How to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Why is Lavender essential oil the world's favorite essential oil?
Because it has a thousand uses!
Lavender oil is a universal oil that not only possesses well-known healing powers and a delightful aroma, but has tremendous versatility due to being naturally antiseptic, analgesic, anti-tumoral, anti-depressant, sedative and anti-inflammatory.
For centuries (and still today), lavender essential oil has been used in aromatherapy to promote healing, in perfume and cosmetics, as a burn and sunburn remedy and to prevent scar formation.
In medieval Europe, lavender aromatherapy was used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Lavender essential oil was used by the ancient Greeks for a variety of ailments from throat infections to asthma to high blood pressure to constipation. History records its use in the Roman baths. Lavender water was used for head lice and the dried flowers to drive away bed bugs.
Lavender essential oil can come from several different types of lavender plants: Lavendula angustifolia, Lavendula officinalis or Lavendula vera. The highest quality comes from the Lavendula angustifolia variety, which has the most healing qualities.
Lavendula angustifolia is often confused with Lavandin, also known as Lavandula x intermedia. Lavandin is not a true lavender, as it is crossed with spike lavender or aspic (Lavandula latifolia). Lavandin is best used as an antiseptic and has good penetrating qualities, but it lacks the Sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, aldehyes and other constituents that hold the healing properties of Lavendula angustifolia.
Here are some of the many uses of lavender essential oil:
- Relaxing nervous tension: Lavender aromatherapy has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Just dab a few drops on your temples, neck and wrists and sniff throughout the day. Of put a few drops on a cotton ball and keep close by.
- Better sleep: Because lavender aromatherapy is so relaxing and calming, it helps induce sleep and is often used for insomnia. Put a few drops on your pillow at bedtime, or diffuse in the bedroom.
- Muscle tension: Lavender's relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities make it an excellent remedy for muscle pain and tension. There's nothing more wonderful than a taking a hot bath with lavender essential oil to soothe and relax sore or overworked muscles or rheumatism. Be sure to add the lavender oil to bath salts or epsom salts first so they will mix with the water.
- Menstrual pain: Gently massage lavender over the lower abdomen, in a circular motion for menstrual, pre-menstrual or menopausal tension.
- Respiratory infections: Lavender aromatherapy is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, asthma, bronchitis, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, etc. It can be diffused into a vapor or applied topically onto the neck, chest and soles of the feet. When diffusing, it is important to use a cold diffusion method rather than heat the oil. Heating changes the delicate constituents of the oil and can even create toxicity.
- Lavender Skin Care: Lavender essential oil is ideal for skin care because it is gentle, yet effective. It moisturizes, helps skin maintain elasticity and prevents the build up of excess sebum – a skin oil that bacteria feed on. It helps skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes and helps minimize stretch marks. It is also beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds as well as burns and sunburns as it stimulates healing. It is also helpful for bruises, hives and insect bites.
- Hair Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair and scalp as it conditions the scalp and prevents the build up of excess sebum. It's antiseptic qualities disinfect the scalp, help dandruff, hair loss and prevent and treat head lice.
- Massage: A massage with lavender essential oil is a supremely relaxing and aromatic experience. Both sore muscles and joints respond to lavender's anti-inflammatory and relaxing effects.
- Freshening Closets: In ancient days, small bundles of dried lavender were placed in closets to help keep clothes smelling fresh and keep moths away. You can do the same today by hanging sachet bags inside your closet or placing them between your sheets, in the laundry room and on your pillow. Or you can hang ceramic pieces that you've infused with lavender essential oil.
- Calming Children: Lavender aromatherapy is ideal for restless children and babies because it it so gentle and calming, yet powerfully antiseptic. Also because of lavender's gentleness, it can be used "neat" (full-strength) even on baby's skin without dilution.
Because the demand for lavender essential oil has risen so quickly, a great deal of it is thinned or counterfeit. The highest quality naturally sells for the highest premium, but is well worth the expense since the lesser variety has no healing properties. Look for a reputable source that sells true therapeutic-grade quality when purchasing any lavender essential oil.
This television clip from Utah's KSL Studio 5 program that shows fun, creative ways to use Young Living lavender essential oil and make lavender gifts:
Using Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
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