The many uses for Lavender Essential Oil
The many uses of lavender make it one of most popular essential oils on the market. It’s so versatile! It can be used on minor cuts to counter infection, to help eliminate insomnia, anxiety, mental fog, or to soothe headaches and bug bites and so much more. The more you learn about lavender, the more you’ll appreciate it.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 45 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The most widely cultivated species is Lavandula angustifolia.
Lavender properties include the following: antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative (ease flatulence), cicatrisant (promotes scar tissue formation), decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, insect repellant, nervine, sedative, and vulnerary (promotes wound healing).
Which lavender to choose?
You have options when it comes to which lavender oil to choose: Lavender (E. Europe) Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender (France, High Altitude) Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavender Spike Lavandula latifolia.
Here are the similarities and differences between these lavender essential oils.
Similarities: All true lavenders (Lavandula angustifolia) have a fresh, sweet, soft, herbaceous, floral aroma. Lavender (Bulgaria) and Lavender (France) are somewhat interchangeable in their uses—being versatile for skin care and the nervous system.
Differences: Lavender (Bulgaria) has a rich yet mellow floral, fruity scent. Since it’s lower in cost, it’s a popular option for skin and beauty care or household uses. Lavender (France) is grown at higher altitudes and has a slightly more intense floral note with balsamic undertones. Its therapeutic qualities make it a good choice for treating inflammation, insomnia, reducing stress and for cuts and scrapes. Lavender Spike is distinct for its fresh, sharp, camphoraceous aroma. This makes it ideal for respiratory issues as well as muscle conditions and immune support.
Lavender essential oil uses & applications
Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It’s one of the few essential oils that can be safe to use “neat” (undiluted) when indicated. Click here for dilution guidelines. The many uses of lavender include easing symptoms of many common issues noted below:
Physical uses: Respiratory congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis, colds, flu, tense breathing, muscle spasms, muscle aches, muscle cramps, infections (bacterial, viral) headaches, migraines, inflammation, lymphatic support, dysmenorrheal, flatulence.
Skin care uses: Imbalanced oil production, acne, small cuts, bruises, burns, sunburn, insect bites and stings, insect repellant, infections (bacterial, viral), irritations, inflammation, itching, blemishes, eczema.
Psychological uses: Stress, nervous tension, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, mood swings, anger, sleeplessness
Subtle uses: Balances, calms and promotes positive energy
Application methods we recommend when using lavender essential oil:
Body Lotion: Add 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of fragrance-free, natural moisturizing lotion. Apply to your skin, especially after a shower or bath.
Body Oil: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier, such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Apply to your skin, especially after a shower or bath.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again. (Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting it into the eyes.
Skin Mist: Mix 10-40 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting it into the eyes.
Spot Application: Apply 1 drop to area in need.
Use Lavender Essential Oil for a Relaxing Massage
Lavender can be used as a single essential oil or part of a blend to reduce stress, encourage a more relaxed receptive state of being, enhancing the massage experience. The calming, analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties support relaxation and pain reduction (i.e. stressed and overworked muscles, arthritis), antispasmodic properties help to ease muscle cramps/spasms and calm symptoms of headaches/migraines.
Application methods we recommend when using lavender essential oil for massage:
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Use for full body massage or regional application (i.e. to specific sore muscles, chest/neck rub).
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma. Don’t have a diffuser? Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on cotton balls and place around room or in the heating/cooling vents.
Linen Refresher: Keep a tissue or cotton ball with 2-4 drops of essential oil in with your linens to give them a light and refreshing scent.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting it into the eyes; use room spritzer to mist the room before your client arrives.
Natural Decongestant: Lavender Spike has a higher camphor and 1.8 cineole content. These decongestant and calming properties will help to soothe and comfort your client dealing with a respiratory congestion. Dilute 1-4 drops Lavender Spike in an unscented massage lotion or carrier oil (i.e. fractionated coconut, jojoba, sweet almond oil) and apply to upper chest and neck.
Lavender has also been used effectively in hospital, hospice and elderly care. Would you like to learn more about essential oils – like where they come from, how they’re made and how to make your own special blends?
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