The Wonder Essential Oil
If you are looking for that one essential oil that is good for almost anything, then look no further than lavender oil. Lavender oil or lavandula angustifolia has a myriad of helpful uses. From household cleaning to personal well being, lavender essential oil is set apart from many other oils because of its many uses and it is the most used essential oil in the world.
Lavender oil is a basic oil for every home. Lavender’s fresh, calming scent makes it a perfect addition for soaps, cleaning supplies, perfumes, and cosmetics. In fact, the trash bags we use in my home are often scented with lavender! Lavender oil is used in many cosmetic products, including lotions, skin care products, soaps, and shampoos. You can add a few drops to your own lotions, shampoos, and baths to achieve a wonderful aroma and relaxing effect.
Freshen Up Your Home
Lavender essential oil’s antimicrobial properties and fresh scent make it an effective addition to your household cleaning routine. Just add a few drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle of water or to your diffuser to create a refreshing and relaxing air freshener that is non-toxic and natural. Spray your lavender mixture onto bed sheets and towels for a pleasant and relaxing experience when you go to bed or after you take a bath or shower.
Get Rid of Mosquitos
If you are wanting to ward off mosquitos and smell great at the same time, lavender oil may be the perfect solution for you. Lavender oil is a main ingredient in most mosquito repellents. You can rub 2-3 drops of the oil directly onto your skin for a beautiful, floral scent that will help keep those loathsome pests away too. For a stronger mosquito repellent, combine lavender essential oil with other mosquito-repelling essential oils like citronella, peppermint, lemon, and geranium.
Good-bye to Headaches
Because of its calming effect, ability to reduce stress, and capability of improving sleep, lavender oil is effective in relieving tension headaches. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that helps regulate blood flow allowing blood vessels in the head and neck to work properly, which reduces the effects of headaches and migraines. Add lavender oil to a bath and soak your tension away or diffuse it into your room as you lay down for a few minutes. You can also rub lavender oil directly onto your temples, head and neck to get rid of troublesome headaches. Frankincense oil and peppermint oil both combine well with lavender essential oil in a carrier oil like coconut oil to create a highly effective headache treatment that can be inhaled for about 15 minutes or rubbed directly onto the head and neck for relief.
Relieve Damaged Skin
Lavender oil is known to aid in the healing of damaged skin. Whether it is sunburnt skin or skin effected by acne, eczema and psoriasis, lavender oil can bring cooling, soothing relief as well as restoration. Lavender oil’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it effective at preventing skin infections too, and it has been used for hundreds of years to do just that. Mix lavender oil with coconut oil and rub it onto wounds and cuts to help disinfect and heal the area.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from depression each year. Depression can be so incapacitating and debilitating. Well, lavender oil has long been used as a remedy for that as well. Lavender’s calming and relaxing effect helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to depression. It also improves sleep and boosts mood warding off depressions. Several studies have conclusive evidence showing lavender oil’s effectiveness in alleviating depression. In one 2013 study, published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, taking 80 milligram capsules of lavender essential oil improved sleep and decreased anxiety and depression in patients. Since lavender oil is non-toxic and a natural, plant-based solution, there were no observed or recorded negative side effects either. Another study conducted in 2012 proved that lavender essential oil is useful in reducing postpartum depression. Twenty-eight women at high risk for postpartum depression diffused lavender oil into their homes and found that their depression and anxiety were greatly reduced and their moods brightened. This study can be found in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
As mentioned before, lavender oil is an effective sleep aid. It’s calming, relaxing, and sedative properties help improve sleep and combat insomnia. Inhaling lavender oil before bed or through a diffuser while sleeping, improves the quality of sleep and increases the length of sleep time. Plus, there are no unwanted side effects of drowsiness and grogginess from using lavender oil. In fact, just the opposite effect occurs, since it promotes an overall sense of well-being, both mentally and physically. Take a lavender bath before bed to relax. You can also rub lavender oil directly onto your feet or neck to lull you into the sweetest of sleeps. Rub some of this amazing oil on your pillow at night as well. Studies have shown that lavender will help you sleep more soundly and make you feel more energized in the morning.
Pain, Pain Go Away
Headaches, PMS and menstrual cramps, and sore muscles are all things we don’t enjoy having to deal with in life. Thanks to lavender essential oil, many of us can say goodbye to these pains. Lavender oil is a natural painkiller with anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Studies have shown that the use of lavender oil reduces pain when rubbed on affected areas, like an aching neck or back. It’s great for headache relief. Massage it on the stomach to improve blood flow and reduce cramping for PMS relief too!
As you can see, lavender essential oil is wonderful oil. It’s wonder-working power is useful for many ailments. It’s fresh and lovely scent is a great addition to your home. With lavender oil you can bring on the calm, enhance good feelings, ward off sickness, and fight infection. This is a must-have essential oil for everyone!
Because of its affect on blood flow, lavender oil may not be safe to use while breastfeeding or pregnant. Always be careful when first using an essential oil. Test it on a small part of the skin to see if there is a reaction.