If your cupboard had just enough space for only one essential oil, have this one. Lavender is an essential oil that can uplift your life (and mood) and heal in a variety of ways. It’s a great weapon to have on hand at all times!
Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils. Having a bottle of lavender oil around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and instant mood lifter. The fragrance is calming and balancing, both physically and emotionally. Though most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin issues. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations.
Here are some of the numerous ways lavender oil can change your daily life:
Benefits for skin
- Lavender as a Toner
Lavender tones and firms your skin. Add a couple of drops of the oil to any other oil or massage cream and massage your face. Regular use reveals a toned facial skin.
- Antiaging effect
It boosts the circulatory system, thus increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. This results in lowering the signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines. For this purpose, you can add 3 drops of lavender oil to beaten egg white. Apply it on your face for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
- Foot and hand soak
For treating tired feet or sore dry hands, you can prepare a lavender hand/foot bath by adding 4-6 drops of lavender oil to large bowl of warm water and soak your hands and feet in it for approximately 10-15 minutes. It also helps any skin infection you might have on skin or hand.
- Bee sting / Insect bite
Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
- Minor burn
Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. After running cold water on the burn for about 10 minutes, put a few drops of neat lavender oil onto the burnt area. This will greatly assist the healing process. ONLY use lavender. Remember serious burns must be seen to by a doctor. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Canker sores
Applying two drops of lavender oil to the affected area three times daily can improve canker sore healing and reduce canker sore swelling and pain.
- Cold sores.
Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.
- Eczema / Dermatitis
Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or other carrier like coconut, sesame, etc. and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
- Dry or chapped skin
Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
- Chapped or sunburned lips
Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
- Hair loss
Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss (alopecia areata). There is some evidence that applying lavender oil in combination with oils from thyme, rosemary, and cedar wood might improve hair growth by as much as 44% after 7 months of treatment.
Benefits on Mood
Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, and then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way to your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Quick and easy to use in places like offices or during travel.
- Sleep aid
Use the same cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep. In folklore, people often filled their pillows with lavender flowers to enable them to sleep peacefully.
- Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
Lavender essential oil is effective in curing anxiety and depression through its calming, sedative and anti-convulsive effect. It is often used in herbal remedies for promoting relaxation and treating restlessness.
Benefits for Health
- Nausea or motion sickness
To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
- Cures Headaches
Lavender has proven to be effective in providing relief from migraine headaches and preventing the onset of a new headache. Massaging your temples, neck and forehead with lavender oil relieves neck and head tension and promotes relaxation, thus curing a variety of headaches like migraines.
To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
- Hay fever
Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
- Bloat Buster
Lavender contains polyphenols that helps to get rid of bloat. If you suffer from bloating, you can add a drop of lavender oil on to your Greek yoghurt or tea. This will reduce bloating as well as facilitate proper digestion.
- Relieves Aching Muscles
Lavender bath is great for relaxation and relieving tired, aching muscles. You can add 6-8 drops of lavender oil to your bath water for giving you a relaxing effect. You can even add lavender oil to your regular massage oil like olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil and use for body massage. It will soothe your nerves and muscles.
- Lavender Steam Inhalation
Lavender steam inhalation is great for cold and flu. add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the vapor. Keep your eyes closed. Continue to breathe deeply for a few minutes, occasionally removing the towel and your head from above the bowl.
- Natural Perfume
Lavender oil is a healthy and chemical-free alternative to perfumes and colognes. You can dab a litle oil at the back of your neck or wrists to smeel and feel good.
- Flavor booster
Add a few drops of lavender to any recipe you want to enhance. Add to your water or tea, brownies, bars, cookies, dessert recipes, raw chocolate or salad dressings. And enjoy!
- Insect repellent
Lavender oil is known to be good to keep away mosquitoes. Use the oil in an aromatizer or soak a few drops in the curtain or upholstery! Fragrant room with no mosquitoes. Place a few drops on a cotton ball for closets and linen drawers to ward off insects and moths.
- Room freshener
Excellent as a room freshener, use lavender oil as specified in the point above. No aerosol sprays, no harmful chemicals, just luxurious fragrance that calms and lifts your mood and makes your den a haven of peace.
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