Lavender (Lavendula vera or L.offcinalis) - Antispasmodic
. It is used for Flatulence
, Migraine Headache
. It also has some Anti-Septic
properties and is useful against putrefactive Bacteria
in the Intestine
s. Lavender ail also makes a stimulating Tonic
embrocation. In the absence of the oil, an infusion of the leaves can be used instead; and a decoction of the leaves is a useful remedy for Stomach
True Lavender Aroma
"Lavender is nurturing, supportive, and uplifting," according to The Heart
therapy. Lavender Aroma
therapy benefits include:
irritations and Inflammation
Supports the Respiratory
Helps relieve Allergies
and sinus Congestion
Soothes minor Burns
and reduces Scarring
, cuts, Bites
, and Stings
Relaxes the mind and body and supports emotional balance
therapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: "Lavender is among the safest and most widely used oils in Aroma
therapy and is considered a universal first aid oil."
therapy for Dummies: The benefits of lavender oil include acting as a Sedative
, to relieve Depression
, and to reduce Stress
that causes Asthma
therapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine lavender has cool, dispersing, and relaxing qualities that benefit heat and Inflammation
, spasm, and Pain
. Lavender works to cool an overheated Liver
, soothes and supports the Qi of the Heart
, and releases pent-up energy within the Wood Element.
tica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, lavender calms the mind, encourages Relaxation
, and promotes emotional stability and renewal. Physically, the essential oil can relax or stimulate. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of lavender is to nourish Yin, activate Qi, clear heat, and calm the Shen.
therapy: Lavender essential oil helps bring the lower and upper Chakra
s into harmony with each other. Although the oil benefits all the Chakra
s, its strongest affinity is with the seventh Chakra
The Essential Guide to Aroma
therapy and Vibrational Healing: Lavender is great for Meditation
and brings in blessings and the sweetness of love. The scent clears and calms the mind and promotes mental clarity. The oil also comforts the Heart
, soothing and calming rampant and chaotic emotions.
therapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Lavender balances and integrates all energy centers and subtle bodies. Especially useful for the fourth Chakra
to calm, comfort, and steady the Heart
and promote compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, gratitude, and acceptance.
therapy: Lavender can ease the tendency of Virgo to worry.
True Lavender Essential Oil Uses
Lavender is calming for most people, making it useful for dealing with mood swings, anger, mental Stress
, and Anxiety
. The Aroma
creates a balancing effect on the central Nervous
system. Here's how to use lavender oil for Relaxation
Diffuse lavender with an Aroma
Make a massage oil with 6 to 9 drops of lavender in 1 tablespoon carrier oil.
Make a body butter containing lavender.
For sleep, rub a drop on your palm and smooth over pillow case or put a drop on a tissue and place it by your pillow.
For stuffiness and Congestion
ing: Use steam with lavender essential oil. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, then add a few drops of lavender. Drape a towel over your head and position your face 12–24 inches above the bowl, as the heat permits.
s: Sniff lavender oil or massage it into your neck and shoulders. Often works better combined with peppermint essential oil. Combine the two essential oils with a carrier oil to use to massage your neck, shoulders, and temples.
To relieve sore Muscle
s and help you sleep: Blend 13 drops lavender and 5 drops German chamomile essential oil into 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel. Shake well before each use. Massage a little of the blend into sore Muscle
s before going to bed.
tica suggests the following blends:
Lavender + clary sage or Insomnia
, agitated Depression
, burnout, spasming Pain
(especially Menstrual Cramps
Lavender + Roman chamomile for acute Stress
-related tension with agitation, Insomnia
, or Anxiety
Lavender + marjoram for acute Anxiety
, and agitation and for spasming Menstrual Cramps
Lavender essential oil helps keep Skin
in balance and can help clear blemishes and even out Skin
tone. It's helpful for all Skin
types. Go here for Skin
care recipes using lavender and other essential oils. If you have any doubts about the benefits of lavender in Skin
care, see Lavender oil - Skin
savior or Skin
irritant? by Robert Tisserand.
For minor Skin
, Insect Bites
, or minor Burns
, apply 1–2 drops (dilute if needed).
, blend lavender in aloe vera gel and apply to Skin
Lavender is beneficial for all types of Hair
. Learn more about essential oil Hair
How to use lavender oil for Hair
growth: Dilute 1 to 2 drops lavender in a few drops carrier oil. Massage into your Scalp
and let rest for at least 10 minutes before Shampoo
ing your Hair
. Here are more Hair
growth essential oil blends.
You can also use lavender essential oil around the house:
Deodorize your laundry by dropping a little lavender onto a wet cloth and placing it in the dryer.
Repel moths and Insect
s and scent linens by placing a cotton ball with a few added drops of lavender in closets and drawers.
Make cleaning products, such as this soft scrub: Mix together 1?2 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap, and a few drops of lavender oil. Stir in just enough water to make a thick paste.
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Melissa infused Jojoba Oil - Melissa (Lemon Balm) relaxes Muscle
s.Recent evidence suggest that it has a Sedative
action on the Nervous
system. Jojoba Oil resembles the sebum the body naturally produces to keep the Skin
moist. It contains vitamins E and B.
Frankincense Oil - helps in relieving Stress
, reducing Pain
Neroli Oil - is very relaxing and can relieve chronic Anxiety
, fear, shock and Stress
Lavender Oil - slows the activity of the Nervous
system, improves sleep and improves Relaxation
Shea Butter - Raw shea butter contains vitamins A and E, which are well-known for their beneficial properties that promote healthy Skin
and reduce the signs of aging. It is also a rich source of fat
s which are essential in nourishing the Skin
as well as reducing Inflammation
Vitamin E - regulates vitamin A which is important for healthy Skin
. It is a powerful Antioxidant
which reduces or prevents sun damage.
Lavender is Anti-inflammatory
. A tea made from the fresh or dried flowers can be applied as a Skin
wash to relieve itching due to flea Bites
es, or the essential oil can be used. It is also excellent for Bruises
A number of studies have reported that lavender essential oil may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including Insomnia
, alopecia (Hair
, and postoperative Pain
. However, most of these studies have been small. Lavender is also being studied for AntiBacteria
l and Antiviral
properties. Lavender oil is often used in other forms of integrative medicine,such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation.
: It can be used to massage and ease the discomfort of Swelling
in different body parts. To use, apply a few drops directly onto the affected areas and massage slowly, using moderate pressure. Continue doing this until the Pain
is relieved or until the Swelling
Lavender Essential Oil is great at relieving uncomfortable sinus Congestion
. The essential oil clears your sinuses by helping to relieve the Inflammation
and also helps to fight the Bacteria
and germs that causes the Infection
or Agitation: In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that Aroma
therapy with lavender may slow the activity of the Nervous
system, improve sleep quality, promote Relaxation
, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better Concentration
, and reduced Anxiety
. In one recent study, people who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received massage alone. Several small studies suggest that lavender Aroma
therapy may help reduce agitation in patients with Dementia
. Lavender flowers have also been approved in Germany as a tea for Insomnia
, restlessness, and Nervous Stomach
Loss:In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an AutoImmune
disease that causes Hair
to fall out, often in patches), those who massaged their Scalp
s with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant Hair
re-growth compared to those who massaged their Scalp
s without the essential oils. However, there is no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils that was effective.
therapists also use lavender in inhalation therapy to treat Headache
disorders, and exhaustion.
Lavender essential oil can become an effective tool in your tool Chest
for treating Menopause
symptoms.Lavender is particularly effective for symptoms which may go hand-in-hand with Menopause
such as Stress
and Rheumatic Pain
disorders and has even been shown to smooth out mood swings and Depression
. Best of all, Aroma
therapy is a proactive, natural and non-invasive way to enhance the body's
natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.
Lavender essential oil can be used in vaporizers and sprays and is also one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly to the Skin
. Lavender oil can be safely and effectively added to bath oils, hot or cold compresses, or for direct topical body application and massage. Herbalists treat Skin
ailments, such as Fungal Infection
s (like candidiasis), Wound
, and Acne
, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and Muscle Pain
. One study evaluating treatments for children with Eczema
founded it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly Skin
lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve Pain
control after surgery. Fifty patients undergoing breast biopsy surgery received either Oxygen
supplemented with lavender oil or Oxygen
alone. Patients in the lavender group reported better Pain
control than patients in the control group.
Lavender and Arthritis
. Another study by Ann Brownfield, BSc, RGN studied the effects of Aroma
therapy with massage on patients with rheumatoid Arthritis
using a randomized controlled design. Patients received a 10 minute upper neck and shoulder massage with or without lavender oil on two consecutive evenings. The results of this study did not show any significant reduction in Pain
levels with Aroma
therapy, however, those patients receiving massage with lavender oil did have a reduction in their use of Analgesic
medications. Many patients also reported that they slept better or were able to roll over in bed. This study emphasizes the fact that the perception of Pain
by the patient plays an important role in the Pain
and this perception can be affected by touch and smell.
s: If you've spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & Pain
s away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
: Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of Acne
, according to Aroma
therapists. It inhibits the Bacteria
that cause the Skin Infection
, helps to re-balance the over-secretion of sebum, which the Bacteria
thrive on, and reduce Scarring
. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain cream sold by chemists and use as a Moisturizer
Bugs & Bacteria
: French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful AntiBacteria
l in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to Bacteria
that cause Typhoid
, TB & Diphtheria
. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
(minor): 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
: Apply lavender oil to sooth Pain
, prevent Bacteria
and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat.
: 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.
infused lavender oil (a few drops of lavender oil & carrier oil) into dry, itchy Skin
- small children will find this especially comforting or add a few drops of lavender oil to calamine lotion, shake before use.
igue: Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot Foot bath
and relax while your feet soak in it. 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.
s: 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.
Giddy Spells, Faintness or Palpitations: Make your own smelling salts: sea salt , lavender oil, peppermint oil & basil oil.
: The distilled water of Lavender (Hydrosol) Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause 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.
: 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. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
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 car.
: Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled
Moths,Midges & Mosquitos: These annoying little Insect
s all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent Bites
, splash yourself with lavender hydrosol before you go out at sunset or to bed, put 3-4 drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for Insect Bites
, soothing itching & Inflammation
: dab it on to them neat as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hand lavender bags 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.
Scabie: This infestation by a tiny mite burrowing into your Skin
causes intense itching. Rub the whole body with neat lavender oil, then following every day until better with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol. Change and wash bedding and clothes and sprinkle lavender oil on the mattress.
: Combine a mix of lavender oil with, Analgesic
& scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of Shingles
. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
: Lavender is one of several essential oils that Aroma
therapists 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.
: Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist - Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.<
Spray: pure Lavender Mist - Hydrosol directly onto the Skin
or Add 8 drops of lavender 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.