This month, we are discussing lavender. Lavender, as we know, has calming properties: some even put it in their bath, to add to the relaxation. You can put a drop or two on your pillow to join Morpheus’ arms in peace. But beware! As you now know, you shouldn’t get the Latin name wrong. Example: I put lavender latifolia spica on my pillow, and I put lavender augustifolia on my mosquito bites. I don’t risk falling asleep easily and on the contrary, I keep scratching myself. This is because I have inverted my lavender, which has not always the same properties.
Here are the distinctions of each (the three by the way are part of the “Emergency” Home Kit of our aromatherapy course.)
Lavandula angustifolia ssp. angustifolia (true lavander)
This essential oil has a very broad spectrum of activity and is practically a universal panacea.
It is soothing, especially for children. It heals wounds and small burns (with repeated applications of low doses), and has an analgesic action.
Two drops are put on a pillowcase to prevent insomnia. Four drops placed on a cotton ball placed in a cabinet produce an action similar to that of mothballs. Sunburns: apply 1 to 2 drops (pure or diluted in vegetable oil).
Warning! During pregnancy for Mrs, every lavander type is not equal: only true lavender is acceptable, the others are considered dangerous for this delicate period …
Lavandula latifolia spica cineolifera (Aspic Lavander)
This essential oil is used in emergencies for severe burns and insect bites, especially wasp stings.
Here is a more exhaustive list of all its properties:
- antiviral and stimulant immunization
- excellent action against fungi
In adults, put two drops on the bite every five minutes for an hour and all signs of the sore will go away. It also acts on the bites of other insects, such as scorpions and jellyfish.
In children (over 12 years old) put a drop on the bite every ten minutes for an hour. For mosquitoes and by experience, a single drop (mixed with oil such as almond) is enough, sometimes two.
Lavandula stoechas (French lavander)
And I thought all lavenders were french. Must be a marketing thing. The reason this oil is on the list is because of its tremendous action against ear infections. It is only applied externally, diluted. There are also the following properties:
- anti catarrhal, mucolytic
It is therefore indicated in the following cases:
- sores, eczema
- respiratory diseases
- chronic ear infections and sinusitis
Against mosquitoes, we mentioned Lavendula latifolia (in French, pique means stings, that’s why aspic is easy to remember.) I also mention in passing that Eucalyptus Lemon is also practical in this case, see Lilia’s testimony:
“I work by the sea and every night I was attacked by mosquitoes- between 10 and 15 new bites every night! Tried Eucalyptus lemon citrus because I had it in my medicine cabinet to relieve my tendonitis. Miracle! Since I use it I have a little warrior who tries to prick me once a month, in short it changed my life. In the end, you get used to the smell, it is true that it is very powerful but it is the price of tranquility. I put a little jojoba in the palm of my hand +4 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus for each limb (1 dose for 1 leg, 1 dose for a thigh, 1 dose for 1 arm, one dose for the forearm, not to mention the feet). I was mixing in advance it was less effective. Probably because the dosage is lower suddenly. “
This is the subject of our Essential Oil article for next month, if all goes well. It will then remain to be covered, for our homemade emergency kit, Peppermint, Oregon and Thyme.
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