Lavender is a favorite essential oil of many. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it also is extremely versatile. Here are 25 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil.
Of all the universally loved essential oils, lavender is among the most loved. Its fresh, floral and herbaceous aroma lures you in as it calms, soothes and nurtures the soul. Not only is it calming and useful for anxiety, fear and panic attacks but is also encourages balance in all systems of the body.
I always keep it on hand because it works wherever there is a need.
The word lavender is derived from the word lavera, "to wash," because the Romans used lavender flowers in their baths. Its medicinal qualities have long been recognized, as the ancient Greeks, Persians and Romans used the flowers in their baths.
Lavender is derived from the purple flowering tops of a shrubby evergreen bush that has grayish-green leaves.
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Methods of Extraction: Steam and CO2
Therapeutic Properties of Lavender Essential Oil:
Airborne Antimicrobial - Can help stop the spread of microbes.
Analgesic - Helps with pain relieve
Anthelmintic - Toxic to parasites
Anti-Inflammatory - Inhibits inflammation
Antibacterial - Destroys bacteria
Antidepressant - Can help to prevent and eliminate depression
Antifungal - Can combat the growth of candida
Antirheumatic - Can help to relieve rheumatic pain and swelling
Cicatrisant - Cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars
Central Nervous System Sedative - Calming to the Central Nervous System
Decongestant - Helps to Reduce Mucus Production and Swelling
Deodorant - Removes Odors
Immunostimulant - Supports the Immune System
Spasmolytic - Helps to relieve muscle spasms
Vulnerary - Helps to heal wounds and burns
It is pretty amazing to me just how many different ways that you can use lavender essential oil.
25 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Clean cuts and scrapes with five drops of lavender diluted in a bowl of warm filtered water. Repeat several hours later. You may also apply undiluted lavender around, but not directly on abrasions. If you are using a bandage, apply a drop of lavender to the pad and let dry before applying.
Combine lavender with equal parts tea tree oil and Roman Chamomile and use in a cold compress. Apply to the swollen area twice a day.
3. Aches & Pains
For muscular aches and pains, try making a massage oil with lavender, rosemary, and cypress and massaging the area.
Dilute and apply topically. Other oils to consider are Teas Tree oil, Geranium, Frankincense, Palmarosa and German Chamomile. Jojoba and Almond oil are two of my favorite carrier oils to use for acne.
Lavender combined with Vetiver can be helpful for anger. Try making an inhaler and using as needed.
Place a few drops in the palm of the hand and inhale; Diffuse. Great oils to mix are lemon and peppermint.
Inhale or diffuse to quickly relieve tension. Apply topically over the heart and on the back of the neck. Try blending with Neroli and Lemon.
To help ease pain associated with arthritis, make a massage blend with lavender, German chamomile, and Roman chamomile.
9. Bee Stings
Removed the stinger and treat with a drop of lavender.
Make a cold compress with lavender, tea tree oil and German chamomile to soothe minor areas of bleeding.
Apply undiluted with a drop of Roman Chamomile.
12. Bloody Nose
If you suffer from frequent bloody noses from allergies, keep an inhaler on hand with lemon and lavender. When a bloody nose strikes, pinch the nostrils and inhale.
13. Burns and Sunburns
Apply topically to the area of concern. For sunburns in adults, mix with peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, and Roman chamomile
Eases spasmodic coughs
15. Focus and Concentration
Diffuse or apply topically. I like to combine it with Vetiver.
16. Gastrointestinal Issues
Soothes digestive issues. For stomach upset, try mixing with ginger, Roman chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint, and geranium.
17. High Blood Pressure
Use at pulse points and over the heart.
One of my favorite ways to use lavender essential oil is to help with sleep! Apply to the bottoms of the feet, the base of the neck and wrists. Diffuse at night.
19. Menstrual Cramps
Can help with menstrual cramps.
20. Preventative Healthcare
Because so many illnesses are stress-related, Lavender essential oil is very effective for preventative health care.
21. Sore Muscles
Apply topically to the area of discomfort.
Apply topically to the area of discomfort.
23. Tension Headaches and Migraines
Apply to the temples and back of the neck or diffuse.
Combine lavender with tea tree, niaouli and lemon to make a compress. Use 5 drops of the blend and make a warm compress to apply over the throat several times a day. You can also use the blend to make a body oil that may be applied to the chest, abdomen and back. May also be diffused.
Lavender can be helpful for vomiting, along with peppermint, ginger, and rosemary.
Lavender Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Basil linalol, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, German chamomile, Roman chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper berry, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, sweet orange, oregano, palmarosa, petitgrain, pine, ravintsara, rosemary, rose otto, spearmint, spruce, tangerine, tea tree, thyme linalol, valerian, vetiver, yarrow.
Lavender is non-toxic and non-irritating. It is widely viewed as one of the safest essential oils for children.
What are your favorite ways to use lavender essential oil?