WHAT CAN YOU USE LAVENDER FOR?
Lavender: Lavandula angustifolia
A classic fragrance distilled from a truly classical herb.
The ancient Romans used lavender for cooking, to perfume both their bathwater, their bodies and the scent the air. And it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Essential oils are very concentrated. The harvest of lavender blooms are typically around June, pure lavender essential oil is produced through steam distillation.
It takes about 220 pounds of lavender flowers to make about 1 pound of essential oil.
Lavender oil is the most commonly used essential oil in the world. It is considered the oil to always ‘have on hand’ because of its versatile uses, including its calming, relaxing properties which help you sleep peacefully and ease the feeling of tension and anxiety.
- Helps improve your quality of sleep
- Helps relieve headaches
- May reduce stress, anxiety, depression and teeth grinding
- Promotes balanced blood sugar
- Improves skin and reduces acne
- Can be used on cuts, wounds, burns and blisters
- Emotional balancer
- Proves helpful for eczema and psoriasis
- Helps to reduce blood pressure
There are many questions that have been asked about Lavender and it’s uses. We will answer some here:
1. How do you use lavender oil for anxiety? Stress relief?
A hard day at work, a family or relationship issue, an upcoming event or anything that makes you feel anxious or stressed, lavender is a must to have on hand.
Through smell and the skin the beneficial biological compounds lavender contains helps your body and mind relax and regenerate.
Pure lavender essential oil is available in most natural food stores. I have been asked by many friends: what-can-I-use-lavender-oil-for?
Inhale: essential oil
- You can put a few drops on a cloth handkerchief, and keep it in your pocket to use when needed.
- You can put a cotton ball in a glass or plastic tube and drip 2 – 3 drops of the oil onto the cotton, then cap it. When you feel anxious, inhale slowly and deeply a few times and you will feel the calming effects it brings.
Diffuse: essential oil
- Using a diffuser follow the directions and place 2 – 5 drops in the water.
- The amount of drops used will depend on the amount of water and the quality of the oil. High quality oils need less.
Soak: essential oil and/or dried leaves
- Add 5 – 10 drops of lavender oil into 1 Tbsp of milk or 15 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salts and put into a full, warm bath.
- Drops can be added directly to the water but make sure you agitate the water vigorously to disperse evenly.
- If you want to add a little luxury to your bath you can add lavender flowers (fresh or dried) around your bathtub for added fragrance.
Roll or Dab it on: essential oil
- Put on a warm moist washcloth and place behind your neck will help you to relax.
- Mix 2 – 3 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil, or grape seed oil, or coconut oil. You can put this into a roll-on container (you can add more drops with more oil to fill the container) or place in a small dish.
- Dab on your wrists, behind the ears, back of the neck and on your temples.
2. How do you use lavender oil for sleep? Can you use dried lavender for tea?
Because of lavender oil’s sedative, soothing and calming affects it works to improve sleep and treat insomnia. When sleep eludes you try some of these remedies:
Prep your Pillow: essential oil or dried/ fresh leave
- Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue. Place it between your pillow and pillowcase near where your head will lie.
- Fresh lavender: a small cluster held together with an elastic band and placed between your pillow and pillowcase.
Diffuse: essential oil
- Have a diffuser by your bedside. Place 3-5 drops into the water (follow diffuser instructions).
- This will allow you to breathe in the calming, relaxing lavender filled air as you sleep.
Dab or Roll-on: essential oil
- Mix 2 -3 drops of lavender oil with fractionated coconut or grapeseed oil. This can be mixed in a dish or put in a roll-on.
- Dab or roll on the bottoms of your feet before bedtime, this relaxing scent promotes a more peaceful sleep.
- You can also dab the back of your neck, as well as your temples and chest.
Spritz: essential oil
- 5 drops of Lavender essential oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. sheets.
- Pull back your top cover and spray into the air above your bed, letting the mist land on your bed
Tea: Dried leaves.
Can you use dried lavender leaves for tea? Yes, the dried leaves and not an oil are used.
- A cup of lavender-based herbal tea, which can be bought in stores, before bed is very helpful.
3. Can lavender help skin irritations?
Lavender oil is widely known for its antimicrobial properties. It has been used for centuries to prevent various infections and combat bacterial and fungal disorders.
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties are some of the benefits of lavender.
The essential oil derived from the plant’s purple flowers, can be used in a variety of ways and have been shown to heal minor injuries , infections and to soothe irritated skin.
Rub: essential oil
- Can help with fungus such as Athletes Foot:
- 3 drops of lavender oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond or grapeseed oil or coconut oil
- rubbed on affected area 2x/day
- remember whenever in doubt always check with your doctor.
Compress: essential oil
- A compress has been shown to help soothe eczema or other skin irritations.
- This compress can also work as a mild antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes.
Dab: essential oil
- Insect bites or stings
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil with a teaspoon of sweet almond oil.
- Dab on your itchy spots
- Can also work on blisters to help soothe irritation
4. Can you use Lavender oil for headaches?
Diffuse: essential oil
- Put 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil with water into your diffuser. Use during the day or by your bed at night.
Dab: essential oil
- Dab on the back of your neck and your temples to help relieve your headache.
5. How can you use essential oils in your home?
- You can freshen linen closets, your mattress or just the air with a mixture of the lavender oil and water in a spray bottle. More drops = stronger scent.
Note of caution: Can you use lavender essential oil directly on the skin? Always dilute essential oils, with a carrying oil (such as grape seed oil or coconut oil) before applying to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds and everybody is different.
Lavender and tea tree essential oils have been found to have effects similar to estrogen (female sex hormone) and also block or decrease the effect of androgens (male sex hormones). Therefore long term use on the skin for boys who have not reached puberty is not recommended.
So to be safe, always start slowly and check with your physician if you are taking medication or suffer from allergies. For most people, lavender oil is well tolerated.
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