Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is an evergreen shrub that is easy to grow and produces clumps of beautiful violet colored aromatic flowers. The oil derived from the lavender flowers is one of the most useful, popular and widely used essential oils in the world! The best quality lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the violet blue lavender flowers. The lavender flowers are extremely fragrant and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. The USA is a great source of lavender, with the plant growing in 49 states...the USA is littered with beautiful fields of lavender, both cultivated and wild. Aroma Foundry lavender essential oil is our best selling oil, 100% pure, all natural, undiluted and manufactured in the USA. With so many great farms so close, why search elsewhere?
Lavender Essential Oil: A Brief History
Lavender essential oil has been used for over 2500 years in human history by Ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians for medicinal and religious purposes and is mentioned in many ancient texts. Greeks and Romans perfumed their baths with lavender and burned lavender incense to please their gods, while Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume.
Though lavender is native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean regions, today, it grows throughout southern Europe, the United States, and Australia. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”. It is effective against many toxins and applicable to many ailments.
Lavender Essential Oil: Overview
Lavender essential oil is well known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. It has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm, and is extremely popular in the aromatherapy world. It is highly versatile, and can potentially add years to your life along with improving the quality of your life! Many aromatic preparations and skin care products are made using lavender essential oil. It is also a great beginner oil for those learning about essential oils, and certainly a must for every home!
The regular use of lavender essential oil in the home may provide resistance to a variety of diseases, as it well researched and known to have antibacterial and antiviral qualities that help strengthen the body's immunity against diseases.
Lavender essential oil with many other essential oils bergamot, tea tree, clary sage, geranium, rosemary, rose and eucalyptus. Lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.
Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active ingredients and is rich in esters, which are aromatic molecules with antispasmodic (suppressing spasms and pain), calming and stimulating properties.
Lavender essential oil benefits your body in the following ways:
- Helps insomnia and improves sleep quality
- Acts as an insect repellent
- Improves hair, reduces dandruff and lice
- Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
- Stimulates the production of antioxidants
- Helps relieve respiratory problems
- Helps relieve and alleviate headaches
- Heals burns and wounds
- Improves eczema and psoriasis
- Restores skin complexion and reduces acne
- Helps improve blood circulation
- Helps digestion
Precautions before using lavender essential oil:
Here is a detailed list of the more elaborate ways in which lavender essential oil can be used:
Here are some ways in which you can incorporate this wonderful essential oil in to your daily life:
1. Sleep Aid
Lavender essential oils calming scent induces sleep, and is often used as an alternative treatment to insomnia and restlessness. A lot of people have replaced modern medicine with lavender essential oil for their sleep issues, due to its effectiveness and relaxing impact. It can be rubbed on your palms, soles or a few drops can be placed on your pillow to help you go to sleep without harmful chemicals. You can also diffuse lavender essential before or during sleep to improve your quality of sleep, or take a warm healing bath with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil.
2. Insect repellent and bites
The intense smell of lavender essential oil acts as a repellent for mosquitoes, midges etc. and can be used on skin to prevent bites from these insects while outside. The oil is also anti-inflammatory and will reduce the irritation and pain from insect bites. A drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite will provide immediate relief.
3. Hair care and dandruff
Lavender essential oil, rubbed onto the scalp can prevent dandruff. As it has insect repellent properties, it has also shown to be effective against lice, their eggs and nits. Those who suffer from hair loss or male pattern baldness will be happy to know that lavender essential oil helps with the regrowth of hair. Sufferers from the autoimmune disease alopecia have also greatly benefited from the treatment of regularly rubbing lavender essential oil into their scalp.
4. Calmness and a stronger nervous system
The calming scent of lavender essential oil makes it a very effective tonic for anxiety and any ailments that are associated with it like depression, stress and nervous tension. The aroma helps restlessness, nervous exhaustion and increases mental activity. Research has shown that the aroma has an impact on the autonomic nervous system which explains why it is such an effective treatment for insomnia and irregular heart beat.
To use, you can rub the lavender essential oil into your palms and inhale, drawing in the scent deeply. You can also rub a few drops on your palms, wrists or on the soles of your feet for an immediate calming effect on the body. It is a great accompaniment during travel or any other stressful situation to get on the go relief.
In 2013, studies were done that actually prove lavenders amazing ability to protect us against neurological damage. This has been known in historical use for centuries, but its only recently that research is catching up!
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia have also shown remarkable improvement by exposing patients to the vapor of lavender essential oil for about 60 minutes a day!
Lavender therapy has been shown both effective and a viable treatment for depression and people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
5. Antioxidant Protection
Lavender essential oil has the amazing property of helping your body produce three of your bodies most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase. The body's natural ability to do this is slowly getting disrupted by modern day pollutants and toxins. Scientists have found that inhaling the lavender essential oil vapor for 60 minutes a day can help protect our cells from damage that can lead to cancer.
6. Relief for Respiratory Problems
Lavender essential is used to help relieve respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis and laryngitis. The lavender essential oil stimulates and loosens up the phlegm and relieves the congestion associated with respiratory conditions, speeding up recovery and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. Lavender essential oil vapor is antibacterial which can help respiratory tract infections.
It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer. It is also added to many vaporizers and inhalers that are commonly used for colds and coughs.
7. Headache and Pain Relief
With so many side effects that can occur from the chemical and synthetic pain relievers available today, who would not want a natural solution? According to a study published by the European Journal of Neurology, sufferers of migraine headaches felt relief after inhaling lavender essential oil vapor for 15 minutes. The oil can also help various body pains such as sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains and backache. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area.
8. Burns and cuts
Although it is most commonly known as a relaxing oil, therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin care, being both antiseptic and antifungal. It is used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations, while it's fragrance calms, relaxes and balances.
It is used to treat various inflammatory skin conditions and problems which are elaborated on below. It helps stop bleeding, cleans wounds, kills bacteria and helps rapidly form scar tissue for skin wounds. If applied over a skin burn, lavender essential will help prevent boils and skin damage, and help the skin heal faster.
9. Eczema / Dermatitis /Acne
Eczema can be greatly helped by mixing and applying a few drops of lavender essential oil with a nut or vegetable oil and applying on the affected skin.
Lavender essential oil is also one of the most effective oils in the treatment of acne, according to dermatologists and aromatherapists. Acne is an uncomfortable condition that is characterized by red, raised sores on the face and body that develop due to a bacterial infection near the sebum gland. Lavender essential oil helps inhibit the bacteria that causes the infection and regulates secretion of sebum by affecting the hormones and also helps scars heal faster. It can be used by adding small amounts of lavender essential oil to skin creams and ointments.
10. Blood circulation
Lavender essential oil helps improve the circulation of blood in the body. As the oil vapors help relieve hypertension, it also has beneficial effects on coronary circulation. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used for hypertension.
As a result of better blood circulation the entire body benefits via increased oxygen reaching all of the organs resulting in better overall health and reduced risks of artherosclerosis, a stroke or heart attack.
11. Digestion and nausea
Lavender essential oil can help your digestive system by helping stimulate the mobility of your intestine and the production of bile and gastric juices. This in turn may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.
As the scent of lavender is soothing to the stomach, it can help nausea, especially for those traveling in a vehicle/boat/plane and prone to motion sickness. You can spray some diluted lavender essential oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples or wrists.
12. Flavor Enhancer
Adding a few drops of lavender to any recipe you want will enhance its aroma and flavor! You can add it to your water, tea or smoothies, or even in baked goods such as brownies, bars, cookies or salad dressings. However, as mentioned in the precautions section above, please do not ingest unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner
Lavender is an essential oil that can help make your life and mood better! It is a great oil to keep at home, and you will never get tired of its relaxing aroma!
Practical /fun uses:
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products, and treat yourself to this well-loved calm soothing aroma!
- Have a spa day by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a hot bath and soak away your stress! Unwind with a lavender-infused neck or back massage.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to pillows, bedding, or the soles of your feet as a part of your evening routine to promote a restful night’s sleep.
- Create a DIY room freshener with diluted lavender essential oil or diffuse it to banish stale odors.
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