Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most commonly used essential oil in the world and has been used therapeutically and religiously for over 2,500 years.
Lavender essential oil is steam distilled, from the flowers of the plant, and exhibits a sweet, floral and calming aroma. Lavender is considered a “must have” essential oil due to it’s extensive list of valuable and versatile uses.
Lavender oil is commonly used for promoting relaxation, rest, peaceful sleep, balanced emotions, and decreasing anxiety, tension and stress.
Lavender essential oil is also known for its therapeutic benefits for skin health and wellbeing. It’s a “go to” oil for burns, rashes, cuts, abrasions, blisters, sores, itching, wrinkles, wounds, acne, stretch marks, bug bites and any other skin irritation.
Lavender oil has analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, antitumor, regenerative and sedative properties. It’s known as a universal oil, traditionally used, to balance the body and work wherever needed.
Research shows that lavender oil contains active compounds linked to promoting healthy blood sugar levels. Studies have also shown lavender essential oil may decrease symptoms of Alzheimer’s, depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as, improve body weight and protect the liver and kidneys from degeneration.
Lavender essential oil can be applied topically, neat (with no dilution), directly to the area of concern or to corresponding reflex points. It can also be diffused aromatically or inhaled directly, as well as, taken internally, by placing 1 drop under the tongue, in capsules, or as a natural flavoring in food and beverages.
7 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
- Improve Sleep Lavender can be used to promote healthy sleep. Diffuse 5 drops bedside or apply 3 drops topically to the back of your neck, chest and temples.
- Skin Health Lavender oil has been known to be very soothing and beneficial when used for cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Apply, neat or with a carrier oil, topically to area of concern.
- Decrease Stress Lavender oil is known for its benefits in promoting feelings of relaxation. Diffuse it, add it to bathwater, and/or apply it topically to temples, wrists and soles of the feet.
- Balance Blood Sugar Levels Lavender may protect the body from increases in blood glucose. Diffuse, apply topically to back of neck and chest, or add 1 drop to water and drink.
- Headache Relief Diffuse lavender, inhale it directly or combine 2 drops of lavender oil with 2 drops of peppermint oil and massage into temples and back of neck to help relieve tension and pain.
- Healthy Blood Pressure Promote healthy blood pressure by diffusing or applying topically during work and/or stressful situations.
- Skin Purity and Longevity Apply lavender oil directly to acne, wrinkles or other skin impurities to promote purity and longevity.
Lavender Essential Oil Precautions
Lavender essential oil is gentle and safe for most people, including children, and is often used “neat” without a carrier oil.
Since lavender oil has so many therapeutic benefits and is widely used, many synthetic versions are used today. Make sure you are using naturally sourced lavender for therapeutic use.
When using any essential oil, especially internally, use only the highest quality essential oils that are 100% certified therapeutic grade or organic to ensure you’re getting a 100% pure oil and not one with unwanted and harmful chemicals or toxins.
Quick Thoughts: Lavender Essential Oil
- Lavender is known to relieve stress, relax the body and improve sleep.
- Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils worldwide and is gentle and safe for most people, including children.
- Lavender oil is very beneficial for skin health and healing cuts, burns and other skin irritations.
- Lavender contains active compounds which are linked to promoting healthy blood sugar levels.
- Lavender oil can be used neat (without a carrier oil).
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