Secondary Applications Lavender has fungicidal qualities and is a valuable prophylactic agent and immuno-stimulant, although these properties are not as pronounced as in the case of tea tree oil. Nevertheless, lavender is a useful preventative remedy, acting as a protection against all types of infectious conditions including colds, flu, etc., and may also be used as a treatment for genito-urinary or respiratory infections such as cystitis or bronchitis. In cases of fever, lavender has in addition a diaphoretic (sweat-promoting) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effect.
Lavender oil also has many other secondary qualities including its anti-toxic, anti-venomous, vermifuge and parasiticidal properties. This makes it a good remedy for all kinds of insect bites and stings. It is also an effective insecticide and has been used to repel moths and other insects, such as mosquitoes, for centuries.
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Methods of Use, Safety Data and Storage Precautions
Methods of Use
Lavender in the Bath
Add 8-10 drops to the bath water once the bath is full, then relax in the water for at least 10 minutes.
For bathing the feet or hands, add 6-8 drops of lavender oil to a bowl or shallow bath of warm water and soak for 5-10 minutes.
As a Compress/Poultice
A simple disinfectant compress can be made by dipping a flannel (face-cloth) or piece of cotton wool (cotton ball) in a bowl of water (either steaming hot or ice cold, as required) to which has been added 3-5 drops of lavender oil. A poultice can be made by adding a few drops of lavender to a clay or kaolin base, and mixing well.
Use the oil direct from the bottle – dabbing with the fingertips or using a cotton bud (cotton swab) -to treat cuts, burns, spots, etc.
Most essential oils should not be used neat on the skin. Lavender oil is an exception to this rule, however.
Gargling and Dental Care
For the treatment of mouth and gum infections, add 5-10 drops of lavender oil to a glass of warm water, mix well, then rinse the mouth and/or gargle.