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Lavender (Lavendula vera or L.offcinalis) - Antispasmodic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomachic Tonic. It is used for Flatulence, Migraine Headache, Fainting and Dizziness. It also has some Anti-Septic properties and is useful against putrefactive Bacteria in the Intestines. 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 problems, Nausea and Vomiting.
True Lavender Aromatherapy Benefits

"Lavender is nurturing, supportive, and uplifting," according to The Heart of Aromatherapy. Lavender Aromatherapy benefits include:

Soothes Skin irritations and Inflammation
Supports the Respiratory system
Helps relieve Allergies and sinus Congestion
Soothes minor Burns and reduces Scarring from Burns
Helps Bruises, cuts, Bites, and Stings heal faster
Relaxes the mind and body and supports emotional balance

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: "Lavender is among the safest and most widely used oils in Aromatherapy and is considered a universal first aid oil."

Aromatherapy for Dummies: The benefits of lavender oil include acting as a Sedative, to relieve Depression, and to reduce Stress that causes Asthma flare-ups.

Aromatherapy 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.

Aromatica: 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.

Subtle Aromatherapy: Lavender essential oil helps bring the lower and upper Chakras into harmony with each other. Although the oil benefits all the Chakras, its strongest affinity is with the seventh Chakra.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy 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.

Aromatherapy 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.

Astrological Aromatherapy: 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 Aromatherapy Diffuser.
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.

Personal Care

For stuffiness and Congestion or Coughing: 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 1224 inches above the bowl, as the heat permits.

For Headaches: 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 Muscles 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 Muscles before going to bed.

Aromatica suggests the following blends:

Lavender + clary sage or Insomnia, Anxiety, 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, Insomnia, and agitation and for spasming Menstrual Cramps.

Skin Care

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.

Other suggestions:

For minor Skin irritations, Stings, Insect Bites, or minor Burns, apply 12 drops (dilute if needed).
For Sunburn, blend lavender in aloe vera gel and apply to Skin.

Hair Care

Lavender is beneficial for all types of Hair. Learn more about essential oil Hair care.

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 Shampooing your Hair. Here are more Hair growth essential oil blends.

Home Care

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 Insects 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 Muscles.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 and Anxiety, reducing Pain and Inflammation.

Neroli Oil - is very relaxing and can relieve chronic Anxiety, Depression, 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 fatty Acids 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 and Anti-Septic. A tea made from the fresh or dried flowers can be applied as a Skin wash to relieve itching due to flea Bites and Rashes, 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 loss), Anxiety, Stress, and postoperative Pain. However, most of these studies have been small. Lavender is also being studied for AntiBacterial and Antiviral properties. Lavender oil is often used in other forms of integrative medicine,such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation.

Edema : 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 subsides.

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.

Insomnia or Agitation: In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall Sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that Aromatherapy 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 Aromatherapy 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 irritations.

Hair 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 Scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant Hair re-growth compared to those who massaged their Scalps without the essential oils. However, there is no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils that was effective.

Aromatherapists also use lavender in inhalation therapy to treat Headaches, Nervous 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,Anxiety, Muscular and Rheumatic Pains, Digestive disorders and has even been shown to smooth out mood swings and Depression. Best of all, Aromatherapy 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 Infections (like candidiasis), Wounds, Eczema, 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 Aromatherapy 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 Aromatherapy, 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.

Aching Muscles: If you've spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & Pains away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.

Acne: Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of Acne, according to Aromatherapists. 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 or cleanser.

Bugs & 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. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.

Burns (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.

Cuts Bites and Stings: Apply lavender oil to sooth Pain, prevent Bacterial Infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat.

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: Stroke 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.

fatigue: 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.

Fevers: 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.

Headache: 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.

Insomnia: 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.

Menstrual Cramps: 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 Insects 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.

Shingles: Combine a mix of lavender oil with, Analgesic, Antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of Shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.

Sinusitis: Lavender is one of several essential oils that Aromatherapists 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.

Stress & Anxiety: Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist - Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.<

Sunburn 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.