Lavender Oil- A Versatile Oil
If you are doing aromatherapy, lavender oil is one of the most versatile among the many. It can be used to treat sicknesses, for skin care, to calm the nerves, to relax the muscles, as an anti-inflammatory treatment, and for digestive system problems.
Many skin problems can be treated with lavender oil. Healing, promoting tissues growth, as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, for soothing, and regulating the waxy substance secreted from the skin or sebum, are some of the ways by which lavender oil can help our skin problems. Lavender has been recommended to treat conditions such as acne, stretch marks, blotches, scars, wounds and burns, pressure sores, ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, itching, insect bites, dandruff, allergies, and the eradication of lice. You only need to apply two to three drops directly on the affected are, to treat your skin problems.
Lavender oils are also helpful in fighting stress. Using lavender oils is the best way to calm you down if you are anxious or nervous. Lavender oils have natural sedative properties that promote sleep and this is very helpful for people suffering from insomnia. If you are excessively irritable, it can soothe you, and if you are prone to migraine it relieves you by reducing the blood pressure. It also improves your depressive states.
The ways of dispensing lavender oil for specific uses are given below.
You can disperse it in the atmosphere by using a diffuser. This oil has a floral scent and if you mix it with the air it gives a pleasant atmosphere which gives you a great feeling, and it also takes away tobacco smells.
It can be mixed with vegetable oil in the mixture of 1 part lavender oil to 10 parts vegetable oil and use the mixture for massage. This should be applied to the solar plexus, foot arches, or along the spine.
For an aromatic bath, dilute in your hot water a combination of 10 drops of lavender oil with foam bath, bath salt, or a spoonful of milk.
Lavender oil helps fight digestion difficulties, flatulence, nausea, and digestive spasms. Increase in gastric juice in the stomach, as a spasmodic, and improvement in intestinal mobility are some other ways that lavender oil can be beneficial to the digestive system. Another use of lavender oil is the elimination of intestinal parasites. The mixture to swallow is made up of 2 drops of oil mixed with a spoonful of vegetable oil, honey, or half a spoonful of sugar, three times a day.
Other uses of lavender oil includes relaxing the muscles, anti-inflammatory, and soothes pain. If you frequently experience cramps or if you have rheumatism, then lavender is the best cure for these. Massaging the lavender oil in the affected area will help a lot. Dilute 2 – 4 drops of lavender oil in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage in the affected area.
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