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Using Lavender

Some useful information about lavender

There is no doubt that man's relationship with lavender is ancient, the earliest recorded traces being found in Tutankhamen's 3000 year old tomb.

In England we know that the Romans were growing and using lavender 2000 years ago. We may now live in a modern world but lavender uses are still wide, varied and relevant today. It can be used around the home, on the body and the mind.

True lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is the most versatile and therapeutic lavender oil and is one of the few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin without dilution in a carrier oil.

Lavandin, Lavandula x intermedia is also a super essential oil but must not be put undiluted onto the skin.

  • To aid relaxation add up to 10 drops of lavender oil in your bath.
  • To soothe a headache rub a drop of oil onto the temples.
  • Applying a few drops of oil to the feet can have a soothing effect on the nervous system.
  • For a restful nights sleep, add a few drops of oil onto your pillow.
  • Fresh lavender looks and smells wonderful around the house. When it is dried its air freshening qualities continue and it can be left in situ, made into lavender bags, wreaths or pot pourri.
  • Dried or fresh lavender flowers can be used in the kitchen, as a tea, put in cakes, biscuits or vinegars!
  • Use lavender oil as a natural cleaning agent - it is particularly good in the bathroom.
  • Dried lavender in an animal's basket repels fleas as well as deodorises.
  • Lavender has anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. It can be used on the skin to soothe burns, athletes foot, sunburn, insect bites, stings and cuts,
  • as well as easing serious complaints such as acne and eczema (only use pure angustifolia neat on your skin, always check with your GP before using).
  • Seamstresses and tailors, use lavender in your needle cushions to prevent rusting.
  • To deter moths from clothing, place a lavender bag or beads in your wardrobe and drawers.
  • Lavender water (a by product of distillation) can be used in the iron or as a face toner!!
  • Rubbing a few drops of lavender oil around the abdomen 5-7 days before a period relieves pms and cramps.