The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Natural, effective, and freshly aromatic—nothing can compete with the benefits of lavender oil.
I first came across it when looking for something that was a natural, adequate disinfectant for my son’s toys and room. Lavender oil covers those bases, plus it smells fresh. (After all, the Latin word for lavender is Lavare which means “to wash.”)
Most essential oils are extracted by the process of steam distillation. Steam is used to heat water and plant material (lavender, in this case) at a carefully controlled temperature. Then, by cooling the vaporized water and essential oil, they are separated into floral water and essential oil.
Known as one of the most versatile of the many essential oils, here are just a few uses for lavender oil in your home:
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Lavender has been used for its cleaning abilities, even long before its antimicrobial properties were discovered! Add a few drops to whatever cleaning products you already use, or add 3-5 drop of lavender oil into 1 pint of water to use on surfaces around the house. It can also be added to water and vinegar for cleaning floors.
Stress or Agitation
Well-known for its fresh scent, lavender oil is effective in aromatherapy, working wonders for nerves and anxiety problems. Using it around the house, or even massaging it onto your body, can help relieve headaches, migraines, depression, emotional stress, and nervous tension.
Lavender is often used to treat insomnia because it naturally alleviates nervous exhaustion and increases mental activity. It has such a powerful relaxing property that it can sometimes even replace medications for sleep issues—when advised by a doctor, of course. Studies have shown sleep regularity increased when medication was replaced with a drop of lavender essential oil on subjects’ pillow cases.
To relieve those sore muscles after a long day, enjoy an Epsom salt bath with a few drops of lavender oil. Soak for about 20 minutes and your muscles will be thanking you in no time!
Lavender oil inhibits bacteria that causes infection leading to acne. It can also reduce the sings of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Simply add lavender oil to your skin creams and ointments to increase the potential for relief and healing.
To relieve minor burns, hold the area under cool running water for 5 minutes then gently stroke on lavender oil.
What to Look For…
Something to keep in mind when you’re shopping for essential oils is to read labels! The label should state that the oils have been gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) analyzed. This ensures authenticity, safety, and effectiveness. This is the best way to be sure the oil you select doesn’t contain any petrochemicals, fractions of cheaper oils, synthetic fragrances, or other degrading chemicals.
You can see by just the few uses I have listed here why essential lavender oil is one of the most versatile of the essential oils out there. Make sure you get some to have on hand in the cabinet. You’ll be using it all over your home before you know it!