Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.
Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.
Many of us know lavender as the dried, fragrant purple flower used in sachets and potpourri. It’s time to give this hardworking flower more credit! Lavender essential oil has antiseptic properties that may help fight acne, and its scent is thought to promote relaxation.
•Relieve pain. It can help ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
•Treat various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds cuts and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.
•Improve your digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.
•Relieve respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
•Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
•Improve your blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
How to use it:
Have a bath
Make a calming bath by mixing a few drops with your favourite carrier oil and adding to warm bathwater. For a foot bath, reduce the amount of each.
Make a moisturizer
Mix a few drops into sweet almond oil for a subtly scented moisturizer or massage oil.
Try a DIY steam treatment
For a relaxing at-home facial, add 2 to 4 drops to 3 cups (750 mL) hot water and inhale (but be careful not to burn yourself).
Create a soothing skin spray
Mix a few drops with water in a spray bottle and mist on your face. Feel free to add other essential oils as well.