Lavender essential oil is probably the most well known essential oil. If you have smelled pure lavender essential oil, then you know that it does not smell like the lavender “scent” that you get with your lotions or shampoos or something. Those scents are synthetic and have no health benefits and can be irritating to the skin.
How It’s Made
When making lavender essential oil, the flower part of the plant is steam distilled to produce the true lavender essential oil. It takes approximately 3 pounds of lavender flowers to produce just 15 mL of lavender essential oil. That’s a lot of lavender!
- sedative (which is why it is so good for sleep),
- cytophylactic (helps to eliminate scars),
- hypotensive (so it should help with high blood pressure),
- regenerative, and
- cardiotonic (increase efficiency and improve contraction of the heart)
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Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
- Insomnia: apply under nose, to bottoms of feet, diffuse, or make a spray and spray on your pillow or sheets. You can even add a few drops to a bath right before bedtime to help you wind down and relax.
- Stress, Anxiety, and Teeth Grinding: apply over heart, on back of neck or inhale from cupped hands. (I have inhaled straight out of the bottle to stop and anxiety attack multiple times).
- Sunburns, Burns, Scars: Apply to area of concern to soothe, heal, and reduce scarring.
- Earaches: rub lavender behind the ear and down the jawline. Top with a warm compress to aid in pain. Do NOT put the oil inside the ear!
- Allergies and Hay Fever: Take in a capsule or under tongue with lemon and peppermint or rub in palms and inhale from cupped hands. Or mix with lemon and peppermint essential oil and a carrier oil and apply to temples and back of neck several times daily.
- Emotional Balance: aromatically and topically
- Hair Loss: massage into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth.
- Shingles: apply to affected areas to treat pain and itching.
- Chapped Lips: mix with coconut oil and apply to chapped lips.
- Nosebleeds and Pink Eye: Apply across bridge of nose or around eye. Do NOT put in eye!
- Fever: apply to temples to help break a fever.
- Colic and Upset Baby: Massage diluted along spine, abdomen, or bottoms of feet to calm baby.
- Motion Sickness: apply to wrists, temples, and behind ears to help with minor motion sickness.
- Laundry Soap: this is a great addition to your laundry soap whether you make your own or buy an unscented one.
- Bug Bites and Hives: Apply on site to soothe as a natural antihistamine.
- Ringworm: Rub the oil directly on the area a few times daily until it heals.
- Cuts, Wounds, and Blisters: Apply on site to cleanse, heal, and limit or avoid scarring.
- High Blood Pressure: Use on pulse points and over heart or take in a capsule.
- Diaper Rash: make a diaper rash cream.
- Homemade Bath Salts: add a few drops to 1 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup baking soda.
- Deodorant: Use with coconut oil and baking soda for a natural deodorant that is safe and free of toxic chemicals.
- Migraines and Headaches: Inhale and apply to temples and back of neck. (Combine with peppermint for an extra kick).
- Respiratory Infections: Diffuse in home and apply to neck, chest, and nasal passages.
How to Apply
Lavender essential oil can be used topically, aromatically, and internally.
When in doubt, use lavender. Safe when applied NEAT (directly on skin with no carrier oil).
Although lavender essential oil is toxic for cats, it is safe for dogs for topical use BUT it has to be diluted a good bit. Be sure that you dilute it AND rub it in the fur or ears where the dog cannot lick it. Because it is not safe for ingestion for dogs.
Babies & Children
The safety of lavender essential oil for babies and children is controversial in the essential oil community. Some studies have shown that lavender is linked to premature puberty in girls. Where as other studies have shown no relation. I wanted you to be informed of this so you could make sure you research this more for yourself and come to your own conclusion. I personally have used lavender with both of my girls but I do so sparingly. It has so many helpful uses for babies and children (calming, sleep, bug bites). If you do your research and still decide to use on your littles, be sure to dilute before applying.
Lavender essential oil is the “go to” for your problems. It can be used anywhere from high blood pressure to diaper rash to laundry soap. When in doubt, try lavender. It can be used topically, aromatically and internally and is even safe to apply NEAT. This oil is one that I highly recommend. I’m sure there are many more uses for this essential oil.
What are some of the ways you use lavender oil?!
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