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Lavender 101: Using lavender essential oil


Vial of pure lavender oil/Wikipedia

The most potent part of the lavender plant is the oil which contains the highest concentration of active ingredients. Lavender essential oil can be purchased at health food stores or other manufacturers over the internet.

Lavender oil has many uses. It has anti-fungal and anti-viral compounds; it is useful for anxiety, nervous disorders and sleeplessness; It brings prompt relief from skin irritations such as burns, eczema and insect bites; it aids digestive problems, stomachaches and middle-ear infections.

Ear infections - use a cotton ball saturated in olive oil and 5 drops of lavender oil. Place it in the outer part of the affected ear. This helps to relieve pain and inhibits inflammation.

Sunburn relief – add 10 drops of lavender oil to 4 ounces of water. Store in a plastic spray bottle and use it as a spritzer for sunburn as

Insomnia – Because of it’s calming effects lavender is very useful as a sleep aid. Put a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and dab on the forehead and neck or use an essential oil diffuser in the bedroom for a few minutes before falling asleep.

Skin irritations – Add 3 drops of lavender oil to 1 quart of distilled water and dab on the skin daily.

Stomachaches – for cramping or colic combine 30 drops of lavender oil with 10 drops of chamomile oil and 3.5 ounces of olive oil in a bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously then massage gently onto the abdomen. Do this for about 10 minutes in a broad circular motion then apply a heating pad or hot water bottle for about 30 minutes.

Around the house lavender oil can be used in the laundry during the final rinse cycle or add a cloth scented with a few drops of lavender oil to the dryer. Make a sachet by using a handful of fresh lavender buds in a old sock, knot it and store in a linen drawer.

Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied “neat” directly onto the skin without diluting. One or two drops directly on a burn will help relieve pain and reduce blistering.

Lavender oil is available commercially from health food stores or over the internet from other manufacturers.