101 Uses for Lavender Oil, OR Lavender Oil 101

Like Frank's Red Hot, we put this sh*t on EVERYTHING!

Like Frank’s Red Hot, we put this sh*t on EVERYTHING!

Okay, maybe not 101, but I got your attention…So I submit to you some popular uses for lavender oil and what it is great for…

This post was inspired by my sister (in-law, but she really IS my sister, so now I have two!) to whom I sent a vial of lavender oil to in a care package that arrived today…

  1. Bath Salts – a few drops of oil to a cup of Epsom salts in a mason jar, shaken, make a ridiculously relaxing bath.
  2. Refreshing the sachets/scent bag in your lingerie drawer – a drop or two of oil into the bag will refresh old sachet  bags.
  3. For those of you with curly hair – curl refresher – 5-8 drops to a liter of water (distilled or boiled tap), shaken and spritzed in the morning will give you a relaxing set of not relaxed waves/curls.
  4. Setting makeup – a drop in a cup of water can be spritzed onto face to set your makeup (as well as be refreshing after a long day at the office or a drying plane trip).
  5. Sleep easy – a few drops to a cup of water or witch hazel in a spray bottle spritzed on your pillow before bed makes for an aromatherapy dream.
  6. Relaxing bath – 3-6 drops (depending on standard or garden tub) to hot bath water will create a relaxing bath, as well…because, let’s face it; we don’t all always have Epsom salts in the pantry. Just sayin’.
  7. Insect bites – a drop on a Q-tip or cotton ball applied to an insect bite. Lavender is said to be antiseptic and help destroy germs that can cause infections,  soothe itching and speed healing to help reduce scarring.
  8. Sunburn – a few drops in a cup or so of distilled water in a spray bottle will relieve sunburn (although I have also found vinegar to really kill the sting of a more severe burn).
  9. RELAX, Yo! – add a few drops of oil to unscented massage oil to turn  your session into an even more relaxing one.
  10. Lotions, body butters, etc. – If you are making your own concoctions for skin/body care, lavender is a soothing addition to your skin care. My body butter recipe is here.
  11. Laundry rinse – combine a teaspoon of oil to 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and add about 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle of the wash.

The scent of lavender has been associated with stress relief, headache relief and relaxation. It makes a great base for bath salts/oils, massage oil, pillow and room spritz, and pain relief (in fact, I used it with some mint, eucalyptus and rosemary for a pain relieving lotion stick last weekend).

We sent my SIL a care package that included bath salts, sugar scrub, body butter and a lotion stick that incorporated lavender, as well as a vial of lavender oil and I wanted her to see just how versatile this wonderfully scented oil can be.

So I ask the rest of you…Do you have a lavender oil hack/fix/use that I didn’t mention here that you’ve tried and found worthy? If so, please feel free to add them in the comments section!

Hope you all enjoy, as well. <3

Until next time…

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You Never Really Know Whose Lives You Touch…

This is definitely going to be filed under “Random Thoughts.”

So I’d had a few glasses of vino after my jog n’ blog last night and headed for bed. The hubs had put the classic rock music station on to crash to, and all of a sudden, after “Going to California” by Zeppelin (which reminds me of my long time partner-in-crime, Allison, because we experienced a LOT of our escapades to Led Zeppelin…) and “Go Ask Alice” by Jefferson Airplane (at least I think they were still Airplane, then), a very old favorite of mine came on; Genesis’ “Follow You, Follow Me.”

Lying there in a relaxed, wine-induced haze, all kinds of memories came flooding back to me.

I had a major crush on a guy…we’ll call him Brett, since that was his name (it is STILL his name, because, unless you’ve committed a major crime as a male, you have no reason to change your name, right?). He was a pianist. An exceptional pianist, actually, if memory serves. I was a sophomore and he was a junior, or maybe even a senior. I don’t remember…cut me some slack, as it has been over thirty years ago and some change.

Kinda like his car...

Kinda like his car…

At any rate, he drove a bright yellow Mercury Capri, not unlike the one pictured, although I remember them looking much more cool than that…I also remember him taking me to a piano-related “thing” in Hayward. We didn’t date long. I’m not sure if I can actually refer to that short time span as “dating.” I do seem to remember him gracefully bowing out of whatever it was we were doing, by way of not asking me to further engagements, although I do seem to remember maybe having had gone to a movie with him, which, quite possibly, may have been “The Kids Are Alright,” or “Quadrophenia,” both of which were movies about The Who. Whether he took me to it/those or not, HE was the one that REALLY introduced me to The Who.

Which brings me to my point; this guy, who was adorable with his curly hair, strong jaw, and piano magic (I was a music geek, least we forget), turned me on to Genesis and The Who, both of whom have featured selections in the soundtrack of my life. I mean, big time, hard-core selections…Don’t get me started…

Being the Interwebz stalker that I can occasionally be, I put his name in the little search bar in Facebook and pulled him up immediately, along with a dozen others sharing his name. The dead give-away was the profile that had a few mutual friends from our high school. I perused his photos, and, yup. Same strong jaw, same eyes, but all the curls have been cropped short.

He seems to have an amazing life (almost as amazing as mine) with a gorgeous wife and an adorable child. He has a little grey, just like most of us from that generation, but still cute, because my memory for “cute” is practically infallible.

Did I send him a friend request? No. Why? Because this wasn’t a case of unrequited love, or anything like that. It was more of a “just wanted to make sure a person that affected my musical tastes was upright, breathing and okay” kind of thing.

Which brings me back to my blog title… After all these years, he wasn’t a blip on my radar until I heard a single song that took me back. I am quite sure if someone dropped my name to him, he would say, “Who?” I’m fairly sure I am not even half of a blip on his past radar.

All of that said…you never know how you will reach someone during your interaction, no matter how brief.

I guess what I am trying to say is this: put positivity out there, because you never know what kind of effect or influence you will have on someone.

With that, I leave you with this…

Until next time…

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I’m Baaa-aaack!!!!

I missed running in these SO much!

I missed running in these SO much!

A week ago I was crying into my herbal tea because I didn’t think I was ever going to be getting back into the gym or running again, or even walking any great distances, but here I am…

Two nights post-ortho green light I have DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) so bad I can barely move, logged over 11K steps from work yesterday, and actually got my ass back on the treadmill and managed to JOG…Yes, I jogged…for a whole 7 minutes, but it was seven minutes longer than I’ve jogged over the past 2 months!

Once I got the okay to be on the foot, I decided that it was time to shadow some of my new team, so yesterday afternoon I was all over the hospital, learning how to move patients, set the brakes on wheel chairs, plug in Stryker beds, get up with nurses for hand-off communications, and I even got to push a bed WITH a patient in it. Good thing there was another Transporter leading the way, because who knows how many times I would have smacked that door frame getting that bed back into the room. The girls ran me ragged, but it was good to be up and about.

I got home and knew it was time to suck it up and go into the weight room. It’s so pretty now, all girly with the black chair rail, the new shelves, and the speakers for my favorite Spotify lifting play lists.

My chalk-board decals with current PR's...

My chalk-board decals with current PR’s…

I pretty much knew my lower body numbers were going to be embarrassingly horrible. I figured I’d struggle to squat 5×5 with just the 45 pound bar, but I actually did a set at 45 and a set at 50, and thought, “hell, I can probably eek out 55…” and I did. That is NOT to say that my thighs didn’t feel like Jell-O, or that I didn’t get a muscle cramp on the inside of my thigh. Those things totally happened. For the first time ever, I benched more than I squatted. When I looked at my log from before the fall, I was squatting 105, dead-lifting 165, and benching a respectable 80 pounds. Yesterday, I was so not that impressive, but I can’t whine, because it’d been about ten weeks since I did any kind of lower body lifting, and I’d done one upper body lift since the fall, so at 5×5, I nailed squats @ 55#, bench @ 60#, and deads @ 85#. Yeah, not impressive, but it was still more than I’d picked up in all those weeks, soooo….

I know, too, that I must’ve done SOMETHING right, because I had planned on shadowing at work today for a little while, but was so stiff, I wasn’t even going to try, so I stopped in and talked with my team for a little while, asking questions and brainstorming for a bit before I came home and flaked out on the couch.

I let the dogs out and walked around the pool a few times and felt like the stretch made my thighs, hammies and glutes feel a whole lot better, so I put my running shoes on and hit the treadmill for about a half an hour. I set the incline to about 4%, and the speed to 3.5 mph, and then thought, what the hell? I have to try some time, so I bumped the speed up to 4.5 mpg and jogged for a bit. It hurt a little toward the end, so the feet gave out before I got winded, but I figure that was still more than I did yesterday, soooo…

Kind of amazing how things can turn around in 7 days time…and my take-away from this whole stupid “falling over a dog and breaking a body part” situation is that patience is a virtue and while it doesn’t happen over night, that I WILL heal at some point.

So, mentally? I feel 100% better, because exercise had been my stress reliever, and I really missed endorphins. Tomorrow? Try to get 5 more pounds on the bar for more squats, do another compound 5×5 session, and maybe even get my Zumba on, because my wonderful sister got me a new Zumba workout disc for Christmas and I haven’t been able to use it yet, soooo…

Besides…Rob…If I’m ever going to rock that Princess Leia costume we talked about, I need to get after it. ;)

Until Next Time…


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