Benefits of Lavender

Lavender for me is the mother of all essential oils. The most versatile and the best well known. There is so much to this amazing middle note essential oil.  Did you know it is great for spots, bites and burns? It is one of the most powerful oils for boosting our immune systems. (Who doesn’t want a bit of that right now?) Lavender is a balancer. It can help balances our moods, our hormones and even the production of sebum in our skin. Below are some of the ways of using this amazing essential oil given to us by Mother Nature.  Please be sure to read the contradictions at the end. For more info on essential oils and aromatherapy please check the next date for our workshops.

  • First Aid can be used neat on cuts, burns, bites and stings.
  • High Blood pressure/ stress/ anxiety – best in a full body massage or in a bath.
  • Insomnia – Lavender is not as effective as Chamomile, but excellent as an alternative or part of a blend. Use in baths, burners or on sleeping clothes.
  • Migraines/headaches – best blended with Peppermint and used as a cold compress, massage into the temples or in a neck and shoulder massage.
  • Muscular aches and pains – Lavender is painkilling and antispasmodic. Best used in massages or baths.
  • Respiratory complaints – coughs, colds, chest infections etc. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, immunostimulant and painkilling.
  • Nausea – Burning Lavender or placing a drop on a pillow or tissue will ease this feeling.
  • Chicken Pox/ shingles – used in baths or blend with witch hazel as a dabbing lotion.
  • Skin Conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry/oily skin conditions. Lavender speeds up the healing process and balances the production of sebum. It is very relaxing and helps deal with stress and anxiety, which can aggravate or be a cause of many skin problems. Best used in a cream.
  • Contraindications – pregnancy, low blood pressure 
  • Emotions – useful for depression or anxiety, blended with other appropriate oils. A good emotional balancer, helpful for panic attacks, mood swings, and manic depression.