The Many Healing Properties of This One Sweet Oil

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10.  Insect Deterrent

Mix 15 drops of lavender oil and eight ounces of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use, and spray on your skin and clothing for a natural bug repellant that can’t be beat! Avoid the eye area.

 

11. Improves Circulation

The same compounds in lavender oil that make it perfect for healing skin damage also make it a good solution for improving blood circulation. In fact, lavender oil is a natural “warming” oil that has been used traditionally to treat both high and low blood pressure. Improving your circulation can reduce the risk of heart disease, as it is often triggered by poor blood circulation.

 

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12.  Improves Mood

Lavender oil has an anti-convulsive, calming and sedating effect that increases the effects of other relaxants you might already be taking. An English study from the University of Leicester showed that lavender essential oil was just as effective at encouraging a sound sleep as traditional over-the-counter medications. Many hospitals in Britain offer patients pillows scented with lavender to help them fall asleep and stay asleep. Try some lavender oil to ease feelings of anxiety or depression while giving  yourself the gift of slumber.

Lavender oil is easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream by topical application. With more than 150 healing compounds in this one little flower, lavender is one oil you always want to keep on hand.

You can make your own lavender oil by filling a glass jar (such as a Mason jar) with lavender flowers. Cover the flowers with olive oil and seal the jar tightly. Place the jar in a location where it will get a great deal of sunlight. Shake it once per day. Allow the jar to stay in the sunlight for three to six weeks. The longer you let it sit, the stronger your oil. Pour the oil through a cheese cloth or other strainer into another clean jar.

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