing and my nose has been leaking to the degree that i've considered calling out a plumber! What's that about?? So, after suffering like this the past few days, I have relented, and gone to Boots in search of something I know will give me relief when I need it but also not make me doped up (hence not making a Doctor's appointment). I found this miracle oil at Boots for £6.79 for 20ml. Which seemed abit exorbitant, but as I am suffering, i decided to buy it rather than search out a cheaper alternative. At the moment they have a 3 for 2 across all vitamins, complimentary medicines and herbal products, which is why I combined this with Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil, so I suppose it might kind of workout, moneywise.
In its original form this is a flowering plant which is distinctive in colour and smell. Like all essential oils, this is not a pure compound and is mixed with Linalyl acetate (30-60%), linaloal, geranial, caryophyllene, lavandulylacetate, cineol, nerol, cumarin, and fat aldehydes. Whilst researching this amazing product, I have found out how its properties came to be discovered - in 1910 Rene Maurice Gattefosse was in his laboratory, and as is possible in such an environment, he happened to burn his hand. The closest substance to him was undiluted lavender oil, which he promptly applied to his burnt hand. He found that this not only helped ease the pain, but also healed it without leaving scars or infecting the wound!
The glass of the bottle's of essential oils is always dark - this is to filter out the suns ultra-violet light. In terms of storage, regardless of the colour of the bottle, it should be stored away from direct sunlight.
Known as a universal oil, it has balancing properties which make it versatile in its use. It has a calming effect which in turn may help to relieve anxiety and make you more relaxed. In the past I have used the oil prior to tests/interviews and found that it makes me feel more chilled and calmer. As i thought about writing this review, I thought i'd look into other uses and was pleasantly surprised by its day to day uses.
It has anti-inflammatory properties (as mentioned earlier in its origin)which mean that it can be used to treat minor skin burns (traditionally it is used in Iran, for this particular purpose). A drop or 2 of neat lavender directly onto the area to promote the healing and renewal of new skin is advised. I must emphasise at this point that lavender and Tea Tree are the only oils that can be applied neat to the skin - others should be mixed with a carrier oil (such as Jojoba oil). It can be used to treat head lice - not that I can vouch for this, but 5-10 drops can be diluted to rinse your hair with, or alternatively, a couple of drops applied to a fine comb can eradicate the nits. It can also be added to your bath - several drops to a bathful of water can aid a restful nights sleep and ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.
It has long been used in the production of perfumes for its distinctive, sweet floral aroma. ISSEY MIYAKE, Eternity by Calvin Klein and Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male are just some fragrances available that use lavender. An idea for a credit crunch approved Christmas present is to make your own lavender based perfume, for further information on how to do this, please use http://www.ehow.com/how_2122940_make-lavender-perfume.html. A personalised, unique present, that I'm sure would be appreciated.
In the kitchen the flower can be used (not the essential oil) in its original form, to flavour the likes of cakes, scones and marshmallows (don't ask me how that works, just thought it was strangely intriguing). With your bedding, a few drops to a clean sheet of cotton added to your tumble dryer will aid relaxation.
I poured a few drops onto my pillow about 10-15 minutes before I would have gone to bed. Initially the smell was slightly overpowering - maybe i'd used too much, but, trial and error, I would use less the next night, depending on the results. Before long, I had drifted of, and found that last night was the best night's sleep in a long time - I had no bouts of sneezing, and there were no leaky episodes! I think i'm onto a winner here!
Helps soothe the skin when applied in Base Bath, Body and Massage Oil, and relaxes the mind when inhaled to help promote restful sleep.