Lavender's wonderful scent has been around and used for generations. Lavender and its fragrance can easily get us reminiscing of some of our most loved memories.

Lavender comes from a bushy shrub with small lavender blossoms known as lavandula angustifolia.

The essential oil produced from early flowers is considered as the beneficial oil used medicinally. It also appears to possess spasmolytic as well as sedative effects and is considered to be a safe botanical herb. Moderation is advisable as medicinally the actual plant has not already been researched.

Lavender's therapeutic qualities, germ killing properties, and anti-fungal qualities, make it a good choice for skin care. It can be used for many skin conditions including acne breakouts, lines and wrinkles as well as inflammation.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.
For skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis, herbalists suggest adding 2 drops lavender oil to a base carrier oil. A base carrier can be a massage oil such as almond massage oil. Use this as a lotion; it makes a perfect remedy for dry skin problems.

It is said by adding 3 to 4 drops lavender oil to a warm bath, this will help reduce itchiness.

For use as an excellent bug repellent, rub the leaves from the plant on to your skin.

Lavender also possesses a soothing fragrance which makes it a fantastic way to relieve and reduce headaches, symptoms of depression, tension, anxiety, and stress. It provides you with a better sleep quality and is a popular treatment for insomnia and sleeping disorders.

The essential oil of lavender can help boost blood circulation. It is often utilized by those with high blood pressure. Lavender is also considered helpful for stomach and digestion health.

Lavender oils are also used to improve the health of the respiratory system, and to alleviate problems such as the flu, asthma, colds and throat infections.

Below are some recipes using lavender that you can easily make.

Lavender Aromatherapy Bath Oil Recipe.
A wonderful recipe using lavender and other essential oils.
20 drops lavender oil
15 drops benzoin oil
10 drops frankincense oil
1 drop cedarwood oil
4 fluid ounces carrier oil of your choice (jojoba or sweet almond oil)

Respiratory Aromatherapy Recipe.
For chest and sinus congestion try this recipe:
2 drops of lavender
2 drops of tea tree
2 drops of eucalyptus

Bring a small pan of water to boil then remove from the stove. Transfer hot water to a small bowl; careful it's hot.
While this is still steaming, add the ingredients listed above.

Cover bowl and your head with towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

Relaxation Recipe.
A massage oil that can also be used as a bath oil. A blend for relaxation and stress relief. This will induce deep relaxation to the muscles, joints, and tissues for a good energy balance.
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops tangerine oil
3 drops marjoram oil
1 drop chamomile oil

Blend all essential oils in 1 ounce of your choice of carrier oil.

Skin Aromatherapy Recipe.
For athlete's foot and ringworm.
1 drop lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

Add the above essential oils to 1 teaspoon massage oil base / carrier oil. Stir gently to mix, apply with a cotton swab to affected area.