Uses and Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Updated on February 23, 2018
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Lydia Workman has studied herbalism as a student of the occult. She wrote and edited the Wiccan Church of Canada's newsletter in the past.

Lavender has been in use for over 2000 years. There are more than 30 different varieties of lavender out there. Historically, it has had many different uses. The Egyptians used it in the mummification process. During the Renaissance, it was used to ward off the plague. In England, this beautiful flower rose to popularity in the Victorian era because it was used by the Queen. This was how its cultivation for commercial purposes got started.

Lavender is a most pleasant scent and is considered to be one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It is one of the few essential oils which can be used neat rather than diluted with a carrier oil. It has a relaxing effect on the consciousness putting you in a pleasant state when used for aromatherapy purposes. When it comes to healing skin irritations, cuts, and bruises, lavender essential oil has a great reputation. Wearing it as a perfume is a nice way to have a signature scent which is natural compared to the more commercial fragrances. Many people find its tranquil scent makes it valuable as a sleep aid.

This essential oil is obtained through the distillation of flower spikes. Most essential oil distillers use solvents to extract scent from the flowers. There is a method of straight steam distillation. Steam is pushed through the plant material and picks up the oil. However it is made, it certainly smells intoxicating!

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History of Lavender

This glorious flowering herb originated in the Mediterranean region and its use eventually spread to Europe. It was used in Ancient Greece where Dioscorides found that it had many medicinal properties. Dioscorides' findings made lavender more popular than ever before. Romans also used this remarkable scent in their famous baths.

It was cultivated in the 13th and 14th centuries in monasteries. This herb was popular both due to its attractive appearance and medicinal properties. The monks often had gardens of medicinal herbs. Lavender was one of the herbs which would be highly prized.

Rene Gattefosse was a French scientist who discovered that lavender essential oil works well at healing burns. His arm was injured after an explosion in his laboratory in the early 1900s. He had a lucky accident when he dipped his arm into a nearby vat of lavender essential oil. Thanks to his discovery the healing properties of lavender essential oil became exposed.

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Aromatherapy

Fragrance is known to improve our emotional well being. Nothing conjures up our sentiment more than a memory-invoking scent. Lavender essential oil is a great way to eliminate feelings of nervous tension. It is a beautiful essential oil to select when you wish to do a little bit of aromatherapy. This calming scent is perfect for those who suffer from occasional anxiety and mild depression. It has sedative properties, but can also be stimulating.

It is also an essential oil which increases mental activity. If you are wanting to relax your nerves while you study for an important exam having a bottle of lavender essential oil handy can be a good solution.

This scent can be described as floral, sweet, and herbaceous. This soothing scent has a very clean smelling quality. It blends well with lemon, bergamot, and citrus scents.

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Healing Potential

There are various ailments which lavender essential oil can be of use for in terms of healing and relief. This essential oil has pain relieving properties because it is an analgesic. It is handy to keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help with bee stings and insect bites. Put just a drop of the oil neat on the sting or bite to reduce swelling and stop the itching. Additionally, it is sometimes used as a bug repellent. You can apply it to your skin if you wish to avoid getting bitten alive by mosquitos in the summer and it is great to keep moths out of your closet.

It heals minor burns and cuts quite easily. Run cold water over your burn and then apply the essential oil. To heal a cut, you can place a few drops on a bandage to speed up the healing process.This can also help reduce the chance of an infection.

It can provide relief from eczema or dermatitis. Eczema is a word loosely used to describe various skin conditions. It is characterized by itchy, red skin. Sometimes the cause of this condition can be challenging to determine. A bit of lavender essential oil may be beneficial in healing the skin. You may apply the essential oil directly to the skin a few times a day. Mixing it with a vegetable oil and massaging it on the skin is a great way to help with the healing process. You can also make a soothing homemade body spray. All you need to do is mix the essential oil with water and put it in a spritzer. Shake well before using, so it mixes properly.

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Perfume

The scent of lavender is a very beautiful fragrance. Due to its intoxicating aroma it is very frequently used in perfumes. The word lavender may come from the Latin word 'lavare' which means 'to wash.' In the Roman Empire, there was a tradition of bathing using perfumed oils. Lavender was definitely a most popular scent!

Lavender is frequently used in perfumes for both men and women. You can make your own perfume at home. Essential oils are more appealing to create fragrances with compared to the synthetic scents. A base for your fragrance can be made using equal parts of vodka, grape seed, and jojoba oil. Simply mix some of your favorite scents together to create your own blend. Citrus oils work well with lavender!

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Sleep Aid

Insomnia is one of the most common health complaints people have. It is considered a disorder which is often caused by stress, depression or anxiety. Lavender essential oil makes a great alternative treatment for insomnia. You can simply place a bit of the essential oil on your pillows. You might also wish to invest in an essential oil diffuser. You can inhale lavender essential oil by putting a few drops in a pot of water which has been boiled and inhale.

Not much actual research has been done on the effectiveness of lavender essential oil as a sleep aid. Many major studies have found that there are enough benefits to site it as a viable alternative remedy strategy for sleep challenges. It is very difficult to do scientific testing on aromatherapy products. Since the scent is highly recognizable, it is impossible to compare results with a placebo, like in drug testing.

Filling pillows with lavender has also been said to help rid one of nightmares. This means that not only will you have an easier time getting to sleep, but your sleep will actually be more peaceful!

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Beauty

You can add lavender essential oil to your regular skin products to give them a pleasant scent and take advantage of lavender's beautifying qualities. It can hydrate and provide relief for dry or chapped skin. Mixing lavender essential oil with a carrier oil and massaging it onto winter-worn skin can be a great way to uplift and rejuvenate your beauty regime.

It is both an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic which can be used to treat acne. Just applying a drop or two straight on pimples can help them heal up faster. It detoxifies the skin because it contains antioxidants. This makes it also useful as an anti-aging agent. Wrinkles will be smoothed away with its use while it makes the skin firm and improves circulation.

There are so many great things lavender essential oil can do to help your skin! It can help reduce scar tissue when it is used to help heal a wound. It can also be used to fade age spots away and give you a more even skin tone.

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Lavender Essential Oil Salt Scrub

Making your own skin scrubs at home is easy. This simple beauty treatment helps exfoliate away dead skin. It is affordable to create and less messy compared to many commercial products. Many exfoliating skin scrubs which you purchase at the store do not dissolve in water like salt or sugar. It will save you a lot of clean up time when you make this product at home.

This treatment is also minus all the synthetic ingredients which commercial products contain making it better for your skin and the environment at the same time. This scent will make your bath routine an extremely relaxing experience which is also beautifying.

Ingredients

  • Oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Salt or sugar

The amount you mix together is entirely a personal decision. If you are looking to slough away dead skin you may wish to go heavier on the salt or sugar. For a deeper moisturizing quality, you may want to add a little bit of extra oil. The oil you choose to use is also entirely up to you. Coconut oil or olive oil are two great choices. Whatever skin-friendly oils you have in your cupboards will tend to work.

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Hair Care

Lavender essential oil is terrific for a dry scalp. It effectively eliminates dandruff and is great to use when you wish to have a scalp massage. You can put the oil neat on your fingertips and work it in.

It also nourishes dry hair. It makes a great conditioner which will get your hair shining radiantly and smelling terrific. Add it to your regular shampoo or conditioner to give it a sensual boost. You can also create a hair treatment by blending it with a carrier oil and letting it soak in.

If you are hoping to have long lustrous hair lavender essential oil promotes hair growth.

The oil can be applied directly to the hair. If you have frizzy hair lavender essential oil is a great treatment. Put it on your hands and run it through your hair.

Precautions When Using Lavender Essential Oil

  • Always test skin sensitivity before you use any essential oil
  • Avoid excessive use
  • Do not put the oil in your ears, eyes or nose
  • This oil is safe to use on children if you use it in moderation

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      Lydia Workman 2 months ago from Canada

      That is terrific, Catherine! I love the scent myself!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I received lavender essential oil as a gift together with a disfuser. You have given me a lot of info about how to use it. I am going to place it near my bed to use as a sleep aid.

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Very informative!

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      K S Lane 3 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I had no idea that lavender oil had so many different uses! Previously I've only used it for it's nice smell, but obviously the uses are far more diverse than that. Thanks for sharing!

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