What’s All the Buzz Around Lavender Essential Oil Benefits?
Have you ever wondered why some people get so excited about Aromatherapy and Essential Oils? You’ll soon see why! In this article, we’ll talk about the many different ways to use lavender essential oil and the many different benefits it provides in a natural, cost-effective, chemical-free way. Depending on how you use lavender oil, it can help with all kinds of skin conditions, it can be used for minor ailments and afflictions, lavender’s known for its calming and relaxing properties, it works wonders on the scalp and hair… the list goes on! Plus, it has a wonderful, flowery aroma.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is a green shrub with light-purple plumes of spiked flowers that is native to the Mediterranean, North Africa, and South Asia.
Lavender Uses and Benefits
Lavender oil has been used throughout history for various purposes including medicine, perfume, cleaning, and baking. In ancient Egypt, lavender was used both as a perfume and during mummification. It has been said that when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923 after almost three thousand years, the archaeologists could still detect a slight hint of lavender.
The name Lavender comes from the Roman lavare, meaning “to wash” and naturally was used as a part of traditional Roman washing and bathing, and was most likely added to the famous Roman baths. They also used lavender in cooking, soaps, and even to fight diseases or colds. Lavender oil might even be mentioned in the Bible. It is said that ancient texts sometimes refer to lavender as spikenard or nard, named after the Syrian city of Naarda. If so, it may be the oil used to anoint the feet of Jesus Christ by Mary Magdalene in the Bible.
“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (Gospel of John, 12:3)
So as you can see, there are many different ways to use lavender essential oil. It has been done in different ways for different purposes by civilizations throughout history.
Pure Lavender Oil
Most commonly, essential oils are created through the process of steam distillation, which uses steam to extract the lavender oil from the buds where it is then cooled in another chamber to separate the essential oil from the water vapor. To achieve the best results, it’s important to ensure that you have a 100% pure lavender oil made from natural, organic ingredients.
How to Use Lavender Oil:
Aromatherapy and Diffusers
The most traditional modern method to use lavender essential oil is through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a form of holistic, alternative medicine that uses plants, and more commonly, essential oils for a variety of applications and benefits. The practice of aromatherapy is thought to date back thousands of years to the ancient Mesopotamians, where tablets were found with instructions on how to make and how to use herbal remedies to treat diseases. It also has roots in ancient India, China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Nowadays, you can enjoy some of the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy right in your home with the use of a diffuser and the right essential oils. Depending on what kind of diffuser you are using, you may or may not need to add water. Read and follow the instructions carefully. But generally you can expect to see a slight mist or steam coming from the device and you will begin to notice the delightfully fragrant aroma of the essential oil begin to fill your room.
And in addition to the light, fresh, flowery smell, there are plenty of benefits to using lavender oil too!
Lavender Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits
Diffusing lavender essential oil in your home can help with the following:
- Stress relief
- Pain relief
- Going to sleep
- Headaches and migraines
- Fighting colds and flu
- Fighting hayfever and allergies
- Improved brain function
- Boosting the immune system
Lavender is primarily known for its color, its scent and its natural, calming effect that can help with relaxing, relieving stress, improving brain function, pain relief, headaches, going to sleep and even insomnia. All you have to do is breathe and let the diffuser do the work.
But lavender oil also acts as an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory and a natural decongestant, which helps the body stay healthy and fight against colds, flus, hayfever, and allergies.
Another powerful feature of lavender oil is its “potent antioxidant properties” that studies have found “protected against diabetes and oxidative stress.”
(Read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24373672)
But that’s just when you’re using a diffuser! There are more ways to use lavender essential oil and there are more benefits still to be revealed!
How to Use Lavender Oil for Skin
While the most traditional way to enjoy the fresh, deodorizing scent of lavender oil throughout your home might be through a diffuser, there are still plenty of situations where it might be more beneficial to use lavender essential oil in other ways.
Use Lavender to Treat Bug Bites, Bee Stings, Cuts, Minor Burns & Scrapes
One of the simplest ways to use lavender essential oil is by topical application, meaning just using a few drops on the affected area. This is because lavender is one of the gentler essential oils, so unless you happen to be allergic, it is very safe to put on the skin. Doing so can be used to help with a variety of minor ailments like bee stings, cuts, and even slight burns. For bee stings or bug bites, the lavender oil can help with the swelling and itching because of its anti-inflammatory properties. For cuts, light burns and scrapes, the lavender oil acts as an organic antiseptic, which means that it has antibacterial properties that help clean and prevent infection.
In fact, there are so many more uses and benefits for lavender oil, we had to write a few more articles. If you’d like to skip ahead, you can learn how to use lavender essential oil for hair and scalp, and how to use lavender essential oil for your best skincare routine.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Anxiety: Relax, Fight Colds, Achieve Mental Clarity on the Go
Another way to use lavender oil is to combine topical application with inhalation, and the result can be used like a simple, on-the-go diffuser for relaxation and calming effects too. Just place a few drops on your palms, rub them together, and then bring your palms a few inches from your face and breathe in. This technique will help with the treatment of many of the same things as a diffuser, but more mobile, allowing you to relax, fight colds, and achieve mental clarity anywhere you have a bottle of lavender essential oil.
And if you remember our ancient civilizations, you’ll remember that lavender oil can also be used as a perfume. So while you might be using lavender to improve brain function, relieve stress, treat a cut or bug bite, boost your immune system, or for your hair & skincare routine, you get the added benefit of smelling fresh and flowery too.
As we learned from our history lesson, there are many more things you can do with lavender essential oil and there are still plenty more ways to use it, such as bathing, cooking, and cleaning.
If you’d like to learn more ways to use lavender oil, you can check out our posts how to use lavender essential oil for hair and scalp, and how to use lavender essential oil for your best skincare routine.
Otherwise, we have a few suggestions for those of you who like DIY Projects, or just enjoy making your own blends. There are plenty of at-home situations that are improved with a little lavender oil.
The list of possible recipes and at-home uses for lavender oil could go on and on. So we’ll just narrow it down to our four favorite uses for lavender oil in your home.
- Add a few drops with water in a spray bottle – then you can use it as an air freshener or deodorizer, or even to spruce up the smell of some laundry
- In a bath – add a few drops to your next bath and enjoy all of the natural, calming effects while you soak
- Make an oil or a lotion – Adding lavender essential oil to a lotion or carrier oil can allow you to enhance something with lavender’s properties, making a massage with a lavender lotion that much better
- Add it to your cooking! – This is a great place to test out your creativity maybe in baking, tea or dressings
Do you feel more inspired now to go try some lavender oil benefits on your own? We hope so! In fact, if you have any comments, questions, experiences or stories you’d like to share, please reach out to us on Twitter, Instagram or by email!