Properties: relaxant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antidepressant, decongestant, detoxifying, diuretic and restorative. One of the most popular oils with a multitude of uses.
|Usage||What it’s good for|
|Added to bathwater||Soothing tension and headaches, relieving stress and lifting depression.|
|In a vaporiser/burner||Nervous system disorders, such as anxiety and insomnia and also shock, vertigo, hypertension and migraine.|
|One to two drops of the neat, or diluted, oil rubbed into the skin or applied as a compress||Acne, boils, sores, spots, psoriasis, bruises, burns (including sunburn), dermatitis, eczema, athlete’s foot, ringworm, scabies, insect bites and stings. It can also be used as insect repellent.|
|Massage (diluted in a carrier oil)||Easing digestive symptoms such as colic, flatulence, abdominal cramps and indigestion, menstrual pain, cystitis, aches and pains, and stimulating circulation.|
|A few drops added to shampoo||Treating dandruff and warding off head lice.|
|Steam inhalation||Easing coughs, colds and congestion.|
Caution: may cause skin irritation through repeated use, especially if used undiluted or in highly concentrated form. Avoid in early pregnancy if there’s a history of miscarriage. Those who suffer with hay fever or asthma may be allergic.
NB: there’s more than one type of lavender oil. Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) has a more stimulating scent and is most effective for respiratory problems.