To quote Maria from The Sound of Music- “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you are feeling sad….” this is the perfect time to pull out the lavender essential oil…..
Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and acknowledged for its calming and relaxing qualities. Given its versatility, it is an oil any natural minded man or woman should have on hand at all times- and the uses are not limited to bug bites and bee stings, it has even been studied to aid in neurological disorders see study here.
Lavender Oil Profile:
- Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Botanical Family: Labiatea (Mint)
- How it’s extracted: Steam distillation from the flowering top of the plant.
- Aroma: Powdery, floral, sweet, light
- Main Chemical Components: Linalool, linalyl acetate
Just one bottle of Lavender Essential Oil contains all of these amazing properties….
Analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-mutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-toxic, anti-tumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative.
With so many properties, Lavender oil is essentially the “go-to” oil and serves a multitude of uses!
The three ways to use Lavender Oil:
Some of my favorite ways to use Lavender Oil…..
Relaxation and Sleep Aid
Lavender will calm and soothe the mind and body and can help aid in relaxation. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, in your diffuser, or apply to the bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep. Lavender is my oil of choice to diffuser in my children’s bedrooms to help promote restful sleep.
“Lavender has been suggested as an excellent natural remedy to treat insomnia and improve the sleep quality. Single-blind randomized studies investigated the effectiveness of lavender odor on quality of sleep showed that lavender improved the mean scores of sleep quality in fifteen healthy students, in sixty-four ischemic heart disease patients, and in thirty-four midlife women with insomnia”. (National Center for Biotechnology Information Study).
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Lavender oil aromatherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of anxiety and depression and small and medium-sized controlled and uncontrolled clinical trials. “Anxiolytic (inhibits anxiety) effect of lavender was superior to placebo in 221 patients suffering from anxiety disorder. In addition, lavender improved associated symptoms such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, and somatic complaints and had a beneficial influence on general well-being and quality of life”. See the complete study here. If you or someone you know is struggling, please consider lavender oil to lend support for stress, anxiety and depression.
Lavender is frequently used to soothe skin irritations such as minor kitchen burns, kids cuts and scrapes, sunburn and help skin recover quickly. For that bite or burn, lavender is the first thing I reach for and it has helped soothe and support the body and enable it to heal more quickly.
Add several drops of lavender oil to epsom salt and sprinkle into bath water to soak away stress. Or apply diluted lavender oil to the temples and the back of the neck to ease muscle tension.
With it’s antihistamine properties, Lavender is a part of the “allergy trio” that consists of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils. This combination of oils helps support the immune system in dealing with seasonal and environmental allergies.
- Aromatic use- place equal drops of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oil in your diffuser and run as normal.
- Internal use-1 drop of each oil can be taken under the tongue, or in a capsule
- Topical use– drop in equal parts of each oil (for example 20 drops of each oil) in a roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil and roll onto the bottoms of the feet, over the heart, or wrists.
Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle and misting surface areas.
Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
What is your favorite way to use Lavender Essential Oil?
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