Lavender lavandula abrialis
Main Qualities: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, deodorant, insect repellent.
Helps to: Relieve pain, stimulate new cell growth, encourage fluid loss by promoting urination, stimulate menstruation, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, increase sweating , strengthen and relax the nervous system, tone muscles, generally calms emotions and can induce sleep.
Can Benefit: Acne, all skin types, athlete’s foot, boils, burns, bruises, cuts, eczema, grazes, inflamed skin, insect stings and bites, itching, minor wounds, psoriasis, rashes (nappy), ringworm, scalds, scars, sores, sunburn, stretch marks, ulcers ♦ anxiety, depression, hysteria, insomnia, nervous tension, stress-related ailments ♦ arthritis, aches & pains (muscles), cramp, gout, sciatica, sprains ♦ asthma, bronchitis, colds coughs (tickly), croup, flu, laryngitis, sinusitis, sore throats, whooping cough ♦ cellulite, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, gall bladder problems, indigestion, nausea, tummy ache ♦ dandruff, head lice ♦ earache, headache, migraine ♦ engorged breasts, labour pain, leucorrhoea, period pain, premenstrual syndrome, thrush ♦ urinary tract infections.
How to Use: Bath, compress, douche, hair care, insect repellent, massage, perfume (neat, but 1 drop only), room fragrancer, skin-care preparations.
Warnings: Probably the only oil that can safely be used neat (in very small amounts) and during pregnancy – HOWEVER, as Lavender promotes menstruation, it must be avoided in early pregnancy if there is a history or serious risk of miscarriage