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Lavender First Aid

Posted by Kim Brown on

    Lavender is an herbal plant with unequaled natural medicinal properties. 
    Lavender essential oil stimulates and supplements the body's healing forces, 
    and is unmatched by modern pharmaceuticals or other aromatic plants.

    Stimulates Immune System             Stress Reducer                 Fights Infection                       Aromatic Soothing Scent
    Headache Reliever                           Muscle Relaxer                  Natural Antimicrobial               Itch & Pain Reliever

Nature's Medicine Chest
    Lavender is the one essential oil that should be in every medicine chest. It's broad medicinal properties are unequaled by any other essential oil.
    Naturally occurring aromatic oils are a mixture of compounds that have been called the healing life force of plants. They contain many medicinal nutrients, oxygenating molecules, amino acid precursors, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones and more.
    There are countless applications for this incredibly versatile oil. These include therapeutic uses that ease upper respiratory and muscle pain, and myriad systemic conditions. Lavender essential oil is used to treat insect stings, minor skin rashes and itches. It is also a natural flea and mosquito repellent.
    Rub in a few drops to keep skin looking young and fresh, or brighten dull hair. Lavender oil is extremely effective in treating burns, and to relieve sinus congestion, and combat infection. It is used to heal many skin conditions including eczema, rash and sunburn. It has been effectively used to reduce spasm, sore muscle pain, inflammation, weakness and swelling of the limbs, as well as increase sluggish circulation. Lavender essential oil can also be used to lower blood pressure, help control stress, and treat nervousness, insomnia, and migraine.
    Lavender essential oil offers hope for confronting drug-resistant bacteria, an important option in ending the antibiotic cycle. It is generally safe for use on adults and children as well as pets and livestock. It is one of the few essential oils that can be applied undiluted to the skin. It rarely causes allergic reaction and has very low oral toxicity.
    Mediterranean mint, known as Lavandula officinalis, is widely cultivated for its narrow aromatic leaves and spikes of lilac-purple flowers. Its name is derived from the Latin, lavore, meaning to wash or cleanse. Among the many varieties of lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Grosso is a hybrid lavender which is known to be more antimicrobial and antiseptic. It has a wonderful fragrance in all forms, be it oil, dried florets or live plants. 
   This 100% organic lavender oil is estate-grown and distilled in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

The Many Uses of Lavender Oil
• ITCH OR PAIN RELIEF: Topical antiseptic and antimicrobial for burns, insect bites, minor cuts, rashes, abrasions, symptoms of shingles. Apply a few drops directly to skin or apply with soft brush or cloth.
• HOT OR COLD COMPRESSES: Apply Hot for sinusitis, anxiety, muscle aches, pains, insomnia. Apply Warm to neck area for mumps. Apply Cold to back of head and neck for headache, asthma. 2 cups hot, warm or cold water, add 5-8 drops oil, soak washcloth, wring out and place on skin for 10-15 minutes.
• THERAPEUTIC HOT BATH: Skin absorption, inhalation and smell for illness, colds, flu, congestion, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, muscle aches, stress reduction, relaxation. Disperse 8 drops in a full tub, soak at least 15 minutes.
• INHALATION: Via olfactory and limbic pathway for congestion, cough, hay fever, nervousness, mild depression, insomnia. 2-3 cups near-boiling water, add 3-8 drops oil, tent head and bowl with towel, breathe in vapor for 3-5 minutes. Or, wet cloth with hot tap water, wring out, add 3 drops lavender, then inhale. 
 AIR DIFFUSION: Inhalation therapy, antimicrobial air-cleansing. Diffuse oil for 5-10 minutes several times per day and night. Electric diffusers or nebulizers disperse without heat. Put oil-saturated cotton ball near steam opening of vaporizer.
• FOOT BATH: Use for systemic imbalances, cold, flu, local infections, athletes foot, stress reduction, deep relaxation. Fill bucket with warm to hot water, add 6 drops oil, soak feet 10 minutes twice a day.
• MASSAGE THERAPY: Relieves muscle pain and tension, headache, anxiety, imbalances, infection, inflammation, swelling. Induces stress reduction and deep relaxation. Massage 5-18 drops to pressure-points. Rub a few drops inside arch and toes. Apply drops to wrists, temples or behind the ears.
• AROMATIC DISINFECTANT: For surfaces, except glass. Mix 1 tsp. borax, 2 tbsp. white vinegar and 2 cups warm water in spray bottle, then add 1/2 tbsp. oil, shake well. Spray and scrub, then rinse with clean, damp cloth.  
Before use, try a drop on inner arm skin and check reaction. Avoid contact with eyes. Repeat treatments according to symptoms. Dilute dosages by one-half for children under 12. For children under 2, limit use to one or two drops in bath. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

Historically Proven
    Throughout history, lavender has been used to disinfect sickrooms.
    As far back as biblical times, extracts of lavender aromatics were used to treat and heal wounds.
Ancient Egyptian and Greek physicians documented that aromatic plant oils ward off illness and bring about better health. In ancient Persia, lavender was used to fight infections.
    During the Middle Ages, it is said that lavender field workers and perfumers survived the Black Death because it protected them from lethal bacteria. Likewise, lavender was part of the legendary "Four Thieves Vinegar," used with success by grave robbers to avoid contracting the deadly disease.
    By the 18th century, it was used to prevent colds and flu. In the 19th century, European practitioners were developing methods for treating patients with aromatics and other botanicals.
    During both World Wars, lavender was extensively used as an antiseptic when surgical supplies ran low.
    Today, its many uses include health, beauty, culinary and aromatherapy. It is one of the most widely used fragrance oils in the world.

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