Therapeutic properties- 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.
Bee sting / Insect bite- add a drop of Lavender oil on the sting or bite to stop itching & reduce swelling.
Bruises- try gently rubbing a few drops of Lavender oil around and on sore, bruised areas to promote blood flow, healing and relief for the tenderness and pain.
Bug Repellent- Lavender oil is a unique insect repellant that is safe, effective and has no side effects
Calming- Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
Chapped or sunburned lips- Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
Child's resting place- Place a few drops on your child's stuffed animal or pillow to help comfort them at night and to build comforting memories.
Cold sores- Put a drop of lavender oil on the cold sore.
Cuts- Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
Dandruff- Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
Dementia- Some studies have shown that aromatherapy and other Lavender oil use can help reduce agitation for aging patients who experience agitation and irritability due to dementia.
Dry or chapped skin- Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
Eczema / Dermatitis- Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
Fabric freshener and deodorizer- Place a few drops on cloth or laundry drier sheet to freshen laundry scent and naturally deodorize.
Hay fever- Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
Minor burn- Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
Nausea or motion sickness- place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
Nosebleed- put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
Reducing Scar Tissue- Be sure to consistently add Lavender oil to areas of skin that are wounded and beginning to heal to help reduce scarring and promote healing, while also experience the antiseptic properties of the oil.
Shingles- use topically to alleviate the pain, irritation and itching caused by shingles. Also, because shingles can often be associated with life stressors, Lavender can help with that too.
Sinusitis and allergy flare-ups- Both Lavender and Peppermint oil can be very effective for helping to reduce the flare ups from allergies and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus linings). Place a few drops near the affected areas, nasal passages, temples, forehead, back of the neck, between the eyes (but certainly not in the eyes) – and test some near your eyes to make sure the vapors are not too intense for your eyes as it can irritate or cause the eyes to water a bit.
Sleep aid- inhale directly, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
Precautions- Although lavender oil is considered one of the safest essential oils, you should discontinue use is you have any allergic reactions.
DISCLAIMER: The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe.