Lavender oil is one of the most used and versatile natural oils there is in the entire world. This gorgeous smelling plant is bright purple in color, with small buds on the top of a long green stalk and it can grow in almost any country. The plant offers amazing benefits and holds strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Lavender can be used to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep as well as helping a wound heal. You can buy lavender oil from most health shops and chemists, or if you are feeling creative, you can make your own in a few easy steps.
Simply take some dry lavender and lightly crush it, next place to lavender into a jar, pour oil over the top and leave it to soak, preferably in sunlight (if not, cook it in the oven for a few hours). Leave it for as long as you want (usually a few weeks is best), strain the oil and viola, there you have it.
Lavender has a heavenly scent and the oil will sink perfectly into your skin. The smell of lavender will soothe as well as provide a delightfully cheap alternative to perfume.
Lavender is very effective at soothing an unsettled stomach, motion sickness and anxiety. When it comes to using lavender for these reasons, add a couple of drops onto your fingers and rub into your temples, inhale the scent with 3 big deep breaths and rest.
Inflamed skin, burns and ulcers can be soothed with lavender oil. Adding the topical oil onto the wound will reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
Face and Head Treatments
Applying lavender to your face can help to reduce wrinkles, acne and scarring, hair loss and dandruff (by rubbing into the scalp) and dark spots under the eyes.