Posted on | July 9, 2012 | 2 Comments
Lavender essential oil is probably one of the most commonly known essential oils. It has been used for centuries as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and cleaners. And you may find it commonly in linen sachets and amongst lingerie. But there are many other powerful uses for pure lavender essential oil that you may be unaware of.
Treat Wounds And Skin Ailments
Lavender oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it one of the most popular natural treatments for healing various skin disorders. If you have eczema, try bathing with some lavender oil to sooth the inflamed and itchy skin. If you get burns or minor wounds and abrasions, lavender oil in a warm water bath will make a gentle antiseptic to clean them out. It’s great for using on children or with people who are sensitive to chemicals.
Calm And Relax The Mind And Body
Nervousness, anxiety, stress and insomnia are all things that heighten our mind and body making it difficult to relax. You can directly apply the oil to your temples and forehead for instant calm. In the past many women used to carry handkerchiefs smothered in lavender essential oil so they could inhale the aromas for a calming effect. Run yourself a hot bath and soak in a mix of lavender essential oil and Epsom salts to help improve your sleep. And putting a few drops on your pillow at night will also help with the restlessness. Lavender is also known to help relax the muscles.
Instant Headache Relief
If you don’t like taking pharmaceutical medications for headaches then lavender might be your saving grace. Lavender is well known for it’s tranquilizing and mild sedative qualities. Rubbing some oil straight onto the temples often provides relief within minutes. Carry it in the car or in your purse so you can use it as needed. Drinking lots of water will also help with headaches as well.
Easy Beauty Treatment
You can use lavender as part of your natural beauty routine and the great news is, lavender is a natural anti-wrinkle solution. This is great news because the last thing we want is chemical treatments and possible surgery when we can keep our skin healthy, the natural way. As an effective skin toner mix some drops of lavender oil with witch hazel. After a shower or your normal skin cleansing, gently tap the solution onto your face and neck. It effectively helps to tighten the cells on the surface of your skin.
Lavender essential oil is definitely an oil to keep on hand; especially since we all suffer from busyness and stress in modern times. Next time you do, reach for the lavender and give it a try.
Jedha, guest blog author, of EasyNaturalRemedies.com is a health and wellness practitioner that has been using natural remedies successfully for over 20 years to treat all types of everyday conditions.