These 22 Remarkable Lavender Oil benefits you need to know already today

Lavender

 

Lavender Oil with its elegant yet powerful fragrance has been around for centuries.

 

In this blog post, I will discuss twenty-two ways Lavender oil can help you.

Have you ever had a sleepless night? Imagine it is a hot summer night. You are lying in your bed and you are turning from left to right and then back again, and again, and again… Your hard drive denies switching off and thoughts just as waves are coming up into your head one after another.

Everyone has had such nights, right? The next day you have to wake up early to go to work or school. But, your head hurts, you have dark circles under your eyes,   you feel broken. So, what should you do?

And now imagine there is a simple yet miracle thing that could save this nightmare to you. It is called Lavender Oil. This simple but wonderful oil is so powerful and brings a bunch of benefits to you.

 

 

Lavender oil

 

 

What is Lavender Oil actually?

 

This oil is an essential oil produced as a result of the distillation of the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.

 

How is this essential oil extracted?

 

Pure Lavender oil is made with a method called steam distillation. Freshly harvested lavender is left to dry a bit for a few hours. Then the plant is being put into a special distillation vessel. By inducing low-pressure steam into the plant material the essential oil is being boiled off the Lavender.

 

 

Lavender essential oil

 

 

1. Is Lavender oil good for your skin?

 

Have you ever heard that the skin is your biggest organ? It covers all your body and its surface is larger than any of your other organs. In fact, you should be cautious not only what you put in your body, but also on your body.

Talking about Lavender oil for skin is interesting to know is it beneficial for it or is it a skin irritant? Experts believe that fragrances are allergenic and cause irritation of the skin. Others say that due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties this oil could do you more good than to harm you. If you are not allergic to it of course.

 

Lavender oil

 

  • is essential oil made out of Lavender for acne a good idea?

The oil kills bacteria which can heal and prevent acne breakouts. It unclogs the pores and reduces the inflammation of the infected skin areas.

 

  • how to use this essential oil for your face?

Dilute the oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Apply it on your skin after you have cleaned it.

 

2. Is Lavender oil good for your hair?

 

It has been used since ancient times to reduce hair loss. According to a study, Lavender promotes hair growth and prevents thinning. You could use it as Lavender oil hair serum, hair growth oil or just add it to your Lavender oil hair shampoo.

 

3. Why is Lavender oil good for burns?

 

This essential oil is best suited to treat moderate to minor burns. Its antibacterial properties help to prevent infection. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling.

 

4. Does lavender kill fungus?

 

Lavender oil shows potent anti-fungal effect.  It is used widely already in ancient times in Eastern countries such as Persia because of the known anti- fungal effect. In recent years, scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal found that Lavender is lethal to Candida.

 

  • Could you use the oil at home against fungus infections?

Before using the oil for a medical condition you should always consult a physician.

If the doctor says it is o.k. to use it make sure you have high-quality pure oil, without any additions. Best is to dilute it with coconut oil to minimize the possibility of side effects. I would advise you do a patch test on your skin before you decide to apply this oil on the affected area of your skin.

 

 

Lavender oil

 

 

5. How to use Lavender oil for wound healing?

 

I would not advise you use any oil on open wounds. However, Lavender essential oil lets scrapes and minor wound to heal faster. It is antimicrobial properties prevent a wound from infection.

 

6. Lavender oil as a Scar Minimizer

 

Experience shows that when diluted this oil has been daily massaged on the affected area scars are minimized over time.

 

7. Lavender oil for skin lightening

 

As discussed previously this essential oil reduces inflammation. This makes it very suitable to reduce discolouration of the skin, including dark spots.

 

8. Sunburn Relief

 

The essential oil made out of Lavender can help you to reduce the redness and swelling of sunburn. Put three drops of the oil into a small spray bottle. Add 100 millilitre of cool water, shake to mix and spray over the sunburned skin for cooling relief. Spritz your skin with the cooling Lavender spray on demand. Store the spray in the refrigerator for optimal cooling effect.

 

9. How does Lavender oil help sleep?

 

Since the ancient times, this plant has been known for it’s soothing and calming properties. One of the first scientific investigations on the effect of Lavender on people with insomnia has shown that it improves the quality of sleep.

If you have trouble to unwind and have a good quality night sleep the essential oil made out of Lavender could be of great help. Just put a drop or two on your temples and your neck before you go to bed. You would also use the Lavender spray I advised you for sunburn relief and spritz some on your pillow at nighttime.

 

 

Lavender essential oil

 

 

10. Can Lavender essential oil help anxiety?

 

The Lavender plant has been known in traditional medicine for its quality to soothe the nerves. Recent research of Kagoshima University in Japan suggests that one of the compounds of the Lavender essential oil affects the brain. The linalool has shown calming effects which can help combat the anxiety.

 

11. Why put essential oil made out of Lavender on your feet?

 

When I heard this I thought: What, why should I put this essential oil on my feet? It seems that rubbing Lavender essential oil into your feet could be very beneficial simply because your soles are key absorption points. According to The Alternative Daily, the biggest pores on our body are found on our feet. This way the health-giving compounds of the essential oil could very quickly and efficiently enter the body and do its job.

 

12. Is Lavender oil antibacterial?

 

Simply put, does this essential oil kill bacteria?

As you probably know Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular complementary medicine oils. Next to the so-called anecdotical evidence, there is also research that suggests that Lavender can kill bacteria.

So, you could add it to you First Aid kit and it will help you treat minor scrapes and rashes.

 

13. Allergy Relief

 

The lavender essential oil can help you calm swollen and irritated sinuses. Put a drop or two on your chest, between your eyes or at the back of your neck.

 

14. Will this essential oil help against mosquito bites?

 

Will this oil repel mosquitoes? Yes, this essential oil will help you to get rid of the annoying small predators and the mosquito bites altogether. It is a good mosquito repellent. A simple mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and essential oil of Lavender will help you with this. If you find the smell of the vinegar to overwhelming, you could make use of an anti-mosquito oil blend. It consists of one carrier oil, almond oil for instance and Lavender essential oil.

 

15. Soothing Bites & Stings

 

Spending time outdoors is fun, but the annoying red itchy spots over your body are often not such a pleasant consequence. The oil might come in handy to soothe mosquito bites too. Just put a drop of the pure oil onto the bite to help you soothe the itch. You can prepare your own After bite oil blend. You can read here how to do this.

 

16. Can Lavender oil help headaches?

 

There is evidence that inhaling this essential oil can be beneficial for people suffering from migraine. Just rub a drop or two above your upper lip. Be careful to not swallow it. After about fifteen minutes you should feel that your headache has become less. There are also several other methods you could use the oil as a headache treatment.

 

17. Natural Perfume

 

Besides the therapeutic benefits, the essential oil made out of Lavender smells great. You can carry a small bottle in your purse and from time to time dab a drop behind each ear and on your wrists. Reapply every now and then. It will help you smell great and keep you feeling relaxed.

 

18. Laundry Scent

 

Drip a few drops on a clean cloth or a coffee filter. Using it as a dryer sheet will let your laundry smell naturally fresh.

 

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19. Vacuum Hack

 

Put some drops of essential oil on a couple of cotton balls and place them inside your vacuum’s bag.  This way every vacuum cleaning round will leave a fresh lavender scent behind all over your house.

 

20. Linen Closet Helper

 

You can use essential oil made out of Lavender not only to let your linen smell fresh but also to repel moths and other insects. Just add a few drops to a cotton ball and leave it in the closet. When the scent fades add some new drops to the cotton. You could use dried Lavender flowers to repel moths too.

 

21. Pet Spot Deodorizer

 

The smell of a pet spot can be disturbing you even when the spot is gone. To get rid of the odour, just add a few drops of essential oil to a handful of baking soda. Sprinkle it over the spot and leave for about thirty minutes before vacuuming.

 

22. Steam Treatment for Cold & Flu

 

The inhalation of oil made out of Lavender could help you out when you need to ease your breathing. Add a few drops of the essential oil to a bowl of hot water or to a special inhaler, put a towel over your head and inhale the steamy air. This will not only open your sinuses but will also relax your mind.

 

Where can you buy Lavender essential oil?

 

This essential oil is one of the most widely available oils. You could buy it at your local health store, such as Holland&Barrett. You could also order it online via Amazon or other shops as Iherb.

 

Is this essential oil safe?

 

Next to the benefits, there are also some side effects of this oil you should be aware of. These side effects include skin irritation or an allergic reaction, so doing a patch test before use can save you some trouble.

 

Is Lavender oil safe during pregnancy?

 

Pregnant women should be very cautious when considering the use of any essential oil. Many experts advise avoiding all essential oils altogether during the first trimester of the pregnancy. I will also advise you to be very careful and skip this oil for now if you are pregnant.

 

Conclusion

 

I hope that now that you got to the end of this blog article you have enough ideas on how Lavender essential oil may serve you best. But you possibly have had already some experience with it. I would love it if you would like to share your experiences with me and the other readers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Lavender Oil?

This oil is an essential oil produced as a result of the distillation of the flower spikes of certain species of lavender.

Is Lavender oil good for your skin?

Because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, this oil could be very beneficial for your skin.

Is Lavender oil good for your hair?

It has been used since ancient times to reduce hair loss. According to a study, this essential oil promotes hair growth and prevents thinning.

How does Lavender oil help sleep?

Since the ancient times, this plant has been known for it’s soothing and calming properties. One of the first scientific investigations on the effect of Lavender on people with insomnia has shown that it improves the quality of sleep.

Will Lavender oil help against mosquito bites?

It is a good mosquito repellent. A simple mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and Lavender esssential oil will help you get rid of mosquito.

   

 
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