Lavender oil is a gentle but powerful essential oil which has a pleasant herby floral scent and is distilled from the blossoming stalks of the lavender shrub. Well known for its overall soothing and balancing properties, lavender oil can quickly heal most skin irritations and issues, provides energy and stamina when needed, but also calms the entire system (including nervous system) and has anti-depressive benefits.
Lavender oil is a strong oil that destroys pneumococcus (bacteria associated with pneumonia and some forms of meningitis) and haemolytic streptococcus (serious form of bacteria usually on the surface of the skin, but that can cause scarlet fever, kidney inflammation) within 12 to 24 hours. Lavender oil is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (painkiller).
How to Use
Due to its low toxicity, lavender oil is safe to use on all ages, including infants. If using it at home, it is best diluted between one and five percent in a carrier oil (such as jojoba or grape seed oil) or guided by an Aromatherapist or Aromatologist.
Depending on the size of the area you want to cover, apply one to three drops of lavender oil to sun burnt skin, a cut, blemish, to name only a few skin issues this healer and balancer can handle. Dabbing a drop of lavender oil under your nose at bedtime will lull you to sleep, calm your nerves during a stressful day, clear your nasal and sinus congestion and energize you during your 3 p.m. slump. Headaches and migraines? Gently rub (or using two fingers in a circular motion, massage) a drop onto each temple and the back of your neck. These are only a few of the amazing uses of lavender oil. Share yours below.
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