Top 10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

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Many aromatherapists will agree with me when I say lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is the most versatile and commonly used essential oil on our planet. Not only will its fragrance take you on a calming journey through peaceful purple fields while balancing your emotional self, its uses and benefits go far beyond just calming your mind.

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Many people like to carry a bottle of lavender essential oil with them as their personal first aid kit. Here are 10 good reasons why you should consider adding lavender essential oil to your daily life:

1.      Lavender to Soothe Headaches

Lavender’s soothing and relaxing aroma works wonders to relieve headaches caused by tension. Apply 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil to a warm (or cold), damp cloth. Place it on your forehead while lying down for 10 to 20 minutes. Or when on the go, apply one drop on each temple and make circular movements to find instant relieve. Or when there is more time, add it to your favorite massage oil and rub on your forehead, shoulders, neck, and back. You can find here more information how to relieve headache using essential oils.

2.      Winding Down For Bed

Making lavender part of your go-to-bed routine can help you to fall asleep faster, provides a deep and calming night’s rest, and helps people who suffer from insomnia or other sleeping disorders. Not only adults can safely take those benefits, but your little ones as well. You could use a room diffuser to create a calming, sleep promoting scent in the room, add it to your night cream, add 1-2 drops to your tea, put a few drops on your pillow, massage your temples, or take a (foot) bath before turning in. For your little ones, you could massage their little feet with a base oil with a few drops of essential oil or you could add a few drops to their favorite stuffed animal or pillow. If you find it hard to fall asleep, have a look the the best 12 herbs for insomnia, which lavender is one of them.

3.      Relieve Pain From Minor Burns (including sunburns)

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Lavender oil can be used to relief pain and heal burns without scarring. Prior to using lavender, cool the area with cold, running water for at least 5 minutes. Then add 2-3 drops on the affected area to decrease the pain and aid the healing process. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute the lavender oil in distilled water or, even better, in pure Aloe vera gel, before use or try an undiluted drop on a non-affected area first. Find here more information about effective homemade minor burn treatments.

4.      Itchy Bug Bites

Apply topically, directly onto to affected area or dilute in a carrier if you have a sensitive skin. You could use a carrier oil or Aloe vera gel to dilute the lavender essential oil.

5.      Soothe Anxiety, Lift Depression, and De-stress Your Lifestyle

Lavender is well-known for calming nerves and emotions. It works as a natural sedative. Diffuse the oil in the air, add a few drops to a vaporizer, massage you temples, put a few drops on your pillow, add several drops of lavender oil to a bath for a soothing soak, or use as a perfume. Find here more information how to make aromatherapy bath for relaxation.

6.       Acne Treatment

Add 1-2 drops to your favorite facial toner or cream to alleviate acne and prevent future outbreaks. Lavender inhibits bacteria growth and aids your body to balance its sebum secretion. Find more information how to treat acne in the article the best herbs for acne, including other natural acne cures.

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7.      Disinfectant For Cuts And Wounds

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 a carrier oil if you have a sensitive skin.

8.      Lavender Oil For Dry, Chapped Skin Or Lips

Lavender oil works wonders for a dry and chapped skin. Use topically on the affected area or add a few drops to your favorite body lotion or lip balm. Mix several drops of lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc…) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. Find here more information how to use essential oils for healthy skin.

9.      Alleviate Symptoms Of Motion Sickness Or Nausea

Place a drop of lavender essential oil on the end of your tongue, or behind your ears, or around your navel or just inhale it from a handkerchief to find relief. For pregnant women it is recommended to wait until the second trimester before using it.

10.  Flavor Booster

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Pure lavender oil is edible! First be sure that the oil is very, very diluted, and make sure you’re using food-grade essential oil, as most are not edible. Only food grade essential oils, such as Young Living Essential Oils, can be ingested or taken internally. I love the lavender flavor. Add a drop to your tea, water, salad dressings or few drops to cookie, brownie or other dessert recipes.

As you can see, lavender oil is the most versatile of all essential oils, I’ve covered the most important uses for you in this post, but its benefits and uses doesn’t stop here. It helps with emotional issues as with physical. It is a great oil to carry around as your first aid kit.

Definitely one of those oils you must have! Basically, pure lavender oil is so universal in its properties and uses that when in doubt, choose lavender.

Note: Lavender essential oil can safely be used undiluted for adults and children. You can use it internally or externally but make sure to buy the right stuff. Buy pure, organic, edible, 100% therapeutic grade.

FYI: There are many other possible uses of lavender essential oil such as: healing from hernia (Lavender essential oil can be of help prior to surgery to help manage the pain and after surgery to both manage the pain and to help speed up the healing process), post-labor, withdrawal, aphrodisiac, cramps, indigestion, lowering blood pressure, abscess, PMS, scarring, water retention, bruises, balance/centering/grounding, bronchitis, earaches, fainting or dizziness, hives, flu, laryngitis, mucus, respiratory function, typhoid fever, whooping cough and cough in general (by gargling a few drops of pure lavender oil in purified water).

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in the e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogi, health coach, and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bodyinbalance.org

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One Response to Top 10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

  1. jyoti Sharma says:

    Thanks
    Fr nice suggestions.

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