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Lavender

Posted by Andrew Irvine on

Lavender is a household favourite and must for anyone’s essential oil collection. It is one of the oldest documented oils, dating back over 2500 years. Lavender was also used as a remedy for the Great Plague in London in the 17th century, while the ancient Egyptians used lavender for mummification and perfume

One of its definite attractions is its many uses, along with its comforting, sweet flowery aroma. It boosts aversatile array of benefits, from pain relief to relaxation.  It is well known for its ability to help you sleep, and well documented is its soothing abilities on treating burns and scrapes.

Here is a top 10 of ways to use Lavender oil:

HELPS YOU RELAX

Lavender has positive effects on the nervous system, and calms both your body and mind. It is great for soothing restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety.

SKIN CARE

Lavender’s name comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which means means “to wash”. As it has antiseptic properties it can create healthier skin and is recommended by dermatologists to treat acne.

RELIEVES JOINT PAIN AND SORE MUSCLES

As a calming and relaxing herb, lavender is great forsore muscles and joint pain. Massaged into your skin, lavender oil can relieve aching muscles or joint pain, and generally take the stress out of your body.

DISINFECTS CUTS, BRUISES, AND LIGHT BURNS

Lavender oil is effective on mild skin irritations such as burns and wounds as it has anti-inflammatory properties.  

SOOTHES INSECT BITES AND REPELS INSECTS

Lavender has healing antibacterial properties making it great for any type of infection or irritation, includinginsect bites and can reduce the itching and swelling of bee stings and other insect bites. Lavender is great for making your own mosquito repellent.

NATURALLY CLEANS

Lavenders has great antibacterial properties and is popular for making natural cleaning products.  

RELIEVES RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

Lavender oil also really helps to soothe the symptoms of some respiratory conditions such as the common cold and flu, cough, or sinus congestion.

SMELLS GREAT AS A PERFUME

If you love the lavender scent and aroma, go ahead and use it as a perfume! Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe. For the best aroma experience, make sure you’re buying a French Lavender product.

Lavender grows in many other climates as well. But if you are looking for that unique, original flower scent aroma, go with the French Lavender.

FOR HAIR GROWTH

Lavender oil can be used to treat hair loss in both men and women as it can help your hair growth as well as your hair quality. This oil also helps to kill head lice, and lice eggs. When rubbed into your scalp, it can even help with dandruff problems.

FOR PMS

Lavender essential oil can help create a sense of relaxation and lifts the spirits when suffering from the symptoms of PMS.  

With all these benefits, it most definitely earns its name as an ‘essential oil’.  

Disclaimer: All these potential uses are from years and years of people’s experience, not medically proven - please consult medical advice before using.