When in doubt, use Lavender. This is a common belief with those that have studied essential oils and their benefits. Affecting the Cardiovascular System, Emotional Balance, Nervous System, and Skin, Lavender has such a variety of properties, it can identify multiple areas where there is a need and create an overall balance within the body. Steam distilled from the flowering top of the plant, this oil is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities. It is most commonly used to treat skin irritations and to help heal, and to calm muscle tension throughout the body and headaches.
This oil has been used for thousands of years, sometimes for love – and sometimes as an aphrodisiac. It is used to treat many issues in France like mouth abscess, premenstrual conditions, water retention, diaper rash, dandruff, leg cramps, acne, etc. When combined with other oils, such as clary sage, geranium, and other citrus oils, Lavender acts as an enhancer to increase their effects and can work in harmony with other oils.
The unmistakable floral, sweet scent has herbaceous, balsamic, and woody undertones. It can be diffused to promote a general sense of well-being and nurture creativity. When taken internally, one drop of Lavender should be added to 1 tsp honey or 4 oz of beverage (soy/rice milk) or take in a capsule. It is most commonly applied topically directly to the affected area or to reflex points.