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)
- 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.