Lavender essential oil is by far one of the most favorite essential oils to use by many aromatherapy fans. It’s certainly one of my most loved oils and I have it on hand always! With multiple health and beauty benefits, including pain relief and helping with hair care, among others makes it a favorite with so many. Once you find out all it’s amazing advantages, you may want to keep a bottle of lavender essential oil with you at all times for easy and quick access!
What Is Lavender Oil?
The lavender plant is known for its fragrant scent, which has been used for potpourri and perfumes for many years. It’s Latin name, Lavare, means “to wash”, coming from it’s fresh aroma. The lavender oil production process begins with the extraction from the flowers of the lavender plant. A steam distillation is generally the method that is used to produce the oil from the flower. It is commonly found in a variety of items, such as gels, lotion and soaps.
Lavender is one of the most versatile oils, and there are many awesome benefits to using lavender oil with its sweet, flowery aroma. As I’ve become more and more used to essential oils in my daily life, I’m always looking at new and improved ways to integrate them into my daily routines.
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NOTE that lavender essential oil is a bit of an exception when it comes to applying it directly onto your skin. Usually, I always recommend diluting essential oils before application to the skin. Lavender though you can generally use directly on your skin.
Health Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil can help treat multiple systems in your body. With its antibacterial qualities, it’s great for treating infections and even pain relief. A massage with lavender oil can help relieve sore muscles, sprains and backaches. It’s also been known to help heal cuts and sunburns. Have somebody who doesn’t travel well? Lavender oil can help relieve motion sickness and nausea, making a better trip for everyone!
When you are stressed or have high anxiety, lavender oil can help treat the migraines, headaches, nervous tension and emotional anxiety that tends to come with all of that stress. A study was done with a group of students who inhaled lavender and rosemary oil before taking an exam. The results showed a decrease in overall stress and anxiety, as well as an increase in their cognitive function. Perfect for going in for a test!
It’s also useful with respiratory problems; including the common symptoms like flu, cough, cold, and even the more severe ones like bronchitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis. One way to use it is adding the oil to the water in vaporizers and humidifiers that are usually used for colds and coughs, that way it’ll be inhaled through the vapor. It is also known to relieve congestion and get rid of phlegm, which could really help you next time you’re trying to fight a cold.
For those who suffer from insomnia, this is something you may want to look into. Lavender oil can help in inducing sleep, which makes it a recommended treatment for insomnia. Studies showed results of increased sleep regularity for elderly patients. Instead of their sleep medication, some lavender oil was placed on their pillows. In addition to better sleeping, you would have a nice smelling pillow!
Here are 10 lavender essential oil benefits, including the best ways on how to use lavender essential oil.
1. It Helps You Relax
Lavender essential oil is great anytime you need to relax or wind down. It has calming effects on both your body and mind. A few select small studies have shown that lavender may be useful for helping with mild sleep disorders and low-level anxiety¹. Historically, lavender was used for mental health purposes too. Nowadays, lavender essential oil is used to as a home remedy ailment to help with conditions such as restlessness, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Overall, it just creates a comforting, calming environment for you!
How to Use it:
- Add lavender essential oil to your diffuser before going to sleep.
- Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale.
- Rub into the palms of your hands and inhale.
- Add a few drops (2-4) to a general unscented body lotion and rub into your feet before going to bed.
- Just take a sniff of it right out of the bottle!
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle, mix with distilled water and spray this mist around the room.
2. Lavender Oil Is Good For Healthy Skin
Lavender’s name actually comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which translated means “to wash”. Lavender oil has antiseptic properties and if you’re looking to support healthier skin, look to Lavender oil. The idea of using Lavender in baths actually originated in Persia, Greece, and Rome – and those places had some great kings and queens enjoying luxurious baths in historic times! Today, Lavender is still a popular ingredient in spa products such as bath salts or bath oils. Trust me, if you like hot bubble baths, you’ll love a Lavender bath!
How to use it:
- Dilute several drops (2-4) of lavender with a carrier oil of your choice, and apply it to your chosen area of skin to give it a general uplifting boost.
- If you have dry skin, apply the mixture of lavender oil and carrier oil to that area especially.
- Add a few drops of pure lavender oil to your tub and breathe in the beauty!
3. It Relieves Joint Pain and Sore Muscles
As a calming and relaxing herb, lavender is “doubly great” for sore muscles or joint pain! Not only will it calm your smell senses and other aroma nerves, it will also directly get into the muscles and do its relaxation magic there, increasing circulation and stimulating . Massaged into your skin, lavender oil can relieve aching muscles or joint pain, and generally take the stress out of your body.
How to use it:
- Mix a few drops (2-4) of lavender oil with a carrier oil of your choice, and massage it on the sore area
- Soak a towel in a bowl of hot water infused with a bit of lavender oil and use it as a compress to treat muscle injuries or sprains
4. Disinfects Cuts, Bruises, and Light Burns
Lavender essential oil is also quite effective on mild skin irritations such as burns, wounds, or light acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties are great to keep out bacteria or other irritants. You might also find that the wound will heal a lot quicker than it normally would. Try it out next time you (or your kids) scrape up a knee or elbow playing outside or in the garden! Remember though that applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) could also irritate your skin further, so make sure you mix it into just a little bit of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil especially if you have sensitive skin. Dissolving it in water also works (remember, we do this in diffusers), to dilute its concentration.
How to use it:
- Place a few drop of lavender oil in the palms of your hands, and add a few drops of carrier oil or water to dilute it. Apply to the bruise, cut, or wound.
5. Repels Insects and Soothes Insect Bites
With Lavenders’ antibacterial properties, you can use it for any type of infection or irritation, such as insect bites. Lavender is actually also used as an ingredient in some mosquito repellents! Its strong scent is simply disliked by many insects. If you dislike the scent of Lavender, here is an article about other essential oils that help with mosquito bites and act as an insect repellent.
How to use it:
- Simply mix a drop of lavender oil with a base oil or some water, and apply to an infection or skin irritation to soothe the area.
- Add a few drops to a candle and place on your outdoor patio for a mosquito repellent.
- Mix (5-6) drops of lavender oil into water into a 12 oz. spray bottle and spray onto your skin or clothes just as a mosquito spray.
6. Naturally Cleans
With Lavenders’ antibacterial properties, you should also add lavender on your list of natural cleaning products.
7. Relieves Respiratory Disorders
Lavender oil can help soothe the symptoms of some respiratory conditions such as the common cold and flu, cough, or sinus congestion. Other essential oils listed here can also help with cold and flu symptoms if you happen to be out of Lavender, or just want to try something new!
How to use it:
- Apply lavender oil mixed into a bit of carrier oil on your neck, chest, or back.
- Inhale it via a home remedy steam inhalation tub.
- Add it to your essential oil diffuser to vaporize into the air in your bedroom.
8. Smells Great As A Perfume
If nothing else but you just love the scent and aroma of lavender oil, go ahead and simply use it as a perfume! Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, so I would recommend for the best aroma experience, make sure you’re buying a French Lavender product. Certainly, lavender grows in many other perfectly fine climates as well, I’d just recommend going with the original here because you are looking for that unique, original flower scent aroma.
How to use it:
- Apply lightly to your wrists or neck.
9. Prevent Hair Loss
Lavender essential oil can help kill lice, lice eggs, and nits to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Medical News Today also says that lavender is possibly effective for preventing hair loss².
How to use it:
- Mix in a drop of essential oil to your regular shampoo.
10. It Alleviates Premenstrual Emotional Symptoms
Well, if you’re a lady like me, you know what I’m talking about. Even though PMS is a common occurrence, no single lady suffers the same way as the next, and no single treatment is universally recognized as effective for everyone. Many women turn to alternative methods to care for themselves in those moments, including aromatherapy. Lavender essential oil does a great job at lifting my spirits when suffering from PMS
How to use it:
- Put lavender oil in your diffuser and make sure you run it all day long!
- Put a few drops on pulse points on your wrists or neck, and let yourself be infused and surrounded by the scent.
- Get a lavender oil massage from your partner, or ask your professional massage therapist to add a few drops to their products.
Beauty Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil
Many people have the unfortunate circumstance of having to go through the experience of having acne. Who knew lavender oil could’ve helped us from some embarrassing teenage years while going through puberty! Recommended by dermatologists, it is one of the most beneficial essential oils to treat acne. Its antibacterial properties helps to regulate your hormones, as well as reducing scarring.
On top of acne, who wants to have hair problems! Lavender oil has shown positive results when it comes to treating hair loss. It even is effective against lice, which is a great bonus. For men who have problems with balding, lavender oil is recommended to help regulate the baldness. It can even help eliminate dandruff when rubbed into your scalp.
You may want to consider even adding some lavender products to your normal beauty routine. A drop of lavender oil on dry skin can help, and it can even help your dry chapped lips! Have a stubborn cold sore that showed up out of nowhere? Dab a little drop of lavender oil on it to help it heal.
Uncommon Uses For Lavender Oil
Lavender has a great scent to it, but did you ever think of adding it to your food? It has become popular in the culinary world over the past couple of years with its ability to enhance flavors. You could stay simple and add it to your tea or water, but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous it works well with sweet dessert recipes. Lavender cookies anyone?
Because of its healing antibacterial abilities, Lavender oil is good to have around during the summer season when you’re out hiking and camping. A drop can reduce the itching and swelling of bee stings and other insect bites. If you want to keep those pesky bugs away to begin with, applying some lavender oil to your skin can keep mosquitoes away. Or even, consider having some lavender oil around your camping site so you don’t have to worry about getting bitten while having a good time.
Where To Buy Lavender Oil?
Here are a couple of different places you can look into to get some lavender essential oil.
- Young Living: Plants grown both in Simiane-la-Rotonde, France and Mona, Utah go through a steam distilled process to produce this refreshing scent.
- DoTerra: If you’re interested in a lavender essential oil blend, you can check out the Elevation oil blend and the Peace oil blend, which both contain lavender.
- Eden’s Garden: The Lavender’s many benefits makes it one of the most popular essential oils of all time. It’s ability to wipe away stress and heal burns helps to see why it is such a favorite.
- Rocky Mountain Oils: This is Lavender from Greece, Lavandula Angustifolia. It smells absolutely incredible and is the sweeter one of the two, when compared to Lavender from Bulgaria. It’s extracted via steam distillation from the flower part of the plants.
How To Use Lavender Essential Oil
The application of the oil will be dependent on how it is planned to be used. If you’re using it to bring down anxiety and stress, one method is to apply it to your wrists and temples. This will allow you to inhale it to bring instant relaxation. For the most part, you can simply use a couple of drops. Depending on how you plan on using it though, you may want to research specifically the best methods to use it for the best results.
This video will help give you a better insight and understanding to the full potential of lavender essential oil!
Lavender Oil Cautions
Remember, pure essential lavender oil we buy in bottles today is a distilled, highly concentrated version of a natural herb remedy. An interesting fact I found on Young Living’s website is that it takes them 27 square feet of Lavender plants to make one 15 ml bottle of oil. Yes, it’s concentrated alright! Therefore, please always ensure you dilute it properly.
Lavender oil may also be poisonous if taken by mouth – do not take orally or internally.
If you’re using any kind of sedative medications, the combination of lavender oil with these traditional treatments may increase drowsiness. Make sure to tell your health care provider(s) about any and all alternative practices you use. Giving them an accurate and full picture of all that you do to manage and improve your health will help ensure a safe and coordinated overall care for you.
Out of all of the essential oils, Lavender Oil is one of the most popular. I hope you enjoy one (or all) of these many wonderful uses for lavender essential oil! If you have comments or questions, please let me know in the comments box below, or email me here.
¹ Does Lavender Oil Do Anything? We Review the Research: https://healthybutsmart.com/lavender-oil/
² Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of lavender? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265922.php