Essential oils are a terrific way to treat every day bumps, scrapes, aches, and pains in a natural and effective way. And when it comes to essential oils, lavender oil is a powerhouse. The benefits of lavender oil cover a wide range and its abilities to heal, sooth, and prevent are plentiful. Plus, with so many enjoyable uses like homemade lavender mint bath salts, makeup remover, and play dough, it’s easy to incorporate lavender oil into your every day rhythm.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties.
Reduces Anxiety and Stress
Lavender aromatherapy has been shown to significantly decrease feelings of depression and anxiety. Diffusing lavender can relieve stress and has long been revered for its calming capabilities. Lavender oil can be:
- Combined with epsom salts for a relaxing bath
- Placed in the palms and inhaled
- Put in recipes like blueberry muffins for added flavor and emotional benefits
- Applied to your wrists and temples
Improves Eczema, Acne, and Other Skin Issues
Lavender oil can be used for nearly any skin irritation. Razor bumps? Pimples? Eczema? Lavender can help soothe and heal. Apply regularly with clean hands or cotton balls until you see improvement.
Heals Wounds and Burns
I always keep lavender essential oil in my purse or diaper bag for its ability to quickly begin the healing process on burns and wounds. If a kid scrapes their knee, if a finger gets caught in a door, if someone stays out in the sun a little too long, I want my lavender on hand. I’ve also had many a scar from an oven burn prevented thanks to lavender oil. It’s also a quick and natural pain reliever in these instances.
Lavender oil can be used as natural alternative to drugs for both tension and migraine headaches. If you’re human, chances are you at least experience the occasional headache. When it strikes, rub lavender oil (preferably in combination with peppermint oil) on the back of your neck and place a drop between your palms to inhale.
Because of its relaxing properties, lavender is beneficial for healthy sleep. Many people who experience insomnia have great success using lavender oil to get better sleep. Diffusing lavender oil at bedtime is an ideal way to promote sleep, as well as rubbing lavender on your neck and temples before bed.
Slows Aging and Restores Skin Health
Lavender oil is great for burns, cuts, and skin blemishes, but it’s also useful to keep healthy skin healthy. Lavender oil has been shown to slow aging because of its high antioxidant content. Many people have success in reducing sun spots when combining lavender oil with frankincense oil and applying it to the affected areas. If you’re looking for a simple, natural, and glow-producing facial moisturizer, mix lavender oil with coconut oil and apply to skin after a shower.
There have not been conclusive studies about using lavender oil during pregnancy or nursing, so be sure to consult with your caretaker before using lavender during those times.
Also inconclusive is the common claim that lavender oil can cause hormonal disruption in pre-pubescent boys. While there isn’t excessive cause for concern here, overusing lavender would not be advisable.
Because of its relaxing properties, caution should be exercised when using in combination with other medication for sleep or depression, as it can actually increase the effectiveness of these medications. Always consult with a doctor before adding lavender oil as a remedy to your sleep or anxiety/depression treatments.
Finally, as with all essential oils that are generally considered safe for ingestion, use discretion when ingesting lavender. Most people don’t experience negative symptoms when ingesting lavender oil, but do so sparingly and be careful if you have digestive issues.
What’s your favorite use for lavender oil?