Lavender has been used for its healing effects for centuries across the world. We now know that lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with everything from insect bites to anxiety.
Lavender is the most used essential oil for aromatherapy in warmers, massage oil blends, bath salts, in creams and lotions or directly on the skin. A very cost effective way of enjoying the benefits of lavender is to use an oil burner, also called a warmer . You can instantly diffuse the aroma of your favorite pure essential oil into the air. Just add a few drops into the water well warmed by a tealight below.
- Lavender baths can help to reduce anxiety and other nervous conditions. Add a few drops of essential lavender oil to your bath water for a calming bathing experience.
- For headaches, apply lavender oil to a cotton ball or your fingertips and massage slowly into your temples. The smell will relax you as the oil eases your headache.
- Lavender has also been used as an expectorant. It breaks up the mucous from nasal and chest congestion. It is also useful in remedies for other respiratory conditions.
- So you're a mosquito magnet? Get the itch out with lavender essential oil. For the skin, lavender can help to relieve kitchen burns, sunburn, insect bites, and other inflammations. On a small burn or bite, apply a few drops of the oil, undiluted. If the burn covers a large area, as in a sunburn, dilute it with aloe vera juice and apply it with a spray bottle.
- According to dermatologists, lavender oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne. The essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal.
As you can see, the uses of lavender are many. Lavender is a must-have for all homes because of its natural calming, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Carrying a bottle of lavender essential oil around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.