The proportions used for mixing skin creams, gels, masks and oils are the same as those for massage purposes – see above. For skin care, additional carrier oils such as avocado, hazelnut, borage, peach and apricot kernel can also be included in the blend to suit different skin types.
A light, simple lavender water can be made up using 100 ml distilled water and 25 drops of lavender oil – shake well before use.
There are many vaporizing methods available now – you can use a terracotta oil burner, an electric diffuser, or you can simply put a few drops of lavender oil in a small bowl of hot water placed on a radiator or any other source of heat. This method is particularly useful for disinfecting a sick room and preventing the spread of contagious illness. Lavender may also be used to repel insects in this manner.
Many common conditions benefit from combining aromatherapy with other approaches such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, counselling, dietary changes and exercise. Essential oils and allopathic medicines can also complement one another – check with a qualified herbalist or aromatherapy practitioner for further advice.
Lavender is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is one of the safest essential oils, with low toxicity levels and no contra-indications.
Babies, young children and pregnant women should take special care using all essential oils, because of their concentration. Despite lavender’s low toxicity level, it is advisable not to use it neat for the treatment of children under 18 months of age – and always dilute for use during pregnancy to half the usual concentration.