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What About Lavender Oil? An Amazing Way To Help You Relax

The popularity of essential oils has grown tremendously over the years. Of all the essential oils out there, one of the most popular, if not the most popular, is lavender essential oil. What about lavender oil? Why is it so popular? What does it have that people want? I will attempt to answer these questions in this post and tell you what makes it so popular.

The scientific name for the most commonly available lavender essential oil is Lavandula angustifolia. The word lavender comes from the word Lavare, meaning “to wash”. It’s in the Lamiaceae family. Lavender is a woody evergreen shrub with slender, green leaves and grows to about three feet tall. Out from the shrub grow stalks of violet-blue flowers with a sweet, floral aroma.

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Lavender originated in the Mediterranean region and is also native to North Africa. It can now be found throughout the United States, Australia and southern Europe. The oil from lavender is produced in many countries; England, Australia, Greece, and Bulgaria, just to mention a few.

People started using lavender over 2500 years ago. It was used in ancient Egypt for mummification by wrapping the body with cloth dipped in lavender. The ancients used lavender for cleansing baths. During the Black Plague in the 14th-17th centuries, lavender was used to protect people from the disease.

Some Other Tidbits About Lavender Essential Oil

EXTRACTION METHOD:

Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers using the steam distillation method. The oil is found in microscopic glands on the outside layer of petals and on the inside layer of petals. The leaves, stalks, and branches also contain the oil. The best time to harvest is when the flowers are in full bloom.

The highest quality oil comes from the first distillation of the flowers and is clear in color. Lesser quality comes when flowers are distilled more than once and produces a pale colored oil. This oil has a stronger scent, but not as pleasant as the first distillation. This helps determine the value of the oil.

The value of the oil is also determined by the pressure and temperature being applied to the flowers during the process. It’s important to note when shopping for the oil, the highest quality lavender essential oil has the clear color. If you can find out about a company’s production process, that would be most helpful as to the quality.bunch of lavender

OIL COMPONENTS:

Lavender oil consists of over 150 chemical components. The most dominant components are linalool, linalyl acetate, lavandulyl acetate, t-p3-ocimene, a-terpineol, nerol, neryl acetate, and beta-caryophyllene. Those are just the major ones. It also contains camphor and esters. There are many more low percentage components that make Lavender essential oil what it is.

BLENDING:

Lavender essential oil is in the floral scent category of oils. It has a sweet floral fragrance with hints of herbal, balsamic, and woody. Because of its sweet, floral fragrance, it is very popular in the perfume and body spray industry. In the note category, lavender can be either top note or middle note that makes up 50% of a blend.

Lavender essential oil blends well with these oils:

  • Woody family: cedarwood, cypress, pine, and juniper.
  • Floral family: chamomile, geranium, palmarosa, and rose.
  • Camphoraceous family: eucalyptus, ravensara, tea tree, and peppermint.
  • Earthy family: Patchouli, oakmoss, and vetiver.
  • Spicy family: black pepper, clove, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Herbal family: clary sage and marjoram.
  • Citrus family: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, and it actually blends well with most citrus.

Remember, when blending add middle and base note oils to get the best results.  See my post Blending And Essential Oils – Here’s What To Do.

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES:

The therapeutic properties of lavender essential oil are many. It’s well-known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, and antiseptic properties, and like many essential oils, it’s known for being antibacterial, and antimicrobial.

Along with those properties, it also has the following: antispasmodic, analgesic, decongestant, anti-viral, anti-convulsant, detoxifying, sedative, soothing, deodorant. All of these properties provide us with so many health benefits, because of all the components that make up this oil.

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Lavender is a very mild oil with a pleasing scent and because of this it is considered to be the universal oil for almost anything that ails you. The oil has calming and relaxing properties which can help with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and restlessness. By diffusing 20 drops of lavender oil twice a day you can relieve those issues.

Here are more of the many benefits of lavender essential oil:

  • Gives relief to respiratory conditions such as whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis
  • Helps in the healing of wounds and burns
  • For healthy hair, by helping reduce dandruff and can improve hair loss from alopecia and promote hair growth
  • Relieves pain from muscle soreness, sprains, rheumatism
  • Treats skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Helps with digestive issues, i.e. gas, nausea, colic, abdominal cramps by stimulating the production of gastric juices and bile
  • Relief for headaches because of the analgesic properties it has and has been shown to reduce pain from migraines

Uses of Lavender Oil

There are several ways to use lavender oil, from aromatically to topically.

  1. Aromatically – When using the oil aromatically, there are several ways; by diffusing or by direct inhaling. Here are some ways to use the oil aromatically:
  • For relaxation, anxiety, stress: add lavender to your diffuser before going to bed; put a few drops on a tissue and inhale (or put some in an inhaler found here); rub into the palms of your hands and inhale; put a few drops in a spray bottle with distilled water and spray mist it around the room; inhale it directly from the bottle. These are also good to relieve PMS symptoms.
  • For pain in joints and muscles and for respiratory issues: add lavender oil to your diffuser and diffuse for a few hours at a time.

2. Topically – There are many ways to use lavender essential oil topically. Because lavender is such a mild oil, it can be applied directly to the skin. Here are just a few ways to use it topically:

  • For acne and skin conditions: mix 2 drops of lavender to 1 tsp witch hazel, soak a cotton ball with it, and apply it to the affected area.  
  • For an earache: use 1 drop and apply undiluted on the outer ear.
  • For muscle aches and pains: blend lavender with a carrier oil, 50:50, and massage on the afflicted area.
  • For digestive issues: use 50:50 blend of carrier oil and lavender and take in a capsule once a day with food. You can also massage the blend into the lower abdomen.
  • For headaches: use 1 drop and apply to temple and back of the neck, 1 drop per temple and neck.
  • For minor sunburn: mix 2 drops with 1 tsp water and apply to sunburn.
  • For insect bites: apply 1 drop undiluted to the bite. It will lessen the severity and swelling, as the oil is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
  • For hair health: Mix 1 drop of lavender essential oil to shampoo when showering. It helps to stimulate blood the hair follicles.

These are just a few of the many uses for lavender essential oil.

The Pharmaceutical industry uses lavender hugely for making antiseptic ointments, baby products, lotions, soaps, and, of course, for perfumes. Believe it or not, it is also used in foods and beverages.

Some Precautions

For the majority of people, lavender is one of the mildest oils to use. However, there are those who may be allergic, so use caution if you have skin sensitivity.
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Several other things to be cautious about:

Medication: If you are taking a prescription medication for depression or sleep disorders, lavender can increase the effectiveness of those medications, so be cautious. Even the effectiveness of over the counter sleep aids may be effected. It would be better not to combine those with lavender essential oil. Avoid lavender oil if you are having surgery.

Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant should be safe with lavender oil (because of it being so mild) except in the third trimester; use caution and consult with your doctor about using essential oils while pregnant.

Children: Since lavender oil is such a mild oil, children should be safe using it. There has been concern, though, that lavender could affect boys hormonally, who have not gone through puberty. It is advised for parents to use caution about using lavender frequently with children.

Internally: lavender essential oil should be safe to use internally, except for minor gastrointestinal issues. If your gastrointestinal system is sensitive, caution should be taken when using lavender oil internally.

For My Final Thoughts

Lavender essential oil, as I mentioned earlier, is probably the most popular of all essential oils out there. What about lavender oil? Let’s review:

If you have trouble sleeping or are stressed, diffuse some lavender oil.
It’s good for insect bites, burns, wounds, and muscle aches and pains.
Hair health is improved by using it.
Lavender essential oil has been used for over 2500 years.

With all these great benefits, I invite you to try it out and see how it works for you. I would love to hear about your experience with lavender essential oil. If you have used it or when you do use it, let me know how it worked for you. Leave me a comment below and tell me about it!

As always, thanks for reading!

Lynn

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14 thoughts on “What About Lavender Oil? An Amazing Way To Help You Relax

  1. Hello Lynn,
    This post is packed full of great information about Lavender essentials oils. I get frequent headaches and I hate taken pills. My favorite part of your post is that I can use the lavender oil for headaches. Plus you tell me how much to use and where to use it. (use 1 drop and apply to temple and back of the neck, 1 drop per temple and neck.) I will most definitely give this product a try.
    Cheers!

    1. Jaywhon,
      It really is a great oil, as you read. My husband gets headaches once in a while(use to be more frequent) and once we discovered lavender oil, he hasn’t taken any Tylenol or anything like that. Just puts the lavender on and if it’s a more severe headache he will also use peppermint oil. Peppermint is a stronger oil than lavender so you have to be more cautious with it. But the natural medicines are so much better for you.
      Thanks for reading and please come back soon..

      Lynn

  2. I’ve primarily known lavender indicated for insomnia. Wasn’t quite familiar with the whole spectre of beneficial effects. Hair growth promotion could be interesting for many bald men. Also muscle pain treatment sounds interesting to me. As there are no hard data (clinical studies) in place, trying it out and making own experiences is the only way to see if it works.

    1. Felix,
      For sure, it’s good for insomnia. We diffuse it every night to help sleep better. As far as hair growth, there actually is a study that I failed to include in my post. You can find it here. I also found a study for pain relief here. . So there are some studies that have been done for various health issues that Lavender gives relief for. Check them out.

      Thanks for reading and please come back!

      Lynn

  3. Once I realized the amazing benefits of essential oils, I was hooked. Lavender oil happens to be my favorite because it helps with my anxiety, headaches and shoulder aches. And, the scent is beautiful. Thank you for the informative post.

    1. Hey, Kayla!
      So glad to hear that you use oils already. That’s pretty much what we use lavender oil for, too. This summer, though, the mosquitoes have been really bad and I have discovered lavender works really well for bites. I didn’t use it at the beginning of summer when I got really ate up. The bites were really swollen bad and itchy. I started using lavender several days after I got the bites and it gave some good relief. I got more bites recently and found if I put lavender on them right after I get them, they’re gone in just a few days. It was a great discovery.
      Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear more about how you use essential oils. Come back soon!

      Lynn

  4. Hi Lynn 🙂 I’ve read about essential oils lately. Lavender oil certainly has some great benefits. I love things that smell nice. it might work well for me for stress and also hair growth 🙂 You have a lot of things that lavender oil can help with. My question is: Would you know if it would help with neuropathy and numbness in the feet? I’d really be interested in knowing the answer. Thank you Lynn! 🙂

    1. Hi Rob!!
      Lavender oil is one of the top used oils, as it can be used for so many different issues. Yes, for stress I would recommend it. Put about 20 drops in a diffuser and let it go. It’s awesome! As far as the neuropathy, lavender can be used for it, but a combination of oils works better. Here is some information you can check out. You will find a recipe or 2 for neuropathy.

      https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/new-research-aromatherapy-massage-for-diabetic-neuropathy/
      https://drericz.com/essential-oils-for-neuropathy/

      Look at these and let me know what you think. A couple studies were mentioned.
      Thanks for reading!

      Lynn

  5. Hi Lynn,
    I found this page extremely interesting.
    To explain, in late September last year, my wife had a fall on the stairs in our home and suffered a severe brain injury for which she was given just 3% chance of surviving. The neurosurgeon explained that while in a coma she could have died or become a vegetable.
    The good news was that after 10 days, she regained consciousness and we were told her brain could take 12 to 18 months to repair. Her current issues are insomnia; restlessness; going into anxiety and depression; sometimes sleeping only 1 or 2 hours per night on the odd occasion up to 5 hours.

    Any hints would be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Ken Hart

    1. Hey, Ken!
      First off, I’m so sorry about your wife. So glad she came out of her coma. I want to say, thanks for reading. In regards to using lavender oil for her condition, I have a few suggestions. Lavender has a calming and relaxing effect. It helps with several of the things you mentioned your wife is suffering from; restlessness, insomnia, anxiety. Here are some ways you can use it. First of all, use an aromatherapy diffuser and diffuse 10-20 drops for a few hours at a time. For insomnia, let it diffuse while your sleeping. Something else you can try is to put some drops on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma. I have done that and kept the cotton ball in a plastic bag in my pocket and pulled it out when I needed to calm myself.

      Another suggestion is to blend 3 drops of lavender oil to 1 teaspoon almond oil in the palm of the hand and rub onto the neck. It can also be rubbed into the bottom of the feet at bedtime or anytime. Bergamot essential oil and Frankincense essential oil can be added to lavender for a greater boost. Make sure all of these are 100% pure and preferably organic. They all have calming effect and helps with all of those things. Anything you need, you can find through this website.

      I hope these suggestions have helped. Remember, I am not a professional so there are no guarantees on these suggestions. I can speak from experience on how they’ve helped me and on research I have done. Each person is different. It’s worth a shot since there are very rarely any side effects from lavender. Please keep me updated on your wife’s situation and let me know if you try lavender and how it works for her, or if you have any other questions. I pray the best for her. I appreciate you reading my article.

      Lynn

  6. I never knew that lavender oil has been in use for so long. If the Egyptians used it, then it must have been very good for your health. I always take it as a sign that something is good for you when the history is long. I guess our ancestors knew it was really, really healthy.

    I do have a question though. I read you can benefit by just having the plant around. You just grow lavender right next to your bedside and take in the sweet smelling aromas. Can I get the same health effects by just having the plant? I look forward to reading your answer.

    Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Alex,
      I feel the same way. Anything that’s been used for that long should be very good. You have to remember, they didn’t have any of the synthetic drugs that are so prevelent these days. It probably took a lot of trial and error before they found something that worked. It’s very interesting to know the history.

      As far as your question, I, personally, have not tried just using the plant like that. I presume it would be beneficial, as long as it had flowers on it. You would get properites from the flower aroma as it lingers in the air. The thing with the oil is that when the flowers are distilled to make the oil, the oil becomes a concentration of all the properties in the flower, nothing else, which is a lot more powerful. It’s very important that the oil is 100% pure from a reputable company, though. There are some companies that add other oils to cut costs. So, I think you can get benefits from just the plant, just not as effective as the oil itself. Plus the oil is good to use topically for various conditions from burns to insect bites. I think it would all depend on what you wanted to use the lavender for.

      I appreciate you comment, Alex. Thanks for reading. Come back again soon.

      Lynn

  7. Hi Lynn, I really enjoyed learning about the lavender oil. I have been using this incredible essential oil with many benefits for a long time now. I used it neat! It was very useful to learn about blending it with other oils and enjoyed learning about different ailments it can be used for. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Hey Rani,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the lavender post and that you already use lavender oil. We use it neat, also. The latest use was for mosquito bites. They usually swell up and when I put lavender on they don’t swell and help with the itching. We also diffuse it when we’re sleeping for a more restful sleep. Do you use any other oils besides lavender? I’m interested to know if you do and how you use them. Thanks so much for coming by and reading and come back again!

      Lynn

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