Lavender oil—the perfect essential oil?
No doubt about it… If you’re thinking about using oils, lavender oil is the best “starter” oil.
Lavender is so easy to use—and you can use it in lots of different ways.
That makes lavender essential oil a no-brainer.
Lavender oil is one of our favorites at OilSimple. Here’s everything you need to know about lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
Lavender helps you calm feelings of nervous tension and can help you with sleep.
You can also use it to soothe skin issues, such as rashes and acne. Why? Because it’s mild enough that you can put it directly on your skin without diluting it.
Other ways to use lavender?
Put a couple of drops in a diffuser to scent the air, mix it with your favorite skin care products—like lotions and bath oils—or use it in homemade household cleaners.
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Lavender: Fast fixes
Lavender oil for sleep
Put 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil on a tissue or pillowcase before bed to help you get more restful sleep.
Lavender oil for hair
Rinsing your hair with lavender and rosemary can help it feel thicker and smoother. For a recipe, try this Lavender and Rosemary Hair Rinse from doTERRA.
Lavender oil for acne
Lavender oil for anxiety
For centuries people have loved lavender because they have felt it calms and soothes.
To experience the same calm, try 2 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Bergamot and 1 drop of Ylang-ylang in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
Lavender oil for a headache
Rub a drop of lavender oil on each temple to help soothe headache symptoms.
Or add 30 ml of a carrier oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of marjoram oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil to a roller bottle and roll across the back of your neck and on your temples.
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Lavender oil: A closer look
Lavender essential oil comes from the flower of the plant and has a pleasant, floral smell.
In aromatherapy terms, Lavender is a middle note that blends well with almost any other oil and can help to pull a blend together.
Chemically, lavender is high in esters and alcohols. These are both gentle but powerful chemical families that are uplifting to the nervous system and healing for the skin and body tissues.
Lavender is a safe and gentle oil, which makes it a great choice in any blend especially with children and the elderly.
It can also help with sleep and can be used to soothe skin irritations.
Lavender essential oil: Blends and blending
Lavender blends well with almost any other oil.
Quick and easy
These doTERRA blends contain Lavender:
- AromaTouch – relaxing and comforting massage blend
- ClaryCalm – a soothing and calming blend for use during menstruation
- Peace – an emotional blend to help with feelings of anxiety and fear
- Serenity – a calming blend to help with stress tension and aid with sleep
- Elevation – an uplifting blend to help with mood and energy
- Immortelle – a skin blend to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote more radiant, youthful-looking skin
- PastTense – a fresh and cooling blend to help soothe tension and promote a sense of calm
You can also take doTERRA’s TriEase Softgels to promote clear breathing and protect against seasonal and environmental elements.
- When you have a headache – Add 4 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Eucalyptus, and 2 drops of Peppermint to a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.
- When you want to sleep – Combine 5 drops of Lavender oil with 5 drops of Wild Orange oil and 3 drops of Chamomile oil. Then put 2-3 drops of that blend into 5mL of carrier oil or a diffuser.
- When you’d like a more youthful look – Start with 30mL of carrier oil. Then add 6 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Sandalwood oil, 2 drops of Frankincense, and 3 drops of Bergamot. CAUTION: Because of the Bergamot oil in this blend, don’t put it on in the day and go out into the sun. Use it only as a night-time blend.
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Where does lavender essential oil come from?
Lavender oil is distilled from the flowers of the lavender plant, a shrubby evergreen bush. Lavender was originally grown at high altitudes in France. This is often known as True Lavender, but today there are different varieties grown in many other countries.
How do you use lavender essential oil? Here are six ways
Lavender is a gentle oil, making it one of the easiest, most accessible oils to use.
- Lavender is often used in aromatherapy as a nervine (used to calm the nerves) and calmative (used as a mild sedative). It can also be used as a carminative (used to relieve flatulence) and antispasmodic (used to help relieve muscle spasms) for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort.
- Try lavender for symptomatic relief of acne and boils, or to relieve minor skin irritations, cuts, and burns. Lavender can also be used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Use lavender essential oil when cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Drop some on your pillows or sheets as a part of your nightly routine, or rub it on the bottoms of your feet.
- For a fresh aroma, spray or mist lavender in a closet, on a mattress, in a car, or in a room.
- Add lavender to your bath water, or apply to your temples and the back of your neck before bed.
What are the benefits of lavender?
Lavender is a very versatile oil that you can add to a diffuser.
You can also put into a bowl of hot water to inhale the steam.
Or, drop lavender onto a tissue or your pillowcase before bed to help with sleep.
Add lavender to skin care products and baths.
Lavender is also safe enough to apply it “neat,” which means directly on your skin.
Can you take a bath with lavender oil?
Nothing says “relaxing” like a bath at the end of a stressful day. And there’s no better way to get the most out of that bath then to use an essential oil blend in your bath water.
Lavender can be used alone or added to a carrier oil or Epsom salts—simply pour it into your bath as the water is running.
Why is lavender essential oil good for your skin?
Looking at its chemical composition, Lavender oil is almost 50% esters.
These are chemicals which can have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary (wound-healing) and soothing qualities.
Lavender oil… Side effects? (No!)
Lavender has no side effects you need to worry about. It’s a very gentle essential oil.
As with all essential oils, however, be aware of possible skin sensitivity.
Keep out of reach of children.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Where to buy lavender oil if you want some
Learn more about buying essential oils.
Lavender: Next steps for you
If you’d like to learn more about lavender and other essential oils, register for this free OilSimple online class: “How to Make 2018 Your Most Natural Year Ever.”