Lavender is the most versatile and useful of all essential oils. It is made from the flowers of the lavender plant and often used in aromatherapy. Lavender is antiseptic, antibacterial, and mildly analgesic. Lavender essential oil has a light floral aroma with woody undertones and a slightly tangy, long lasting scent. It is one essential oil that may be applied neat to the skin (without diluting with carrier oil).
Lavender essential oil should be in everyone’s kitchen, pantry, medicine cabinet, and first aid kit. Reach for it when treating bug bites, stings, cold sores, scrapes, cuts, athlete’s foot, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, boils, abscesses, carbuncles, acne, swelling, bruises, burns, sunburn, stretch marks, and other common complaints. Also use when wounds are dry to help reduce scarring. Lavender essential oil promotes healing, reduces scarring, stimulates growth of healthy cells, relieves fluid retention, and balances the skin’s moisture content.
Lavender essential oil is often used to treat headache pain. At first sign of a headache, rub a drop on the wrists, both temples, and the back of the neck (avoid eye area). Drink a cup of white oak bark tea (or take an aspirin). Then relax in quiet, dark room while inhaling the lavender aroma. If nausea is present, add ginger to the tea or chew crystallized ginger pieces. Results are noticeable within twenty minutes.
This volatile oil contains more than 100 chemical compounds that help to calm the central nervous system. Lavender essential oil helps regulate the nervous system, regulate blood sugar levels, and regulate blood pressure. Use it to clear the head and relax the muscles. It is good for the digestive tract (lavender aids in the digestion of fats) and respiratory system. Use as soothing rub for arthritis and rheumatism (mix with rosemary essential oil , frankincense essential oil , and a good carrier for best results).
Lavender essential oil is a wonderful emotional healer. Use ten drops of lavender essential oil in a hot bath when treating mild depression, nervous tension, stress, and insomnia. When used in aromatherapy, lavender brings about feelings of well-being and stability. It also promotes restful sleep.
Blend lavender with eucalyptus essential oil when treating asthma, flu symptoms, bronchial problems, and hay fever. Blend with sweet marjoram for pain relief from sprains, bruises, and painful periods. Add to chamomile cream when treating eczema. Add to water for relieving sunburn or scalds. Add to hair rinse when treating dandruff or head lice.
Lavender essential oil is used to repel moths, fleas, silverfish, and flies. It is a basic ingredient in many fragrances, cosmetics, mouthwashes, smelling salts, skin tonics, and furniture polishes.
* Avoid high does of lavender during pregnancy. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil (such as almond oil) and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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