The Most Popular Essential Oil and Ways to Use it
Lavender oil is often considered the must-have essential oil with a seemingly endless list of uses. It’s one of the first oils we always recommend to new essential users and the oil that any veteran user doesn’t go without. Fields of lavender line the roads of France, Spain, Italy, England and Bulgaria and has been used for centuries. Part of the Lamiaceae, or mint, family, Lavender is a close relative to rosemary, mint, sage and oregano. Adored not only for it’s delightful aroma, Lavender’s medicinal properties are well recognized throughout the world.
A Tall Tale and Brief History
There is some essential oil folklore that says Lavender sparked the modern essential oil revolution. The tale says that in 1910 French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé burned his hand in a perfumery lab accident. He allegedly plunged his hand into the nearest vat of liquid, which so happened to be pure lavender essential oil. His burn healed quite quickly and left little scarring, fascinating the young scientist and inspiring him to study and experiment with essential oils on WWI soldiers.
While that story, like so many stories we tell ourselves, has aspects of the truth, it is a bit over exaggerated. There was a laboratory accident, and Gattefosse did indeed use lavender to heal his burns, but there was no plunging of the hand into a random tub of liquid.
A quick Google search on the historical uses of Lavender will lead you to many sources recounting the use of Lavender starting with the Egyptians and Romans, in the time of Jesus and his contemporaries, throughout the 16th & 17th centuries and into today.
Lavender is known as the “everything” oil. It’s a mandatory staple in any aromatherapist or essential oil lover’s pantry. The smell alone is enough to make you smile, and the therapeutic benefits are nearly endless. It’s one of the safest and easiest oils to use and can be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil.
Lavender oil has been shown in scientific studies to be:
Those are just a few of the discoveries made about lavender oil. There are so many more, but we’re running out of space to write it all!
Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Stress, Anxiety and Teeth Grinding
This is the most popular usage for Lavender. The aroma calms and soothes tension in the body and mind, lowering anxiety levels and nerve tension. Breathing in the aroma sends signals to your brain to calm the body and mind.
Lavender is the main ingredient in our Fast Asleep blend for a reason: because it works. It actively works to calm the nervous system and prep your body for a full and deep night of sleep.
Bug Bites, Hives & Eczema
Apply lavender oil directly onto your bug bite or hives to immediately reduce redness, itchiness and swelling. Similarly, lavender provides relief from the external signs of eczema and when use topically absorbs into the skin to help curb outbreaks.
Dab some lavender oil under and around your nose and around your nostrils to stop a nosebleed. The oil may relieve pain, helps heal vessels, and accelerates the clotting process.
High Blood Pressure
Researchers have used Lavender essential oil in controlled lab studies, finding it effectively lowered blood pressure and that the effects were “immediate and continuous”
Migraines & Headaches
Put a few drops of lavender onto the temples of your forehead and rub into your
temples in small backwards circles. The oil will relieve tension in the head and provide relief of the pain from migraines or headaches. Take a few inhales of the aroma from the bottle to send signals to your brain to release tension through the olfactory response system linked through your nose.
When used over time, Lavender can help maintain an overall balance in one’s emotional state. The continued use of this oil in your daily life may help you keep a stable mood and improve your overall quality of life.
One study concluded that the essential oil prevents allergic inflammation as well as the enlargement of mucous cells. Diffuse around your house or use daily on a lava rock diffuser bracelet or necklace.
Sunburns, Minor Burns, and Scars
Just like in our story above, Lavender will speed up healing and reduce the
redness and pain from burns because of its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and
antibacterial properties. Apply directly to affected area.
The antispasmodic nature of lavender makes it a great ally to have during your
moon cycle. Rub onto your lower abdomen to soothe cramping, or diffuse in your room while relaxing to your favorite tunes or Netflix series.
Encourages relaxation of the internal organs, including the intestines. Take one drop under the tongue followed by 8oz of water or rub onto your belly after eating.
Acne and Facial Redness
Lavender oil will reduce inflammation and redness from acne or rosacea. You can mix the Lavender in Jojoba carrier oil to make a face oil or apply directly to any problem areas.
6 Ways to Apply Lavender in Your Daily Life
Blends well with:
Try combining Lavender with any of the single note essential oils below for an extra special experience. Our favorite diffuser combo is Lavender, Eucalyptus and Frankincense!