The other day, preparing for our wedding celebration here at 2 Lakeside (I will post some pictures soon), I almost tripped over a garden rake. Wedding jitters.

This ‘almost disaster’ reminded me of an excerpt from one of my aromatherapy books. Being that time of year when we are preparing our gardens for their winter rest, I thought I’d share this with you.

“You bump your head, trip over the cat, fall down the stairs, or stand on the upturned end of a garden rake so that it suddenly smacks you viciously on the head. In fact, garden injuries are among the commonest and most dangerous kind. As in the case of the rake, they can leave you absolutely taken aback, shocked and stunned.
At these times, essential oils can be remarkably useful first aid help, quickly bringing us right back to our senses.
The quickest and by far the simplest to benefit from aromatherapy in instances of mild shock is to put an open bottle of either lavender or clary sage oil under the injured person’s nose and let them sniff the aroma directly. Another extremely good remedy is putting a few drops of the oil on a tissue, holding it under the nose and inhaling deeply for just a few minutes.
(If however you suspect the injured person is in severe shock, then do not try to treat them at home. Seek medical advice immediately. Such shock is caused by a sudden reduction in blood flow, which in extreme cases can lead to collapse. They symptoms to look out for include fast, shallow intakes of breath, cold damp skin, a weak pulse, dizziness and even fainting.) 'Mind Body Spirit ', Mark Evans

It is not a bad idea to have some lavender or clary sage in your St. John’s Ambulance Kit, or your medicine cabinet. We are spoiled as we use these luscious essential oils in our skin care products, so we always have them on hand. However, you can always buy a bottle of lavender essential oil at your local health food store.

I remember flying out west one October and hearing this wee baby crying. The air flight attendant came by with some lavender oil on a tissue and suggested that the mother just rest it under the baby’s chin. In no time, the baby was calm as a clam. Must have been West Jet.

Have you ever experienced the calming of an essential oil? Maybe Lavender or Clary Sage?