Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most versatile of oils around. In Aromatherapy, it’s considered as a must-have oil to have at home, or in the office.
The many benefits and uses of lavender have been known for over 2500 years by the Ancient Egyptians who would use Lavender in cosmetics and perfume even in the mummification process.
Lavender oils were found to be used in massage and medicines but this was reserved for the high priests and the royal family.
During Roman times, Lavender was used in baths, strung up to scent the area, created soaps with lavender, and even washed their clothes in lavender.
They also found the usefulness in warding off insects and knew about its healing and antiseptic benefits that could help those with dropsy, kidney disorders and stomachs issues dealing with pain and discomfort
In Fact, lavender is derived from the old French (Lavandre) which comes from the Latin word (to wash).
The Greeks scented their surrounds but also along with the Romans, found Lavender medically and therapeutically beneficial with sleeping issues such as insomnia, help to clean wounds, cuts, burns and even help to treat certain skin ailments.
Lavender essential oil benefits
Lavender has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties, which can help many with various issues in life. It has a great calming effect beneficial for a number of health-related issues. Click To Tweet
1) Helps calm the mind inducing faster sleep.
Here are three methods that can be of benefit for a quicker and restful sleep.
1. The best way for a quicker and restful sleep is to use lavender oil with an essential oil diffuser for best results have it going approximately 30 to 45 mins before going to bed.
As most diffusers have time settings this, these will not be required throughout the night so after the time mentioned above, simply turn off the diffuser before closing your eyes.
2. Use a spray mixture with around 20 drops of lavender oils mixed with 50ml of water and give a light spray on the pillow or sheets10-15 mins before closing your eyes.
3. As it is one of the most gentle of oils, you can also apply 2-3 drops rubbed directly to your temple and forehead just before going to sleep.
For those who have insomnia issues, regular use of any of the above methods may take a few weeks for the body to acclimatize in relaxing particularly if you are not used to any forms of relaxation or have tried but quickly gave up.
Also turning off your Mobile off and any other electrical devices will help as well.
2) Helps in healing minor burns.
With its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender oil is very beneficial in promoting the healing of burns even from reports to take away any redness if applies ASAP.
It also works great as a pain reliever along with dealing with insect bites.
For any minor burns at home, place the burnt area under some cold water for 5 -10 minutes to help reduce any swelling and initial pain.
Then add 3-4 drops of Lavender pure essential oil to the area.
This can help to speed up any healing process.
Please for any large or serious burns, see help from your doctor and/or hospital immediately.
The same caution would go for any serious insect bites.
3) Helps with insect bites
No one likes that itchy feeling after any insect bites especially those annoying Mosquitos.
However, should you be on the losing battle with such nuisances please note that Lavender oil is a great repellent against most insects as well as very helpful in treating insect bites due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This can help to reduce any itching and swelling.
Apply a few drops to the area and allow its properties to soothe away the feeling of itchiness and pain.
4) Helps treat hair loss Alopecia Areata
This form of hair loss which is an autoimmune disease generally occurs in patches around the scalp
Studies have shown that using essential oils that includes lavender oil in combination with other essential oils and carrier oil on a daily basis has shown to promote hair growth over a period of months.
With the mixture when applying the oils along with a gentle massage will help to increase blood circulation to the scalp.
Note there are many different forms of combination which you can google or see your Aromatherapist but for now here is one you can try if you wish.
• 20 mL Jojoba oil
• 20 ml Coconut oil
• 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
• 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
• 5 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
• 5 drops of Thyme Essential Oil
Glass bottle with dropper.
• Mix the ingredients into the bottle
• Apply a few drops of the mixture to the scalp area with the dropper
• Rub it thoroughly to help stimulate the blood circulation
• Leave it for 1-2 hours
• Wash it out
This can take a few months so daily use is required.
5) Assists with issues of anxiety, depression
No, Lavender will not cure anxiety or overcome depression, as some would lead you to believe.
However, there was a German study, that showed that a lavender oil supplement formula in the form of capsules which used the English lavender grown in France in the preparation of Silexan.
This capsule form has according to the study helped to relieve generalized anxiety disorder along with helping with depression, panic disorder.
It has shown an increased improvement in both mental and physical health.
Currently, in Germany, it goes under the brand name of Lasea but with the US Integrative Therapeutics provide the Silexan supplement as Lavela WA1265, which is available here.
6) Fights against fungal infection.
As Lavender contains antifungal properties it has been found to help fight against fungal infections by destroying the membranes of fungal cells.
Such infections can be Ringworm, Athletes’’ Foot along with some Candida infections such as thrust.
It would also be best which faced with such conditions to see a qualified practitioner for doses and remedies.
7) Helps to Relieve Headaches
Due to its calming properties, Lavender essential oil can help to relax the nervous system due to the calming scent it produces.
Because of its calming effect, in turn, it can help in dealing with issues such as headaches, migraines and other tensions that may be due to emotional stress or nervous tension.
To assist with this the three methods mentioned at the top of this post can be of assistance for you.
8) Help fight against lice.
As lavender oil is a natural insect repellent which not only works great to repel insects such as Mosquitoes but it also works great to kill and repel lice and lice eggs as well.
One such method also depending on the length and thickness of hair is to add 15 drops of Lavender oil with 2 – 3 ounces of olive oil.
You can also add Tea Tree oil to this as well as Tea Tree is fantastic and works great together with Lavender Oil in the treatment of lice etc.
It is best to leave this mixture in the hair for a few hours the longer the better. In addition, a great idea to avoid any lice from escaping is to place a shower cap on and leave it on until you are ready to wash the hair.
Use a lice comb, separate the hair in sections, and comb slowly and carefully.
You may need to repeat this procedure a few times over the week in the same manner.
9) Helps Treat Acne
It does not matter what your age may be or you are male or female. Acne has no favorites and can affect people at any stage in life.
The reasons for acne can be many, such as stress, genetics, clogged pores, bacteria, excess oil production, changes in hormones levels and even some prescribed medication not relating to the skin can still create unwanted issues with acne breakouts or for those with serious acne can create further issues with redness and pain.
Unfortunately, many facing acne issues tend to turn to chemical medication that can do more harm than good.
Some simply don’t work while others become more of a Band-Aid and tend to be hash on the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil has many beneficial properties.
Such as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help to fight, bacteria that may cause any acne and/or inflammation on the skin.
Lavender’s soothing qualities, it can help to relieve stress and anxiety some of which are causes of many of those unexpected and unwanted breakouts.
As lavender is generally safe on its own, it is always best to do a patch test in case you may be sensitive if you have never used the oil before.
Remember any pure essential oil contains the most potent and purest form derived from its source so also test just in case.
For help with stress and anxiety, use about 5 drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser prior to going to sleep.
To apply directly to the skin you can dab 1-2 drops around the back of the neck and temples just as you are ready to close your eyes.
For treating acne to help it spread the essential oil further, add 10 drops of Lavender essential oil with 15ml of Rosehip carrier oil.
Wash face before applying the mixture then dab with a cotton swab over the acne and leave for a while.
Repeat this about twice a day
10) Helps Treat Dandruff
Suffering from itchy scalp or dandruff then Lavender oil can help with that as well.
Although having dandruff is harmless to the body, yet it can create much embarrassment to those facing such conditions.
Dandruff can be caused by a number of things such as shedding of dead skin cells (which is a normal process) however, they shed faster than normal which as a result can create dandruff over the scalp.
Other causes can include sensitivity to certain hair products amongst other skin conditions as dermatitis or eczema along with overgrowth of yeast type fungus can also result in dandruff.
Stress, hormones can also create such issues.
Mix 15 drops of Lavender essential oil together with 3 tablespoons of carrier oil such as almond oil.
Massage well into the scalp and leave it for about an hour with a shower cap on.
Later wash the scalp with a mild shampoo (preferably one without harsh chemicals).
Always consult a qualified practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and if you intend to use Lavender oil be it as an essential oil, supplement or otherwise.
If used in large or excessive quantities, The New England Journal of Medicine has stated that excess use of lavender oil on the skin may create what is known as prepubertal gynecomastia, which is a condition that may cause enlarged breast tissue in boys before puberty.
Although in general, Lavender oil can be used directly on the skin, there may be some, who are or have sensitive skin and as a result, may produce redness or rash like symptoms.
It is always best in fact, with any essential oil to do a small patch test before applying for its intended means.
Very Important Notice:
Do not use Fragrance oils for any of the above issues relating to health.
Fragrance oils are Synthetics and there are no therapeutic benefits.
Some may smell nice but that is as far as they go.
For any health or issues mentions above only use Pure Essential Oils as they contain the pure essence of the properties the plant has.
I would love to hear of any experiences you may have had in using Lavender Oil either for yourself, family members or for general use.
Please feel free to comment below.
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