Lavender

02/26/2012

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According to Wikipedia:  Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. Two forms are distinguished, lavender flower oil, a colorless oil, insoluble in water, having a density of 0.885 g/mL; and lavender spike oil, a distillate from the herb Lavandula latifolia, having density 0.905 g/mL.

Lavender Oil and Lavender Spike Oil are two different things. These remedies utilize Lavender Oil, and not Spike Oil. 

Aching Muscles
Add Epsom salts, according to directions on the package, and 5-15 drops of Lavender oil to warm or hot bath water. The soak helps ease and relax tense or sore muscles. 

Acne
Add a few drops of lavender oil to your regular moisturizer, face safe carrier oil such as almond, olive, shea butter, or generic face cream. Apply as a moisturizer or cleanser 1-3 times daily.

Bugs & Bacteria

Apply 1 drop to each insect bite to prevent infection, relieve itching and burning, and promote scar free healing. A 5% lavender dilution is a powerful antibacterial and can be used as a disinfectant.


Burns (minor)
Cool the burn under running cool water and pat dry. Apply a few drops to the burn using a spray or cotton ball. The oil will reduce pain and promote scar free healing.

Cuts & Wounds
Apply with a cotton ball after washing the cut or wound. Will reduce pain, prevent infection and promote scar free healing.

Earache
Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.

Eczema
Add a few drops to calamine lotion or carrier oil and apply to dry itchy patches of skin. This is a good method to use to treat and soothe eczema in children as well as adults.

Fatigue
Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax. The feet are particularly porous and will allow for concentrated absorption into the body to provide greater relief of fatigue. This can also be accomplished by adding 10-20 drops of lavender to a hot bath.

Fevers
For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with lukewarm water with a drop or two of lavender oil. Allow the water to dry on the skin but be careful to not let them become chilled. This can be used with adults as well.

Giddy Spells, Faintness or Palpitations
Make your own smelling salts—sea salt , lavender, peppermint and basil oil. Keep these salts in a small dark glass bottle.

Headache
A lavender mist (distilled water with several drops of lavender oil in it) sprayed around the head can help relieve headaches. Lavender oil can also be massaged into the temples, forehead and nape of neck to reduce throbbing pain. This is particularly effective when Lavender is mixed with eucalyptus and peppermint. This can also be added to a cool or warm compress on the forehead and neck. These are also effective remedies for stress and anxiety, which are often an underlying cause of headaches.

Insomnia
To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow or add a few drops to a diffuser. Do NOT use lavender in a difusser around infants or young children as this can cause them to have difficulty breathing. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil and massage into a babies back. A few drops can also be added to their bathwater.

Long-Haul Travel
Combine lavender, rosemary, Neroli, frankincense & clary sage, into your hand luggage and roll it over your pulse points to help you keep a clear head during those endless hours in the air.

Menstrual Cramps
Massage a few drops of lavender to your lower back and abdomen, or add a few drops to a warm compress to ease cramping.

Moths, Midges & Mosquitos
These annoying little insects all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, mix 10-30 drops of lavender oil with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol in a spray/mist bottle to use in place of bug spray. For added benefit use cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, dried catnip, or lemongrass in any combination to help repel bugs. The stronger the scent of your homemade spray the more effective it will be. To prevent bites while you sleep you can mist your bed and pillow with the spray mentioned above, or soak a couple cotton wool balls in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window or other entrances into the room. Lavender can also be used to ease the burning and itching from bug bites. Dab some oil over the bites to reduce pain, prevent infection, and promote scar free healing. Add or hang sachet packets of lavender in closets, drawers or any storage space to prevent moth damage to linens or clothing being kept in that space. Be sure to add a few drops of oil to the sachets each month to maintain their insect repelling properties. Add any of the oils listed for the insect repellent spray for added protection.

Scabies
Scabies is an infestation of a tiny mite that burrows into your skin, causing scabs and intense itching. Rub the whole body with lavender oil, which can be mixed with a carrier oil if pure lavender irritates your skin, then alternate every day with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol until the infestation has cleared. Change and wash bedding and clothes and spray down your mattress with lavender. Lavender oil on a dryer sheet can help kill any mites that may have survived the washing process.

Shingles
Combine a mix of lavender oil with analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils to be dabbed on the sores or add a few drops on compresses to be applied to the legions. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.

Sinusitis
Add lavender and thyme oil to near boiling water, or a humidifier/simmer pot that is essential oil compatible, and take long slow breaths of the steam through the nose. Cover your head with a towel to help trap the steam around your face. The heat and diffused oils will help sooth sore nasal passages, reduce swelling, and thin mucous. This can also help sooth chest congestion.


Sunburn
Add 8 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba, almond or olive oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes. Pat the burn dry. 10-20 drops of Lavender added to a spray/mist bottle of distilled water can also be used to spray on the burn to relieve pain, prevent infection and promote scar free healing.

 

    Jacquie Fought

    I am wife, mother, lover, housekeeper and cook. I'm imperfect, so is my husband, and so is my marriage. And I wouldn't have it any other way!  

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