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For storage purposes lavender oil should be kept in an airtight dark-glass container, away from light and heat and well out of the reach of children or pets. The pure oil can also interact with certain plastics – plastic containers are therefore best avoided.

Abscess/Boil (Furuncle)

A abscess or boil is a localized painful swelling and inflammation of the skin, due to an infection of a sebaceous gland.

Abscesses usually appear when the body is run-down or stressed, at times of hormonal upheavel or as the result of a blood disorder. Whatever the cause, the presence of an abscess or boil indicates that the system is in need of purification. Avoid stimulants, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water or herb teas (especially those which purify the blood).

Never wait for the boil or abscess to burst – treat as soon as it begins to appear by dabbing with neat lavender oil. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

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If the boil/abscess has already formed, apply a warm poultice of clay containing 3-4 drops of lavender oil. Leave for half an hour to draw the liquid/pus, then bathe gently with water. Alternatively, apply a warm flannel (facecloth) which has been soaked in a lavender solution, then dab the boil with neat lavender oil. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

If the boil/abscess is severe, cover with a gauze soaked in lavender oil for 12 hours. If there is still no improvement, seek medical advice.

Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to the bath water as a general disinfectant measure.

Tea tree oil may be used in the same manner (or in combination with lavender).

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