Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. There are so many little ways you can incorporate it into your daily life to improve your overall health. Lavender oil is extracted from flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is incredibly versatile and blends very well with many other essential oils. It has become incredibly popular in aromatherapy.
Even though it is commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for treating the skin. It can be used to cleanse cuts, ease bruises and alleviate skin irritations. The fragrance is incredibly calming, relaxing and balancing. There is a reason it is often used to enhance a yoga class or a therapeutic massage session at a spa. Many brands have taken advantage of these benefits and added this essence to various hair and skincare products. Lavender oil can be helpful in our daily lives in so many ways. You can even drop it into your purse or make up bag to use on the go. A drop here or there can be a lifesaver depending on the situation!
Health Benefits of Lavender Oil
- Calming/Anti-Stress – Lavender essential oil has a very calming scent which makes it a perfect source of relief for stressful situations. You can rub a few drops into your palms and inhale the scent or simply rub a bit on places like your wrists or temples. It can be very helpful when you find yourself in a stressful situation or start to feel nervous tension arise. Headache sufferers often feel a benefit as well. Since you cannot always do something about the situation you are faced with lavender can come to your rescue.
- Sleep Aid – Sleep and sleep issues are becoming more and more common since we all live in an environment of constant stimulus. We are surrounded by screens, phones and computer which can make it very difficult to unwind at night. Lavender can be very helpful here because a little on your pillow or an eye pad will help ease the anxiety that will often impede sleep. Having the fragrance in your bedroom is another way you could enhance relaxation.
- Minor Skin Burns – Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. It will reduce the swelling and speed up the healing process. Even minor burns can be very painful so it is a great solution to get the healing process started and eliminate the potential of scar tissue developing.
- Cuts – Lavender will help to disinfect and clean the wound. Since we often do not have band aids or treatments readily available to us, the lavender oil can be a quick and easy remedy.
- Skin Issues – Lavender can help to heal a variety of minor skin conditions. It can ease the itching and discomfort associated with eczema or dermatitis. It can also be directly applies to acne is a breakout occurs. Often, acne can spread because it stems from bacteria. Lavender can stop that bacteria from spreading to other areas of your skin. Many people are nervous to try an oil on their skin for fear that it will make them breakout since it goes against many of the ways we have been conditioned to regard skin treatment. To feel it out and see if it will work for you test a small patch of your skin or one isolated area to become more comfortable with using the oil as a treatment. Set aside a few days to experiment and see if it is a solution for you.
- Cold Sores – Cold sores plague many people and they can be very uncomfortable. There is no known cure so the goal is to have them heal as quickly as possible. Applying a little bit of lavender oil to the site that is infected will help to reduce the inflammation and kill the bacteria.
- Nausea or Motion Sickness – A drop of lavender behind the ear lobes can work wonders here. This is why it can be a great idea to have a small bottle with you it can be your rescue in a tough situation.
- Dry or Chapped Skin – You can rub the oil directly on your skin. You can also mix a few drops into a lotion base so that it spreads more easily. This is great after you get out of the shower or if you feel your skin needs additional moisture though out the day. Winter months can be very difficult to combat skin dehydration due to all of the forced heat we have in our living spaces.
- Chapped or Sunburned Lips – Add a little lavender oil to your lips by blotting it on directly. Being able to apply lavender oil to your lips as well significantly cuts down on all of the products you need in your home or your purse.
- Allergies – You can rub a little lavender oil into your hands and inhale to take the edge off of allergy symptoms. One of the hardest part with seasonal allergies is the ability to breathe in deeply. Lavender will serve as a little bit of an aid while you are toughing out the season. An essential oil is a much better alternative than all of the over the counter pills that are offered as a solution.
- Dandruff – Ditch the dandruff shampoo and try lavender oil as a rescue instead. Try rubbing a few drops of the lavender oil into your scalp to alleviated dandruff issues.
- Bee Sting / Insect Bite – You can directly apply a single drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite. It will stop the itching and reduce the swelling.
As you can see lavender is incredibly versatile when it comes to health issues (both large and small). Using an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser would be a perfect way to maximize the relaxation benefits of lavender and aid in improved sleep and provide an overall sense of wellbeing. The direct application is wonderful for when we are in tight life situations such as a bee sting or scrape, but the health benefits of lavender will be experienced through daily exposure. Adding a diffuser to your bedroom or living areas will without a doubt put you more at ease. In an age where there is a different treatment for everything it is pretty amazing to have one solution that can provide so many benefits.
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