Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is the jack of all trades!

Main uses of Lavender essential oil deal with its ability to eliminate tension, relieve pain, disinfect, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. In addition Lavender also smells amazing- which is a great perk considering all the great qualities it possesses. It is effective at combating stress and fatigue and helps fight colds and flu issues with its antiseptic properties. It is also a great scar preventative and helps balance out skin issues (yay for acne and eczema fighting!)

Therapeutic Properties:

The therapeutic properties of Lavender essential oil are numerous and include: antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, and sedative.

What does that mean for you?

Lavender oil has a been found to have a soothing and calming effect on the nerves thereby helping to relieve tension, depression, panic, and even hysteria. It has also been found effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia, even in children.

It is also very beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, bad breath, throat infections and whooping cough. In the digestive system Lavender helps to deal with colic, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.

Lavender oil can help to relieve pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, and muscular aches and pains.

Lavender oil helps to tone and revitalize skin and has been found useful for all types of skin problems such as acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, eczema, lice, along with insect bites and stings.

Lavender oil is one of very few essential oils that is fully seen to be safe “neat” on skin or undiluted. This application is helpful when applied topically to minor burns or wounds.

How to Use:

In diffusers: Lavender works amazing in a diffuser for almost all of the aforementioned ailments and is best used this way with sleeplessness in small children where topical application is not always preferred.

Mixed in a carrier or massage oil: With this option always remember 1 or 2 drops of essential oil can be plenty to help with the condition you are trying to remedy.

Neat (by itself):  Lavender oil can be used easily on a washcloth or cotton ball for instant relief for acne, bug bites, and bruises.

As a Cold compress: put a few drops of Lavender on a cold cloth to help relieve arthritis, and eczema.

 

For more great information please check out these great resources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/natural-essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-838-LAVENDER.aspx?activeIngredientId=838&activeIngredientName=LAVENDER

https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/lavender.htm