Monday, October 24, 2011

Lavender has been used for a long time Cleopatra seduced Marc Antony with Lavender, it was used in pipe smoking to enhance the flavor of the other herbs, and the oils where used on the body for the elegant aroma and also as an insect repellent.  Lavender was so popular in the Roman Times that the flowers were sold for the equivalent of a farmer’s wages for a month, or fifty haircuts.  Lavender was used in Roman Times to scent bath water and believed to restore the skin.

This incredible herb also has disinfectant and deodorizing properties making it an important flower and oil used in London when the Great Plague hit.  Lavender was used to protect against sickness.  It was worn around the wrists.

Lavender oil was used in World War I as an antiseptic and has long been used to disinfect sores and get rid of head lice. 

I was amazed when taking my course and learned that Lavender essential oil will heal a burn faster and quicker than Aloe Vera.  I have tested this and it is true. 

Lavender not only acts as an insect repellent, but it will soothe and heal insect bites as well and it is one of very few essential oils that are safe for babies.  So a baby lotion scented with Lavender should help keep baby safe from insect bites.

Lavender can be used on all skin types and is said to help heal acne, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, psoriasis, insect bites and stings, scaring and burns.  Also helps for muscle aches and pains, and helps a person relax.  Lavender is often used in pillows or sprays to help a person sleep better.

The cautions with use of Lavender are:  to avoid it in the first two trimesters of pregnancy and although good for high blood pressure avoid it if you have low blood pressure.

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