Lavender

LAVENDER  
lavandula angustifolia

Lavender’s history goes back more than 2,500 years.  The Romans used it for bathing, perfume, their hair and to scent the air.  It is the most common essential oil used today.   It has a fresh, sweet, floral scent.  Best known to promote a good nights sleep, it also calms anxiety, eases stress and depression, fights germs, helps joint and muscle aches and is fabulous for skin issues.  It can relieve pain associated with joint ache, headaches and migraines.   Lavender can be used to help heal wounds and cuts. Because it can help with a variety of issues, Lavender is a must-have in the medicine cabinet.

Blends well with chamomile, clary sage, geranium, orange, rose and vetiver.

Uses:

Anxiety/Depression/Stress:   Add 8-10 drops to a warm bath before bedtime or add 4 drops to a diffuser by your bedside.  You can also apply a drop or 2 to your temples and/or a drop or 2 to the back of the neck.

Cuts/Wounds:  Mix 4-5 drops with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and apply to the area 2-3 times a day.  Cover loosely with a bandage.

Headache/Migraines:  Mix 2 drops of lavender with 2 drops of peppermint oil, apply to your temples and back of your neck and/or diffuse or place 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and inhale as needed.

Skin nourishment:  Mix 3 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops geranium oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Sore joints and muscles:  Mix 8 drops with a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage into sore area.

Therapeutic properties:

Antianxiety
Antibacterial
Antidepressant
Antifungal
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Sedative

Safety:

If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

 

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