Lavender is one essential oil that should be in every home and first aid kit! Lavender is the most “universal” oil and is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. It is steam distilled from Lavandula angustifolia.

Lavender is one of the few essential oils that is safe to use neat or undiluted, on the skin, if it is the therapeutic grade.

When in doubt, use Lavender. Lavender is good for all sorts of problems.

Personally, I have used lavender for quite a long time to control my blood pressure by inhaling and applying to the heart reflex points and directly over the heart.

Lavender reduces inflammations, relieves burns, headaches, cuts, skin abrasions, analgesic, anti-fungal, calming and relaxing, anti-stress, anti-depression, insomnia (inhale), PMS and more.

Burns and Sunburn – Apply 1-3 drops on burn location to cool tissue and reduce inflammation. Apply 3-6 times daily or as needed.

Use Lavender to cleanse and sooth cuts or scrapes.

Reduce or minimize scar tissue by massaging it on or around affected areas.

Apply 2-3 drops Lavender to relieve itching and soothe skin.

To Calm and Relax-Lavender is well-known for its calming and sedative properties. Massage Lavender into the back of the neck or bottom of feet for relaxation. Add a few drops of Lavender to your bath water for a relaxing soak. Diffuse Lavender before bed to quiet the mind and prepare for sleep. Inhaling also works wonders. Lavender can also be used for insomnia.

For restless leg syndrome, apply to the bottoms of feet. Inhale deeply to get back to sleep if necessary. If you have insomnia, try rubbing some Lavender on your chest and put a couple drops on your tongue.

Headaches- Lavender is good for headaches. Put a couple drops in your hand and then inhale. Apply a drop on your puzzles, the back of the neck across forehead or on location.

Mood Uplifting – Diffuse or put a couple drops in your hand and then inhale. Apply direct application. Lavender also helps PMS symptoms.

Some other ways I have used Lavender:

* I put a couple drops in a cup of hot water with a little Agave Syrup stirred in. It's great right before bed!

* I keep a bottle of Lavender in my kitchen at all times. If I cut or burn myself, I grab the Lavender right away and apply a drop or two. It immediately stops bleeding and helps relieve the pain from burns. Plus, I do not get a nasty scar!

* I seldom get headaches, but when I do, it is usually allergy related. For me, massaging a drop of Lavender on my puzzles, behind my ears and on the back of the neck relieves my head in just minutes.

I have several bottles of Lavender throughout my home and I highly recommend it for your natural home first-aid kit. Because it is so versatile, no wonder Lavender is called the “Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils.

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* Beware of using perfume grade oils! I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils

To your good health,

Carol Wickett