Lavender Oil has a beautiful, versatile aroma. It is anti-bacterial and is a must-have for your
first-aid kit. Its calming and sedative properties make Lavender Essential Oil a wonderful oil
to help relax,fight stress and to promote sleep.

And when properly diluted, it's amongst the safest of essential oils.

Lavender Essential Oil is well known for its sedative properties and for its ability to help
calm stress and anxiety and to help promote sleep.

If used in excess, however, Lavender Oil can actually act as a stimulant.

Lavender Essential Oil is a great oil to use for children's minor cuts and scrapes because it
is anti-bacterial, calming and is considered safe enough to use with children.

Oil properties
Lavender oil has a light fresh aroma
is clear in color and watery in viscosity.

Origin of lavender oil
It is an evergreen woody shrub about 1 meter high (3 feet), with gray-green narrow linear
leaves and the most beautiful purple-blue flowers, perched on a long stem and a few
varieties of it grow wild in the Mediterranean region, but the main producer is France.

The name is derived from the Latin word 'lavera' which means 'to wash' and the Romans
used it frequently in their bath routine, and it is said to have been introduced by them into
England,
where it soon was a firm favorite.

It was a favorite for strewing on the floor, since it released an aroma when walked upon and
it is often used these days in toilet water, as an insecticide or in sachets to be placed
between linen. It is also used to clean wounds and to treat burns.

Extraction
Lavender oil is extracted from the flowering
tops by steam distillation and yields 1.4 % - 1.6 %.

Chemical composition
The main chemical components of lavender oil are a-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole,
cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene,
terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.

Precautions
Although lavender oil is considered one of the safest essential oils, you should discontinue
use is you have any allergic reactions.

Therapeutic properties
The therapeutic properties of lavender oil are antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant,
anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide,
carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant,
diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and
vulnerary.

Uses
Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression,
panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines
and insomnia.

It is also very beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, laryngitis,
halitosis, throat infections and whooping cough and helps the digestive system deal with
colic, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.

Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular
aches and pains, especially those associated with sport.

On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems
such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect
bites,
stings and also acts as an insect repellent.

Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, and this is
especially useful when treating a minor burn wound.

Summary
Lavender oil is one of the most versatile oils and is handy
to have around the house, as it can be used for such
a variety of problems.It not only helps with nervous conditions,
it is useful for the digestive system,
the respiratory tract and skin problems,
it also helps with muscle aches and pains and arthritis and rheumatism.

Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, lavender oil can be useful for allergies, anorexia, dizziness, sleeplessness
(also in children), hay fever, headaches, depression, trauma, anxiety, hysteria, fear,
nightmares, irritability, nervous tension and as an insect repellant.

Apart from that it can assist to lift depression, help in crisis situations, sooth irritability and
relieve stress and thereby help with tense muscles and muscle spasms.

Blended massage oil or in the bath
Lavender oil can be used as a massage oil or diluted in the bath, for abdominal pains,
allergies, anorexia, arthritis, bowel disorders, fatigue, hay fever, headaches, insomnia,
moodiness, trauma, anxiety, depression, hysteria, nightmares, fear, irritability, nervous
tension, stress and just for the plain pleasure of relaxing in such a fragrant surrounding.

As a wash / on a cotton bud
Lavender oil can be used as a wash or on a cotton bud for acne, insect bites, carbuncles,
bruises, chilblains, dandruff and lice.

Cold compress
On a cold compress, lavender oil can be used for
arthritis, eczema and sores.

Cream or lotion
When it is used in a cream or lotion, it is most helpful with relieving burns, Its cicatrisant
properties help the skin heal faster and the cytophylactic properties will help it do so with
less scarring.

The soothing and anti-inflammatory action of lavender oil will also have a balancing action
on the skin and can be used for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, carbuncles and acne.

When employing the anti-inflammatory action of this oil, use in concentrations of less than
1%. Furthermore it will help ease the pain of sunburn and sunstroke and will also counter
the itching effect of insect bites.

Lavender oil blends well with
Although essential oils blend well with one another, lavender oil blends particularly well
with cedar wood, Clary sage, geranium, pine, nutmeg and all the citrus oils.
Lavender Essential Oil
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