Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is one of my essential oils that I use almost on a daily basis. It is known for it’s calming and relaxing effects on the body and great for skin! The fragrance balances both physically and emotionally. Lavender originates from southern Europe and parts of Africa, Asia, and India, where they relied on the herb for its medicinal purposes.
Uses for Lavender Oil:
1. Insect Bites
Apply a single drop of Lavender to a bite or sting. The compounds in the oil will take away the itch or sting of the venom. The oil will also help to protect against scarring.
You can also create a spray for your skin with by adding 10-15 drops of Lavender oil to 1 1/2 cups of distilled water. Then just spray the affected area.
2. Minor Cuts and burns
Since Lavender oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal it is great for small cuts and burns. It calms and soothes the irritated area, helps healing, is an anti-inflammatory agent, and helps with swelling and pain.
To use Lavender for cuts and burns, you will need a little help from some other oils to create a salve. Mix two Drops each of Lavender and Myrrh oil, one drop of Violet Leaf oil, and one fluid oz. of JoJoba Oil. Apply this mixture to the skin two times a day until fully healed.
For dry skin, chapped skin, or cold sores, apply Lavender with a small amount of a carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil , etc.) directly to the affected area. It will sooth and heal the affected area.
Anytime I have a headache, I reach for my Lavender oil. It is a great oil for headaches because the linalool and linalyl acetate, are rapidly absorbed through the skin.
Apply the oil directly to the temples and back of the neck every couple of hours until the headache is gone. The lavender roller balls are great to keep in your medicine cabinet!
5. Mental Health
The calming fragrance of Lavender oil is great to help treat stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Aromatherapy studies have been done with results that show signs of enhancing negative moods when this was done daily.
To use Lavender to relieve stress, put a diffuser where you most commonly are or in stressful places, like your vehicle (using a car diffuser), living room, work, and by your bed. You can also apply the oil directly behind your ears for the same effect. If you are having trouble sleeping, apply a couple drops of oil to the bottom of your feet.
6. Muscle Pain
For muscle or joint pain, apply Lavender with a small amount of a carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil , etc.) directly to the affected area. It will sooth and relax the affected area.
Lavender can be directly applied to the skin to fight acne and breakouts. To reduce any breakouts related to stress or anxiety, diffuse about 5 drops of oil or apply the oil directly to the wrists, back of neck, and temples.
Lavender is a great addition to many flavors of tea. Just add one or 2 drops to your tea for an amazing taste. But never ingest Lavender in large amounts (linalyl acetate and linalool in lavender oil that are poisonous in large amounts).
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