The Go-to Essential Oil: Lavender

Lavender

Lavender is the most used essential oil in the world because it is the most versatile. You may have already known that lavender has calming effects to the body but this oil has a plethora of other benefits.

That’s what I’m here for! I’ll help you learn more about lavender and how to incorporate it into your daily life.

What is Lavender Essential Oil?

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries.

Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.

Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it! It is great for winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that make it just as beneficial for boosting stamina and energy.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.

Lavender Oil Uses at Home

Personally, I am a great fan of Lavender Essential Oil. Here are some easy ways for you to use this wonderful oil in your homes, too!

As a Secret Flavor Booster in Healthy Recipes

Flavor BoosterLavender is a great flavor enhancer in things like grain-free muffins, teas, and even salad dressings. Lavender oil is completely edible, but you will want to use a very small amount since the taste is very powerful. Try adding 1-2 drops to your recipes for a surprising flavor booster.

Lavender is said to pair perfectly with things like dark cocoa, pure honey, cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette, black pepper, and apples.

As a Non-toxic Air Freshener

FreshenerThe same way you use lavender oil as a perfume, you can use it around your home as a natural, toxic-free air freshener. Either spray lavender oil around your home or try diffusing it. To create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom before you fall asleep, try spraying the lavender oil and water mixture directly onto your bed sheets or pillow.

You can try the same method in your bathroom as well, and also on your bath towels. Before taking a relaxing bath or shower, spray your towel with lavender oil so its relaxing scent is waiting for you when you step out of the shower.

As a Natural Perfume

Natural PerfumeDo you want to smell good without using toxic perfumes? Lavender oil is a great scent for women and for men too. You can either try adding pure oil directly to your skin, or you can dilute oil in water for a more subtle scent.

If you’d like to rub the oil right onto your skin, try adding 2-3 drops into your palms and then rubbing your hands together. Then add the oil directly onto on your skin, clothes, or hair. You can also try using 2 drops of lavender oil added to a spray bottle with about ½ cup of water.

Shake up the spray bottle and then spray whatever you’d like. You may also want to consider combining lavender oil with other relaxing oils, like cedar wood essential oil or frankincense essential oil. Combining different oils means you have lots of versatility when it comes to different scent options, without needing to purchase many different bottled, expensive perfumes.

As a Remedy for Stomach Discomfort

stomachMany people find the scent of lavender to be soothing to the stomach. If you are feeling nauseous, or know that you are going to be traveling in a car or plane and are prone to motion sickness, spray some lavender oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples, next, and palms.

As a Natural, Chemical-Free Lip Balm

Lip BalmLavender oil is excellent for preventing sunburns on the lips and also healing chapped, dried lips. Try adding a couple of drops of oil to shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil/coconut butter, or another “carrier oil” and then rubbing it into your lips for protection whenever you will be in the sun.

If you are sunburned in other areas on your body, try using the same method to heal the skin more quickly and prevent itchiness and peeling that can result in a bad sunburn.

Top Lavender Oil Benefits

Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Alleviates Headaches

  • Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity.

Heals Burns and Cuts

  • Widely known for its antimicrobial properties, lavender has a rich history of being used to prevent various infections and combat bacterial/fungal disorders.
  • Also, lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds and a big part of this is because of its antimicrobial properties.

Improves Sleep

  • Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why aside from the treatment for insomnia, it is also used as a way to regulate heart-rate variability.

Antioxidant Protection

  • The body’s natural response to free radicals is to create antioxidant enzymes – especially glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) – which prevent these free radicals from doing their damage.
  • Unfortunately, your body can actually become deficient in antioxidants if the free radical burden is great enough. Sadly, this has become relatively common in the U.S. because of poor diet and high exposure to toxins.
  • Thankfully, natural options abound, such as lavender essential oil, which has been proven to be nature’s antioxidant superhero.

In Conclusion…

As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. However,

as you can see, Lavender is an essential oil that can uplift your life (and mood), heal and entice in a variety of ways. It's a great secret weapon to have on hand at all times!