Over the last few years I started experimenting with, and reading more about essential oils. Not one to use over the counter or prescription medication unless absolutely necessary, I am always looking for ways to stock my medicine cabinet with natural remedies. Lavender is the second essential oil that I ever bought and still one of my favorites because of its versatility. It is one of the few essential oils considered safe for use topically in an undiluted form. Here are some of my favorite uses:
1. Treatment of minor burns: I recently spilled boiling water on my bare foot at dinner time and was in agonizing pain. I remembered reading that lavender was used to help with burns. With the application of a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball (I also used aloe vera gel), my foot never blistered or scarred. By the next morning, my foot showed no signs of a burn.
2. Antiseptic for cuts: Apply one drop to minor cuts to help stop bleeding (great for razor nicks!). Lavender is known for helping to regenerate skin cells as well as reduce scarring.
3. Relieves itching from bug bites: One drop directly on the bug bite will bring relief and reduce swelling.
4. Calming: You’ve probably seen baby washes or creams with lavender in them because of lavender’s ability to calm and relax. Rather than buy store bought lotions or creams (with questionable ingredients), try using almond oil and lavender. It makes a great massage oil for those little munchkins! I like the proportion of 1 drop of lavender per 1 tablespoon of almond oil. It’s also great in homemade creams for adults too!
5. Alleviates headaches: For general headaches, massage around the temples, base of skull and/or hair line. For a nervous headache, you can also combine 1 drop of Geranium oil, 2 drops of Lemon oil and 3 drops of Lavender oil and massage it into the upper abdomen.
After trying several brands of oils I decided on Rocky Mountain Oils. I have been very happy with the quality and have recommended them to family, friends and clients. What are your favorite uses for lavender essential oil? More to come on essential oils soon!