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Lavender Oil Dosage and Side Effects

For use of lavender oil in children, oral use is not recommended. It may be used to topically treat minor injuries or rashes, but do not apply lavender oil to an open wound; always seek medical care for that. Lavender oil can be used for aromatherapy for children as well. A few drops in an oil diffuser in the children’s room is recommended.

Dosage for adults is much less strict. For internal usage, make a tea concocted of two teaspoons of lavender herb and hot water. To make a tincture, follow a 1:4 ratio and use 20-40 drops of lavender oil. By adding 2-4 drops of lavender oil into 3 cups of boiling water, one can inhale the vapors to aid in anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. If applying externally, add 1-4 drops per tablespoon of a base oil (almond or olive oil, for example).

Lavender oil is toxic if ingested. The use of lavender oil should be with care and under professional supervision, as it may interact negatively with other medications. Such medications include medications for pain like morphine or OxyContin or medications for sedation or anti-anxiety like Valium, Ativan, or Xanax. Women who are breast feeding or expecting a child should not use lavender.

Note: This information is for consumer interest and education only. It is not meant to be a substitute for the assessment or diagnosis of a physician or to encourage random use. It is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of your doctor or holistic health professional before beginning any prescribed treatment.

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