Lavender is considered one of the most versatile essential oils. Lavender essential oil is the highly concentrated, volatile oil extracted from the lavender flower. Essential oils have been used for centuries for their medicinal, therapeutic, and culinary uses. Lavender essential oil has many uses including soothing burns and minor cuts, treating headaches, reducing stress, and for relaxation.
Lavender essential oil is the highly concentrated, volatile oil extracted from the lavender flower – courtesy pixabay
Lavender essential oil can be applied with or without a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil. If you have sensitive skin, or have never used essential oils before, it is advisable to use a carrier oil until you know how it will interact with your skin. Lavender oil can typically be found for purchase in natural food/health stores or online.
Coconut oil is a commonly used carrier oil for essential oils and has a long list of benefits of its own – courtesy morguefile
Below is a list of 15 uses for lavender essential oil. This list is not exhaustive or meant to replace advice from your personal health care provider.
1. Soothe minor burns, cuts, and skin irritations. Rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil directly on minor cuts, burns, and skin irritations to support the body’s natural healing processes with its antimicrobial properties.
2. Relieve aching muscles. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and Epsom salts to a bath, relax, and ease tension and aching muscles. Lavender oil can also bring relaxation and relief to sore muscles when added to a carrier oil during a massage.
Lavender essential oil can bring relaxation and relief to sore muscles during massage - courtesy pixabay
3. Relax and calm the mind and body. Rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil on temples and back of neck, or on the wrists. Lavender essential oil can also be diffused or inhaled directly from the bottle to induce a feeling of relaxation and calm.
4. Encourages healthy skin growth. Lavender oil has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that aid in healthy skin growth and quicker healing. Apply lavender oil directly or mixed with coconut oil.
5. Relieve dry or chapped skin. Rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil mixed with coconut oil directly on the affected area.
6. Soothing sleep aid. Rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil between the palms and brush across pillow to encourage peaceful sleep.
7. Soothe bee stings and insect bites. Place once drop of lavender essential oil directly on the sting/bite to reduce swelling and itching.
8. Natural remedy for tension and migraine headaches. Apply 1-3 drops by massaging on the temples, forehead, and back of neck. Lavender oil can be applied with or without a carrier oil. It may also be beneficial to inhale deeply directly from the bottle.
9. Menstrual cramps. Massage a few drops of lavender essential oil onto the abdomen and apply heat to soothe menstrual cramps.
10. Use as a natural perfume. Apply 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to the wrists and behind the ears for use as a natural perfume.
11. Use as a natural air freshener. Mix lavender essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spray as needed throughout the house. Diffuse lavender essential oil. Rub lavender 1-2 drops essential oil between palms and smooth onto decorative pillows throughout the home.
12. Soothe a sunburn. Mix 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or and apply directly to the affected area.
13. Use as a natural fabric freshener. Add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil on a cloth or wool dryer ball and add to the dryer to use as a natural fabric freshener.
14. Natural flavor for drinks and recipes. Add 1-2 drops in tea, lemonade, or experiment in any recipe to enhance flavor. Be sure to use lavender essential oil that is ingestible as indicated on the bottle.
Add 1-2 drop of lavender essential oil to tea to enhance flavor – courtesy pixabay
15. Repel insects and moths. Place a few drops on a cotton ball in closets and linen drawers to repel insects and moths. This will also leave the closets and drawers smelling nice.
This list is a small example of the multitude of uses for lavender essential oil, one of the most popular and widely used essential oils. Lavender essential oil is a great investment and wonderful addition to your medicine cabinet and household.
Thought I knew all the uses for Lavender but tonight I have learned something new. Can't wait to share the sunburn remedy with my blonde haired, blue eyes, very fair skinned daughter who burns regardless of how much sunscreen she puts on. Hoping it helps.