L is for Lavender, Lemon & Lemongrass

Lavender                      Lavandula officianals                     Keyword: Immune stimulant

This oil is probably the most well known of all the oils. It is an excellent oil to have in the first aid kit. If you have anything that stings, burns or itches, bites scratches burns, apply directly onto the area . It is  one of the few oils that can be used neat, without dilution. If you haven’t got this oil in your arsenal, I seriously suggest that you get some. Keep 1 in your kitchen, close to the cooking area, to use on those burns that so often happen when we are putting something into the oven. Keep a bottle handy to pop into the luggage when you are going away, for all those sand-fly or insect bites. Amphora Lavender

Add a few drops to the bottom sheet (to avoid the eyes on the pillow) for sleep problems. I used to use Lavender in hospital when I was on night duty. I would just place a few drops about the ward, they said that they had the best night’s sleep when I was on duty, nobody ever knew why.

Useful for all types of muscular aches and pains. Use in a compress on painful joints.

1 of the few oils that I would recommend for use with children.

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Lemon                             Citrus limonum                                     Keyword: Refreshing

This rAmphora Lemonefreshing oil is obtained from the rind of the fruit. It has a reputation for banishing veruccas and warts. It stems bleeding from wounds, I keep a bottle handy in the bathroom for when I am shaving my legs.

A good oil to use in a burner or diffuser to use with oils which are what I would refer to as medicinal. It adds some “texture” to them. Oils such as frankincense, eucalyptus, tea tree, camphor, myrrh…

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Lemongrass                       Cymbopogon citratus                                Keyword: StrengtheningAmphora Lemongrass

This oil is obtained form the wild grass, and has a distinct lemony aroma. Often used in Thai or malaysian cooking in the stick form. It is a great insect repellant, and can be used in place of citronella. If you have a dog, or like to go walking where ticks might be present, this is a great oil to add to a lotion and smoother yourself before going out. In Scotland we have midges, which although don’t carry any disease as far as I am aware, can be annoying and bite some people. Lemongrass is good for keeping them away. Candles with lemongrass or citronella are often found for use in the garden, for the same reason.

Not to be used on children of any age.

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