Lavender is proven to have an antiseptic and healing property, and to have beneficial effects against premenstrual syndrome. Effective against acne, eczema, spots, abscesses, dermatitis, burns, sunburn, insect bites and chilblains, it also helps in fighting bronchitis, flu, fever, vomiting, rheumatism, headaches, earaches, tension, depression, palpitations, dizziness, vertigo and stress based pains. Lavender is also a good natural antibacterial and helps treating inflammation and soothing pain. According to tradition, lavender increases positive energy and is considered a good luck charm as well as having aphrodisiac and, according to some studies, arousing effects!
In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or add a few drops in their bedtime bath.
These annoying little insects all hate the smell of lavender. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for insect bites, soothing itching & inflammation. To keep moths off your clothes, hang lavender bags on you coat hangers or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.
Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations. To relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on neat lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate and burn usually heals without scarring.
The distilled water of Lavender (Hydrosol) Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of gauze or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist - Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil to your temples.
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