Note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.
Jumping into the world of essential oils can be daunting - so many oils, so many uses! In this post we’d like to introduce you to the amazing Simply Earth Lavender Essential Oil. This is a great beginner oil and has both physical and emotional benefits as it relaxes the mind/body and helps treat a list of skin issues.
Short Plant Description/History
Lavender is a lovely green and leafy shrub that belongs to ‘Lamiaceae’ family under Botanical name ‘Lavandula Officinalis’. It is a fragrant shrub with straight thin stems. The flowers grow on spikes which are concentrated on top of the stems. Take note that the spikes and the flowers produce two distinct kinds of oil. The best lavender essential oil which is colorless comes from the flowers after steam distillation.
Lavender plant is well-loved native flower in the western Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. This is an ornamental plant which is extensively grown in countries or zones with temperate climate including India, Africa, Australia, France and Asia. It has a rich folk history which is familiar to many people. Today, Bulgaria is the world’s top lavender essential oil producer. Our lavender essential oil comes from France.
Most people love the essential oil of lavender for its fresh, herbaceous, floral scent with a woody, balsamic soothing undertone. It is one of the most recognized scents. This essential oil is thin and clear. It blends well with many essential oils including geranium and other florals; cedarwood and other wood oils, citrus oils and herbal oils.
10 Useful Applications of Lavender Essential Oil
1. Simply massage this oil (diluted) to get relief from anxiety and stress.
Lavender oil is nature’s wonder. A study made at University of Maryland Medical Center, using lavender oil in massages for people suffering from anxiety provided more positive results than those massaged without lavender oil. Another study suggested that lavender aromatherapy could help control agitation caused by dementia. The medical center also said that Germany has approved the use of lavender flowers as tea which can also serve some purposes for the treatment of restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and stomach pain.
2. Diffuse to calm the mind and body.
“The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system. These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender” - Natural Medical Journal . Its scent when inhaled can help provide relief as it relaxes and calms the mind and body. You can be sure to get a pleasant and restful sleep when you diffuse lavender oil.
3. Use in a salve to help ease itching from insect bites.
Lavender essential oil works well on infected areas of the skin. It reduces itch and swelling from insect bites/sting. Jenny Hills, (an authority in the field of native medicine, natural remedies, aromatherapy, detox and holistic medicine) founder of Healthy and Natural World said; “Lavender has antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. It helps the scar-free healing process and stops the bleeding. Just drop lavender oil on your cut or wound or dilute in distilled water if you have a sensitive skin”.
4. It hydrates/moisturizes and nourishes the hair and scalp to control dandruff.
Problematic dandruff causes annoying itchiness and embarrassing flakes that fall on your shoulders. Products which contain ingredients that should not touch your scalp/skin may aggravate this problem. Simply massage a few drops of diluted lavender essential oil into the scalp. It hydrates/moisturizes and nourishes the hair and scalp to control dandruff. If you don’t want to use lavender oil directly, and your hair product causes you dandruff, there’s a natural alternative to control dandruff for good!
You can make a natural anti-dandruff shampoo with lavender essential oil as one of the ingredients. Blend 8 drops-tea tree oil, 12 drops-lavender oil, 12 drops-eucalyptus oil, 1 tbsp.-apple cider vinegar. Combine 50 ml. water with 50 ml. of an organic shampoo and mix with the blend. Use it alternatively with a natural shampoo (with burdock root, rosemary, thyme or chamomile flowers as ingredients).
5. Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle for a calming pillow mist.
A stressful day, too much work, and certain family matters can grab you of your much needed sleep. Lavender is one of the powerful herbs that helps calm and soothe the body. Using lavender essential oil in spray form helps invite sleep as the body and mind relax and calm down. Your comfy pillows and linens do the rest of the job.6. Use in cleaning and deodorizing blends.
You don’t have to stick to chemically laden commercial cleaning products. You can create your own all-natural cleaning solution to make your home clean and smelling fresh. Lavender essential oil works well as a cleaner because it has the antifungal, antibacterial and deodorizing properties. Everyone in the house would feel a lot better when they smell the aroma of essential oils blended to clean and deodorize your home; not toxic fumes.
7. Inhale (or diffuse) to help ease coughs/colds.
Put a few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser and use it in the bedroom, for a relaxing atmosphere.
The essential oil of lavender can also effectively ease the discomfort of cough and colds.The next time you want to ease coughs, colds, or headaches put a diffuser on and let the lavender aroma fill the air. It can also be added to a carrier oil for massage in the back, chest and neck.
8. Combine a few drops with coconut oil for an easy skin moisturizer.
Don’t be deceived by fancy colors and fragrances that come with commercial skin care products. These products are also packed with long-term negative effects to people and the environment from production to consumer to waste disposal. Natural products are a much better solution.
Dry, itchy and chapped/scaly skin can be easily addressed by combining a few drops of lavender oil with coconut oil to be applied topically. During ancient times, a woman must be bathed in oils from aromatic plants within a certain length of time (not just one week) before she could face the King in marriage. (That was to make her complexion perfect for a King).
9. Apply lavender essential oil to relieve pain.
Applying lavender topically can help stop bleeding cuts and reduce chances of infections. Jenny Hills, (an authority in the field of native medicine, natural remedies, aromatherapy, detox and holistic medicine) founder of Healthy and Natural World said; “Lavender has antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. It helps the scar-free healing process and stops the bleeding. Just drop lavender oil on your cut or wound or dilute in distilled water if you have a sensitive skin”. Lavender oil is also a headache reliever for its analgesic power and a strong anti-inflammatory agent used to ease painful skin diseases and other skin conditions.
10. Fight bacteria & fungus with lavender.
Lavender essential oil has anti-bacterial properties which makes it effective against acne and other bacterial infections. You can add it to a carrier oil to be applied on itchy and dry skin caused by eczema. Say goodbye to skin rashes and irritations due certain allergens.
Why Not Go Natural?
Some people are allergic to commercial fragrances. If you’re one of them, you need ecofriendly products. Nothing is better than a totally natural perfume that you create in the comfort of your home. You can find this easy 2 step perfume recipe.
Believe it! Many people have tried it. Lavender essential oil can help improve the mood, relax the mind and body, provide better sleeping pattern, improve skin condition, relieve many kinds of pain, and it comes in a lot of useful ways. This is a very natural product that will provide you the relaxation and benefits you deserve. It is indeed a powerful little bottle to have on hand all the time.
Keep Your Kitties Safe!
Lavender essential oil is highly toxic to cats along with bay, citronella, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus and tea tree among others. Essential oils safer to use on cats are cedarwood, rosemary, lemongrass and peppermint. This is according to http://essentialoilworld.com/essentialoilreviews/essential-oil-safety-with-cats/