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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mpumalanga Reflexology Lavender Oil

Mpumalanga, known worldwide as The Place Where The Sun Rises is one of the most beautifully diverse terrains in South Africa as well as a major lavender oil producer.



Drops essential lavender oil and sunshine
Drops essential lavender oil and sunshine
Most lavender originates in the Mediterranean basin, in rocky, limestone areas. Lavender was cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and in Elizabethan England. The name “lavender” comes from the Latin verb lavare “to wash” or “to bathe.”

The major producer of lavender oil in Africa is South Africa cultivated in Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The weather conditions in the Western Cape are very similar to the Mediterranean climate.

Reflexology Lavender Oil
Reflexology Lavender Oil
The plant parts used for oil distillation are the flowers and, in smaller quantities, leaves. Essential oil from only the flowering tops is of higher quality than oil obtained from the leaves.

Lavender is a frequently used household herbal remedy. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. The leaves are also added to bathwater for fragrance and their therapeutic properties.



Reflexology Lavender Oil

Lavender herbal remedy
Lavender herbal remedy
Ingredients:
2 sprigs lavender plant
6 drops essential lavender oil
1 cup grape seed oil

Directions:
In a small saucepan add all ingredients carefully heat the oil up to body temperature or approximately 98 degrees Fahrenheit; if you accidentally allow the oil to get too hot, let it to cool to the proper temperature. Caution, do not overheat mixture or you will cause severe burns, only use mixture lukewarm which is 98 degrees F or 36 degrees Celsius.

Uses:
Apply lukewarm mixture externally for a therapeutic foot massage.


Did you know?
Because there are such variable types of lavender, some will grow well in different climatic zones from cold to subtropical throughout Africa.

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