Natural Healing Spotlight: Lavender

This is perhaps my very favorite essential oil. I love it because I can use it for so many different things...and the smell is so calming. It reminds me of when my daughter was born because I used it a lot in my postpartum healing. Lavender is an oil I probably couldn't live without!


History and Information

Lavender is an evergreen plant native to the Mediterranean area - it is very prominent in south of France.
Lavender is regarded as one of the most useful and versatile essences for therapeutic purposes. In the early 1920s, while working in his laboratory, French cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, accidentally burned his hand and immediately immersed it into the nearest cold liquid, which happened to be a container of lavender oil. Surprisingly, the pain lessened and the reaction of redness, inflammation, and blistering was drastically reduced. In addition, the wound healed very quickly and no scar developed. Herbalists have used the essential oil for head pains, loss of consciousness, and cramps. Lavender's relaxing properties are used on lions and tigers in zoos to help keep them calm. Lavender is also known to have a powerful anti-venom property that starts neutralizing the poison of a snake or insect bite immediately after it is applied. 

Practical Uses

Improves digestion, soothing to the intestines
Purifying; helps in the reduction of cellulite
Calming and strengthening to the nerves, relaxes the muscles, lessens tension; promotes a restful sleep
Vapors open up the sinus and breathing passages
Mood uplifting, balances mood swings
Lessens aches and pains; gently removes fluid retention
Disinfectant
Repels insects, kills parasites and lice
Healing to the skin: bruises, cuts, wounds, burns, sunburns, scars, sores, insect bites, and injuries

Usage Ideas

Rub lavender diluted with olive oil on the bottom of infant and children's feet and chest to calm before sleep (likewise, rub a drop of lavender on your own neck and temples to calm and promote sleep).
For a severe headache, combine 2 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint, and 2 drops frankincense and apply to areas of pain (temple, above eyes, cheekbones, back of neck).
For ear aches and pain, apply 1-2 drops of lavender to a cotton ball and place in ear.
For sunburns, combine 2 drops lavender with carrier oil and apply liberally - the burning and stinging will be relieved immediately.
For postpartum healing, combine 2-3 drops of lavender with 1/2 cup epsom salt. Run a warm bath and add salt, then soak in it as a sitz bath.

Anecdotal Stories

Just this week, after having a cough and cold, my son began to tug at his ears around dinner time. I got so worried...we have never dealt with an ear infection before and I knew tugging at the ears was not a good sign. He began to cry and act very uncomfortable (as well as developing a fever) so I decided to do something to calm his pain. I placed 1 drop of lavender along with 3-4 drops of olive oil on a cotton ball and placed it in his ear (using tape to hold the cotton in place). I also rubbed 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of frankincense around, on, and behind his ears. He was fussy the entire evening, but after repeating this a couple of times before bed, he slept through the night and woke up with no sign of ear pain. I followed the same protocol the next day a couple of times and now, two days later, he hasn't tugged on his ears or complained of any pain. I don't know if the lavender calmed the pain or stopped an infection, but whatever happened, the ear pain is now gone and my son is happy! *Sidenote: my ears began to bother me a bit from my own congestion so I put lavender on a cotton ball and stuck it inside my ear and I felt it calm the pain within just a few minutes...it was very soothing.

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