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October 09, 2018

What is Lavender Essential Oil?

Lavender essential oil is one of the most favoured oils around the market due to its versatility, where it provides a lot of benefits and uses. It has a sweet floral scent that brings comfort and feeling of protection which helps promote relaxation and better sleep.

Aside from the sweet floral and slightly camphorous aroma that it offers, it’s also remarkable for its medicinal properties and is significant to various industries, especially when it comes to personal care and cosmetics, where it is used in lotions, creams, soaps etc.

Know more about this soothing multipurpose oil and learn what are the benefits that it can offer for your wellbeing.

 

Origin of Lavender Oil

Lavender is a flowering plant under the mint family, with a scientific name of Lavandula angustifolia. It is native to the Mediterranean region and northern Africa.

Lavender is now widely distributed to different parts of the world including Bulgaria, United States, Australia and Asia, where it has over 30 species and hundreds of variations. 

The term lavender came from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash’. The use of lavender oil dated back since the ancient times. Romans, Greeks and Arabs put lavender essence in washed clothes, perfumes, baths, rituals and cosmetics.

Lavender oil is extracted through steam distillation of the flowers of the plant, where about 16 kilograms of lavender are needed in order to produce one 15ml of lavender essential oil.

 

Chemical Composition of Lavender Oil

      ● Linalool                ● Linalyl Acetate                  

      ● Eucalyptol            ● Lavandulyl Acetate

      ● Camphor              ● Alpha-Ocimene     

      ● Terpineol              ● Limonene

 

Essential Uses and Benefits of Lavender Oil

1. Skin Health. A natural moisturiser which helps fight acne, treats dry, irritated and sunburned skin. Also, improves your complexion by reducing dark circles, spots and wrinkles in your face. 

2. Natural Painkiller. An effective natural painkiller which helps ease migraine headaches, muscle tensions and joint pains. Also proven to treat menstrual cramps and sprains.

3. Sleeping and Relaxation.  Aids sleeping disorders like insomnia and restless leg syndrome since it's a natural alternative to sedatives and sleeping pills. Also, ease nervousness, high blood pressure and increased heart rate.

4. Healthy Hair and Scalp. Prevents hair loss and balding for it can help remove dandruff and promotes hair growth. Aside from promoting hair regrowth and dandruff-free scalp, it can also get rid of head lice. 

5. Hay Fever. Lavender essential oil is one of the most effective oils that give instant relief and treats hay fever symptoms. It can also treat seasonal allergies since it is a natural antihistamine. 

6. Reduces stress and anxiety levels. Helps reduce your stress and anxiety levels due to its natural calming effect. It will soothe your mind and body if you are fatigued and ease mental stress.

7. Has Healing Properties. Anti-inflammatory and contains healing properties which can ease insect bites, cuts and burns. Aside from disinfecting wounds it also speeds up the healing process. 

8. Immunity Booster. This oil has been proven to help strengthen and boost your immune system to make you safe from different kinds of infections and airborne diseases. 

9. Natural Cleaner. Has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can be used as a natural cleanser. Also, can clean and disinfect which can help you deodorize the air, your kitchen and bathroom.

10. Aids Digestion. Proven to treat digestive disorders such as loss of appetite, flatulence and upset stomach. Also, helps in promoting healthy gut and the normal balance of intestinal bacteria. 

     

    Directions for Use

    Just always remember that natural substances are not always safe and require proper usage, that’s why it is very important to always follow directions on product labels. Also, consult your healthcare provider and ask for professional advice before starting to use any kind of product that can affect your health.

    For essential oils, proper consultation and assistance are needed from a qualified aromatherapist. Aside from the different benefits that you can get from lavender essential oil, it can also be used in various ways. Some of these are:

    • Diffuser. Add the desired number of drops of lavender oil or mix with other essential oils in your diffuser. This will promote tranquillity and a restful night’s sleep.
    • Massage. You can mix 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, then gently massage over the skin to revitalize your body or soothe menstrual cramps.
    • Spritz. Add at least 5 drops of lavender oil to a 100ml spritz bottle filled with water. Then, shake well before spraying to your body or pillows to promote relaxation.
    • Inhalation. You can inhale the oil inside the bottle or put a few drops on your handkerchief, it will help you ease your nervousness and stress levels.
    • Bath. Mix 3 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil with one tablespoon of any carrier oil or 1 cup of Epsom salts on your bath water for a relaxing bath after a tiring day at work.

     

    Recipes

    Try these Lavender Essential Oil diffuser blends:

    For Restful Sleep

    -2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    -3 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
    -2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

     For Tranquility

    -3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    -3 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
    -2 drops of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

     For Stress Relief

    -5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
    -4 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
    -4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    -3 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

     

    Precautions and Side Effects

    Hypnotics. It is advised not to use lavender essential oil when you are using hypnotics, sedatives or benzodiazepines as it can increase the effectiveness of the drugs which can cause serious side effects that can lead to drowsiness, slow heart rate and decreased respiration. Hypnotics include diazepam, amobarbital, chlordiazepoxide etc.

    Hypotension. Lavender essential oil is not appropriate for individuals who have low blood pressure or hypotension due to its hypotensive effects which can contribute to the dropping of your blood pressure readings. 

    Sensitive Skin. It can cause an allergic skin reaction, so make sure to do a skin patch test before applying to your skin. 

    Do not take orally. Keep out of reach of children. Large intake of lavender essential oil has been associated with vomiting, diarrhoea and anorexia.

    Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.

    References:

    AromaWeb
    Healthline
    WebMD
    Dr.Axe

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