Lavender. Its’ one of the most versatile essential oils and its usage is extensive.
Lavender is a natural antiseptic, antidepressant and is antitoxic. And these are but a few of this powerful plants constituents.
As a natural antiseptic, it is ideal to apply to minor cuts and burns, insect bites, and skin allergies. The antiseptic soothes the heat causing inflammation and helps clean the wound of infection while nurturing the skin.
Lavender is commonly known for its ability to create a calming effect on the nervous system. For this reason, it is frequently used to assist with sleep and insomnia, as well as depression and anxiety. These calming ingredients are also wonderful for skincare, proving to be gentle on sensitive skin, as well as to treat acne and eczema.
Having antitoxic constituents means that lavender is one of the safest essential oils, and one of the few that can be applied topically. It’s even safe to use on babies, often applied to bare bottoms to help with nappy rash.
· Add several drops to your diffuser or spray atomiser to freshen the room creating a deodoriser and disinfectant. Mixing it with other essential oils like eucalyptus or clove can help enhance this disinfectant.
· Dilute the oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba and massage to the affected area such as neck and shoulders or use as a general body moisturiser.
· When applying to open wounds or skin irritations, add a few drops of oil to a piece of clean gauze to gently clean the affected area.
· Make a compress to alleviates sprains, strains, headaches and migraines.
Care should always be used with working with essential oils. Whilst it is unlikely to cause issues, read the label carefully and monitor for any reactions. Disuse immediately if irritation occurs.
Choose wisely. Live vibrantly.
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