Lavender Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

 

BOTANICAL NAME:  Lavandula Angustifolia
ORIGIN: Bulgaria
AROMA: Lavender has a sweet herbaceous scent with multiple layers of floral aroma
COLOR: Pale yellow to yellow
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam Distilled
PLANT PARTS: Flowers
BLENDS WELL WITH: Bay, Bergamot, Chamomile, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Thyme, Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang

 

 

Lavender seems to be a universally popular sent, but there’s a big difference between say Bath & Body works Lavender that’s in their pillow mist and the actual real lavender scent. Sorry to say it but if you have only tried any lavender scents from bath & body works your missing out. Not  to mention all the chemicals in commercial products, plus you can’t even take advantage of all the health benefits if you purchase any products that claim to have lavender in it from stores like Bath & Body works.

 

Lavender Essential Oil is extracted from the flowers through a process called steam distillation and offers many natural and amazing benefits to your health and home. Lavender oil benefits include positive affects on your physical, mental and emotional states. A quality lavender oil has the following properties;

  • Analgesic
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal
  • Sedative
  • Cicatrizant
  • Expectorant
  • Nervine
  • Vulnerary
  • Antitoxic
  • Antitumor
  • Cardiotonic

 

 

 

Sleep
If you have trouble going to sleep then add a few drops to a carrier oil and rub on the bottoms of your feet. My favorte way of using Lavender oil to sleep is to diffuse it in my room. Lavender is also great for kids so my son sleeps with his diffuser in his room every night with lavender of course.  Another great way to relax by using lavender is to add a few drops to a warm bath.

 

Linen Spray/Pillow Mist
Ditch the synthetic pillow mist from Bath & Body works and simply make your own.

  • 8–10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 tsp witch hazel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • Small glass bottle (not plastic)

 

Bee stings/Insect bites
Apply a drop of lavender oil on bee stings or insect bites to relieve itching and swelling

Cuts
I recently got a deep cut on my hand and I simply applied a drop of lavender oil undiluted to the cut and the pain immediately disappeared. Best part is it doesn’t sting like alcohol does.

Burns
Apply 2-3 drops of oil to burns to decrease pain. To cover larger areas on the body dilute the lavender oil with a carrier oil such as coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed, or olive oil.

Bruises
Gently rub a few drops of Lavender oil around and on the bruised areas to promote blood flow, healing and relief for the tenderness and pain.

Respiratory Health
Lavender Essential Oil provides an excellent therapeutic benefit for throat infections, the flu, colds, and sinus congestions. It is also great in treating asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.

Headaches
If peppermint essential oil doesn’t relieve your headaches or migraines lavender is a great option. Dilute a few drops with a carrier oil and apply to the temples and back of the neck.

Cold Sores
Apply 1 drop of lavender oil to 15 drops of a carrier oil and apply directly to the cold sore.

Fever Reducer
Lavender oil aids the immune system and can be applied topically to the bottom of the feet to reduce a fever naturally.

Insomnia
Lavender calms the nervous system when used topically or aromatically. To combat insomnia you can diffuse the oil at night, apply it topically, add a few drops to a warm bath or even put a few drops on your pillow. I diffuse lavender oil and apply it topically to my son every night.

Depression/Anxiety
Diffuse in the air or apply topically to help with depression or postpartum.

Dry Skin
Dilute lavender oil with a carrier oil and apply topically to dry skin.

Laundry
Add a few drops of lavender to your wool dryer balls to naturally freshen your clothes.

Wrinkles
Gently apply to the area of concern. Avoid contact with eyes.

Hair Brush
Place a drop on the bristles of your hair brush and then brush your hair leaving your hair smelling great.

Sinus Congestion
Rub a drop under your nose to help with sinus congestion.

Eliminate Dandruff
Massaging a few drops into the scalp can eliminate dandruff. Alternatively you can add a few drops in your shampoo.

Hair Loss
Using lavender oil topically on the scalp can help treat hair loss.

Relieve Itching
Since lavender oil is an antihistamine it’s a great oil to use to relieve itching. Whether the itchiness is due to an allergic reaction, bug bites or another under lying issue when used topically it can relive itching and soothe the nervous system.

General Pain
For relief from general pain massage a few drops topically to the area of concern. To massage a larger area dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil etc.

Ringworm
Apply a few drops of lavender oil to the affected area until the ringworm clears up.

 

 

 

SAFETY Only use 100% pure essential oils. Lavender oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) but make sure your lavender oil is not another species or a hybrid, such as lavandin. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

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