Lavender Oil Uses
Uses Of An Essential Oil-
Organic Lavender is one of the most useful and versatile essential oils for therapeutic purposes. With antiseptic and analgesic properties that ease the pain of burns and prevent infection, it’s no wonder that Lavender is considered the essential oil most commonly associated with inflammation and healing of the skin. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote healing and help reduce swelling and scarring.
Lavender oil’s effectiveness is said to be a result of the psychological effects of its soothing and relaxing fragrance, combined with the physiological effects of its volatile oils on your complex system of nerves and networks in the brain .
Did you know that Lavender properties include- anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-phlogistic, antirheumatic, antseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, and as a diuretic.
Lavender oil can be applied topically or inhaled as steam vapor. Note* make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.
- Sleep Aid- The scent of lavender eases anxiety and insomnia. Try putting a few drops on a piece of tissue or cloth and place under your pillow, or use an aromatherapy diffuser.
- Bathing- As a calming agent, to sooth and relieve aching muscles and relieve stress.
- Massaged on your skin- as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. It can ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, and backache.
- Inhaled or vaporized to relieve respiratory disorders-Add a few drops of Lavender Oil to a bowl of hot water, then breathe in the steam. It can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can also be applied on your neck, chest, or back.
- Hand or foot soak- Add a drop to a bowl of warm water and soak your hands or feet.
- A compress- In a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil, soak a towel and apply to sprains or muscle injuries.
- Skin disorders- A natural anti-inflammatory, Lavender Oil helps to reduce itching, swelling and redness from insect bites and itchy skin. It is also used to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.
- Improves digestion- Lavender Oil stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which helps treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Blood circulation- Can be used for hypertension as it helps to lower elevated blood pressure levels.
- Healthy hair – Lavender Oil helps kill lice, their eggs, and nits. Some studies have shown that lavender may be effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth after just seven months of treatment.
- Urine – Lavender Oil helps stimulate urine production, which in turn helps to restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
What is Lavender?
Lavender is one of the most versatile aromatic healing plants that grows on our planet.
Lavandula Angustifolia or Lavender, is an evergreen woody shrub with pale green, narrow linear leaves scented violet blue flowers and silvery-gray foliage. Native to northern Africa and the western half of the Mediterranean, Lavender thrives in a sunny dry climate with rocky soil. Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years by the Persians, Greeks, and Romans.
Lavender is an essential oil that can not only uplift your mood, but heal and soothe in a variety of ways. The color of high-quality lavender oil can range from pale yellow to yellow-green, and can also be colorless with a sweet, floral, herbaceous, and slightly woody scent.
Side Effects of Lavender Oil
A few important guidelines to remember when using lavender oil
- Use diluted lavender oil topically or in aromatherapy.
- Applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) may cause irritation, so infuse it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, or dissolve it in water.
- Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender oil. There have been a few reported instances when people have experienced side effects such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, and chills after inhaling or applying the oil topically, however this is not the norm, as most people have no adverse effects at all.
Where Can You Find Lavender Oil?
Well if you don’t want to grow lavender plants and then make the oil for yourself, there are many places where you can purchase it. Health food stores, farmers markets and or amazon are among a few. The oil I use, Majestic Pure Lavender Oil, I purchase through Amazon and highly recommend. (see below)
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Lavender Oil- Final Thoughts
Lavender Oil has also been found effective for treating hay fever, nausea or motion sickness, nosebleeds, dry or chapped skin and chapped or sunburned lips as well as cold sores.
In addition* As an antibacterial scrub – Mix it with baking soda to make an antibacterial scrub for your bathroom and kitchen- furthermore lavender oil can help ward off mosquitoes and moths.
I personally grow and have lavender plants inside and out of my home. I simply love the smell, and the plants when in full bloom are out of this world beautiful! I also use lavender oil, and I hope after reading this article that you decide to try your hand at growing these lovely beauties- as well as using the oil.
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To your good health,