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The most versatile and useful oil, Lavender has an abundance of uses. It relaxes and soothes the mind & body, and is number one for use in your first aid kit at home. It can be used neat on wounds & burns but care should still be taken. Lavender blends very happily with many other oils. It can be used as an insect repellent, to scent linen and deter moths. A very soothing oil.
Traditional European folk remedy used to comfort the stomach, as a cosmetic water, an insect repellent, to scent linen and as an all purpose soothing and comforting oil. For example, it neutralises insect bites and stings (bees, wasps and mosquitoes). It is also good in cases of nettlerash. Lavender Oil can also be useful for dandruff when added to a base shampoo. When added to a Carrier Oil it can be used in massage to help with PMT or just as a lovely calming rub. Lavender can be used as a massage, in a vaporiser, in bath preparations and on a pillow. It is anti-bacterial and has calming and sedative properties. Lavender Oil is often the first essential oil that is used to help recover from burns. It's properties include antiseptic, antibacterial, relaxing, calming, rejuvinating, soothing. Sweet floral-herbaceous scent and balsamic undertone. Antiseptic, antibacterial, relaxing, calming, rejuvinating, soothing.
Lemon Essential Oil is a lovely, refreshing and uplifting oil. It can help to soothe irritation caused by insect bites and is also a insect repellent. Also used for athlete's foot, chiliblains, colds, corns, dull skin, flu, oily skin, spots, varicose veins, warts. When diluted it can be used in hair rinses, skin toners and fresheners. Excellent as a cleaning aid around the house to remove sticky, gluey deposits (do not use on polished or treated wood). Always test surfaces with a little first.
The Lemon tree is thought to have originated in India, and to have been introduced into Italy toward the end of the 5th Century. Lemons once cured scurvy on English ships and were also used to fight malaria and typhoid in medieval Spain. The Lemon tree is thought to have originated in Asia and was introduced into Europe by the crusaders when they discovered the lemon tree in Palestine. In historic times it had immense value as an antiseptic to be used on bites from disease carrying insects. The Egyptians used it to cure meat and fish poisoning.
Around the house, Eucalyptus can be added to your laundry in order to provide a lovely fresh feeling to the finished washing. This makes even more sense when you take in to account the deodorising and antiseptic properties of the oil. It makes a great room freshener, especially during times when there are bugs in the house as it not only clears the atmosphere but can also kill airborne germs and viruses. If you're lucky enough to have a spa or home sauna then you can add Eucalyptus to these too - the rest of us can add a couple of drops to a tablespoon of milk to help it disperse in a lovely warm bath.
Originally found in Tasmania and Australia but nowadays can also be found in countries around the Mediterranean. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the tree.
Most Eucalyptus oil comes from China and is a by-product of the huge trade in Eucalyptus wood in that country. The leaves are collected as soon as they fall to the ground as part of the felling process. The trees are thus harvested all year round.