Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for inflammation July 14 2014
Inflammation is a part of the body’s defense system, and is an immune response that manifests in order to rid the body of harmful stimuli so that it can begin the healing process. In response to the irritation, the body increases blood to the injured area and this is done in an effort to promote healing. This redness, swelling and pain are inflammation in its acute form. It becomes chronic when the body is unable to remedy this irritation, and as a result, an immune system response takes over with the potential to further damage the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to a host of other ailments, and must be avoided at all costs.
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial for use on mild to moderate inflammation in and on various parts of the body. It has long been used to treat pain, induce relaxation, and has powerful properties that transpire on both emotional and physical levels. It also impacts the nervous system to combat tension that results from pain to deliver a relaxing sense of calm throughout the body that can help to promote effective healing.
How to soothe inflammation with lavender oil:
Add 1-3 drops of lavender oil to a glass of warm water or directly to the back of the throat first thing every morning. This allows for positive anti-inflammatory effects on internal organs (particularly the digestive system).
For irritated skin, place 3-5 drops of lavender oil directly onto affected areas. Cover with a warm compress and repeat 2-3 times daily.
Place 10-20 drops in a warm bath at bedtime. This allows for full body absorption and can help to ease inflammation within the body, as well on the outside.
Mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with 1 teaspoon of unscented lotion or carrier oil. Massage onto sore muscles or achy joints to ease inflammation.
For gum inflammation, make a homemade mouthwash. Combine 5 drops of lavender oil with 3 drops of peppermint oil in 1/8 cup water.
For wounds, gently clean the affected area. Apply 1-3 drops directly onto cut or scrape and allow to penetrate for a few moments. Cover with a cotton ball and bandage if needed. Reapply up to five times a day.
For use in the treatment of ear inflammation, add 5-10 drops of warm lavender oil to 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Mix thoroughly and use a dropper to place a small amount into the ear while tilting the head and covering the ear with a cotton ball to minimize leakage. Allow for this mixture to penetrate for up to 10 minutes, and then gently wipe away any excess. Repeat this up to 3 times a day and especially at bedtime.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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