Around the world, Lavender essential oil is by far the most popular of all the oils used today. But its use is not just so recent. The benefits of Lavender oil have been known for over 2,500 years! Lavender oil benefits are varied and vast. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and anti-depressive properties and has been used for centuries therapeutically and cosmetically.
Lavender essential oil was really my first essential oil and still probably my most favorite of all the oils… and that's saying something!
Lavender's (Lavandula angustifolia) scent is such a familiar and wonderful aroma of fresh floral combined with clean and calm. The native aroma of lavender is a staple scent for soaps, all kinds of beauty products, perfumes, air fresheners and much more. This is what makes this flower such a popular choice and a perfect choice as a starter oil… and quite frankly a must have essential oil for any home!
Yes, Lavender essential is one of my absolute favorites, but not solely because of its classic scent. Its versatility ranges from skin care products to my own personal relaxing routines. You can infuse this essential oil into so many areas of your life. In fact, Young Living essential oil blends such as Stress Away™, Harmony™, RutaVaLa™, Tranquil™, and Forgiveness™ incorporate the Lavender essential oil as a part of the blend.
As you know by now, since I have been using and incorporating essential oils into my life and my daily routines, I cannot fathom not having them in my life. In fact, I would say if you could only ever have one essential oil to use… make it Lavender essential oil. In fact, carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up!
A Few Of My Lavender Essential Oil Uses –
- For me, there is nothing like adding 4 drops of Lavender essential oil with a cup of Epsom to my hot bath… it's like being at a spa!
- Completely unwind using the oil with a neck and back massage.
- Add a few drops to any of your skin care products, lotions, or shampoo.
- You can make your own body scrub with Lavender essential oil, coconut oil, and sugar.
- Make Lavender a part of your evening routine. Rub some of the oil on the bottoms of your feet or even make a spritzing solution with distilled water and spray a little on your pillow. I sometimes just use a little on a cotton swab and put it next to my pillow.
- Needless to say, Lavender is a great room freshener. Just diffuse it to help eliminate stale odors.
10 Common Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil –
- Lavender Essential Oil For Sleep –
Lavender essential oil is commonly known for its ability to aid in the sleeping process with its calming and relaxing properties. For me, lavender is truly my go to essential oil for helping me to get a good night's sleep. Usually I diffuse it. Although sometimes a couple drops on a cotton pad placed next to my pillow works even better!
- Antioxidant Protection –
Free radicals (toxins, pollutants in the environment, as well as everyday chemicals in our food, air, cleaning products, and toiletries) are some of the most common risks we all potentially come in contact with daily. These free radicals are a detriment to our body's overall health by affecting our immune system thus making us more susceptible to various diseases. While it is true that your body can produce antioxidants that combat these free radicals, there are times that it needs help. Particularly if your diet and nutrition isn't what it should be. Lavender essential oil is a natural way that can help your body produce some of the antioxidants that it needs in its ongoing battle.
- Improves Mood And Reduces Stress –
The Lavender flower and the extracts from it have actually been used for centuries in the treatment for depression and anxiety. As one of the most common essential oils, lavender essential oil benefits are sure to include having a calming, relaxing effect. Lavender is such a versatile oil it not only helps with sleep but also is used to help reduce general restlessness, panic attacks, irritability, and general nervous tensions.
- Supports Brain Function –
You know that so much of our quality of life is tied directly to the health of our general faculties. As life happens though, we are often under siege from mental fatigue resulting in poor concentration and general burn-out and perhaps even long term degenerative diseases. Lavender essential is one of the essential oils supporting a healthy brain by promoting a sense of clarity and focus.
- Helps Heal Burns & Cuts –
Like so many other of the benefits of Lavender oil, using this oil for cuts and burns has been around for centuries. Lavender essential oil will not only help fight off infections, minimize the blistering and potential scarring while it helps promote a natural healing process. If you've got children around the house then you know you've also got occasional cuts and scrapes around the house. When cuts and scrapes happen simply add a drop or two on the area and re-apply every few hours as you feel needed.
- Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair –
Another benefit of Lavender essential oil is that you can help treat several skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even light wrinkles. Lavender can also be used to help keep your hair healthy and may even support in the treatment of hair loss. Particularly for patients who suffer from Alopecia.
- Relieves Headaches –
For me personally, the Lavender essential oil was a big part in the process of my recovery from our accident and the headaches that I subsequently suffered. And actually how I got started with essential oils.Lavender has long been proven as an effective element in the treatment and relief from headaches, migraine headaches, and even in preventing the outbreak of a new one.Simply by massaging in a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil into your neck, temples, and around your forehead, the oil will help relieve the tension in these areas along with promoting calm and relaxation. As a result, this will help alleviate many types of headaches other than migraines including nervous headaches, general headaches, sinus and tension headaches.
- Relieves Pain –
Pain affects so many different areas of our lives, including how much rest and sleep we are able to get. Which, in turn, affects how our body is able to heal itself. Lavender oil can also help ease the pain of sore muscles along with joint pain from rheumatism or sprains. Simply massage lavender oil into the affected area of your body.
- Improves Your Digestion –
Not all to be lower on the list is the benefit to your digestion. Let's face it, a healthy digestive system is the very foundation for our health. The digestive system is where the nutrients from our food is absorbed and our health bacteria live.To this point we have well established the ability of Lavender to provide a calming relaxing effect on one's body and mental state. It is also well established that stress has a negative effect on digestion. If you are calm and relaxed you entire body functions better including its ability to digest and absorb nutrients from your food. This oil also can help stimulate your production of bile and gastric juices.
- Relieve Respiratory Disorders –
Lavender can help lighten the affects of respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and flus. Even throat infections, sinus congestion, bronchitis and the like.Lavender's relaxation properties, will help relax air passages and inflammation, which of course, will ease congestion and the resulting coughs. These properties are also helpful in providing relief from bronchitis and asthma respiratory issues.
Common Sense Precautions For Using Lavender essential oil –
- As with any type of concentrated material, you'll want to keep the oil out of the reach of children.
- Pregnant or nursing – consult with your doctor or healthcare provider.
- Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.
- If you are taking any types of medication or have other health issues or medical conditions have a conversation with your healthcare provider.
- Store in a cool, dark place.