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Lavender

Lavender is a very easy plant to grow. It adds a beautiful colour to your garden, has a wonderful scent after rain, and attracts bees and butterflies! As well as being a wonderful plant it also harbours many useful medicinal properties. 

Calming (anxiety and sleep troubles)

Rub some drops of Lavender essential oil onto cupped palms and inhale all the way into your amygdala gland (emotional warehouses of the brain) and rub oil onto hands and feet and just about anywhere on the body in order to calm the body and mind, (Ashley Turner, 2013). Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your pillow before bed to fall asleep faster. 

A small amount of lavender oil can be rubbed onto dogs with anxiety issues in order to calm them, (Nan Martin). This can be done in situations such as car travel anxiety, anxious trips to the vet, fear of storms, separation anxiety, meeting new people or pets, etc.

Bee Stings

Add a drop of Lavender to an insect bite of bee sting once a day to reduce itching and swelling, (Valerie Ann Warwood, 1991). 

Minor Burns and Cuts

Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain and to help treat the burn. “Lavender and aloe vera juice both promote new cell growth, reduce inflammation, stop infection, and decrease pain.” (Kathy Keville, Director of the American Herb Association).

Eczema and Dermatitis

"The oil’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties benefit mild cases of eczema (atopic dermatitis), as well as create a sense of stability for balanced skin. Lavender oil has been valued for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for skin conditions, as it brings circulation to skin cells that suffer from irritants and stress. It is especially rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, tonic, and pacifying. Its cicatrizant properties, which assist restoration through formation of scar tissue, help heal all kinds of wounds and burns. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin and was even used as an antibacterial in hospitals during World War I." (Nicole Kegan)

Many other uses

Dry skin, Chapped lips, Toothaches, Motion sickness, Cold Sores, Hay Fever, Acne, Aching Muscles, Menstrual Cramps, (http://www.netherfield.co.nz/reasons-use-lavender.php)

References
Ashley Turner, ‘13 Uses For Lavender Oil: The Only Essential Oil You’ll Need’ 21st February, 2013. Mind Body Green http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html

Nan Martin, LSHC, CRTS. ‘Dog Anxiety - Essential Oils Ease the Day!’ Experience-Essential-Oils.com, http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/dog-anxiety.html

Valerie Ann Warwood, ‘The Fragrant Pharmacy. A complete guide to aromatherapy and essential oils.’ 1990. 

Kathi Keville, Director of the American Herb Association, Editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter, author of the book, Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies. ‘How to Treat Burns with Aromatherapy, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/how-to-treat-burns-with-aromatherapy.htm

Nicole Kegan, ‘Simple Lavender Oil Treatments for Eczema’. Wholesome One http://www.wholesomeone.com/article/simple-lavender-oil-treatments-eczema

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