Lavender essential oil is extracted mainly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are very fragrant and have been used in natural remedies for centuries.
With a high level of aromatic molecules called esters, lavender’s therapeutic powers are many; antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic – not to mention the refreshing fragrance which assists with nervous exhaustion, restlessness and increases mental activity.
But lavender is much more than just pretty, fragrant and calming. It appears to be one of the most powerful remedies of the plant world. The physical and emotional relief provided by this amazing plant are numerous and varied. Skin problems, infections, burns, insect bites, insomnia, stress and nervous tension are some of the more therapeutic uses for lavender. It owes this amazing spectrum of healing power to its complex chemical makeup.
In skin-care preparations it is not only useful to impart a delightful fresh fragrance to everything from soap and body lotions, to massage oils and balms but it provides health benefits and can be used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and when combined with chamomile is great for eczema.
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Lavender essential oil when incorporated in a balm can be used for many ailments, recommended for insomnia, simply massage a small amount into temples or place on the bedside table open and breathe in the delightful aroma. In massage oil it will provide relief for sore or tense muscles, backache, lumbago and pain in the joints.
- Lavender bath – add 6 – 8 drops and enjoy a delightful soak
- Lavender tissues – place 1 -3 drops on handkerchief and inhale, great for colds symptoms and sinus infections
- Lavender compress – in a small bowl of warm water add 5 drops lavender swish around with a flannel and apply to area in need.
- Lavender diffuser – place 8 drop in warm water or oil in an ‘oil burner’ place tea light candle underneath
- Lavender burn relief – after running under cold water apply lavender essential oil neat over the burn site.
As with many other essential oils, those that should avoid using essential oils without consulting a natural health practitioner are pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as diabetics.