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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Positive Calibrated Home With Lavender Oil

A major producer of lavender oil in Africa is South Africa creating a wonderful aromatic lavender oil to positively calibrate homes around the world with a pleasant and distinctive smell.

Instead of aerosol sprays make a South African lavender oil room spray to positively calibrate your room.

Drops essential lavender oil and sunshine
Essential lavender oil and sunshine

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. The plant parts used for oil distillation in making foot massage oils are the flowers and, in smaller quantities leaves. 

The essential oil from only the flowering tops is of higher quality than oil obtained from the leaves for a better quality massage oil. 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. Sheer muslin bags filled with lavender kept in every closet, bureau drawer and chest is essential for a positive calibrated home. 

Instead of aerosol sprays try large jars filled with lemongrass and lavender, and spices of your choice stored in the family room and entry hall, and the lids removed for about half an hour after sweeping and dusting is complete, so a faint, indescribable perfume permeates the whole house naturally. 

Essential oils obtained from spices, herbs, and medicinal plants are well-known in traditional medicine from head to the foot due to their anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral activities. Lavender is incorporated extensively in cosmetic preparations owing to its safety and sedative action. It is used in creams; it soothes the skin and can prevent the formation of permanent scar tissue.

 

Reflexology Lavender Oil

Reflexology Lavender Oil

Lavender is used in soap making, high-quality perfumes such as eau de cologne, candles, incense sachets, potpourri, wands, pillows, flower bundles, dried arrangements, wall hangings, wreaths and many more. Lavender is also used as a detergent and cleaning agent. 

The aromatic leaves and flowers are used in potpourri and as an insect repellent in linen closets. The flowering stems, once the flowers have been removed for use in potpourri, can be tied in small bundles and burnt as incense sticks. It is also used in bath products such as soap, shampoo, bath oil, lotion, bath salt. The fresh leaves repel mice. 

Lavender, in combination with rosemary essential oil, is used as an organic pesticide. Food grade lavender oil is used for a variety of food flavorings such as lavender jelly, cookies, ice cream, culinary herb blends, lavender tea, honey and salt. 

The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. The leaves are also added to bath water for fragrance and their therapeutic properties. Remember, essential oils can be harmful if swallowed and should be kept out of children’s reach. 

Lavender is a frequently-used household herbal remedy. It is not often used internally, though it is a useful carminative and nervine. It is mainly used externally when rubbed into the temples, and it can cure a nervous headache. 

Its powerful antiseptic properties are able to kill many of the frequent bacteria such as streptococcus, and pneumococcus, as well as being a powerful antidote to some snake venom's. It is very useful in the treatment of sunburn, blisters, bug bites and to soothe tired feet. 

 

Lavender herbal remedy
Lavender herbal remedy

Positive Calibrated Home Pure Lavender Room Spray 

Ingredients 

2 sprigs lavender plant  

6 drops essential lavender oil 

1 cup distilled water 

Directions 

In a small spray bottle add all ingredients using a funnel or a steady hand, close top tightly and shake well before each use. 

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


Together we build awareness that boost harmony, education, and success, below are more links to articles you will find thought provoking.

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  3. About African Healers and Witchdoctors
  4. Hurricanes are Angry African Ancestors
  5. Highest Temperature and Lowest Temperature in Africa
  6. About African Night Running


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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