There are many medicinal properties associated with lavender. Though it is more commonly use for relaxation and sleep, it is well documented for the treatment of abrasions, burns, stress, headaches, skin problems, painful muscles, promoting new cell growth, and boosting the immune system.
Scientific studies have shown lavender to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has also revealed that the essential oil can be useful for treating anxiety and depression.
Let's examine how lavender can heal minor burns, bug bites, and skin irritations.
Use Lavender For Minor Burns
Julia Lawless author of - Encyclopedia of Essential Oils - writes that lavender contains camphor, terpinen-4-ol, linalool, linalyl acetate, beta-ocimene and 1,8-cineole. Both linalyl acetate and linalol act as a local analgesic and anesthetic. They also work as an anti-inflammatory, easing the pain and inflammation due to a burn. Terpinen-4-ol acts as a natural antibacterial, and in the case of a minor burn this is very important.
Here is a very easy way to make your own lavender ointment for minor burns. is fairly simple. Start with an oil that can harden or be whipped into a lotion, such as coconut oil. Add vitamin-E or sweet almond oil (almonds contain vitamin-E) to help give it more skin restorative properties and help sooth the skin around the burned area.
After making your ointment, store in an airtight jar.
Bug bites are itchy and uncomfortable, so you want to repel the bugs as well as control the symptoms of bites as quickly as possible to ensure relief.
Bug bites usually mean reaching for a form of itch relief cream. Lavender oil is wonderful for relief from mosquito, flea, lice, bed bug and fly bites. Studies have shown that lavender inhibits the release of the inflammatory mediators, TNF and histamine, which cause the itchy feeling after a bug has bite you.
The same lavender ointment or lotion that you use for burns can be used on bug bites as well.
The added bonus to the anti-inflammatory properties of the lavender is that it also works as an antiseptic. It can help clean the area, draw out any infection or poisons from the bug bite, and soothe the area all in one easy to apply ointment.
Getting rid of a rash using over-the-counter conventional treatments like topical ointment or creams and prescription-strength corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone is known to cause thinning of the skin among other side effects.
Using the essential oil of lavender topically can help to improve rashes. Simply combine three drops of oil with a half teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it to the problem area three times per day.
Concerns With Using Lavender Oil
If you are questioning weather lavender oil irritates the skin, studies have shown that not to be the case. Lavender oil is not photo sensitizing on the skin (Opdyke 1976 page 451), and linalyl acetate is neither a photo irritant nor a photo allergen (Bickers et al 2003). This means that there is no risk of an adverse reaction in strong sunlight, as there is with bergamot and some other citrus oils.
The use of over-the-counter (OTC) NSAID pain relievers, like Advil, Nuprin, Motrin (ibuprofen), and Aleve (naproxen sodium) can cause photo allergic reactions when used regularly.
Also when buying lavender oil, make sure there are no added perfumes. The added perfumes can detract from the healing properties of lavender and may actually cause allergic reactions.