For many years I have known about the many healing properties of Lavender Essential Oil. I find myself recommending it to everyone to help with a wide variety of ailments.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps.
In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil. It is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
When my youngest son was born, within 3 weeks he was covered in eczema all over his tiny little body. He would weep from the sores and it was something he had problems with for many years. In that time we saw many doctors, he had to attend a skin clinic at the hospital when he was of school age.
Part of his treatment included keeping his nails short ( so when he scratched it was less damaging), steroid creams, a milk free diet (which involved me baking his bread and checking the ingredients of every item when food shopping). At the skin clinic they recommended only having cotton clothes and bed linen in contact with his skin. I bathed him twice a day and would wet-wrap his sores on his body.
Sometimes his eczema would flare up if he became distressed and it was distressing to see him in such discomfort, it effected his daily life and quality of sleep. Many nights he couldn't settle due to the itching, him scratching it would make it worse and the steroid cream was not helping with the healing. His skin in the affected areas was thin and dark and just couldn't seem to heal properly. We tried bathing in Red Bush Tea, then I discovered Lavender Essential oil and decided we should try it. It was natural and might give his body a chance to recover and have a break from the steroids.
Hand on heart, it was the best move we ever made!
I read up on the oil and how to use it, it wasn't expensive and was safe for children. I mixed up my own blends to add to his bath water, apply to his body on his affected areas. He would get a full body massage just before bed to help relax him. I would put a drop on his pillow at bed time to help him drift off to sleep at night.
It helped with the healing, the intensity of itching was significantly reduced, we would use cold compresses on particularly problem areas. If I saw a flare up I could instantly help ease it with a cold compress, you could literally watch it go away on his skin.
My son is now an adult and it has got better with age, from time to time he will have a flare up and he is able to tolerate milk in his diet now which is great.
There is no recommended daily allowance for lavender essential oil. According to the principles of aromatherapy, breathing in the scent of lavender essential oil or applying lavender essential oil to the skin transmits messages to the limbic system, a brain region known to influence the nervous system and help regulate emotion.
One popular approach involves combining lavender oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or sweet almond). Once blended with a carrier oil, lavender essential oil can be massaged into your skin or added to your bath.
You can also sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil onto a cloth or tissue and inhale its aroma, or add the oil to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.
I hope this helps anyone who has been suffering with eczema and has yet to find something that can calm their discomfort!