March 09, 2019 1 Comment

Each of the essential oils has qualities that are beneficial, but it’s likely you’ve seen lavender EO on lots of lists and websites. What’s lavender essential oil used for? Maybe the better question with a shorter answer is what is it NOT used for. Seriously, it is one of the most used of the essential oils and you’ll see its benefits being touted all over the internet. It might be easy to put lavender EO on a pedestal all by itself. It might even be worthy of the honor. One thing for sure, lavender is one of the essential oils you’ll want to have on hand constantly. It may not be a true panacea, but it’s in the running. Here are many of the primary things lavender EOis used for.

Properties of Lavender Essential Oil

One of the reasons lavender EO is one of the most widely used essential oils is it has so many therapeutic and healing properties. It has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-depressive properties. It’s also a powerful antibacterial oil which is why it is good to use for cleaning everything from wounds on the surface of the skin to your kitchen cabinets. Because of its sedative properties, lavender essential oil is often used as a natural sleep aid.

Most Popular Ways Lavender Essential Oil is Used

Since lavender EO is versatile and has so many uses, the top 10  ways it is used are listed here.

Lavender Essential Oil as a Sleep Aid.

Lavender oil is probably best known for its sedative properties. It’s often used to help with relaxation and sleep. It’s a more natural alternative to medication and it doesn’t come with any unwanted side effects. You can use it several ways to help you unwind after a hard day or to get a good night’s sleep.

  • Apply it topically by mixing a few drops of lavender essential oil with your choice of carrier oils. Then rub it on your temples, the wrists, behind your ears, and the front and back of your neck. You can also rub some on the soles of your feet as that is the fastest mode of absorption.
  • Diffuse it into the air by adding up to 10 drops of lavender essential oil to a diffuser. Running the diffuser just before you go to bed will calm you down and help you relax your mind. It can also be beneficial for improving your quality of sleep.
  • Take a warm bath with lavender. Add one cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender EO into a warm bath. It will help improve your circulation, detoxify the body, and relax you so you can get some good sleep.

Cleaning Your Home with Lavender EO.

There are literally tons of ways lavender essential oil can be used around your house. You can use it for lots of things from scenting soaps to cleaning. You’ll be able to get your house clean without worrying about exposure to harsh or dangerous chemicals. Try these ways to use lavender oil for cleaning.

  • Make your own disinfectant spray. Mix 1 ½ cups of hot water, ½ cup of white vinegar and 15 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray it on countertops, floors, and sinks to clean and disinfect.
  • If you want your laundry to smell fresh and clean and be free of germs, just add a few drops of lavender EO to your wash cycle.
  • Make your own chemical-free air freshener. Just add a few drops of lavender EO to your diffuser to naturally purify and deodorize the air. Since lavender blends well with a lot of the other oils, you can make your own blends. If you want a citrusy air freshener, add two or three drops of lime EO and grapefruit EO to lavender in the diffuser. If you want a deep, woodsy aroma, add cedarwood and lavender EO in the diffuser. If you have respiratory issues or a cold, then add lavender EO and eucalyptus EO to the diffuser to clean and deodorize the air.

Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Not only can lavender oil help improve your sleep quality, it can help reduce anxiety as well. Just a little bit of this oil can often help calm the nerves if you feel over-stressed. Some studies have indicated it’s an anti-depressant and can improve your overall mental health.

  • If you are feeling agitated or stressed out, just inhale lavender oil directly from the bottle. This can help you settle down. You can also rub some of the oil into the palms of your hands and hold them over your face and inhale it using long, deep breaths.
  • Lavender EO can be applied topically. If you feel the beginnings of a tension headache. Mix two or three drops with a carrier oil and then rub it into your temples, your wrists, and behind your ears.
  • You can also diffuse lavender essential oil to alleviate stress and help you wind down.

Skin Health and Benefits

Lavender EO is soothing and gentle which makes it one of the favored oils for skincare. It can calm irritations caused by sensitivities or allergies and help speed up the healing process. It’s a great option to use on a surface wound because of its antibacterial properties. It’s also good for helping heal and reduce scarring.

  • Add lavender EO to your current skin care products to begin to reap the benefits.
  • Make a natural body scrub by mixing together a cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of fractionated coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of grapeseed oil and 10 drops of lavender EO. Apply the mixture to damp skin and then wash it off with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

 

These are just a few of the many ways lavender essential oil around the house. It’s versatile, powerful and beneficial in many different ways.

 


1 Response

Ruth Hawk
Ruth Hawk

March 29, 2019

Would any of the oils be good for swollen, painful glands that come from mono?

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