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The Jacaranda trees with their marvellous blue/purple tones instil in me feelings of calmness and composure that reminds me of the effects of lavender.

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My first aid kit is always stocked with True Lavender essential oil. It is one of the most popular and versatile oils in aromatherapy.

  • Insect bites
  • burns and scalds
  • sunburn
  • insect repellent
  • headaches
  • sinus congestion
  • anxiety or stressful situations
  • strains and sprains
  • pre-menstrual tension and menstrual pain

Importantly, the essential oil needs to be correctly diluted before use in most circumstances of applying to the skin. Dependant on age, the dilutions need to be different.

• Feel free to contact me for any advice with dilutions and how to apply

Great to take on holidays with the kids, a very gentle oil. If I am unable to fall asleep, putting a drop or two on a tissue will send me off until the morning. Sore muscles can be eased by its analgesic action.

I will always remember the lavender fields in Tasmania and the True Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) oil from that region has the most wonderful scent. Massage using lavender can help soothe and calm babies and children off to sleep.

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Pets love Lavender too for skin irritations (use correctly diluted) and as a flea deterrent. Anxious or hyperactive pets may benefit from the soothing qualities of this oil.

Essential oil flea collar for dogs:

(from The Fragrant Pharmacy book by Valerie Ann Worwood) Buy a soft material collar, a cheap one will do. Soak it in the following mixture.

1/2 teaspoon alcohol (I have used vodka)
1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop Lavender essential oil
1 drop Citronella essential oil
1 drop Thyme essential oil

mix this with

4 garlic capsules (break open and add contents to the above mixture) or 4 garlic cloves (crush these and soak in just enough vegetable oil to cover, for as long as needed to infuse the garlic oil into the vege oil)

Blend all the ingredients together and pour over the collar until fully absorbed. Leave it to dry before putting it on your dog. Works for around a month. If irritation occurs discontinue use.

Adding garlic to your dogs food, 1-2 capsules a day (dependant on your dogs size) or crushed garlic will stop fleas from wanting to feed on your pets blood.

The Lavender Trail in Australia

The Australian Lavender Growers Association (TALGA) is a non-for-profit organisation that promotes the Australian Lavender Industry. There are places to visit all over Australia so be sure to check their website www.talga.com.au if you feel like a lavender experience and see if there are any farms open to the public near you. Be sure to ask when the lavender is in season if you are hoping to see it in flower and check that the farm is open before you set off on your journey.