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. Adults as well as babies and children, will find the Sleepy Lavender Massage and Bath Oil a perfect addition to the bedtime routine: try a few drops in the bath or a gentle massage into the back or feet to promote a restful sleep.
Massage a few drops of Lavender Massage Oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.
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 sachet bags or a lavender pot-pourri bag 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.
Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aromatherapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”. You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a plain cream and use as a moisturizer or cleanser. Consider the use of a gentle Lavender Shampoo to soothe an acne prone scalp or a Lavender Charcoal Soap to purify your skin.
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.
Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it or try this especially formulated refreshing and anti-fatigue Lavender Foot Soak . The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
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. A Lavender Eye Pillow is another effective way to fight headaches and migraines: keep it refrigerated and use it as a cooling compress over your eyes to relieve tension.
To soothe the pain and inflammation that comes with a sunburn, first take a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for at least 10 minutes, then apply a mix made with a carrier oil and Lavender Essential Oil (12 drops of lavender essential oil in 30 ml of carrier oil) directly onto the skin. Lavender will speed up the skin healing thanks to its ant-inflammatory, antiseptic and regenerative properties. A few drops of peppermint essential oil will be also functional to this preparation.
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