Last Modified on May 21, 2014
The sweet and gentle scent of lavender seems to find a pathway straightway to the brain to relax away our pains and anxieties as naturally as can be. Indeed, Lavender and Lavender oils offer a variety of natural healing options for those with sleep issues, anxiety, a need to relieve stress, and other health conditions.
Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia or officinalis, is a flowering plant with lilac-colored blossoms that grows natively around the Mediterranean but is now cultivated in sunny locales around the world. It has long been used in soaps and skin creams, but lavender is equally prized as an essential oil that can be rubbed into the temples to relieve migraine or headache pain, into muscles to relieve soreness, or used in aromatherapy to relax body and mind. The flowers and leaves alike are used in medicinal preparations (including lavender tea) that can offer relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic benefits. Lavender oil should be kept sealed in order to avoid oxidation that can cause allergic reactions when applied to the skin.
Home Remedies: Lavender's benefits derive primarily from linalool, an alcohol compound that shows some promise in fighting cancers. Lavender is also effective against insomnia, can relax bronchial passages, and has shown positive results in studies targeting alopecia areata.
[YEA] Use lavender oil (preferably pure) to relieve pain from burns, also speeds up healing process and leaves burn area with no or almost no scarring.
[YEA] The essential oil of lavender applied directly on to the burn immediately eases the pain and if you are consistent with applying it, will not peel.
[YEA] Lavender oil works wonders on cold sores. It stops them turning to a blister, if caught early enough and treated enough with the oil.
[YEA] I control hsv2 outbreaks with healthy diet and exercise. Exercise helps me to relieve stress, thus keeping outbreaks at bay since stress is a major factor in having outbreaks (for me). When I feel an outbreak coming on I apply lavender oil to the area that tingles and within hours the feeling is gone and no outbreak occurs. I've had the same success using tea tree oil. Believe it or not, on an established sore, neither oil hurts, but rather relieves the itch and pain and speeds up the healing process. I've also used lysine supplements as well as an echinacea and goldenseal combo while pregnant.
[YEA] Biliary Pain (Gallbladder, Sphincter of Oddi, Pancreatitis)
Although I had my gallbladder removed 9 months ago, I still get the classic "attack" pain every now and then. While I will get this checked out with my doctor (it is most likely a 'Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction') in the meantime I discovered a fantastic remedy that relieves the pain within SECONDS.
One drop of pure 100% essential oil of Lavender in a tall glass of water. Sip it slowly and steadily. I went from doubled over and delirious in pain to blissful relief in no less than 30 seconds (and have not had an attack since). I make sure I always have some on hand just in case though. A nice side-effect was it relaxed me so much I enjoyed a lovely afternoon nap! Lavender is on the FDA "GRAS" List (generally recognized as safe) for ingestion. Make sure whatever brand you purchase is 100% pure essential oil (not diluted with jojoba or other carrier oils... those would not be suitable for ingestion).
[YEA] Yes...to LAVENDER for flea control. I recommend lavender castile liquid soap to bath them in and diluted essential oil lightly applied to their coats between baths. Initially, I started using lavender because I am so sensitive to chemicals. Now, I use it because it works so well.
[YEA] Using Lavender essential oil does get rid of fleas on the dogs just like others have said. It will also keep them from getting fleas in the first place. If they do come in contact with them outside, they won't stay on them long.
Here's what I do. I make an all-purpose cleaner for most of my house cleaning that keeps all bugs out. Here's the recipe:
1-cup distilled water
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peppermint oil
Mix in a 24 to 32 oz. Spray bottle. Shake to mix then spray on and wipe with soft cloth, if needed, use a different dry cloth to buff. Use on just about anything and most surfaces.
My dogs, since they were puppies have slept in a wire cage each. They go to bed at night at the same time and they stay in their home cages while I run errands. They feel safe and secure there. I clean the wire cages with this mix and there have been no bugs on or in the cages. We've not had one bug of any kind (not even spiders) in our house since I started using this mix.Bugs of all kinds hate lavender. This recipe can be altered without any problems. You may use only lavender oil and omit the peppermint oil. You may use different amounts of any of the ingredients and it will still work fine. Also by using this mix, everything will be sparkling clean.
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After my immune system was lowered during recovery from surgery, a fungal infection took off in my big toenail. It started as a white mark and progressed into a nasty condition very quickly. I went to a foot doctor and he thought it was not recoverable and was getting ready to do some surgery. However, I opted first to try the medicated nail varnish. This didn't seem to do very much, so in addition to filing the surface of the nail to make it thinner and using the penlac, I started adding a few drops of lavendar oil on a fabric bandaid and would place this on my toenail every day. Very soon I could clearly see new nail starting to grow. This cured the problem! It took a long time, but the bandaid with lavendar oil was quick to do in the morning, and after the months it took for the nail to grow out, it worked and I now have a healthy toenail again :)
EC: Penlac is a topical prescription medication for nail fungus...