Lavender Essential oil (Lavandula Officinalis)

Lavender oil is one of those oils I find myself reaching for time and again. It is so effective for so many things which is why I keep it in my first aid kit at home and in the therapy centre.

Here are a few things Lavender can help with:

  • Relieves heart palpitations
  • Pain relieving
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Healing on burns (but do not put on scalds)
  • Acne, eczema, boils
  • Swelling from injury.
  • Hair (alopecia)
  • Sleep.
  • Eczema.
  • Athlete’s foot.

And here are some useful recipies using lavender oil:

  • Lavender linen spray: distilled water & lavender oil. Good for ironing as it is a natural fibre relaxant.
  • Lavender is a natural insect repellent. (spray on clothes to repel moths or hang a lavender bag in your wardrobe)
  • Add a few drops of lavender and a few drops of tea tree onto cotton wool and put into stinky shoes to remove pong!
  • Floor cleaner: ¼ cup of distilled vinegar into a litre of water. Add 5-10 drops of lavender oil
  • Lavender body wash: ½ cup coconut milk, 2/3 cup of castile soap, 8 drops lavender, 4tsp glycerine (vegetable) Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake well before use.
  • Add two drops to the underside of a pillow for a blissful night’s sleep.
  • Dab some lavender oil onto a bee sting or insect bite to take away pain and heal the area.
  • Motion sickness: put a diluted drop on, the navel or behind the ears to calm nausea.
  • Dab a drop on a cold sore to heal it. (make sure to only dab on the cold sore, to protect the skin around the cold sore use some vaseline as a barrier)

But remember not all lavender oils are created equal so be sure to check the label says Lavandula Officinalis/ Angustifolia for benefits listed above.

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