Traditional uses for Lavender 

Lavender Fields at Terwilliger have many fine Lavender products like this hand embroidered Lavender sachets. You can email her for a product list at clairecashman70@gmail.com . Photo Courtesy of Claire Cashman
Lavender Fields at Terwilliger have many fine Lavender products like this hand embroidered Lavender sachets. You can email her for a product list at clairecashman70@gmail.com . Photo Courtesy of Claire Cashman

The following is a list of traditional remedies using Lavender oil, hydrosol and Lavender flowers/plant products according to many sources one can find ready on the internet. This article should not be taken as medical advice; these are only suggestions and for informational and entertainment purposes only. Each person must make their own evaluations.

 

Preventive:

 Repels insects- fleas, moths & mosquitos

Do you hate using insecticides?  Good news! Insects hate the smell of Lavender It is suggested you mist yourself and/or pet with Lavender hydrosol before you go out at sunset or to bed, put three to four drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. To keep moths off your clothes, hang Lavender sachets in your closets and draws. Refresh them from time to time with a drop or two of pure Lavender oil.

 

Common ailments:

 Insomnia

Soothing at any age when used in diffuser and it is suggested to put a few drops on a pillow. For infants you can also create a message oil of mineral oil or other carrier oil, add one drop of Geranium oil and one drop of Lavender oil and massage into baby’s back or just put a few drops into their night bath or use a sachet of oil filled with Lavender flowers.

Stress & Anxiety

Keep a spritzer of Lavender hydrosol mist handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply a Lavender oil salve to your temples.

Fatigue

It is suggested to add five drops of Lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. It is suggested that the soles of the feet are particularly porous, and the theory is that the Lavender can then reach your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.

Aching Muscles

It is suggested to apply a Lavender oil salve to sore joints and muscles or prepare a Lavender bath of Epsom salts  and a few drops of Lavender oil to soak away the tension.

Headache

It is suggested that the distilled water of Lavender or hydrosol when used as a mist sprayed around the head can be refreshing and soothing. Also it is suggested to make a compress soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of Lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a Lavender oil salve into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.

Menstrual Cramps

Relaxes relieves pain -It is suggested to massage a few drops of suave containing Lavender oil into your lower abdomen and or apply a hot compress onto the area, with little sprinkle of Lavender oil.

 Feeling Faint

 It is suggested to use your own smelling salts made of sea salt, Lavender oil, Peppermint oil and Basil oil.

 

First Aid:

 Known for its powerful antibacterial and anti-viral properties

The Romans would carry Lavender in a bag to war. When wounded they would crush it and place it in olive oil then applied it to their wounds. Also early 20th Century French laboratory studies showed that Lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 percent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB and diphtheria.

Cuts, Wounds and Minor Burns

It is suggested to apply Lavender oil salve to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. The area first should be cooled by immersing the burned area in cold water first Then it is suggested to gentle place a Lavender oil salve on burned area.

Sunburn

It is suggested to spray a pure Lavender hydrosol mist directly onto the skin or add 8 drops of Lavender oil and 4 drops of Peppermint oil to a teaspoon of Jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Insect bites

Lavender oil products traditionally are known for their soothing an anti- itch and anti- inflammation properties. It is suggested a Lavender oil salve and pure hydrosol mist can be used to help relieve the pain and itch of bug bites.

Earache

It is suggested to warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two then add two to three drops of the warmed Lavender oil to a little olive oil in a separate container, then add a few warm not hot drops in the ear cannel and gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat.

Sinusitis

Lavender is one of several essential oils that aroma-therapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis. It is suggested to add two drops of lavender and thyme oil to a bowl of hot steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head and bowl.

Fevers

It is suggested sponge babies or small children, down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of Lavender oil, taking care not to let them get chilled. For adults you can bathe in tepid water with Lavender oil or have a sponge bath too.

 

Skin Conditions:

 Eczema

It is suggested to stroke a few drops of lavender oil and olive oil or other carrier oil into dry, itchy skin.  You can also add a few drops of Lavender oil to Calamine lotion, shake before use.

Acne

Aromatherapists say that Lavender is one of the most valuable oils in the treatment of acne as it inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection. It is also suggested to help rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring. It is suggested to add a few drops of lavender oil to a moisturizing cream or cleanser and apply to the needed area.

Shingles
It is suggested to make combination of Lavender oil with other analgesic, antiviral and scar preventing essential oils when applied to lesions can be very helpful. One would have to Google all the other essential oils that have analgesic, antiviral and scar preventing properties and make their own choice, of which Lavender oil is one.

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