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