Lavender - the 'Swiss Army Knife' of Essential Oils
Lavender is the 'Swiss Army knife' of essential oils because it has so many useful properties and can be used in so many situations. Known for its soothing and relaxing influence on the human psyche, lavender also has profound tissue regeneration and wound healing properties that are especially evident in burns.  

It is also anti-inflammatory and has been shown to have analgesic properties, meaning it deadens or relieves physical pain without reducing mental acuity.  Italian researchers in 1999 found lavender essential oil dramatically reduced contractions of rat nerve tissue and also had significant anesthetic action on the nerve reflexes of living rabbits (1).  

Studies at Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan found that lavender increased alertness, even as it reduced mental stress. (2).

Unlike synthetic painkillers, lavender - like other pain-relieving essential oils - increases, rather than decreases, mental acuity as it relieves pain

1. Ghelardini, C et al, 'Local anaesthetic activity of the essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia', 1999, Planta Med 65(8): 700-3
2, Motomura N, Sakurai A, Yotsuya Y, 'Reduction of mental stress with lavender odorant' Percept Mot Skills, 2001 Dec 93(3): 713-8
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