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      03.02.2014 20:49
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      a good oil to have

      I'm not really in to essential oils or aromatherapy or anything like that. It's not because I don't think it works or that it doesn't have a place - it does - it just does not interest me. However, I always have a bottle of Lavender oil in the house - since I was pregnant with my first son. That was when I was introduced to it as I was given a bottle in my leaving hamper from work when I went on maternity leave. I'm guessing the idea was from a knowing mum as it was certainly not something that I would have even considered. Fast forward three years and, after recently having another baby, it seems every midwife that I see asks if I have lavender oil! The most recent bottle I purchased was this one from Holland and Barrett. A bottle of 10ml cost me £4.99 (it is currently on offer at £3.49 - Feb 2014). It comes in a small glass bottle with a lid that unscrews to reveal a plastic top through which the oil can be dispensed in drops. Lavender is not really a scent that I am a massive fan of but it does definitely have relaxing qualities. I used it before the birth of my son for this purpose. After both births, I was advised to add a couple of drops to my bath too. I usually added a couple of drops to some milk and poured this under the running tap. This added a lovely relaxing scent to my bath (very therapeutic when you feel rotten and have a demanding baby!) and was also meant to help healing too, where I had been stitched up. It also has pain relieving properties. It definitely helped me relax and de-stress. My wounds healed quickly too and I always felt more comfortable after a soak in a lavender bath. Lavender oil also has first aid properties for the treatment of burns and can help breathing when you have a cold. I haven't used this oil for this purpose but I have used it in a bowl of warm water by my bed to help me sleep - and it was very effective. I think that this particular oil from Holland & Barrett is good value and good quality and I would recommend it.

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      02.02.2014 22:06
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      Lavender a wonderful Plant with many uses

      Holland & Barrett Lavender Oil I love the idea of aromatherapy and make my own soap and some beauty products. I have also for a number of years been making my own fly repellent lotion for both horses and humans. Lavender has many healing properties and is a product I use a lot in oil form. I don't always buy my Lavender Oil from Holland & Barrett, but I do currently have a few oils from them in stock. I prefer to use the small bottles as once opened the oil fragrance does lose some of its potency and as only a little is used at a time I find this the most cost effective satisfying way to buy it. I tend to buy two small bottles of Lavender Oil to every one of the alternative oils I use. Lavender Oil is easy to produce and I have experimented with making my own - but it is easier to buy it from Holland & Barrett! I do however, use my own infusions from my own plants as well and buy organic base material, using all organic for all the other products ensures my soaps and sprays are almost fully organic. Lavender Oil is made by steeping the flowers from Lavender the same as that which you see growing in gardens. Some varieties are better than others and for best results there is a very small window for the best time to harvest the flower heads for the maximum potency of the oil. As the oil is highly concentrated so is the fragrance and the 100% Lavender Oil can easily be greatly diluted down into fragrance oils. Lavender Oil has many uses: medicinal, fragrance aromatherapy, cooking, beauty products and cleaning. I use it mostly for soap making and as an insect repellent, I have also experimented in using it for cooking and made some lovely lavender biscuits and some passable lavender and strawberry jam. I have also tried it with rhubarb in a crumble. Anyway, I digress the oil from Holland & Barrett can be used for biscuits, generally though you would use an infusion for the other items mentioned. My experience of the oil from Holland & Barrett is that it is as good as any other 100% oil and does exactly what I expect it to do. As with all 100% oils a little goes a long way and they represent excellent value for money if utilised to fragrance and cleanse the home and body. Lavender Oil can be used as an aromatherapy oil and put into a burner to gently fragrance the room and help balance the senses. Lavender is a relaxant and Lavender is frequently used as an aid to a good night's sleep and I am confident that a few drops of this oil in a glass of warm water on the bedside cabinet would aid a restful night. Fortunately though, I have not had to try it myself. I use Lavender Oil in a spray with distilled water as a freshener for curtains and upholstery. The curtain use I hope will help deter flies coming in through open windows during the warmer months. Not sure how effective it is though, but does freshen fabrics a treat. I also use it occasionally when I am ironing to enhance the freshness of the items being ironed and to increase the pleasure of the ironing experience. One drop per reservoir of water. However, I usually use Rosewater, but turn to Lavender for the insect repellent properties as appose to Rose that might attract them. Price & Availability: From Holland & Barrett on-line and in-store at around £5.00 full price for 10ml and £8.09 for 20ml. Sometimes on offer in the Penny Sale or 3 for 2 offers which is when I stock up and why I know I always have two lavender for each "other" oil. Conclusion: If you buy one Essential Oil make it Lavender and for a brand you can trust choose Holland & Barrett. Lavender Oil has so many uses and is a lovely addition to the home. As with all 1oo% oils though be cautious of getting the undiluted oil on the skin as it could sting or burn, unlikely for lavender, but best to be careful. 5/5 Thank you for reading

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        19.07.2013 22:09
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        A really nice essential oil with some great benefits

        I bought this because I like the smell of lavender and wanted something relaxing to use in my oil burner. I saw this in Holland and Barrett, it was about £5 for a 10ml bottle. Some people hate the smell of lavender but luckily I do like it. This oil has a strong smell and I find it very relaxing. The Holland and Barrett lavender essential oil is pure and undiluted so the bottle lasts me a long time. I only need to use a drop or two because the smell is so strong. This makes it good value for money and worth £5. Holland and Barrett do buy one get one for 1p sales too which would make this a lot cheaper. Just one or two drops in my oil burner fills my whole bedroom with the relaxing fragrance of lavender. This really helps me feel relaxed and chilled out, I love to burn it in my oil burner before bed to send me into a lovely, deep sleep. It definitely does help me sleep and best of all it's all natural. I recommend this if you have trouble sleeping (and if you don't hate the smell!) I think it's definitely worth a try to see if this can help you sleep. I fill the bowl of my oil burner with water and add one or two drops, this is enough fragrance the whole room for a long, long time. When the fragrance starts filling the room, I instantly start feeling more chilled out. The smell is strongest when the bowl starts to dry out and all the water evaporates. When I wake up in the morning, I can still smell it, just not as strongly as when I was using it. Another way to use this oil is on your skin, sometimes I like to put a drop on my wrist and rub them together, it's nice to experiment with essential oils and mixing them together. I quite like vanilla and lavender oils together, it adds some sweetness and I think they're lovely together. I also love to put a few drops in a bath, this is absolutely lovely before bed and really, really relaxing. It also scents the skin which is nice. I definitely recommend this but you should probably make sure you actually like the scent first because I think some people really can't stand it. It's very relaxing and helps you sleep. This Holland and Barrett lavender pure essential oil is good quality and good value for money.

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          18.02.2013 15:36
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          A great floral scent

          Lavender is one of my favourite floral scents, it's clean and fresh smelling as well as vibrant but relaxing.  I am aware lavender seems to be quite a controversial smell that many people really don't like - it seems to be like Marmite, you either love or hate it.  I love it, as does the rest of my family, which is good as you can't escape the pungent smell of lavender easily.   My main reason for buying lavender oil, other than I just like to smell it is for relaxation purposes, it's good for helping you sleep.  I either use a few drops on my pillow before I go to bed or I put a few drops into a bowl of boiling water which helps the scent disperse around the lounge whilst I am watching TV or reading in the evening which helps me relax, thus sleep better at night.    Holland and Barrett's is my nearest health store, so I go there to get these sort of products.  I find this store usually has what I want, at a reasonable price, often with lots of offers.  I have a 10ml bottle which I think cost about £5, although I have had it over a  year now, as uses just a few drops at a time it does seem to go a long way.  The bottle is small, with dark brown glass, in the usual aromatherapy style and shape.  It has a plastic screw top lid under which there is a rim which catches allows the drops to come out evenly without waste.    If you use lavender oil on your skin, and it is one aromatherapy oil you can use neat on unbroken skin, it feels very slightly greasy, but soon soaks in.  It's good for burns and I use if I have a minor burn on my finger from cooking.  A drop soothes the skin and calms the burning sensation quickly, plus the smell is very enchanting.  You can obviously use it in aromatherapy massage oil, I have some almond message oil and occasionally have used it on my husband's bad shoulder.  You can also mix lavender oil with other scents, although I like it by itself.   More recently I had the idea of putting it in the bath, don't know why I didn't think of that before, which makes for a very relaxing bathe, however I put a bit much in the once and it did make the sides of the bath a little grimy!  Lavender is a great antiseptic so I did find that it is good if I am shaving my legs as it seems to stop me getting shaving rash.    I am sure there are many more uses for lavender oil, it's a very usual oil to keep in and I wouldn't be without mine.  All in all great value and a great smell!

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            06.02.2013 13:12
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            An ESSENTIAL oil!

            ===OVERVIEW OF THE PRODUCT=== I have quite a strong personal interest in aromatherapy which developed through my research into massage techniques. I have a small kit of pure essential oils, and Lavender is the one that receives the most use around my home. I buy Lavender Pure Essential Oil from Holland and Barrett, where it is available in a range of different sizes. It makes sense to buy the larger sizes and get more of a saving if this is something you use frequently like I do, and they also have some great sales which are always worth taking advantage of. It is currently priced as follows: £4.99 for 10ml, £8.09 for 20ml, £10.99 for 30ml, and all are included in the "Buy one get one for 1p" special offer which is a real bargain and worth taking the opportunity to stock up! Product description: "Sweet and floral with a medium strength initial aroma, this soothing essential oil has been found to be very beneficial for supporting relaxation. Aromatherapy oils may be used singly or mixed together to create your own blends." The oil itself is pure and natural. It comes in a small dark glass bottle with a covered lid that allows you to measure out drops accurately, and the rim catches any drips to avoid waste. Essential oils must be stored away from exposure to light and hot or cold temperatures to ensure that they do not deteriorate. It has a very strong fragrance to it, giving off the deep floral lavender scent that we're all familiar with, and having a slightly more earthy herbal tone to it in its pure form. The best thing about this lavender oil is that it is so versatile. It has a multitude of different uses from first aid to beauty treatments to household cleaning. I use this oil frequently and it always performs well to have the desired effect. I prefer to use essential oils where possible to replace other chemical based products, as I feel better about using natural products and know that it is perfectly safe to use in a variety of ways. ===HEALTH CARE USES=== + You should not usually use essential oils directly on the skin without diluting, but lavender is an exception to the rule. It can be used neat on the skin in small amounts by applying one or two drops directly to the affected area. I have used this oil to treat burns when I have had scalds from carelessness in the kitchen. When my last accident occured my skin turned red and was very painful, but there was no broken surface or blistering. I rubbed two drops of the oil over my skin using a very light and gentle touch to avoid further irritation. There was a nearly instant effect and my skin felt calm and soothed. I repeated the application a couple of times over the next few days and this helped to reduce the burned area as well as encouraging it to heal without leaving any visible mark or scarring. + Lavender is best known for its sleep-enhancing properties and you can buy a massive range of products that all include lavender to achieve this desired effect. If I'm having trouble sleeping, or if I need to go to bed but I feel too awake or restless, then I use this lavender oil to help me relax and prepare for sleep. I think it works best when a few drops are applied directly onto my bed sheets, and prefer not to put the oil on my pillows as the scent is a bit too strong and overwhelming so I find it to be more distracting than relaxing in this case. The fragrance will remain noticeable for some time and I can often still smell the lavender the following night when I'm getting into bed. If it has faded then I will top up by adding a few more drops again. + Soothe away aches and pains with a relaxing aromatherapy massage. You should dilute 5 drops of lavender oil into 10ml of carrier oil. Any base oil is fine, I personally prefer sweet almond oil as it is non-greasy and absorbed easily by the skin. ===BEAUTY TREATMENT USES=== + Lavender is a popular oil for adding to bath water to aid relaxation and promote a good nights sleep. I like to take baths in the evening to relax and unwind after the day. For a purely aromatherapy effect you can add some of the lavender oil to plain bath water, or for a more moisturising effect I prefer to use a similar combination to the massage oil described above, and add the lavender oil to a carrier oil which gives my skin a nice treat as well. + I'm the creative type and love turning bath time into a bit of a ritual. I like to make my own lavender bath salts by combining sea salt with lavender oil and dried lavender buds. This is a really nice bath treat that is relaxing and indulgent, with no nasty additives. You can vary the scent by using different essential oils together for a different effect. This also makes for a lovely gift that is cheap and cheerful, all you need to do is find a nice jar to store it in and decorate with a ribbon around the lid. ===HOME CLEANING USES=== + You can use 3-4 drops of this lavender oil diluted in water and heated over a ceramic burner to diffuse the scent throughout a room. This creates a nice fragrance throughout a room, and also creates a relaxing atmosphere. Again, you can combine different essential oils together for different effects. + Lavender oil can be combined with water and a touch of alcohol to make your own linen spray. You can use this to freshen clothing, bedding and soft furnishings, but I prefer only to use this on my bedding as it helps to keep the fabric smelling fresh and also gives that added benefit of promoting a good nights sleep. + Adding just a drop of lavender oil to the water when you are steam ironing gives off a lovely scent and can work out much cheaper than buying fragranced ironing water. ===SUMMARY=== As you can see from the examples above, you can do a lot with lavender oil. It is also a good option if you want to combine with other essential oils to get a slightly different effect. Popular combinations include lavender and lemon for a cleansing and refreshing effect, or lavender and sage for a calming and soothing effect. In my eyes, this is truly an "essential" essential oil! Even if you're not really into aromatherapy, this product has a wide range of uses and proves to be a practical alternative to mainstream chemical cleaners, medicines, and beauty products. I can thoroughly recommend Holland and Barrett's Lavender Pure Essential Oil and think it's excellent value for money particularly when taking advantage of their special offers.

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              20.07.2012 11:13
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              Multi-use product which is great for people with anxieties.

              I use this essential oil for all kinds of things and personally I find the scent of lavender to be very calming. I suffer from anxiety from time to time and occasionally from panic attacks (which can be absolutely terrifying). I went through a phase a number of years ago where these were pretty bad and it was around that time that a lady I visit for massage and reflexology recommended using lavender oil as an aid to calmness. This 30ml bottle is from Holland and Barrett and costs £10.99 - I usually wait until they have a penny sale on - where for every product you buy the next one is only 1p, so that it works out a little cheaper. Decent essential oils do tend to cost around this price and it is worth paying, they do not lose any of their strength as you go through the bottle and that is a sign of the quality. For me a bottle like this lasts around 8-9 months and that is with me using a few drops a couple of times a week. The primary use (in my house at least) is to burn this in an oil burner, I use a ceramic burner which fits a tealight candle, a couple of drops of this in the water above the flame provide a good few hours of soothing aroma. I also use the oil on bed linen, adding a couple of drops to newly dried sheets and pillowcases, this gives a very subtle aroma which I find particularly calming and nice. Other uses include a couple of drops on to a homemade drawer refresher (I use this in my tights and underwear drawers) and I also put a couple of drops in the filter of my dyson hoover which then scents the room slightly every time it it used. It is amazing the things you can find to use essential oils with! I do find that lavender is a soothing scent and I have come to associate it with calmness and serenity in the home, I will continue to buy this and I advocate it's use for anyone with anxiety issues.

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              14.09.2010 16:25
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              I Couldnt Live Without It!

              Lavender oil is actually a product I dont think I could live without - regardless of the makers/brand there is always a bottle of this close by to my bed. I have trouble sleeping quite regularly (for an unkown reason) and because Im not mad on taking sleeping pills I reckon lavender oil is the next best thing to help me relax and hopefully fall asleep. I do go through LOADS of bottles of this a month from a wide range of shops but this is one I will always keep coming back to as I find it works really well on me and makes sure I have a great nights sleep everytime Im having a but if trouble in that area! Useful Information: Price: 30 bottle - Around 5.00. 20ml bottle - Around 4.50 & 10ml bottle - Around 4.00. Stockists: Holland & Barrett & hollandandbarrett.com I think this type of oil probably can be picked up cheaper elsewhere but Ive found because I usually buy a 30ml bottle (much larger than most stores) it lasts for a really long time which makes it better value for money in the long run. The bottle this comes in is exactly like on the picture although mine is slightly bigger. It does appear to be solid brown colour but it is transparent in reality so you can see exactly how much oil is left/how much your using at any one time. Underneath the top there is a small dropper which when turned upside down deposits the oil wherever you want it. Be careful though as it does come out quite quickly and being too heavy handed will waste loads - its actuallu better to only use a little bit as if you use to much it actually counteracts the effects this has on sleep and actually makes you more awake! As I mentioned I do personally use this for helping me sleep but this oil has so many different uses that make it a household necessity: use it to treat burns and skin inflammations, it works as a disinfectant and antiseptic making it great for applying to cuts and grazes, it can be used to help you sleep, can be burnt in oil burners, added to a bath for scent and relxation & if applied to the temples it can help to cure headaches! So really this is something no house should be without because it can be used in so many different ways so even if you dont think you need it I recommend investing in a bottle of this very versatile oil. This helps me relax and fall asleep so well and I think I would have gone mad by now without it. On nights I dont use this I try and fall asleep for at 4 hours but with a few drops of this on my pillow Im out for the count in about 10 minutes so that is how good it does work and we all know it smells amazing - and so does your house afterwards! I cant recommend this highly enough because it a miracle oil for me that has so many uses! Definitely recommend. Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x

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                18.08.2010 23:18
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                When it comes to aromatherapy, Lavender is by far one of the most flexible oils to use , and is the one of the only oils that can be used neat on the skin without the need to use a carrier oil (the other such oil being tea tree) . I'm pretty into my aromatherapy - I like to make my own scented salt scrubs for instance, combining different scents depending on what I need - perhaps I need calming down, or, maybe I need waking up a little bit. I also tend to mix oils in with my plain hand lotions to pep them up a bit . Whilst I have many scented oil, Lavender is, in my humble opinion, one of the few I couldn't do without ! Lavender, or Lavendula, commonly grown in the UK nowadays, is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, and to have been introduced here by the Romans. Mentions of the herb exist from at least the last 2500 years, and it even had a couple of mentions in the bible! The Greeks and the Romans bathed in lavender scented water and it was from the Latin word "lavo" meaning "to wash" that the herb took its name. This particular oil comes in a dark brown glass bottle . This is important, as the dark glass preserves the integrity of the oil against light. As an essential oil, rather than a scented oil, it is made of 100 natural ingredients, so this light protection is important as the oil contains no preservatives and will lose some of its beneficial qualities over time . I purchased the large sized bottle of 30ml, which cost me just under a tenner, but there is a smaller 10ml bottle size available, which I believe is a little over £3. This oil has many benefits. Probably one of the most famous is for aiding sleep - many holistic remedies aimed at promoting a calm and peaceful nights sleep contain lavender, and a few drops sprinkled onto a pillow is recommended to help aid sleep . I personally don't like to use it in this way though, as my boyfriend complains that it makes the bed smell of old ladies! I mostly use it on my skin - not just in the aforementioned salt scrubs and creams, but also neat to treat insect bites, sunburn, or small cuts . Lavender does have some antibacterial properties, so it is great for stopping cuts and bites becoming infected, although for larger cuts I would recommend a plaster too to stop dirt getting in . It doesn't sting on being applied to cuts, which is always nice! Sometimes I mix it with tea tree for a double dose of disinfecting! I also like to use this oil in a steam inhalation when I have a blocked or bunged up nose . It works wonders, both at clearing my nose and at relaxing me at the same time . My absolute favourite way to use it, when I have time, is to make Lavender Bath Bombs - either for myself or as small inexpensive gifts for friends . Below is the recipe I use for making them. Lavender Bath Bomb -------------------------- * 1 cup of baking soda * 1/3 cup of lemon juice * A few drops of lavender essential oil * Dried lavender flowers - you can leave these whole, or crush if you prefer. * A little cooking oil (a spray oil is brilliant for this_ * A muffin tin, or some kind of small mould 1. Mix the flowers, oil, and baking soda into a bowl. Spray with water until the mixture keeps its shape if held tightly and then released. 2. Add the lemon juice and stir well again. 3. Grease the muffin tin or mould, either by brushing on cooking oil or using oil sprayer, and then fill tightly with the mixture. 4. Leave it to set for about 5 minutes, then remove from mould and leave on a dish towel to dry for 24 hours. 5. Once it has set for 24 hours, it should be solid and dry. It can now be used, or packed and stored. Store away from moisture. This oil is good quality and easy to use, with a good bottle designed to protect the integrity of the oil . It is perhaps a little pricey, but then good quality oils are, and I think overall the price is fair . Recommended .

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                  18.08.2010 17:25
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                  Very soothing and pleasant to smell

                  I used to dab a few drops of lavender oil on my clothing instead of using perfume. I do not engage in this practise any more, as I now prefer traditional perfumes, but I regularly use lavender oil in many different contexts. It is most often used to aid sleep, and many people find that adding a few drops of it to their pillow case can make them relax and drop off to sleep. It can, however, also be added to potpourri to increase its scent, to drawer sheets to keep clothing smelling fresh, or burned in an oil burner to release the fragrance into a room and act as an air freshener. I very much enjoy the scent of lavender oil, but have developed such a poor sleeping pattern and attitude to sleep that the technique of adding lavender oil to my pillow before bed will not make much difference to my ability to sleep. However, slightly more successful is the practise of adding some drops to a bath. I find that keeping the bathroom window and door closed as the water is running, and adding the lavender to the bath early on, I can create a steam room that is sweet with the scent of lavender. As the oil-rich water washes over your skin and your lungs become full of the sweet steam you do become much more relaxed and I often sleep slightly better as a result of this. The scent of lavender is evocative of summer and French landscapes, and there is something very comforting about it. Care should be taken when handling the oil however, as it should not come into direct contact with the skin. This is strong stuff, and should the oil come into contact with sensitive or broken skin the result may be very painful. This is minimised however, by the design o the bottle: the small opening through which the oil is decanted will allow only one drop at a time to emerge, and this is very helpful when you wish to create a subtle aromatherapy atmosphere. I purchased the 30ml bottle from Holland and Barrett for £7.99. However, this was at a time when the product was on offer, and I would be reluctant to pay the almost-£10 asking price. A 30ml bottle usually lasts me in excess of a year, so on a daily basis it does not work out as being too expensive. It can be found online from the following sources: £3.90 from summernaturals.co.uk £6.99 from earthlets.co.uk £8.99 from chemistdirect.co.uk Lavender oil has a beautiful scent and has long been relied upon for its relaxing properties. If you are looking for a fine scent that will aid relaxation, I would recommend this oil.

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                  10.08.2010 22:47
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                  Great product!

                  We recently decided to sell up and move house, which means we frequently have visitors coming to view the house. Owning a dog doesn't exactly 'sell' the house, with their smell and constantly malting fur everywhere. We aren't much for the majority of air fresheners available from the supermarket as they tend to be really overpowering and cover over smells rather than deal with them. My mum, having recently watched an episode of 'How clean is your House?' where they gave tips on how to make air fresheners with essential oils, decided to try it out for herself. She bought a 20ml bottle of lavender from Holland and Barratt for £6.95. Basically the program directed that you mix some essential oils of your choice, with a splash of vodka and some water (to dilute) in a spray bottle. This can be tried with various different combinations; my favourite happens to be lemon, grapefruit and orange, my mums is plain old lavender. You're supposed to add about 20 drops of essential oil for every 4 oz of water. This solution can then be added to a spray bottle, and kept aside should the occasion arise where you'll need it, or to just add a little freshness to your house. Another great tip, if you don't have a bottle to spray the solution, is to apply any essential oil of your choice to either a light bulb ring or a lamp shade. This is a good way to burn essential oils as the fragrance will diffuse and be subtlety distributed throughout the room. So more importantly, how did it smell? It had a sweet, floral fragrance that was quite pungent in strength. It definitely has a soothing quality which explains for its many uses in aromatherapy and relaxation. In fact my dog, Shep hardly catches a wink in the day and is always in a constant excitable, playful state, but on the morning of another viewing we sprayed a mist over a rug he recently claimed as his favourite place to roll around, and within minutes we found him sound asleep - bless. :) I for one have to admit personally wouldn't have chosen lavender from the rest of essential oils on offer but I have to say the fragrance is beautiful, pleasant and great for calming your mind and relaxation - try it for yourself!

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                  05.06.2010 18:06
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                  A versatile oil

                  ESSENTIAL OIL---LAVENDER I brought a bottle of Pure Essential Lavender Oil from Holland and Barrett to use as a massage oil. It cost me £6.95 for a 10ml bottle. It comes in a box which is orange, pink and green and has Holland and Barrett Perfectly Pure Aromatherapy Lavender written on the front. It also tells you that Lavender has relaxing qualities. The bottle is a small brown glass bottle with a black screw top lid. It has Holland and Barretts orange label around it. When you unscrew the top it has a plastic "dropper" inside so you can measure out the tiniest amount. Obviously the oil smells strongly of Lavender and I always think Lavender has an earthy smell as well as a flowery one but maybe that's just me! As I said I originally got the Lavender Oil to use as a massage oil, however, I have since discovered a lot more uses for it. MASSAGE OIL Mix 2 or 3 drops of the lavender oil with baby oil ( a cheapish one will be fine) and massage into tired and strained joints and muscles, lavender is known for its calming and relaxation qualities. This makes it an excellent massage oil. INSECT REPELENT Place a few drops of Lavender Oil on to a cotton wool pad and place along your window sills. I personally have a bead curtain at my door in the summer and I just dab the beads with a bit of oil, this will deter any flying insects. HEALING Lavender Oil is a natural antiseptic this makes it very good for minor cuts, scratches and burns. Just dab a little bit on a cut and it will soothe and aid healing. It is also good for sunburn and after sun care. Just mix it with the baby oil and rub gently over the burnt area. BITES AND STINGS Again dab a small amount of oil on the bite or sting and it will relieve the itching. ROOM FRESHENER AND FRAGRENCE Lavender oil can be used in an oil burner to create a lovely fragrance throughout your home. CLOTHES FRESHENER This is one of my favourite uses, when I fill my iron with water I add a couple of drops of lavender oil to the water, this then creates lovely lavender fragranced steam as you iron. I like this particularly for sheets and towels. HEADLICE Luckily I have never suffered from this but my friend told me that when her daughter got head lice she put the lavender oil along the parting of her hair and it makes the lice easy to comb out apparently they don't cling to the hair. SLEEP Lavender oil, with its calming and relaxing qualities, is supposed to be beneficial to aid a good nights sleep. Just put a few drops on your pillow. This is the only thing that I have tried with my oil and it did not work. I'm sure there are many more uses for this little bottle of oil but these are just a few of the ones that I have tried. ADVANTAGES Lovely fragrance So many uses Natural DISADVANTAGES Quite expensive for the initial purchase

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                    08.11.2009 23:12
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                    Just your basic lavender oil, no frills.

                    **THE PRICE** I purchased a 10ml bottle of lavender essential oil for £3.99 from Holland and Barrett alongside some throat lozenges on a buy one get one half price offer that they are doing across every product in store at present. You can purchase Nofolk Lavender essential oil (reputed to be top quality) from www.neoils.com for £3.50 per 10ml which is slightly better value although harder to get hold of on the high street and you would need to pay P&P. **THE PACKAGING** It comes in a small brown glass bottle inside an orange box accompanied by a leaflet with information about the different applications of the oils that they stock. Being a pure essential oil, it is suitable for vegans. The bottle has a dropper inserted ensuring no wasted product and ease of measuring. **THE PRODUCT** Lavender is possibly the most versatile and talked about essential oil. Whenever searching for natural remedies for a variety of ailments on Google, you can bet that lavender will not be far away. It can also be used for creating a relaxing atmosphere at home with an oil burner, and adding to the hoover or washing machine to deodorise them. **MY EXPERIENCE** My preference is to add a few drops to my bath water when suffering from a cold or influenza as one of its many wonderful qualities is anti-viral. I am prone to these conditions as I have an underactive thyroid and so using anti-biotics continuously is not an option - I like to tackle illness with natural products wherever possible. I believe that my fast recovery from illnesses can be attributed to this oil. I have also found it is handy to freshen the toilet without harsh chemicals. **ITS QUALITY** Most lavender essential oils are not much different from each other - this one is no exception, it has a nice strong, evocative and slightly antiseptic smell to it and you only need to add two drops to a deep bath for it to work its magic. A downside is it is made in the USA, I am sure this does not affect the quality in any way but it does increase its carbon footprint making it less ethical than say a British equivalent. It is also not organic which loses a star too.

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                      18.06.2009 01:49
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                      If you can only get one bottle of essential oil, get this one!

                      Complete First aid kit in one bottle. I first took an interest in aromatherapy in the late 1970s long before it became fashionable. I had two little ones and I did not want to pump them full of chemicals I wanted all things natural for them. Of course lavendar oil is a chemical, but it is beneficial. Holland and Barretts pure lavendar oil is paricularly good qualiy and at just under £7 for a large 20ml bottle it is very good value. As you only use it in small quantities (a few drops at a time) it lasts for ages. What can you use it for? The list is endless so I will only mention a few. When your children are fractious at bedtime, put a drop or two in their bath water just before you tuck them in. They will get a good night and so will you! You can even put a drop on their Pyjamas to help them sleep. It is one of the few essential oils you can use on children. Lavendar oil is very good for the skin put a few drops in a plain face cream will work better than some expensive rejuvenating face creams. The healing properties of Lavendar oil were first re - discovered in 1910 by Gattefossé when he used it to heal a burnon his own hand. This lead to the modern development of aromatherapy. If you have aging skin, broken skin or burned scalded skin, lavendar oil is healing. It is also a natural antiseptic, if you can only get one bottle of essential oil, get this one!

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                        17.04.2009 18:18
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                        a versatile and natural remedy for many common ailments.

                        Lavender oil is by far, one of the most versatile types of essential oil. When I read through a list of natural remedies for common ailments, lavender oil appears as a remedy, 8 out of 10 times. Lavender oil is also one of the few essential oil in which you can use a small amount direct on our skin. When buying lavender essential oil, it is important to get one that is pure. There are cheap lavender oils sold in shops that smell like chemically treated fragrance and they do not have the same effect as pure lavender essential oil. One definite give away of non pure oil is the clear container. Essential oil is contained in dark container so as to protect the oil. As I use lavender oil often, I found Holland and Barratt lavender essential oil to be less expensive than other brands of essential oil. Bottled in a dark glass container, the lavender oil is in its purest form. The oil is priced at £3.99 for 10ml and £6.79 for 20ml. Lavender oil is known for many health benefits. The scent is calming to the nerves and it helps treat migraines, headaches, anxiety and nervous tension. It helps soothes my migraine when I put a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue and breathe gently through it. The oil is also a great remedy for pain and hence it is often used together with carrier oil as massage oil for tense and sore muscles. Lavender oil also helps to heal wounds, cuts and burns. I remember applying a tiny drop of lavender oil on a finger wound and the cut healed quickly without any visible scar. Lavender oil can be used on a vaporiser or an oil burner. Add 6 drops of lavender essential oil to warm water and slowly burn the oil over a tea light candle. The scent is especially good to use when you are having a cold. Do not leave the candle unattended and remember to blow out the candle before the oil dries out. I have read that the lavender oil refreshes the mind and increase mental activity however I find it to be more effective in helping me to relax. A few drops of lavender oil in the bath always help me get a good night sleep. Though lavender essential oil is a versatile oil, it should not be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women and people suffering from diabetes. Essential oils should be stored in cool and dark places away from any heat or direct sunlight.

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                          10.03.2009 10:30
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                          Good quality product at a very reasonable price

                          Lavender pure essential oil has so many uses, and I'm never too far away from a bottle. Pure essential oils can be expensive and Holland and Barrett sell 10ml bottles for £3.99 and 20ml bottles for £6.79, which is very reasonably priced. If you just looking to fragrance your home then I would suggest buying bottled of fragrance oil rather than essential oil, as it would work out a lot cheaper, but if you're looking for the aromatherapy benefits then this product is well worth the money. Lavender can be used in many ways, I find it particularly helpful for headaches and sleep - taking advantage of its sedative properties; but it can also be used to treat burns, as an antiseptic and relax muscles. There are a few different ways that I use Lavender oil. I sometimes put a few drops on my pillow at night to help promote sleep, it gently helps me to relax and drift off, especially if I'm feeling restless, I find that a few drops in a hot bath can help me to unwind and relax, as can burning a few drops in water over an oil burner, allowing it to slowly defuse in the room. A small amount applied directly to the temples and across the forehead can help to sooth my head if I've got a head ache. Something I like to do is make a lavender balm using melted Vaseline and a few drops of lavender oil, it's very effective for headaches and I use it when I'm travelling on long journey too. It can also be used for massage when a few drops are mixed with a carrier oil, although this isn't something I've tried myself. Lavender is a beautiful oil to start experimenting with if you are interested in aromatherapy; I've since gone on to learn about other oils and their benefits. It's amazing how much of a difference aromatherapy can make to your life, I'd usually get a headache and just pop a pill; it's wonderful to have an alternative.

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                          Aromatherapy oil. This soothing essential oil found to be very beneficial for relaxation and thus supports calm mood and sleep.