I took this photo of a lavender field in Maui, Hawaii, May 2007

     Lavender is an antidepressant oil that balances and normalizes the system regardless of condition. It’s calming, uplifting and relaxing – a pleasant way to help you de-stress. It’s even been known to lower blood pressure!   

    Lavender is gentle enough to use on the skin ‘neat’ from the bottle, but mixing with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil will disperse the oil evenly across the skin and help absorption.  Lavender is analgesic and used for relief of muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, etc. In the air, lavender becomes a useful decongestant.

    Lavender is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and soothes and stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leaving minimal scarring.

Suggested uses:

  1. Massage – Add 8-10 drops lavender to one tbsp sweet almond oil
  2. Bath - add 10 drops to 1 ½ cups sea salt or Epsom salts. Agitate warm bathwater to disperse the lavender and dissolve the salts before getting in. Relax for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Apply lavender 2-3 times daily directly on a wound, scrape, burn, bruise or insect bite. (Flush wounds with water to remove dirt first). Rub a few drops of lavender on your skin to repel insects.
  4. Insomnia – place a drop of lavender at either end of your pillowcase before going to sleep.
  5. For depression, stress and to prevent flu/colds, place several drops lavender in a diffuser or on a hankie and tuck it in the cuff of your bra, sweater or shirt to easily enjoy the scent throughout the day.
  6. Rub 2-3 drops on back of your neck and sinuses to relieve sinus/head cold.
  7. Apply 2-3 drops to back of the neck and/or temples to cure headaches from tension, fatigue or flu.
  8. Use 2-3 times daily on athlete’s foot or plantar warts.
  9. Add a few drops to a commercial liquid hand soap or unscented hand lotion to enjoy the antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
  10. Sunburn: To prevent peeling or to treat large areas, mix 30 ml aloe vera juice (from a natural foods store) with 15 to 20 drops lavender essential oil and apply to affected area with a cottonball. Shake well before use. (Note: commercially prepared gel does not work.)

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