Aromatherapy for everyday living – Lavender Essential Oil

This is an on-going series of Aromatherapy for everyday living. Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy with the use of essential oils by a holistic health practitioner, such as an aromatherapist,  massage therapist or esthetician who uses essential oils on a client for the treatment of physical, emotional or spiritual disorders, illness, or disease.  You don’t need to be a holistic health care practitioner  to use aromatherapy or essential oils on yourself.   You only need to have the desire to use them as a healing modality, but you do need to exercise caution and understand how to use essential oils on yourself safely.  Please refer to the EO Education page for guidelines and methods of use. Aromatherapy, when used properly, is an effective and complimentary holistic healing therapy that can be used in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Incorporating aromatherapy into everyday living practices for health is a natural means of alleviating symptoms for everyday complaints such as stress, insomnia, muscular aches, pains, burns, cuts and bruises.

The Magic of Lavender!

One essential oil I highly recommend for your medicine cabinet or first aid kit is Lavender, Extra (lavendula officinalis). Lavender is one of the most versatile and gentle of all essential oils and has universal appeal.  Known as the Angel of Purification, Lavender enjoys the reputation of bringing clarity, emotional balance and peace of mind very quickly just by inhaling its essence.

Therapeutic Index

Lavender is an excellent remedy for headaches, colds, coughs,  high blood pressure,  insomnia, skin inflammation, burns and bruises.  One of the most important uses of Lavender is for the relief of muscular pain.  Lavender is also valuable in reducing menstrual pain and an excellent remedy for women going through menopause.

The Magical Oil

Lavender is really considered a magical oil because it has properties ranging from analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, bactericidal and decongestant, to hypotensive, insect repellent and sedative.

When inhaled

Lavender immediately helps to calm the emotions and any type of irritability.

When Massaged

into the temples, Lavender will relieve many forms of a headache.

The Burn Oil

Lavender has become to be known as the Burn Oil.  Dr. Jean Valnet, a French army surgeon, used Lavender to treat serious burns and war injuries.  Today, Lavender is being used in some hospitals  to treat burns.  Please use caution when using Lavender to treat burns, but it can be used on first and second degree burns very effectively.  Third degree burns will require medical attention.

To Treat Burns and Hot Scalds

Cool the infected area immediately with cool or tepid water for 10 minutes but do not use ice.  Then apply a cool compress with 8-10 drops of essential oil of Lavender.  Never apply ointments or vegetable oils to burns because they can fry on the skin and cause infection.  Instead, use Aloe Vera Gel with the lavender mixed in (2-3 drops per tablespoon) and apply hourly to reduce pain and heal the burn.  Lavender is an analgesic which will help to reduce the pain and antiseptic which will help to reduce infections and heal the burn very quickly.    If you get a burn in the kitchen from touching a hot pan or steam, what I do is quickly run cool water over the burned area and then apply 3-4 drops of lavender directly onto the burn and continue this until the pain has disappeared.  You will also see that the skin will probably be a little tender the  next day, but will heal quickly each day as you continue to apply the lavender directly on the burn.  Wash your hands after use and do not get into your eyes.