Lavender Essential Oil: First Aid In A Bottle December 03 2014

The first thing that comes to mind when lavender is mentioned is usually relaxation.  Lavender Essential Oil is, in fact, calming and can help to alleviate tension and stress.  But did you know it also has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties?

Lavender has been shown effective in relief of sunburns, insect bites, cuts, blemishes, headaches, muscular aches, skin conditions such as eczema, and stretch marks.

While most Essential Oils must be diluted by mixing with a carrier oil before applying to the skin, Lavender Essential Oil is quite gentle allowing it to be used directly if you prefer.  Just a drop is all that's needed.  It's the perfect addition to the home first aid kit.

There are multiple effective ways to use Lavender depending on the symptoms.  Here are a few:

Bee Stings & Insect Bites = apply 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil to affected area {dilute with a carrier oil if you prefer or if you show any irritation}.

Acne/Blemishes = infuse dried lavender buds in water, strain, and use the infused water as a soothing face wash.

Burns = add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil to a teaspoon of honey and apply to the burn.

To Calm/Relieve Tension or Stress = inhale the scent of Lavender Essential Oil as needed or add to bath water.

Skin Conditions = add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a carrier oil {sweet almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.} and apply the oil to the affected area.  If you purchase Lavender lotion to use, read the ingredients to make sure it includes Lavender Essential Oil and not a Lavender fragrance.

Sunburn = mix Lavender Essential Oil with Aloe Vera Juice and spray on the affected area.

*As with any herb/essential oil, always patch test first to ensure you don't have a negative reaction.  Children and pregnant or nursing women should always consult their physician before using any essential oil.*