Lavender Essential Oil
Most of the properties of Lavender revolve around the balancing and normalising of body functions and emotions. Lavender can be used to great effect in massage and bath oils fo rmuscular aches and pains. Traditionally Lavender has been used to aid a good nights sleep.
Lavender Essential Oil is valuable in treating colds and flu. With the natural antiseptic properties it helps combat the cause, and the the camphorous and herbaceous undertones help relieve many of the symtoms. When used as part of inhalation, it is very beneficial.
For headaches Lavender Essential Oil can be put in a cold compress with a couple of drops rubbed into the temples... soothing and relieving.
Lavender helps relieve the itch which is associated with bites and applying neat oil to bites also helps relieve the stinging sensation. Lavender will help soothe and heal burns, but always remember for serious burns to consult a doctor, Lavender isn't a replacement for medical treatment in the case of a severe burn.
Physchologically Lavender is soothing, balancing and calming and helps with mood swings and PMT. The calming properties of Lavender Essential Oil help induce relaxation and are therefore useful in meditation.
Lavender essential oil can be found in many high end perfum blends, when blended with care, it can produce some very sophisticated scents.
Due to the sleep related effects of Lavender, it should not be used when driving or operating machinery as it can make you drowsy.
Some people with low blood pressure may feel drowsy using the oil, if this is the case (and not the desired effect) cease use.