Lavender essential oil is a powerful natural antiseptic and antibiotic, but it is also credited as being a natural sedative, it calms emotion and relieves anger. It is the most used and probably the most versatile of all the essential oils. Lavender has used for circulation, digestion, menstruation, muscles, respiration, nerves, skincare and haircare.
The Romans took lavender with them to war and used it to cleanse and heal wounds.
Lavender is renowned for its healing effect on burns and its ability to prevent scarring. A great thing about lavender essential oil is that in most cases, it can be used directly on the skin without being diluted. Try it next time you have an insect bite, a cut or abrasion, a bruise or a mild burn.
Lavender's gentle nature makes it ideal to use with children and babies.
For muscular pain, whether associated with tension, rheumatism or exercise, try a few drops in the bath or use a lavender massage blend. To relieve period pain, massage gently into the lower abdomen.
For bruises and minor skin irritation, soak a cloth in warm water to which has been added 4 drops of pure lavender essential oil and apply to the affected area. Refresh the cloth as necessary. A couple of drops of pure lavender essential oil can be sprinkled on a tissue and inhaled for headaches, hayfever or travel sickness. For relief from a headache, spread a drop or two about the hairline, temples and on the throat.
For the skin, lavender promotes the growth of new cells and has a balancing action on the production of sebum. This along with its antiseptic properties makes lavender great for acne. Other skincare uses include boils,eczema, dermatitus,athletes foot, itchiness, psoriasis, sunburn.
And don't forget, lavender essential oil also makes a great insecticide.
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