Pure Lavender Oil Has A Distinctive Smell And Some Great Properties To Help Manage Eczema

Pure lavender oil is made from the flowers of the lavender plant. Latin name Lavandula augustafolia.

The oil found in the flowers is what gives the lavender it's distinctive smell.

The Benefits Of Lavender Oil

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.

  • Anti-inflammatory. 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 the skin
  • 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 children's skin.

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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