There couldn’t possibly be a more crucial and versatile essential oil worthy of a permanent place in your collection. Lavender Essential Oil boasts an extensive and impressive list of medicinal as well as practical uses ranging from stress and anxiety-relief to safe cleaning solutions.
Known to the Ancient Greeks as Nardus after its discovery in the city of Naarda in Syria, they passed the knowledge of the sweetly scented herb on to the Ancient Romans.
Roman aristocrats used lavender oil lavishly to scent and clean their hair and bodies while soldiers in the army used the oil for disinfecting of wounds. Lavender was not only popular amongst Romans and Greeks, but with English Royalty as well.
During the Victorian Era, Queen Elizabeth took a passionate liking to the floral aroma of Lavender. Fine English ladies noticed her interest and followed suit, inciting a flourishing popularity set to last centuries.
Where Does Lavender Oil Come From?
The lavender plant (Lavandula angustifoliais), known also as English Lavender, is a member of the Lamiaceae family whose esteemed purple/violet flowers boast a strongly aromatic sweet, floral scent. The Essential Oil is extracted from the flowering tops by means of steam distillation.
- As a nervine remedy, the calming aroma of Lavender essential oil can help reduce anxiety and stress, supporting over all relaxation. It acts on the nervous system, slowing it down, also making it an effective sleeping aid.
- Lavender Oil soothes and relieves headaches and migraine.
- As an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, this oil can aid in the relief of rheumatic pain, general muscle aches, particularly those related to sports injuries and sprains, as well as help relieve tense muscles.
- Diuretic properties help provide relief from urinary disorders as it causes the body to get rid of excess water and reduce inflammation of the bladder.
- Antiseptic properties assist in fighting germs and infection.
- As it is an effective decongestant and strong anti-viral oil, it helps to relieve discomfort caused by nasal and sinus congestion, bronchitis, coughs, laryngitis and throat infections.
- Lavender Oil is fantastic when applied topically, and not only can it be used as part of a daily skin-care regime, but owing to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties it serves as treatment for a host of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne as well.
- It is gentle on your scalp yet highly effective against head lice and nits.
- Lavender Essential Oil’s vulnerary properties means it aids in the healing of minor cuts and burns as it also helps the formation of scar tissue.
- It promotes healthy bowel movement and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, aiding in the treatment of colic, stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea and vomiting.
- It induces perspiration and lowers body temperature to alleviate and prevent fever.
- Applying 2-3 drops of Lavender Oil to minor burns will help soothe the sting and allow for speedy recovery. For sunburn, mix 2-3 drops with cold water in a clean spurt bottle and spray affected area every few hours.
- Add 3-5 drops of Lavender Oil to your daily moisturizer to combat chapped, dry skin and minimize the appearance of scars.
- For effective relief from flu, bronchitis and congestion, combine 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential oil with 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil in a sealable container. Use as a rub, and massage into back, neck and chest morning and night.
- For a natural anti-infection formula, mix 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil with 2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil and smooth over affected area.
- For an effective oven cleaner free of nasty chemicals, add 5-10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Lemon essential oil to ½ a cup of baking soda mixed with just enough water to form a paste. For best results, leave the mixture to harden a little, before scrubbing and rinsing.
- To help rid your kitchen cupboards of pesky insects, place cotton balls with 5 drops of Lavender oil in the back of your cabinets. This remedy can be used to repel moths from your clothing and linen cupboards too.
- Naturally sanitize your kitchen surfaces, bathroom sinks and toilet with a fresh remedy consisting of 85ml of white vinegar blended with 165ml of water in a spray bottle and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Combine in a handy spray bottle for convenient application.
- To help clean tough grime and dirt off of most floors, add ½ a cup of white vinegar, ½ a cup of vodka, 3 tablespoons of natural dishwashing liquid, 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential oil to a bucket of hot water. Mix gently with a whisk.
Awesome Tip: Add 2-3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a cotton ball or two and slip into your pillow case before bed time to help send you into a full and peaceful night’s sleep.
Caution: Lavender Essential Oil is generally regarded as safe, but should you be pregnant or breast feeding, avoid using as a precaution. Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances don’t use undiluted on the skin.
Disclaimer: We are not medically trained in any way; if you suffer from a medical condition, please consult your doctor or homeopath.