Did you know that Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family? It is true! There is a lot of history behind the use of lavender oils in both Rome and Egypt, and I find it fascinating that the benefits of Lavender oil have been tested and proven beneficial for centuries. Both the Romans and the Egyptians cherished the power of Lavender oil and used it for many different reasons. But again you ask, What is lavender oil? You know what the lavender plant is, but you what to know more about this oil everyone is talking about okay okay, I'll answer your question :).
Lavender oil is an essential oil acquired by distillation from the flowers of the lavender plant. Lavender oil, has been used since the days of the Egyptians as a perfume, and can also be used in aromatherapy. The scent of lavender oil has a soothing effect which may aid in calming and relaxation. It is also said to help support the reduction of stress and anxiety.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lavender has an approximate ORAC of 3,669 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
There are many uses for lavender oil that may surprise you. While it is terrific for anxiety and stress, you can also use lavender essential oils for:
- Minor burns - Apply 2-3 drops to the affected area
- Sunburn - As with minor injuries, apply a few drops to distilled water and pour over the area. (We have personally used lavender for sunburn, and it worked very well for our daughter as it helped ease the pain from the burn.)
- Dry Skin and chapped lips - Apply a few drops and gently rub in. I use lavender essential oil with a carrier oil for both my face and lips, and I love it.
- Freshen up your closets, hampers, and drawers - apply a few drops to a cotton ball or make-up pad and place them in homemade lavender sachets in your cabinets and drawers as well as the bottom of clothes hampers. This also helps repel moths and other insects and smells a thousand times better than mothballs.
- Relieves itching from insect bites and bee stings.
- Motion sickness and morning sickness - Kick this nausea to the curb by using a drop of lavender oil. You can put it on the tip of your tongue or behind your ears.
- Hair growth - Lavender oil is supposed to help with hair growth, and my husband swears it's working. I'm not going to lie, I see his hair now, and he was going bald. I think the lavender oil for hair loss works best on people who still have living hair shafts. If hair loss is caused by stress, then hair regrowth is usually possible, and it makes sense that lavender oil would help with hair growth because it calms the anxious. My husband started using the same lavender essential oil with a carrier oil that I use on my face on his head, and within a few weeks, we both started noticing more hair. I don't know if he was less stressed or what, but we were both shocked when we looked online and read the claims that lavender oil helps with hair loss. Pretty cool if you ask me!
-Cooking with lavender oil is something that I have not yet tried myself, but I have heard great things from people who have. I will have to mix up some lavender recipes to share with you soon.
- Minimizes the appearance of scar tissue. Massage the scar daily with lavender oil and be sure to record your results with photos. If you do this with a scar or stretch mark, please send me the pictures, as I would love to share this with my readers.
- Laundry Use a few drops on a wet cloth in the washer or a dryer sheet in the dryer. We have always used lavender fragrance detergent and dryer sheets, so now we add our own!
Now we can get to the main things people usually relate to lavender oil. Rest Relaxation Sleep those are all wonderful things, and our entire family loves using lavender oil before bedtime. Here are a few things we do to relax with lavender.
- Rub feet with a few drops of lavender oil, my husband says this is most effective when paired with a foot massage ;). My children would agree!
- Rub a few drops into your hands and then onto your pillowcase (we also do this for our children)
- Diffuse and inhale lavender. This has to be my favorite way to enjoy lavender oil. I love putting it in the diffuser and sleeping peacefully through the night. I have to say that not only does lavender oil help me sleep, it causes me to sleep longer. I used to get up every day at 5:30-6:00 after using the diffuser for a few days I was able to sleep in, and I haven't done that since I was a teenager!
I recently purchased the Young Living Lavender and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner so I will post a review of that as soon as I test it out for a week or two!
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