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   A client walked into my consulting room yesterday and, breathing in, said “ah, essential oils.”.  He was quite right.  One of the things that I do to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for people is to diffuse a mix of essential oils into the room before they arrive.

So we had a bit of a conversation about essential oils and when I thought about it later, I decided that,  if I was only allowed one oil, lavender would be my most essential.

Lavender essential oil is good for so many things.  It is my number one burn remedy.  Keep a bottle in your kitchen for those times when you catch your arm on an oven shelf or drip something very hot on yourself.  DO NOT run it under cold water.  No!  Instead, immediately apply some neat lavender oil to the burn area and you will feel immediate relief.  And, even better than that, you will have no livid red scar.  It’s true – don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

Sleep is another thing that lavender oil can help with.  It has a very soothing effect.  A couple of drops in your child’s bedtime bath water can work wonders to settle them down and encourage them to sleep.  And for people who find it hard to drop off to sleep, a drop of lavender oil on your pillow may help.

Don’t think more is better though, I have learned, through unfortunate experience, that four or five drops in the bath can have the opposite effect on one’s children!  And more than one drop on the pillow at night might have your eyes streaming!

If your eyes are streaming through a cold, or flu or some other bacterial or viral illness, however, diffusing lavender oil  into the room is an excellent idea. Lavender oil has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it can boost the immune system.

A 10ml bottle of lavender oil will cost you around £5 and, as you only use it a couple of drops at a time, it will last you for ages (unless you are particularly accident-prone!).  My recommendation is, buy yourself a bottle now and no, I am not selling it! – you can get good quality lavender oil from most health food shops.

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