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How to Use Lavender Oil to Soothe Pain from Insect Bites

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Read this article to know the various health benefits of Lavender and its use in various medications to treat various health problems. Read on to know the process to use Lavender as a skin ointment.

Lavender oil is derived from one of the most versatile perennial plants in the garden. Pure essential lavender oil has many health benefits and can also be used around the house. It's not a new phenomenon for centuries and even millenniums people have understood the unique healing properties as well as its ability to alleviate stress and headaches.

The delicate floral fragrance of Lavender is favoured by many aroma therapists and masseurs as it allows patients to relax whilst easing tired joints. Bathers benefit from lavender oil in the bath as a luxurious way to relax and unwind. Queen Victoria was known for using lavender oil as a household cleaner as its antibacterial properties make it ideal for disinfecting, whilst she swore by a spritz on fresh clean bedding in order to induce a natural sleep. Lavender is also used in cooking, adding a unique taste to sweet and savoury meals, it gives its glorious colour whilst being thoroughly edible and is now an essential part of any herb garden.
Lavender used to treat insect bite

Use of Lavender In the Wars?

However there are other benefits too as the soldiers of world war one and two discovered, along with roman gladiators so many years ago. These fighters would use lavender oil as a way to heal cuts and wounds, as it fights infection whilst soothing the skin, promoting healing.

Today many of us see lavender oil as an essential part of the first aid kit, applying to unbroken skin it oxygenates whilst softening the wound. However as summer approaches, there is one benefit for lavender oil that many may harness when the biters arrive, as a glorious English garden fragrance around the home adored by humans, mosquitos and insects abhor the lavender odour.

How to Use Lavender

Although care should be taken before applying neat lavender essential oil before going into the sunlight, as all essential oils can intensify the sun's rays, mixing a few drops with a spray to spritz over clothes will deter many insects. If you do happen to be bitten by insects, lavender is also the perfect remedy.

It has been used effectively for years to reduce inflammation caused by stings and insect bites as well as a topical insecticide. Thought to rid the body of toxins, it's purifying effect removes any poison from the bite whilst the antibacterial properties clean and the anti-inflammatory reduces swelling.

A field of lavender

It is not completely known how many medicinal plants work however it has been proved that lavender can balance hot and cold. For instance if a patient is feeling very hot it will have a cooling effect and if a patient is showing signs of shivering it will warm and soothe. This is particularly important when applied to insect bites as each insect ejects a different poison. Some can leave us itching and irritated whilst others will give the experience of a red hot heat at the source of the sting.

As well as this the calming effect of the lavender reduces stress and irritation, as a perfect cure for restlessness it can help many bitten people achieve a good night's sleep regardless of the discomfort they feel from the bites.

To use to treat insect bites apply neat straight after the bite occurs and then apply several times a day until you notice it beginning to heal. Make sure you keep the affected area out of direct sunlight and if you do need to calm your nerves after the shock inhale the oil or try a cup of lavender tea.

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