True lavender essential oil has the botanical name Lavendula angustifolia or Lavendula officinalis. There are many different species of lavender but this one is the most common and well known.
Lavender essential oil is one of the very few oils that is safe to be used neat (undiluted) on your skin, but it is still a good practice to always dilute your essential oils before topical use. Essential oils are so concentrated that you only need a very small amount to experience the benefits from them, and they will last a lot longer too!
Lavender can be used on anyone, from newborns to the elderly, but please remember that essential oils can effect everyone differently. Some testing may be needed to see how lavender oil best benefits you. Here are some great uses to get you started...
SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
A drop or two on your pillowcase, diffused in the air, or mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on wrists, chest and/ upper lip will help you drift off to sleep.
MINOR CUTS AND WOUNDS
Lavender is well known for healing. It is antiseptic and anti-bacterial so it is great for promoting minor cuts and wounds to heal, and it also soothes the wound at the same time.
Aromatherapy got it's name by a french chemist names Rene Maurice Gattefosse. When Rene Gattefosse was badly burned in an explosion, he rinsed his burns with lavender oil. After witnessing how well the lavender healed his burns and helped prevent scaring he devoted much of his life to researching the therapeutic benefits or essential oils. His first book was named Aromatherapie.
Great for relief of tension headaches. Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil on your temples and/or around your hairline to see if that can relief your headache before reaching for the aspirin.
Lavender can soothe and reduce the redness of your breakouts while promoting them to heal. Great to add to your daily skin care regime, but also makes a great acne spot treatment due to it's calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
Add a few drops to your bath water for the true aromatherapy experience. The calming and soothing aroma will help you unwind after a long day and soothe any skin irritations or sore muscles.
Relieve mosquito bites, spiders bites, fly bites, and even bee stings. Lavender will help with itching or stinging, lesson the irritations and inflammation and promote fast healing.
One of the few oils that are safe to use on infants (diluted). Said to be very helpful with colic, minor ear or throat infections, and calming your little one when they just get so worked up for no apparent reason (you know what I'm talking about). Can be diffused in there air, mixed with a carrier oil and applied topically or put a drop on their favourite night time stuffed animal.
To soothe and relieve sunburns, mix lavender oil and water (or aloe vera juice) in a spray bottle and spray sunburned skin as often as needed.
ECZEMA, RASHES, AND OTHER SKIN IRRITATIONS
We use lavender oil in all of our skincare products for eczema or dermatitis, or really any products for irritations or infections, it has a calming and soothing quality that no other oil has, and because it is so gentle it can be used on almost any skin issues where a lot of other oils could cause more irritation.
AIR FRESHENER - DIFFUSING
Lavender is the perfect oil to diffuse to create a tranquil atmosphere. Cleaning the air you breathe as well as balancing and harmonizing the area. It is used a lot in day spas to help customers relax and unwind, and it just smells fresh and floral.
A favourite among massage therapists for adding to their massage oil for a relaxation massage.
BODY SPRAY/ROOM SPRAY
Added to water, lavender makes a great room spray or body spray to freshen and deodorize. You will need to shake before each use to disperse the oil in the water.
Add few drops to a dryer sheet or a scrap piece of fabric and toss it in the dryer to freshen your clothes naturally.
SCARS/ STRETCH MARKS
Widely used in scar creams and lotions, effective on scars, (including acne scars) stretch marks and age spots. When used during the healing process it will also minimize scarring.
A warm compress with lavender oil on the abdomen area can help calm, relax and lesson discomfort.
MOTION SICKNESS/ NAUSEA
Diffusing or inhaling the aroma of lavender can help with motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea.
RAPID HEART BEAT
Inhaling lavender can calm and slow a rapid heart beat, or heart palpitations. (If you have a medical conditions, always consult your doctor, and do not use lavender instead of seeking medical attention)
Very useful to relax your anxiety. Maybe it's right before a big exam, presentation at work, or maybe you're heading to a job interview. Lavender is a mild sedative, so take a moment to inhale the scent of lavender, and it can help center and calm you.
Though not as popular as lemon or tea tree essential oils for cleaning, lavender is still a great choice for a natural bactericidal and antiseptic in household cleaning. Feel free to add it together with other essential oils for even more cleaning power.
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*Please remember essential oils are not meant to replace medical treatment. They are meant to aid in your day to day life by promoting a healthier environment, physically and emotionally. Never try to cure a condition with essential oils instead of seeking proper medical attention.
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