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Lavender Essential Oil : Benefits

July 7, 2017

Hi all,

If you only use one essential oil, this is it! there are n number of Lavender Essential Oil : Benefits.

I have also shared Benefits of Orange Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil.

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin.

 

 

The fragrance of the oil is refreshing, calming, relaxing.

Today, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world. Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years.

The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, bath gels, Infusion, Lotions, Soaps, Aromatherapy oil, Teas, Whole and Dried Flowers.

 

We can incorporate lavender in to our daily life.

 

  • Calming and Sleep Aid

 

Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, and then inhale it. It will help your  brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists or anywhere for an immediate calming effect on the body. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.

 

  • Acne

 

Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne. It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring.

 

  • Eczema / Dermatitis

 

Mix several drops of Lavender oil with olive, coconut or sesame and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.

 

  • Nausea or motion sickness

To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

 

  • Bee sting / Insect bite

Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduces swelling.

 

  • Minor burn / Cuts

Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. Lavender works wonders! For cuts drop few drops of Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.

 

  • Hay fever / Cold sores

 

Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.

 

  • Aching Muscles

Jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Apply few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.

 

  • Dry skin / Chapped/ Sunburned Lips

 

Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin. Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

 

  • Menstrual Cramps

Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.

 

  • Sunburn

Add 8 drops of lavender oil with 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.

 

  • Skin 

 

Most likely due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential mixed with aloe or coconut oil has profound benefits on your skin.

Research has even proven its ability to speed recovery from canker sores and can prevent allergic reactions!

Want to reduce age spots?  Try mixing lavender oil with frankincense essential oil and put it on your skin first thing in the morning, right after you shower and right before bed.

  • As a Face Toner

Lavender tones and makes your skin firm as it boosts circulation, thus resulting in an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This helps in keeping the cells healthy and boosting their renewal process.

You can make a toner at home with lavender and water. Boil 100 ml of water in a bowl and then put in the lavender buds, so that they are completely submerged. Cover the bowl, leaving the brew to steep for a few hours. Drain the mixture into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate it. Spray some of this lavender water on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face with it (after washing your face in the morning). This will refresh your skin like a toner.

 

  • As a Non-toxic Air Freshener

 

The same way you use lavender oil as a perfume, you can use it around your home as a natural, toxic-free air freshener. Either spray lavender oil around your home or try diffusing it.

To create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom before you fall asleep, try spraying the lavender oil and water mixture directly onto your bed sheets or pillow.

You can try the same method in your bathroom as well, and also on your bath towels. Before taking a relaxing bath or shower, spray your towel with lavender oil so its relaxing scent is waiting for you when you step out of the shower.

  • As a Secret Flavour Booster in Recipes

 

Lavender oil is completely edible, but you will want to use a very small amount since the taste is very powerful. Try adding 1-2 drops to your recipes for a surprising flavour booster. Lavender is said to pair perfectly with things like dark cocoa, pure honey, cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette, black pepper, and apples.

  • Hair Care

Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, dry scalp and dandruff. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss.

Mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil and heat the mixture for about 10 seconds. Massage your scalp with this warm oil mixture.

 

  • As a Natural Perfume

Do you want to smell good without using toxic perfumes? Lavender oil is a great scent for women and for men too. You can either try adding pure oil directly to your skin, or you can dilute oil in water for a more subtle scent.

You can also try using 2 drops of lavender oil added to a spray bottle with about ½ cup of water. Shake up the spray bottle and then spray whatever you’d like.

  • As a Remedy for Stomach Discomfort

Many people find the scent of lavender to be soothing to the stomach. If you are feeling nauseous, or know that you are going to be traveling in a car of plane and are prone to motion sickness, spray some lavender oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples and palms.

 

Word of Caution / Precaution

There is no doubt lavender is a beneficial herb. But then, it does come with its own sets of minuses. Some of the precautions that need to be taken are –

As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that patients with diabetes to stay away from lavender oil. It may also cause allergic reactions to people that have unusually sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to either common or excessive use of lavender oil.

 

Lavender has been found to slow down the central nervous system. If it is used in combination with anaesthesia and other medications during or after surgery, there are chances it might slow down the nervous system way too much. Hence, ensure you don’t use lavender at-least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

 

I am using Lavender Essential Oil from Blossom Kochhar.

You can buy from here

Now that you know a good deal about benefits of lavender oil, do tell me in what way you prefer using it! Also let us know how you liked this post. You can comment in the box below.

 

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44 Comments

  • Reply The Recovery Republic July 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    is suffer from hayfever so thanks

  • Reply Bhumika July 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Wow!!! One oil and so many uses!!! Thanks for sharing. ?

    -Bhumika http://makeupandsmiles.com ?

  • Reply Aisha | Jhalli Diva July 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Essential oils are such a rage. Lavender is one of my favs too!

  • Reply rumahsurgablog July 15, 2017 at 12:45 am

    wow, nice info. i like the smell of lavender 🙂

  • Reply momsmethods October 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I simply love lavender oil… Such a lot of benefits…. Lovely post

  • Reply Ruchie October 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Loved promising one …great product look like one oil with multiple benefits

  • Reply Zainab October 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I have always had a soft spot for lavender smell, and this seems to have lots of uses!

  • Reply llalexxbloomll October 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Informative post, lavender is indeed a miracle to use

  • Reply snehalboricha October 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I never knew that it can be used for stomach discomfort too. Interesting!

  • Reply Varsh October 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I didn’t know lavender oil had so many benefits. Its fragrance is enough to make me like it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply allaboutmommying October 14, 2017 at 12:02 am

    My all time favorite essential oil is lavender but I never knew the benefits of it. I just loved for the fragrance of it. This post definitely gave me a lot of pointers

  • Reply worldofmakeupmagique October 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I find lavender extremely soothing… wasn’t aware that it works on acne too

  • Reply Monika Sehdev October 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I love the Fragrance of Lavender. This seems promising..

  • Reply jhilmil October 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Yup, I recently got Lavender essential oil to get that relaxation and for hair care!

  • Reply Minakshi Bajpai October 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I just love lavender made products. I love its fragrance and its gorgeous colour.this product seems very promising one as it consist of mixture of 6 essential oils. Really want to try this.

  • Reply Snigdha October 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Wow… That’s really informative.. Lavender oil has so many benefits..

  • Reply Dr Bushra October 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    So many benefits of lavender oil I want to use it like you said for calm sleep

  • Reply Mrinal Kiran October 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Lavender oil has so many benefits? I used it only for fragrance.. thanks for sharing

  • Reply Prerna Sinha October 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Lavender oil is one of the most beneficial oils, but it has its con’s too as you have shared, thanks for sharing this post, really informative!

  • Reply Papri Ganguly October 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Yes lavender essential oil is loaded with beauty benefits and smells heavenly.

  • Reply myteenytot October 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Lavender attracts me a lot👍 Thanks for the detailed review.

  • Reply Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu October 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I love lavender smell but didnt know these benefits.Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Nisha Malik October 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    My favorite essential oil is Lavender . It really helps me sleep better and smell good 🙂

  • Reply Bedazzleu Esha Dogra October 14, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Lavender oil is such a all rounder oil. Does everything all need

  • Reply adoremyskin October 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Such a great post. I love lavender oil

  • Reply zainab October 15, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Lavender is my favourite most essential oil, to be true. I would love to try it for everything you stated 🙂

  • Reply shreemayeesdiary.com October 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Such an informative post. Love all the recipe here, esp that one to treat acne. I must give it a try.

  • Reply speakingaloud2u October 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I am very partial to lavender fragrance, especially as an essential oil. I often use it in my oil dispenser…to clam and sooth myself.

  • Reply Denise October 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I love oils and like to use the lavender one, so calming.

  • Reply Sonja Josipovic October 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Love lavender smell, but didn’t know all these benefits. Great post!

  • Reply lau October 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    so cool! I was told to mix almond and lavender oils before sleep

  • Reply matthulland October 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I’ve always loved lavender as a relaxing aid in the evening before bed, didn’t realise how much more it can be used for, thanks.

  • Reply Anastasia October 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    so cool, didn’t know about half of those points!

  • Reply Oparah Miracle October 25, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I never knew of this. And lavender oil is not readily available in my country, but I’m going to try to get it anyways.
    Do check out my blog This Guy’s Corner

  • Reply Donna October 25, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I never realised just how many ailments lavender can help with. I love the smell so will try more of it 🙂

  • Reply Jassy October 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Wow, didn’t know about lavender oil and it‘s benefits. I‘ll definitely try it out.
    Thank you,
    Xoxo Jassy from fancy-diaries.com ☀️

  • Reply lameeshelal October 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Oh! I didn’t know lavender oil has so many uses like that, I am using it only for its fragrance. Thank you so much

  • Reply sparklesofyum October 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I had no idea there are so many uses for Lavender oil. I knew of the calming affects, I bought some to calm the dogs when it thunders or fireworks in the neighborhood. Now I have so many more used for it. Thank you!

  • Reply Kimberly October 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Great tips in this post, thanks!

  • Reply sublimemessages November 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    i have been hearing so much about it and its wonderful to read its benefits. thanks for the share

  • Reply lau November 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    loved this post! I was told to mix lavender essential oil with almond oil to have a back massage before sleeping

  • Reply r0ky24 November 12, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Wow, didn’t know lavender was such versatile plant. Good to know.

  • Reply Clara November 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Lavender oil is amazing. I’ve been using it for years and still find new uses for it.

  • Reply Monika November 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I love lavender oil! I have it at all times with me – it cures everything 🙂 and I love the smell!

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