The preservative and anti-microbial properties of lavender essential oil has been known to man since ages. When we preserve something, what we are basically ensuring is that microbes and bacteria do not start developing in it which then decompose/ oxidize the material. This indirectly indicates that lavender essential oil is anti-oxidant and anti-microbial. Many attribute the medicinal and aromatic properties of essential oils to the presence of compounds names as Terpens (derived from the condensation of branched five-carbon isoprene units).
Research has shown effectiveness of lavender oil against microbes such as Enterococcus faecalis, Listeria monocytogenes, etc. It has also been proved to be effective against fungal infections.
Because of these properties lavender can be used in bruises and cuts to ensure they do not develop infection.
- Cuts and wounds : wash the wound with warm water which has 5 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil for every cup of water used. After washing this properly use a clean gauze put 3 drops of lavender oil over it and put it over the wound. change the gauze twice a day for best results.
- Bruises: it is essential to clean the bruise to ensure it does not get infection. For the same fill two bowls, one with cold and one with warm water. In both put 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary and 1 drop of geranium essential oil. Soak a clear cloth in both of them and keep cleaning the bruise and surrounding area alternatively using warm and cold water.