Lavender is my go to essential oil for almost any ailment. If a person comes to me for a natural remedy for something, but they are not feeling very adventurous about the lesser known herbs I know I can usually turn to Lavender or Chamomile as a solution.
Lavender is known to be a very calming herb. The gentle aroma tends to bring on a relaxed calm state and bring the body into a place of balance. Its floral scent has been treasured for centuries and has commonly been used as a purifying, balancing and cleansing herb.
“It promotes consciousness, health, love, peace and a general sense of well being. It also nurtures creativity.” – Modern Essentials Third Edition
There are about 25 different species of Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia is most commonly cultivated for the precious oil. Lavandula allardii has the beautiful lavender scent and is great to grow at home for the beautiful smell, and so you can harvest the flowers for teas. This is what I have growing out in a pot on my porch.
Lavender has many health benefits. If there is ever a question about what you should use for X ailment, grab your bottle of lavender essential oil and you will probably see a benefit. Lavender is one of the few essential oils you can apply neat on just about anyone. It is a very safe and gentle oil. I use it on the kids all the time for just about everything.
Lavender’s properties are(1,2): Analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative and sedative.
Common uses include(1): Agitation (calms), Allergies, Atherosclerosis, Bites/Stings, Blisters, Boils, Burns, Calming, Cancer, Chicken Pox, Concentration, Convulsions, Crying, Cuts, Dandruff, Depression, Diabetic Sores, Diaper Rash, Diuretic, Dysmenorrhea, Exhaustion, Fever, Gangrene, Gas/Flatulence, Giardia, Gnats and Midges (repellent), Grief/Sorrow, Hair (dry), Hair (Fragile), Hair (Loss), Hay Fever, Hernia, Herpes Simplex, Hyperactivity, Impetigo, Inflammation, Insomnia, Itching, Jet Lag, Lips (dry), Mastitis, Menopause, Mental Stress, Mood Swings, Mosquito Repellent, Muscular Paralysis, Pain, Parasympathetic Nervous System Stimulation, Parkinson’s Disease, Phlebitis, Physical Stress, Poison Ivy/Oak, Post Labor, Postpartum Depression, Rashes, Relaxation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sedative, Seizure, Skin (Dry), Skin (sensitive), Skin Ulcers, Sleep, Stress, Stretch Marks, Sunburn, Tachycardia, Teeth Grinding, Teething Pain, Tension, Thrush, Ticks, Ulcers, Varicose Ulcer, Vertigo, Withdrawl, Worms, Wounds, Wrinkles.
This is how we use lavender daily in our home.
- It is in the diaper and eczema salve I make my children.
- I rub lavender essential oil on the bottom of their feet before bed to promote calm and relaxation. Since doing this with my daughter she has been sleeping through the night without interruption and sleeping for longer stretches of time. My 7 week old son also sleeps through the night, only waking once or twice to nurse. I am not sure if I got lucky, or if it is the lavender; either way I will take it!
- Add it to whipped coconut oil, lotion bars, or body butter for its soothing and beneficial skin properties
- I apply lavender to my husbands chest at night to help with his blood pressure issues along with other essential oils.
- I use the herb in the calming night-time tea I make when we are all wound up from a busy day.
- I have lavender flowers in my rice heating pad to promote muscle relaxation and to calm the whole body. The heating pad on my back was great when I was having back labor.
- You can combine lavender essential oil with coconut oil to help promote skin cell regeneration after spending too much time in the sun. According to some studies this might help fight skin mutation from sun damage.
- Dab lavender essential oil on bug bites or bee stings to relieve the itch.
- Scatter lavender flowers, plant lavender bushes, or use lavender essential oil to repel insects.
- Add it to your Oil Cleansing Method oil to help reduce redness, wrinkles, and improve cellular regeneration.
- Make a baby massage oil with 2oz of base oil (I like sweet almond, coconut or jojoba) and 5 drops of Lavender and Chamomile EO for a gentle, calming massage oil.
- Add lavender to your home made shampoo, vinegar rinse, or just a drop to your scalp after the shower to improve hair health, vitality, thickness, and help reduce dandruff.
- Use it to make Itchy Dog Oil for the dog who has dry skin or skin allergies.
- If you have ants in the house find where they are entering and line that area with lavender EO or flowers (I use flowers out side and EO inside for cleanliness sake). The ants are repelled by the smell.
- Add it to your natural cleaning products for anti-microbial properties and the delicious smell.
I could go on about the many many uses of lavender but I will leave it to you to do some more looking around.
If you do not have lavender in your “medicine cabinet” get it immediately. It is good for so many different things. This is where I get my herbs and this is the one of the only brand of essential oil I will use on my self and my children.
Is lavender a part of your medicine cabinet? It should be! How do you use lavender?
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