Lavender has been loved and appreciated for thousand of years, and today is considered to be one of the most popular essential oils. It is considered very safe, versatile and gentle. Lavender with its balancing qualities is primarily thought of as calming and relaxing, but it is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and stimulating to the immune system.
Lavender is an evergreen perennial that is indigenous to southern Europe and, the mountain regions located on the western border of the Mediterranean, as well as North and East Africa, Arabia, India, and the Canary Islands, although it is now cultivated world-wide for commercial and personal use. Today, lavender is grown in Tasmania, Spain, Italy, England, China, Australia, the United States and, Southern France, where centuries of cultivation have produced some of the most highly developed forms of the plant. Lavender oil is extracted primarily from the flowers of the lavender plant and mostly processed through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are quite aromatic in nature and have been utilized in the making of potpourri for centuries. Although lavender has been traditionally used in perfume making, it has become a beloved source in aromatherapy.
Lavender essential oil is favored for:
- Lavender is used to increase energy, quicken the function of glands, strengthen bodily systems, ease problems with the digestive, respiratory and urinary systems, relieve cramps and spasms in the intestines and expel gas from the intestinal tract.
- Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial – Lavender contains high antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties, it is used to loosen and expel mucus from the respiratory tract, treat bronchitis, coughs, colds, laryngitis and throat infections.
- Anti-Inflammatory – Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender is used for pain relief of arthritis, muscular aches, rheumatism and sciatica.
- Calming – Lavender is widely used for its calming properties promoting harmony, peace, reducing anxiety, anger, stress and depression.
- Bee sting or Insect bite – Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
- Excellent or the skin – Used for burns, scrapes and wounds. Use a drop of Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
- Motion Sickness – To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a few (3) drops of Lavender oil behind the ears and around the navel area.
- Dandruff – Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Fatigue – Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
- Fever – For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
- Insomnia – In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
- Sinusitis – Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
- Stress & Anxiety – Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist – handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply Lavender oil to your temples and wrists.
- Fragrance – Lavender oil makes for a nice fragrance, simply dab on the areas of which you would normally apply perfume.
- Wounds, Scrapes – Can be used as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, agent; it is stimulating to the immune system. Lavender is used for burns, scrapes cuts and wounds. Use a drop of Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wounds, and kill bacteria.
How To Use:
- Adding a small amount of lavender oil to skin creams or ointments can increase the potential of healing and relief from aches and pains.Adding a small amount of lavender oil to skin creams or ointments can increase the potential of healing and relief from aches and pains.
- A regular massage with lavender oil can help provide relief from joint discomfort.
- As a deodorizer, use lavender essential oil in a vaporizer, diffuser or add to a spray bottle of water and mist on to bedding.
- Calming – Use in a diffuser or vaporizer to help calm nerves, and aid in reducing stress.
- Minor Burns – Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.