Lavender is one of the most used and recognisable essential oils. Look at any product that is to calm or aid sleep and you will probably find lavender in it somewhere. This will be due to the manufacturer using lavender essential oil to fragrance their product.
Lavender or Lavandula Augustifolia is one of the oils most people buy first when looking into using essential oils and aromatherapy in their home or lives.
But do you really know all the benefits and properties of Lavender Oil?
Lavender Essential Oil
How is the oil made?
Lavender oil is extracted from the flowering tips of the evergreen shrub using steam distillation. The plants are cultivated in the UK, Australia and southern Europe.
The Romans used to use lavender as a bathtime cleanser. It speeds up healing and since the early 19th century, Lavender has been used to fragrance soap, talc, perfumes and potpourri.
Lavender is both relaxing and stimulating. It is a powerful antiseptic, heals wounds quickly and calms. Lavender also invigorates and lifts low mood as well as refreshes both your mind and your home.
Ways to use Lavender
Lavender can be used in so many different ways. Here are the main ways in which Lavender can be used:
- Lavender produces a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system making it perfect for treating any nerve-related ailments. PMS, anxiety, depression, tension, panic and nervous exhaustion. Lavender really balances the mind and mood.
- It can treat migraines, headaches and insomnia, especially if these are triggered by a hormonal imbalance or is systemic.
- Treating skin complaints and conditions is one of the main uses for lavender oil. It can heal burns, helps with acne, oily skin, psoriasis, wounds, boils, sunburn, insect bites and stings.
- Pain from arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago and sports-related muscular aches can benefit from the use of lavender oil in massaging the affect areas.
Lavender is generally a very safe oil and can be used with children and during pregnancy. With any treatment of minor ailments, please speak to a doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions. Also please read Essential Oils – What you need to know before trying any oils in your home or on your skin.
Methods of Application
Mix 5-6 drops of lavender oil to 1 oz of carrier oil and massage in.
Add 10 drops to a bath although the oil will better distribute if it has been mixed with a carrier oil before
On burns, lavender oil can be used neat on burns by applying 1-2 drops directly onto the burn.
Neat from bottle
In a diffuser add 5 drops to 1 cup of water
Create a spray by adding 5-6 drops into 1 oz of water
Add 15 drops of lavender to 60 ml of carrier oil and massage the affected area
Works well with
Lavender oil works well with a number of other essential oils including:
- Cedarwood (atlas)
- Chamomile (german)
- Marigold (Calendula)
- Sage (clary)