Pure lavender oil is
made from the flowers of the lavender plant. Latin name Lavandula
The oil found in the
flowers is what gives the lavender it's distinctive smell.
The Benefits Of
Lavender oil can be
beneficial for many different conditions.
If you use it to manage
your eczema it can be helpful because of some of it's properties.
Helps with the symptoms of inflammation. As a natural anti
inflammatory it can reduce the redness and swelling
- Anti-bacterial. Reduces
the number of bacteria that may cause your eczema to become infected.
Mainly the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
- Sedative effect. Can
help to give you or your child a better night's sleep. Sleep can be
affected by eczema, especially if the skin is extremely itchy
It is also anti-fungal
and antiseptic which can help with other ailments.
Pure Lavender Oil Use
There a number of
different ways you can use the oil to help you to manage your eczema.
- Use directly on the
skin. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used undiluted
on the skin. If the area affected is small rub a couple of drops into
- Add to a moisturiser.
Good if you have a larger area of skin affected by eczema. Add a
couple of drops to a small amount of your favourite chemical free
moisturiser. Mix it well, then apply to your skin
- Add to your bath. This
can help you sleep better at night. It has a soothing effect on the
body. Add a few drops to your evening bath. Mix it well and enjoy a
relaxing soak. Though for no longer than 30 minutes. Water can have a
drying effect on the skin
- Shop brought products.
There are products that you can buy that contain lavender. Always
read the label to check the other ingredients in the product. Look
out for anything that may cause an allergic reaction
It is always
recommended that you test a small amount of oil on a small area of
skin. Lavender oil can cause an allergic skin reaction.
It is safe to use
lavender oil on children. Use half the amount that you would use
yourself. Its recommended not to use undiluted lavender on your
The best way to use it
on children is to add it to their bath, or mixed in with their
moisturiser. Remember though to only use around half the adult dose.
There seem to be
differing reports on whether lavender oil is safe to use during
pregnancy. I would recommend talking to your doctor or midwife if you
are thinking of using lavender.
Pure lavender oil is a
very popular essential oil. It could have a positive effect on your
eczema, as well as other areas of your health.
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