Lavender Essential Oil is the concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds, steam distilled from the lavender plant.
Lavender has been used for centuries to help heal various ailments from minor cuts, bruises and burns to chronic diseases like rheumatism, asthma and dermatitis.
The immediate attraction and use of lavender essential oil is in the perfume
industry for its fresh, sweet and slightly fruity floral smell.
In aromatherapy, lavender is often used to combat depression, stress, and fatigue. I've pulled together my top 3 uses for lavender essential oil but do your research, there's hundreds more out there!
Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillows or add to an aromatherapy diffuser to beat insomnia. Add a couple of drops of lavender to a baby’s night time bath to help them sleep or sprinkle a few drops onto a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
Promote Respiratory Health
Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam to clear the nasal passages and airways. Avoiding contact with eyes, rub a few drops near nasal passages (avoid contact with eyes), around forehead and temples, and on the back of the neck for lasting relief from sinus pressure and inflammation.
Due to its anti-bacterial properties, lavender oil is an effective treatment for acne that also helps to balance sebum production and improve complexion. Add a few drops to an all-natural cleanser or moisturizer to help clear up acne and reduce scarring. A few drops of lavender oil added to a carrier oil can also help alleviate the itching and dryness caused by eczema. The same can be used to soothe minor rashes and other skin irritations such as those caused by excessive heat and humidity or environmental allergens.
NB: Always consult an authorized practitioner when using lavender essential oil as a health remedy or for aromatherapy.