This herb is highly regarded for its classic fragrance in soap, and potpourris, but lavender is also an important medicinal herb.
It is great to use when you are depressed or angry. It changes our mental consciousness by bringing our minds under control. A Lavender bath is a certain stress buster. I also like to add some to a small muslin bag which I put in my dryer so my linens have a wonderful aroma and I have a peaceful night's sleep. It is also great when a headache strikes. Wonderful for herbal baths, dream pillows, sachets and many other crafts.
Originally, the oil from the flower was used to protect cloths and stored linens from moths. It was, and is, used as a scent in air fresheners.
Oil distilled from the flower has applications as a stimulant, tonic, headache relief, and for relief of intestinal gas. It is also used to quiet coughs and disinfect wounds.
Applied as a compress, lavender oil provides relief from neuralgic pains, rheumatism, sprains, and sore joints.
Lavender is one of only two essential oils that you may use (sparingly) directly on your skin. (The other is Tea Tree). Lavender essential oil is perhaps one of the most useful of all the oils. It is an antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, restorative, decongestant, antidepressant, calmative, sedative. It smells delightful, and lends itself quite well to many applications.
This oil is used frequently for relaxation and calm, and it blends quite well with many other essential oils. If you're looking for a "must-have" essential oil with a multitude of uses, Lavender certainly fits the bill! Please remember, don't take essential oils internally unless directed to do so by your certified practitioner.
How to use Essential Oils
Information provided is not designed to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any illness, or injury and is provided for informational purposes only. Always consult a medical doctor, or other alternative medical practitioner when suffering from any disease, illness, or injury, or before attempting a traditional or folk remedy. Keep all products away from children. As with any natural product, they can be toxic if misused.
Massage - Use 3 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. carrier oil.
Bath - Add 6-10 drops of essential oil per bath.
Inhalation - Put a 3-5 drops on a cotton ball or Kleenex and inhale. May also use 5-8 drops in a vaporizer, or put 3-5 drops in a steaming bowl of water and inhale.
Diffusion - Similar results as inhalation, but using a tealite type or nebulizer diffuser.
Compress - Put 3-5 drops in a hot bowl of water. Set a washcloth or small piece of cloth on top of the water. Wring out and apply to problem area.
Carrier Oils - Any of following may be used with good results: Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Avocado, Jojoba, Olive,Sesame Seed, or any vegetable oil or lotion base. I also sell Sweet Almond Oil
The Enchanted Wilderness is a small cottage business in the mountains of NC. We sell dried Flowers, and Herbs, Botanicals. We also have many essential oils. Our oils are 100% Pure and lab tested. Other things are herbal teas and aroma therapy products. Our goal is fair prices for wonderful products.