Lavender is renowned for its ability to calm and quiet the mind, while promoting a sense of deep relaxation. Its usefulness in first-aid treatments is near-legendary thanks to its healing and regenerative properties, and it’s a valuable addition to bath and body products and household cleaners. It is an enormously versatile essential oil, so if you’re looking for a single oil to start with, lavender provides an outstanding introduction to aromatherapy.
Overuse can cause allergic reactions, especially with neat application. Use lavender judiciously, even though it is generally regarded as safe.
INHALATION: Lavender is a gentle, but effective remedy for stuffy sinuses; inhaling it provides relief while soothing inflamed nasal linings. If adding it to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: One of a few essential oils safe for undiluted use, lavender quickly takes the sting out of a minor burn, cut, or scrape. Drip a single drop onto the affected area after cleansing and allow it to air-dry.
BATH: Try making your own bath and beauty products that take advantage of lavender’s comforting fragrance. It’s ideal for using on its own and, because it blends beautifully with many other essential oils, the sky really is the limit!
Whip up a quick linen spray by adding 10 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 cup of water. Lightly spritz your sheets, comforter, and pillows at bedtime. This spray doubles as an all-natural air freshener. Lavender is both an antibacterial and antiviral agent, so it’s ideal for adding to household cleaners. One versatile spray can help you keep a variety of surfaces clean. Because most people like its fragrance, it makes a wonderful addition to homemade gifts; scented sachets, potpourri, and bath salts are just a few favorites.
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Minor cuts and scrapes