10 Jul 2009

Lavender Oil

Pure lavender essential oil is an amazing oil as it is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant and sedative. It's main benefits being that it balances & normalizes body functions, promotes tissue regeneration, speeds up wound healing, cleanses cuts, bruises & skin irritations, soothes & relaxes the mind & body, and eases aches and pains.

Unlike many pure essential oils which require to be diluted in a carrier oil, lavender oil is safe to use directly on the skin. It can be applied directly to spots, bites, cuts, minor burns and acne spots. A few drops sprinkled on a tissue and inhaled or rubbed on the temples or back of the neck will relieve headaches. For bruises, put a few drops on a damp cloth and place over the affected area, repeat twice a day. For earache add one drop of oil to one teaspoon of warm olive oil and place a couple of drops in the ear with a dropper. Mix aloe vera gel with a few drops of lavender oil for a soothing and cooling after sun gel. An excellent oil for your first aid kit.

Lavender oil's calming affect on the system and relief of fatigue , make it widely used in massage and aromatherapy. Not sleeping well? Put 6 drops in your evening bath after a stressful or tiring day, and soak your troubles away. Alternatively place 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil on your pillow before retiring to help give you restful sleep.

Even your pets can benefit from lavender oil. It soothes them in time of distress and also repels fleas and many other insects. For fleas you can add a few drops of oil to the rinsing water when washing pets bedding and/or you can dip their brush in water with a few drops of lavender oil added then brush through their fur. For stress place a pad with few drops of lavender oil in their bed.

Note: If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult with a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Keep away from eyes.

Always check that you are receiving a pure essential oil when purchasing lavender oil as many lavender oils sold are only for use in pot pourri.

As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul ~ Anonymous


After Sun Bath Cooler

5 drops pure lavender essential oil
2 drops pure chamomile essential oil

Add to warm bath water, relax and let the oils and water calm your skin.

After Sun Soothing Gel

1 tsp aloe vera or aloe ferox gel
4 drops pure lavender essential oil
1 drop pure chamomile essential oil

Mix and apply to reddened areas.

Lavender Massage Mix
From the Skin Care Company
Submitted By: Tammy

2/3 cup / 150 mls grape seed oil
1/3 cup / 75 mls wheat germ oil
10 drops vitamin E oil
6 drops pure lavender essential oil

Pour all the ingredients into a dark bottle that has a spout. Shake well. Shake well before each use. Pour the oil into your hands to warm before putting it on your body. Massage into your body using a circular motion. This makes 8 ozs / 240mls.

Natural Acne Treatment
From Article Alley Author: Flatpick
For full article got to here
Lavender essential oil and Tea Tree seem to be well tolerated by most users and Tea Tree is one of the best and most popular for natural acne treatment.

Mix the following in a small bottle or container:
1 oz / 30 ml jojoba oil
10 drops of lavender oil
7 drops of tea tree oil
2 drops of bergamot oil
1 drop geranium oil

(To mix without the bergamot oil, simply use 12 drops of lavender oil). Shake ingredients well and apply to your face, neck or back. Avoid your eyes, nose or the inside of your ears. As with any acne treatment, these will take time to work. If you have a serious skin condition, please consult with a dermatologist. For allergy prone skin it may be wise to try applying the oils in a small area first.

Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair
From the LongLocks Hair Care Website

1/2 cup soybean oil
8 drops oil of sandalwood
8 drops oil of lavender
8 drops oil geranium

Mix all ingredients well. Warm oil to a comfortable temperature and apply the mixture to damp hair. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and apply a hot towel for 20 minutes. Shampoo.

Lavender Hand & Foot Wash
From Spa Index
Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet.

1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh sage
2 cups of water
8 drops of lavender oil

In a saucepan, combine lavender flowers, sage and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth and let cool. Discard the solids, retain the liquid. Add Lavender Oil, shake to emulsify, and then apply to hands and feet with a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. Repeat as necessary, or desired. So refreshing in summer when your feet are hot, and in winter, when they've been cooped up in boots.

Skin Astringent
From Skin-care.Health-Cares.Net

2 bags of green tea
1 tablespoon rosemary
16 oz / 475mls boiling water
1/2 cup witch hazel
5 drops lavender essential oil
juice from a half of lemon

Place rosemary into a strainer or muslin bag and place it into a glass container. and the tea bags and pour the water into it.Let it stand until it's completely cool.Then add the witch hazel,lemon juice and lavender oil. Store in the fridge. It may separate so shake before use.

Calming Mist For Overactive Dogs
Good advice from The Herbs Place

30 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops chamomile essential oil
4 oz / 120 mls of purified water or distilled

Measure essential oils into an empty and clean 4-oz spray mist bottle. Add the water until it is filled. Put on cap and shake well before each use. Spray around the dog and even on its coat since Lavender is a good essential oil to repel mosquitos and fleas. This is great for use in a car with a nervous dog or at any time your dog is over-energized. (Note: He does a lot of work with pets and wears lavender oil to help them feel more relaxed and also helps to keep the bugs away. Great advice for those working with strays ~ Jackie)

Flea Mix for Dogs

2 cups water
2 drops pure lavender essential oil
2 drops pure cedarwood essential oil

Put in bowl, stir to mix. Dip dog brush into bowland brush through dog's coat until all fur covered excluding his/her face.

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Marion said...

I really miss my lavender is too harsh for them here in the Cariboo. But I've discovered one thing...Lavender repels mosquitoes quite well. I used to use that awful insect repellent; then I discovered lavender body spray does almost as good a job!

And here I find a dog spray! Thank you so much...the mozzies are huge, around here!

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Nancy said...

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Vero said...

I use lavender oil with strong peppermint infusion and spray it on my works quite ok..but now in summer season I need to go to vet to deflea her :-( I don't like it because it is definitely affecting her fur.But my cat is also inside and I do not want any fleas in my house...

CyberCelt said...

I love lavender and rosemary. These are the only bushes that are still living in the 100+ degrees of Texas. How are you doing in S. Africa? We are in the midst of a long drought.

These recipes for lavender are great! I had a headache when I started reading this and now I don't. Amazing.

Angels all around you.

Filly said...

Lavender oil has a light fresh aroma :)

Kacy said...

Great info on Lavener Oil..

Farty Girl said...

I'm a fan of the sleepy properties of lavender... as someone with lifelong sleeping disorders, it's one of the few things that truly helps calm me down in the evenings. I rub on some lavender lotion and brew up some lavender and chamomile tea... it's the best! I'm totally interested in making my own oil too... thanks for the recipes!

Cheryl (SwineInsanity) said...

I have read about Lavender oil in a first aid kit, lavender in ice cream... Lavender is so relaxing...

Anonymous said...

UM this is by far the most useful blog I've read about Lavender Oil. My personal favorites are the After Sun Soothing and Damaged Hair. We need more articles like this.