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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils with a wide range of uses. Despite being a floral oil, its fragrance doesn’t have the usual sweetness associated with such oils.

Properties Of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has the following properties:

  • Analgesic.
  • Anti-bacterial.
  • Anti-convulsant.
  • Anti-fungal.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic.
  • Anti-spasmodic.
  • Anti-tumoral.
  • Vasodilator.
  • Vermifuge.

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits And Uses

The primary uses and benefits of Lavender essential oil include:

  • Relaxing the body and mind and easing nervous tension.
  • Easing feelings of aggression, frustration and anger.
  • Easing¬†Headaches.
  • Soothing muscular pain.
  • Treating depression.
  • Treating acne and other skin conditions, such as Eczema¬†and oily skin.
  • Soothing and treating insomnia.
  • Wound cleansing.
  • Treating the symptoms of colds and flu.
  • Easing menstrual pain and other pre-menstrual symptoms.
  • Treating and soothing burns and bruises.
  • Easing the symptoms of hay fever.
  • Treating cold sores.
  • Reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Relieving the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
  • Treating bacterial infections, such as athlete’s foot.
  • Repelling insects and bugs.

How To Use Lavender Essential Oil

You can apply Lavender essential oil in the following ways:

  • Add a few drops to your bath or shower.
  • Use as a massage oil.
  • Inhale.
  • Use as a compress.
  • Diffuse using an essential oil diffuser.

Safety Advice For Lavender Essential Oil

  • Lavender essential oil is generally safe to apply neat without diluting with a carrier oil. Some people may suffer irritation when applying it neat though, so you should always patch test on a small area of your skin first.
  • Don’t ingest Lavender oil.
  • Lavender oil may cause drowsiness if used along with sedatives.

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