It may be hard to imagine a pleasantly scented plant such as lavender, is really a fierce natural medicine and an amazing protector. Used for thousands of years, lavender has a reputation of being a significant guardian against some of the most deadly infectious diseases of all time – the great epidemics of plague sweeping across Europe throughout the Middle Ages and into the 17th century.
The medicinal and protective aspects of lavender were discovered by tannery workers, who used the oil in manufacturing, and farm workers who tended lavender fields. Not realizing it at the time, most of the people who came in direct contact with the plant, seemed to be immune to some of the deadliest diseases in history. We now know that lavender is an exceptional bactericide and also stimulates the production of white blood cells, thereby creating a strong defense against harmful invading pathogens.
Most Popular Ways to Utilize Lavender
Healing Oil – A therapeutic grade lavender oil can be your best friend this autumn and winter. By placing a few drops of the essential oil on the skin several times per day, the immune system is primed and ready to tackle cold bugs and flu viruses.
Antiseptic soap – Wash your hands frequently and enjoy one of the best practices for deterring illness. Even better, use a natural germicidal soap. In a mixing bottle, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil per 8 ounces neutral liquid soap (such as Castile). Shake vigorously to combine. Transfer to a hand soap dispenser and use often.
Disinfectant – Using lavender essential oil as a disinfectant spray will help keep your environment free of breeding pathogens. Add 40 drops of the oil to a medium spray bottle and fill with 2 cups water. Shake well before each use and generously spray counter tops, toilet seats, handles and knobs along with the telephone and any other high traffic surfaces.
Air sanitation – This is a simple practice which minimizes infectious disease at home or in the office. Place several drops of lavender essential oil in a pot of simmering water or use a nebulizer. Diffuse for 30 minutes. With this method, the air is naturally disinfected and the immune system enhanced. Helps with anxiety and insomnia also!
Hand sanitizer – This offers convenient and portable protection. In a small, leak-proof bottle, combine 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel, 3 Tbs grain alcohol and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Shake thoroughly and use liberally throughout the day.
The following recipe is an adaptation of a blend that’s been used since the end of the 15th century. said to have provided powerful and extremely affective antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious properties. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, the oil mixture will stimulate the immune, circulatory and respiratory systems and offers a powerful defense against sore throats, influenza, colds, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Combine the Following Essential Oils in a Dark Glass Bottle:
- 45 drops Clove
- 35 drops Lemon
- 25 drops Eucalyptus
- 20 drops Cinnamon
- 15 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Rosemary
For ultimate potency and safety, use only organic essential oils. The blend must be diluted before application – mix 6-8 drops of quality essential per ounce of carrier oil, such as almond, apricot kernel, olive or jojoba. The diluted oil can be massaged into the feet and sore muscles or dabbed onto the skin several times per day for immune support and illness prevention.
image: Trish McGee ~ NN