January 20, 2015 | 1 | posted in WELLBEING
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. In fact, Lavender may be used to soothe and clean common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations and makes a great addition to any home first aid kit. Here are 10 reasons why:
After back-breaking labour, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Add Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the bathtub and soak away the tension.
Viruses & Bacteria
French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial. In dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combine with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently apply a few drops of lavender essential oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and the burn typically heals without scarring.
Cuts & Wounds
Apply lavender essential oil to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply a few drops.
Warm a bottle of lavender essential oil in hot water for two minutes, 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.
For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
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.
Massage a few drops of lavender essential oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress, sprinkled with lavender oil onto the area.
Combine a mix of lavender essential oil with analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils on a compress and apply on the agonizing lesions. This generally produces positive results within 5-8 days.
Add 8 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.