Did you know that one of the inherent properties of a lavender plant is that it is "anti-histamine". When distilling an essential oil, we find that the natural properties are amplified, and the essential oil is naturally supportive of promoting a healthy immune response? Lavender has been found in one study with mice and rats to inhibit the histamine reaction. The results concluded that "lavender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in vivo and in vitro" (J Pharm Pharmacol. 1999 Feb;51(2):221-6. Kim HM, Cho SH. Department of Oriental Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Chonbuk, South Korea. Study summary reported here.).
What does this mean for the non-mice/rat population? If you experience an allergic reaction, you may find that Lavender oil is a great solution! My personal experience has been that when driving down a particular patch of country road, routinely I find my throat starting to itch. I usually grab my tiny bottle which contains a blend of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint oils, and just swipe the oil off the lid with my finger to get enough to stop the reaction. One quick lick and literally my throat is back to normal in a ridiculously short amount of time, and I do not experience any sort of drowsy effects, despite the also inherent calming properties of lavender.
Alternatively, I have had personal acquaintances who have had success with bee stings and severe coughing using this oil, which also signal to me a histamine-type issue at hand. Coming from the Labiatae (mint) botanical family, doTERRA sources their Lavender oil from the "high altitudes of France" (http://www.doterra.com/us/faqs.php). It is included in several of their blends, and describing its uses could fill several posts alone.
How do you use your Lavender oil?