In this post I'll explain just how powerful lavender essential oil is for burns, stress, pain, skin conditions and infection.
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Using Lavender essential oil for burns.
Lavender is very effective for burns. My friend's son, when he was about two, burned his finger on an iron. My friend was actually holding the iron at the time, and he grabbed it, you know how quick kids are!
She put Lavender essential oil on his finger, and it seemed to be healing really quickly. It didn't look very inflamed, but he still seemed to be in pain. And it was only a few hours later that she realised he hadn't just burned the one finger, he had actually burned two fingers. And the untreated finger was red, weeping and blistered while the other one was almost healed. The second finger did heal when she applied Lavender essential oil to it, although not as quickly as the first finger had. It showed how quickly Lavender essential oil works on burns, especially when it's applied quickly. It speeds up healing, reduces scarring and eases pain.
Lavender can be used undiluted on burns in an emergency. But generally it's best to mix it in something like a cream, vegetable oil, or floral water.
Cranky Day Blend
I use Lavender in my "Cranky Day Blend", which is absolutely fantastic for those days when you're feeling tired, overwhelmed, and cranky. The other oils I use in the blend are Bergamot and Ylang Ylang, and that blend is my all time favourite.
Ylang Ylang is pronounced with an E:- Elang Elang.
Cranky Day Blend Bath Recipe
Mix the ingredients add it to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes if possible.
You might wonder why on earth you'd use milk in a bath. But milk is absolutely a great way to use essential oils in a bath because it dissolves really quickly, you don't smell or see it in the bath. And the advantage of using milk rather than a vegetable oil in a bath is that it doesn't cling to the sides like a vegetable oil does, and you don't need to scrub the bath thoroughly after you're finished. .
Don't use essential oils undiluted in a bath, they don't dissolve in water, they just float on the top. If your skin comes into contact with undiluted essential oils it can irritate or even burn it.
Lavender essential oil is wonderful for toothache
Lavender is one of my go to oils for all sorts of pain. I've even used it for a friend who had an abscess on her toot. She couldn't have the tooth removed until the abscess was gone. And God love her, she was eating painkillers like smarties, and they were having practically no effect.
I made her a blend of Lavender and Eucalyptus in essential oils (one drop of each in a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil). She applied it to her cheek (on the outside). And within half an hour, to the surprise of both of us, the pain had completely gone. I wasn't expecting it to work that quickly, but I've used it since for similar situations, and it has always worked very quickly.
Of course, essential oils are not a cure for toothache an answer to toothache, but they are an excellent stopgap until you can get to a dentist.
Don't take any essential oil internally, they can have unpleasant and even dangerous effects.
Lavender is a fantastic oil for all skin types
Lavender essential oil balances the sebum produced by the skin. So your skin is oily, it'll make it less oily and if it's dry, it will moisturise. I've used Lavender in creams for acne, eczema, dermatitis etc and I have been delighted with the results.
Lavender is a fantastic oil for any infectious conditions.
Years ago, I worked in a spa and, one day, one of my friends was feeling really unwell. There was a very nasty tummy bug going round, and it looked like she had caught it. I made her a blend of Lavender, Chamomile and Eucalyptus essential oils (one drop each in a teaspoon and a half (7.5 ml) of extra virgin olive oil) I advised her to rub it on her tummy and to inhale it as much as possible. And I said that she really should go home because that was a nasty bug.
A couple of hours later I met her again, she was still at work. I said, "What are you doing here? I thought you weren't feeling well?" She said she had started to feel better as soon as she used the oil, and that she was feeling fine now.
I could share lots more stories like that about Lavender, it's so powerful.
Lavender shouldn't be used during pregnancy as there is an outside chance that it can bring on a period. To the best of my knowledge, essential oils have never caused any harm to a pregnant mother or an unborn baby. But it's always, always better when you're using essential oils to err on the side of caution, because they are very concentrated and very powerful.
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