Lavender

lavenderLavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It can help you feel good, kill germs, relieve pain, help you sleep and keep annoying insects at bay.

Lavender was said to have been brought over from Arabia to sell to Greek traders approximately 600 BC, later reaching the Hyeres Islands off the coast of France. It also was used 2500 years ago in the mummification process in Ancient Egypt. we have moved on from mummification, lets look at its uses nowadays:

Calming

Rub 2-3 drops of lavender into your feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body.
Add a few drops to your bathwater.
Mix a few drops of lavender oil into a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, or into your body lotion/body butter (if unfragranced).

Sleep aid

Rub a drop of lavender oil into your palms and put some on your pillow to help you sleep.
Add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath water.

Bee sting / Insect bite

Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.

Minor burn

Dilute lavender oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba or rosehip oil and apply to a minor burn to decrease pain, swelling and redness.
Do not apply lavender oil to an open wound or major burn.

Eczema / Dermatitis

Mix several drops of lavender oil into jojoba oil or rosehip oil to use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
(If the eczema/dermatitis appears wet most of the time, alternate the oil use with a powder, such as the wound powder.)

Insect repellent

Add lavender oil to an essential oil burner or diffuser in the room.