Lavender essential oil is a favourite of many in aromatherapy (some would say it’s a staple) because of its long list of benefits. The small plant is native to the Mediterranean but is now grown across the globe. Lavender makes a great oil for beginners who are looking for something easy to start off with. It is an incredibly calming and soothing oil which can be used during times of trauma, grief and stress.
Lavender essential oil smells much like the lavender plant but more intense. It has a floral and herbaceous scent and it can be blended well with many different oils in particular those from the citrus and floral families.
Lavender has mild sedative properties which can settle insomnia and restlessness to help users get a good night sleep. It is also useful for dealing with stress and easing headaches, migraines and nervous tension. Lavender has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions which make it great for assisting in the treatment of skin issues including acne, bruises, mild burns, skin inflammation, cuts and abrasions, athlete’s foot, ringworm, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff and insect bites. Lavender has also been known to be effective as a natural insect repellent.
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