Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty.
Traditionally used to treat burns, lavender is one of history’s most celebrated and versatile essential oils. In ancient Greece, Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician, pharmacologist, and botanist, extolled the medicinal qualities of lavender. Greeks also used lavender as a perfume. The Romans used lavender in their baths for washing, for its healing and antiseptic qualities, and to deter insects. The Egyptians used lavender as an ingredient in incense and perfume.
Queen Elizabeth used lavender as a tea to treat her frequent migraines.
Following a laboratory explosion that severely burned his arm, a French scientist named Rene Gattefosse was the first modern scientist to document lavender’s ability to promote tissue regeneration. Today, we use lavender as a tea, to dress wounds, to induce sleep, ease depression, and reduce stress. Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and can be used in full strength on the skin. The benefits of lavender essential oil are limitless. As we continue to study lavender, additional usage and efficacy is identified.
Lavender essential oil:
+ Balances and normalizes body functions*
+ Promotes tissue regeneration*
+ Speeds up wound healing*
+ Cleanses cuts, bruises and, skin irritations*
+ Soothes and relaxes the mind and body
+ Eases bodily aches and pains
+ PMS Cramps
+ Restless Leg Syndrome
+ Pink Eye (apply to the areas surrounding the eye… not IN the eye!)
+ Assist for a deep sleep (my personal experience… IT WORKS!)
+Acne, facial blemishes
Lavender is my personal favorite oil because it has so many uses. Here are just a few of the ways I’ve used lavender…
- My husband had a basal cell skin cancer growth about the size of the tip of your little finger. We applied lavender oil directly to it, twice a day (more often when he’d think about it). Within a week, it started drying up around the edges. Then, one day while in the shower, it just fell off* leaving completely smooth skin.
- My mom, who’s in her late 90′s, had a recent bout with very high blood pressure. We got it under control* by using Lavender oil, 1000mg Krill oil, 100 mg Ubiquinol and Cardio FX by The People’s Chemist. Mom carries her lavender oil to bed with her every night.
- I have a 12 yr old Jack Russell terrier named Lucy. If you’re familiar with JRT’s, you know they can be rather obsessive and have a tendency to scratch themselves raw. Now, whenever Lucy starts scratching, I rub lavender oil on her belly, and she usually calms down in just a few minutes.
* Of course,the FDA requires that I cannot claim Lavender oil cures or treats anything. So, I am not. I’m just relating my personal experience.
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How To Use
Diffuse or inhale directly for aromatherapy. Apply topically to skin irritations, cuts, or wherever desired. Add to food or beverage a dietary supplement.
For a burn 2-3 drops in 1 oz distilled water in a misting spray bottle. Shake it well and mist the area.
+ Inhale lavender essential oil to soothe and relax the body and mind.
+ Make an herbal tea by mixing 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of USDA certified raw agave syrup and adding to warm water.
+ Add 4–5 drops of lavender essential oil to a bath gel base and use in warm bath for relaxation.
+ Drop 1–2 drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to aid in a restful night of sleep.
+ Massage into your temples and feet to help aid in restful sleep
+ Massage several drops of lavender essential oil on feet to promote relaxation.
Other Lavender Essential Oil Tips
- Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
- Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
- You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging lavender essential oil on or around affected areas.
- Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
- Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal discomforts.
- Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
- Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
- Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.