The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.
Best Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil Include The Following:
Emotions – Lavender is known for calming effects and is great for application or diffusion to calm nerves
For babies – It is great to use Lavender to help calm the baby and prepare for bedtime. When used in small amounts. But can also be stimulating if used in too large a quantity or too often, so just be aware of the dosage.
Sleep/Insomnia – Helps with sleep. Apply a little to your pillow before sleeping at night or diffuse in your room for a peaceful nights rest.
Minor cuts – Apply to cuts for healing and soothing
Burns/Sunburns – Apply to sunburns for cooling and healing. Also helps reduce the amount of pealing and itching you will suffer. Frequent use can also reduce the amount of scarring.
Itch – Apply to rashes to cool the itch
Eczema – Apply to eczema and dermatitis to cool itch and heal the skin
Bug bites – Apply to bug bites to calm the itch and promote healing
Scars – Apply to scar tissue to promote healing and reduce the appearance of the scars.
Wrinkles – Massage gently into skin as indicated, avoiding contact with eyes. (You can use around eyes, but be careful not to get it IN the eye.)
Pain – Apply to muscle strains, sprains, and cramps to ease the pain and promote healing.
Nausea/Morning Sickness – Diffuse or apply Lavender essential oil to alleviate nausea or morning sickness
Ticks – Apply directly to the site to fight infection, prevent Lyme disease and promote healing
Teething Pain – Apply 1-2 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the gums. You can also add a couple drops of lavender to a cup of water, wet a washcloth with the solution, freeze and allow the little one to gnaw on the frozen cloth.
For Headache relief – Rub a drop of Lavender along hairline and then rub a drop of Peppermint along hairline.
Stress and Depression – Diffuse in the home to promote positive emotions and combat depression or stress
Dandruff – Apply topically for its antifungal properties (dandruff is often caused by a fungal/yeast infection) and to soothe dry, irritated skin and balance pH levels on the skin.
Apply to mild ring worm – In a few days you should notice an improvement if not completely eliminate the ring worm.
Use as a massage oil – It not only calms but promotes healing in sore muscles. So it makes for the perfect massage oil.
Acne – The antiseptic properties of Lavender can be very effective at managing acne. However, it should be tested on small areas and even diluted for some skin types as it can be a little irritating for very sensitive skin types. I like to use a carrier oil with a few drops of Lavender essential oil on my face right before bed. It helps to clear up the acne, reduce the occurrences and heals old acne scars.
Heal Bruises – Gently rub a few drops of Lavender oil around and on sore, bruised areas to promote blood flow, healing and relief for the tenderness and pain.
Insect Repellent – Apply Lavender and see insects begin to leave you alone!
Dry hands – Try a few drops as needed and rub into the chapped areas of the fingers and hands.
Moth Repellent – Drop a few drops of Lavender Essential oil on a cotton ball for closets and linen drawers to ward off insects and moths.
Fabric Freshener – Place a few drops on cloth or laundry drier sheet to freshen laundry scent and naturally deodorize
Remove germs – Diffuse in the home to clean the air of germs after one has been sick; and remove odors
Room Freshener – diffuse in the home to freshen the home from odors from pets or kids or just from being cooped up all winter long.
Stretch Marks – May help prevent stretch marks, as well as decrease appearance of existing stretch marks. Massage into the skin as desired.
Allergies – Place a few drops near the affected areas, nasal passages, temples, forehead, back of the neck, between the eyes (but certainly not in the eyes)
Use as a spa treatment in a bath – Include Epsom salt and baking soda for detoxifying your body. Add in a few drops of Lavender essential oil and soak for at least 20 minutes. You will emerge feeling refreshed and with super soft skin!
Make your own Soaking Bath Salts – I do this one all the time and it is a huge hit with the family and as gifts for friends. It is another way to indulge in Lavender essential oil for beauty uses.
Relief for heart palpitations – Being a natural tonic and sedative, can also be inhaled in pure form to help with heart palpitations and a rapid heart beat.
Before Job or exam – Inhale or diffuse before an exam or job interview to calm nerves and give confidence.
Use in your water fountain or humidifier – Produces a calming scent for the room, but also kills bacteria and promotes a nice, balanced, calm atmosphere while keeping the water fresh and free of microbes.
Treat Dry eyes and tear ducts – Do not place Lavender in the eyes. However, you can put a drop or 2 near the bridge of the nose to promote your lacrimal glands to produce tears.
Treat ear aches – Before you rush off to get a prescription try this herbal remedy first. It works almost every time. Using a warm compress, add a few drops of Lavender oil to the warm, wet compress and massage the areas around and behind the ears, and the sides of the neck under the jaw-line, following the path starting behind the ear lobes. This can help relieve and reduce inflammation around the Eustachian tubes that drains the ears to the throat.
Treat ear infections – Did you know that a good percentage of ear infections are caused by viruses? And, the infection caused by a virus will not respond to antibiotics from the doctor.Instead use the Garlic oil method for inside the ear and a Lavender Oil mixture for massage around the ear. Follow the recipes for ear infections from Frugally sustainable.
Deodorant – Lavender essential oil can be used as a body deodorant because it kills bacteria that can cause body odors and can also be used with other applications as natural body deodorants.
Fight Fatigue – Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
Combat Fevers – For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
Menstrual cramps – Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.
Shingles – Combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
Skin and fungal infections including candidiasis – Skin infections caused by fungus like candidiasis have responded very well in many cases and can be treated with topical applications of pure Lavender oil.
Soothe a cough – inhale or dab some drops around the nasal passages and massaging gently around the neck and throat area.
Soothe a sore throat – inhale or dab some drops around the nasal passages and massaging gently around the neck and throat area.
Respiratory infections – Lavender can be used in a vaporizer to help kill germs and promote healing due to respiratory infections.
Combat the Flu – Good for instant relief from flu, sinusitis and anxiety. Use 1-3 drops Lavender oil and inhale immediately as required.
Chicken Pox – Used topically over the pox pure lavender oil can help soothe itchy skin and promote faster recovery from this viral infection.
Mastitis – Dilute 4 drops of oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage gently into breast tissue