Tips for using lavender essential oil in herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and home remedies

Lavender essential oil is used on the skin, in herbal products, and in aromatherapy. Lavender, made from the flowers of the lavender plant, is the most versatile and useful of all essential oils. Lavender essential oil has a light floral aroma with woody, medicinal undertones and a slightly tangy, long lasting scent. I keep lavender essential oil handy, use it daily, and consider it a blessing.

Lavender essential oil can stop headache pain.
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This woman needs to take a break and relax with lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil may be applied neat to the skin (without diluting with carrier oil).

It is one essential oil that may be applied neat to the skin (without diluting with carrier oil). Most other essential oils should be diluted before use. Lavender is antiseptic, antibacterial, and mildly analgesic which makes it extremely useful in herbal medicine.

Lavender essential oil has many uses and should be in every household.

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, skin problems like 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. It is also affordable - one fluid ounce of lavender essential goes a long way.

Lavender essential oil can stop headache pain.

Lavender essential oil is often used to treat headache pain. At first sign of a headache, apply 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 herbal white oak bark tea or chew crystallized ginger pieces. Results are noticeable within fifteen minutes.

Lavender essential oil is good for nerves and digestion.

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 promotes restful sleep and helps relieve stress.

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.

Lavender oil energizes the body.

Lavender has the unique property of energizing the body or relaxing the body -- depending on need. If you need to rest, inhale the aroma of lavender. If you need energy, inhale the aroma of lavender. I keep a bottle of lavender essential oil on my desk and sniff it several times a day.

Lavender essential oil blends well with other oils.

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. Add to other herbal products including lotions, shampoos, ointments, rinses, and muscle rubs.

Use as insect repellant

Lavender essential oil is used to repel moths, fleas, silverfish, chiggers, mosquitoes, and flies. Just rub a few drops on exposed areas like neck, ankles, and arms.

Lavender has many uses.

It is a basic ingredient in many fragrances, cosmetics, mouthwashes, smelling salts, skin tonics, and furniture polishes.

Lavender is not usually taken by mouth or used in teas.

Do not take more than a drop or two of lavender essential oil internally. Some people add a drop of lavender essential oil to whipped cream, cookie dough, or herbal tea. I think lavender tastes like soap, smells like medicine, and works like a miracle. I use it more than any other essential oil.

* Avoid high does of lavender essential oil 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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