Lavender Oil - Featured Essential Oil


Lavender essential oil has a refreshing aroma. Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. There are two different types of lavender: Spike lavender has broad spatula-like leaves; French lavender leaves are narrower with small dark flowers. Spike lavender contains a higher content of ceneol and camphor and produces three times as much oil as French lavender. The higher content of ceneol and camphor makes the oil less pleasing, however, and French lavender is considered the more fragrant of the two.

Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume, can also be used in aromatherapy. The scent has a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety and stress. Numerous studies have reported that lavender essential oils may be beneficial in a number of conditions, including migraines, headaches, depression, anxiety, mood swings, fear, and exhaustion. Lavender lifts spirits, stimulates appetite, and even dispels flatulence. Lavender has been found to be useful for eczema and dermatitis. When added to a vaporizer, lavender oil may aid in the treatment of cough and respiratory infection. Lavender oil may also be used as a mosquito repellent. Pets also benefit through lavender's healing properties and from its use as a flea and tick repellent.

Other conditions lavender has been used for include: heart palpitations, arthritis, joint inflammation, fainting, neuralgia, vertigo, insomnia, epilepsy and other seizures, rheumatism, sore muscles, sprains, colic, nausea, vomiting, toothache, acne, wounds, snakebites, hoarseness, loss of voice, allergies, sunburn and sunstroke, abscess, alopecia, asthma, athletes foot, insect bites, boils, burns, colds, colic, coughs, cystitis, earache.

Safety with Lavender Essential Oil

Holistic Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

Special Blends

Add these essential oils to 20ml (4 tsp) carrier oil.
  1. To soothe burns or sunburn
    6 drops Lavender
    2 drops Roman Chamomile
    2 drops Spearmint
  2. To ease backache in pregnancy (only after 6 months)
    2 drops Lavender
    2 drops Linaloe Wood (or Bergamot)

Supporting the Spirit

Lavender oil brings deep relaxation and encourages compassion and gentleness towards others.
  1. To calm emotional anxiety, take a bath with 2 drops of Lavender oil and 2 drops of Linaloe Wood oil (or Bergamot oil).
  2. To help relieve insomnia, vaporize 4 drops of Lavender oil and 2 drops of Sweet Orange oil.
  3. It can be mixed into salts to make lavender bath salts and then used in a calming bath.

Healing the Body

  1. To heal burns, sunburns or eczema apply a blend of Lavender, Roman Chamomille and Spearmint oil (see blend 1 above).
  2. To calm irritated baby skin, massage in a blend of 1 drop Lavender oil in 20ml/4 tsp carrier oil.
  3. It helps to relieve pain from tension headaches when breathed in as vapor or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed gently on the temples.
  4. To relieve muscular aches take a bath with 4 drops Lavender oil and 2 drops Vetiver oil.
  5. To ease backache during late pregnancy mix Lavender oil and Linaloe Wood oil (or Bergamot oil) in a carrier oil (see blend 2 above) and apply it to your back using a gentle massage.
  6. For acne, lavender oil will assist in controlling and relieving acne and other associated skin problems. Use blend 1 above.
  7. To relieve painful swelling resulting from a sprain, use a cold compress with 4 drops Lavender oil and 2 drops Yarrow oil (or German Chamomille).

Other Uses

  1. Facial cosmetic (use lavender water to clean makeup off and tone the face)
  2. Insect repellent and mosquito repellent. Lavender oil also has insect repellent properties when worn as perfume or when added to lotions, hair products or hair rinse.
  3. Ironing (use lavender water in the iron to give your clothes a fresh scent and prolong the life of your delicate linens).
  4. Lavender water/room spray (lavender essential oil).
  5. Washing floors (add a few drops of the oil to your floor washing water - great for timber, tile or slate floors).
  6. Pet wash (use lavender water in the final wash to keep your pet flea free).

General Information on Lavender and Lavender Oil

The herb lavender was originally native to Mediterranean countries. Today it can be found in Europe, Australia, and the southern portion of the United States. Currently Bulgaria is the major producer of Lavender essential oil but the oil is also produced in the UK and France.

Lavender is used in a variety of commercial fragrances, such as perfumes, soaps, and toiletries. Lavender is a major ingredient in the use of smelling salts. Lavender was once used as an insect repellant in the storing of clothes. Besides health and cosmetics, lavender is also used in flavoring foods such as desserts, gelatins, puddings, candy and tea. In some areas of the world, it is added to salads.

Sources

  1. The Essential Oils Handbook, Jennie Harding, Watkins Publishing, London, 2008.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender_oil
  3. http://www.naturalnews.com/028177_lavendar_herbs.html