Herbal oil and lavender flowers on wooden background

I’ve waited long enough! If David Letterman is not going to do a Top Ten List of healing uses for lavender essential oil, then I guess it is up to me. But first, a couple of quick things to understand before use.

Lavandula Genus

The genus Lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare meaning”to wash,” and L. angustifolia, called authentic or common lavender, is that the species used medicinally. Lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from fresh blossoms and is mainly produced in Bulgaria and France. Make certain to use a respectable supplier when buying lavender essential oil because it’s one of the most frequently adulterated essential oils. A genuine and authentic essential oil should always record the botanical name, the component of the plant used, the country of origin and the method of extraction. The artificial scent of lavender from odor oil isn’t the same as a pure essential oil – there are no health benefits from synthetic fragrance oils!

When I refer to “neat” program, this means applying a drop of lavender essential oil directly on the skin. While this is usually recognized as safe, cases of sensitization have happened. Furthermore, it’s not suggested to use other essential oils in this style, with the exception of tea tree. When I discuss using lavender oil in a carrier oil, this means diluting a few drops of the essential oil in a base oil. Different oils may be used for different functions, but with this article focusing on first aid remedies, extra virgin olive oil is a great and convenient option. As there are roughly 600 drops in 1 ounce, use six to eighteen drops of pure lavender essential oil per ounce (by volume) of carrier oil for a one to three percent dilution.

Top ten therapeutic uses for lavender essential oil

Ten – Bruises

Lavender is terrific for bruises because it’s anti inflammatory and analgesic which assists in the healing process while reducing pain. Using lavender in a carrier oil, gently massage into bruised area. For the best results, dilute lavender from arnica-infused oil. Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones and polysacharides that stimulate phagocytosis, thus cleaning up debris and reducing recovery time. Please note that arnica shouldn’t be applied to broken skin.

Nine- Muscle Aches and Menstrual Cramps

Massage lavender diluted in a carrier oil (arnica-infused oil for extra relief) into painful area or, my favorite, add a few drops of lavender essential oil into a warm Epsom salt bath for a profound muscle soak.

Eight- Bug Bites and Bee Stings

Lavender’s antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and healing properties make it a excellent selection for bites and stings because it reduces disease, swelling, and itching. To use, simply apply 1 drop of lavender essential oil neat to affected area.

Seven- Earaches

There are two powerful ways to lessen the pain of an earache with lavender. The first is to gently massage lavender in a carrier oil to the outer ear and back of the ear. The second technique is to place a drop of lavender on a cotton ball and gently put it on the outer ear. Never place it directly in the ear canal.

Six- Depression

Lavender is a curative herb and is categorized as a nervine, meaning it has a calming influence on the body and mind. It works in effective ways to bring feelings of relaxation and calmness and also helps with fatigue. Suggestions include inhaling lavender essential oil right from a vial, spritzing your area with lavender diluted in distilled water, and infusing your distance with lavender from a candle or incense. The choices are endless.

Five – Headaches

Lavender’s sedative effects make it a terrific treatment for headaches, especially when the headaches are brought on by stress. Massage a drop of lavender diluted in a carrier oil to the temples and back of the neck, followed by some deep, relaxing breaths of lavender essential oil directly from a vial. Add peppermint essential oil into the mix for even greater headache relief.

Four – Sanitizer

Lavender was used in hospitals throughout World War I to disinfect walls and floors. Use lavender essential oil in a soap to cleanse, in vinegar and water for household cleaning, or try it in a base of grain alcohol for a hand sanitizer.

Three – Insomnia

Lavender works especially well if insomnia is because of restless and nervous mind. Before bed, spray on your pillow and face with lavender diluted in distilled water, take a few deep breaths, inhaling lavender directly from the vial or by a drop on a tissue, or put dried lavender buds in a sachet on your pillow case.

Two – Burns and Sunburns

It was the French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who’s famously known for treating his severe wounds and consequent infection with lavender essential oil. Apply a drop of lavender essential oil neat to minor burns. For sunburns, spray your entire body with lavender diluted in distilled water. Please seek medical attention for severe burns.

One – Stress

Lavender has balancing and harmonizing effects on the autonomic nervous system. In panic attack scenarios, inhale lavender essential oil directly from the vial and seek medical care if needed. For general stress and anxiety, spritz your face and area with lavender diluted in distilled water, have a relaxing bath with a few drops of lavender diluted in sea salt, or enjoy a massage with lavender-infused oil.