Other Uses

Lavender has a long history of use as a sedative, antidepressive, antimicrobial, Lavender 770

carminative (smooth muscle relaxant), as a topical agent for burns and insect bites

(Cavanagh & Wilkinson 2002) and as an insect repellant. Lavender has also been used to treat migraines and neuralgia, as an astringent to treat minor cuts and bruises, and is used externally for strained muscles, as well as acne, eczema and varicose ulcers (Fisher & Painter 1996). It is also used in a gargle for loss of voice.

In Australia, lavender essential oil is the most popular aromatherapy oil, out-selling the second most popular (orange) oil by more than seven times (F Kheery (In Essence) pers. commun. 2002). It is often combined with bergamot and cedarwood oils for relieving anxiety and stress and combined with marjoram to induce sleep.

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