Many people only use lavender for its sleep-inducing scent, but the essential oil is also a wonderful first-aid-kit-in-a-bottle that is antiseptic and can relieve insect stings.
Relaxes and aids sleep
Relieves headaches and tension
Heals stings, burns and wounds
Relieves muscle spasms
Stimulates blood flow
Add a few drops of lavender to a bath or sprinkle some on your pillow for a good night's sleep.
The essential oil is a wonderful first-aid-kit-in-a-bottle that is antiseptic and can relieve insect stings.
It can also treat scabies and lice and a few drops massaged into the temples can ease a headache.
Lavender can be applied undiluted to the skin for the treatment of burns, bites and spots and it minimises scarring.
New research has found that lavender oil is a powerful antifungal agent that fights and prevents skin and nail infections, including Candida albicans.
Do not take the essential oil internally without professional supervision. Do not use when pregnant or breastfeeding.
- (updated by Birgit Ottermann, Health24, April 2011)