October 15, 2013

Lavender essential oil for horses

Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia).
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia). © Norbert Nagel

(Lavendula officinalis)

Common therapeutic uses: Burns, Inflammation, Cuts, Wounds, Eczema, Dermatitis, Fainting, Headaches, Influenza, Insomnia, Hysteria, Migraine, Nausea, Nervous Tension, Infections, Bacterial conditions, Sores, Ulcers, Acne, Boils, Asthma, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Muscular Pain and Spasms.

Lavender essential oil’s unique floral-herbaceous aroma and relatively safe and gentle aromatherapeutic action make it one of the most important aromatherapy essential oils. Aromatherapists name lavender as an indispensable oil. Its attributes of effectiveness, mildness and aroma are unequaled in the repertoire of essential oils. It is second to none for burns. It is antiseptic and analgesic and helps prevent scarring. Good addition to a balm or salve for sore, tired muscles, relieves inflammation and pain.

Rene Maurice Gattefosse, a French perfume chemist, created the term in the 1920s when he published a scientific research paper titled ‘aromatherapie.’

Gattefosse encountered the healing properties of lavender when he plunged his arm into a vat of lavender oil. He had obtained a 3rd degree burn during a laboratory accident and intended to submerge his arm in water; however, he synchronistically mistook the lavender for water. The lavender not only reduced his pain – through several repeated applications his arm healed with no scarring. The rest is history, as they say.

Lavender is:

  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-bacterial

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