Lavender essential oil is one of the safest and most versatile essential oils available. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and antiseptic qualities and can be applied directly to the skin without dilution in people of all ages. Lavender essential oil is a must-have component for any first aid kit, especially in homes with young children. The best part is that lavender essential oil is free of the harmful chemicals found in many over-the-counter first-aid products and is just as effective for certain ailments.
Here are 7 first-aid uses for lavender essential oil.
- Insect repellent. Many bugs absolutely hate the scent of lavender, including flies and mosquitoes. In a tinted spray bottle, mix 5 drops of lavender oil, 4 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and 5 tablespoons of lemon juice. Fill the bottle with water or a mixture of water and vodka or water and witch hazel. Shake well and apply frequently to ward off biting insects.
- Insect bites. Apply undiluted lavender to insect bites with a cotton swab to take away the sting and itch and promote healing.
- Sunburn relief. In a tinted spray bottle, dilute 12 drops of lavender essential oil in 30ml of carrier oil, such as sunflower or olive oil. Shake well and spray on the sunburn to relieve pain and prevent peeling.
- Cuts and scrapes. Apply undiluted lavender essential oil to minor cuts and scrapes to relieve pain and promote healing without scarring.
- Congestion. Lavender helps relieve congestion due to allergies and the common cold. Dab a little lavender essential oil on the chest, the back of the neck and between the eyes to reduce discomfort in the sinuses.
- Splinters. Apply one to two drops of lavender essential oil directly to the splinter. The splinter will swell as it soaks in the oil, and will slip out easily. The lavender will also help relieve pain and prevent infection.
- Insomnia. Lavender eases the mind and calms the nerves. Add a couple of drops to your pillow for a restful night of sleep.
Always opt for the best quality when purchasing essential oils. They should be sold in green-, brown- or blue-tinted glass bottles to prevent deterioration of the delicate balance of properties in the oil. Purchase essential oils from a reputable source to avoid ending up with oils that come from a poor crop or that are improperly distilled.