Lavender (the "all purpose") essential oil is one of my favorites. I carry it in my personal emergency kit daily. If there is a burn or if I want to neutralize an allergic reaction, I rub a drop on the palms of my hand and use it topically.
It is well known and accepted that if one is not sure on what oil to use, start with Lavender oil. It is considered to be one of the most "versatile" oils in its action and application.
Whevenever you're in doubt, use Lavender Oil.
LAVENDER Oil - (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender oil has been highly regarded for the skin. Lavender essential oil has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming relaxing and balancing -- physically and emotionally. THIS PLANT IS GROWN AND DISTILLED AT THE YOUNG LIVING FARMS.
How is lavender oil used? This list was compiled by many users of this wonderful oil and the list keeps growing. I am always amazed how these oils are applied in everyday circumstances.
1. Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.
2. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
3. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
4. Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
5. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.
6. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
7. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
8. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9. Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.
10. Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
11. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
12. To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.
13. Rub 2 – 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.
14. Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
15. Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
16. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects. 17. Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
18. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
19. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
20. Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
21. Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
22. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
23. Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.
24. Mosquitos don't like Lavender oil.
Lavender is known for its calming and sedating properties and once more, science is confirming folk traditions. An English study confirmed that lavender improves two aspects of psychological well-being: a positive mood state and a postive outlook regarding the future.
A single-blind, randomized control trial in the central England town of Wolverhampton, studied 80 women, staff or students at the University of Wolverhampton, who not receiving treatment for psychological disorders. Half were in Study 1 and half in Study 2. The women randomly used either grapeseed oil or grapeseed oil with 20% lavender oil, in their baths for 14 days.
The first study reported psychologically positive mood changes. The second study showed negative responses about the future reduced after lavender oil baths.
The authors of the study concluded: "These results are encouraging and suggest further investigation using potential patients may result in the development of a useful procedure for improving psychological well-being."
Morris N, "The Effects of lavender (Lavendula angustifolium) baths on psychological well-being: two exploratory randomized control trials," Complement Ther Med. 2002 Dec;10(4):223-8.
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