Lavender

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LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA

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.

Precautions
Overuse can cause allergic reactions, especially with neat application. Use lavender judiciously, even though it is generally regarded as safe.

Application Methods
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!

Popular Uses
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.

BLENDS WELL WITH
Bergamot
Black pepper
Cedarwood
Clary sage
Clove
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Frankincense
Geranium
German chamomile
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lemongrass
Patchouli
Peppermint
Roman chamomile
Rosemary
Tea Tree
Thyme
Vetiver

SUBSTITUTE WITH
Eucalyptus
Frankincense
German chamomile
Helichrysum
Hyssop
Lavandin
Patchouli
Roman chamomile
Tea tree

HEALING PROPERTIES
Analgesic
Antidepressant
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Bactericide
Carminative
Cholagogue
Cicatrizant
Cordial
Cytophylactic
Decongestant
Deodorant
Diuretic
Hypotensive
Nervine
Rubefacient
Sedative
Sudorific
Vulnerary

IDEAL FOR TREATING
Anxiety
Depression
Insect bites
Insomnia
Minor burns
Minor cuts and scrapes
Sunburns

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