What is the first thing which comes to your mind when you think about Lavender? Is it the image of the lush summer days filled with the scent of sweetness? Or the expensive French perfume you just bought of your favorite Lavender scent?
This is when we ask you to stop being fooled by the calm façade of this beautiful purple beauty. Lavender contains one of the most potent remedies in the plant realm and a little bit knowledge about its uses can help you unlock its secret power for your benefit.
Suffice it to say, among all essential oils lavender is considered to be the most versatile one. Its chemical composition makes it immensely helpful for purposes ranging from aromatherapy, healing purposes, physical relief (like burns, fevers, headache, insomnia, migraines, insect bites, skin problems, scabies, menstrual cramps, earache, sunburn, eczema, among others ), emotional relief (like stress, anxiety, fatigue, nervous tension and used within meditational/ mood enhancing purposes as well)
Lavender oil is made out of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). An easy to grow, evergreen shrub, this plant is native to Mediterranean regions and northern Africa and presently grows throughout south Europe, Australia and US. This plant has been use for over 2,500 years and hasn’t lost its relevance even in this age.
While it was used for the purpose of purification of skin by adding it to bathwater by the Greeks, Romans and Persians, the Arabians and Egyptians preferred it for mummification and for use as perfume. In Greece and Rome, it took its place in the households as an all round cure, in Medieval and Renaissance Europe it played the role of a disinfectant and a deodorant.
Lavender consists of wonder molecules called esters, which are aromatic in nature. These molecules are antispasmodic, pacifying and tonic in nature which enable their marvelous healing properties.
The other molecules that it consists are responsible for its antiviral, bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers.
Of the multitude of therapeutic attributes of Lavender as discussed above, the most prominent and consistently reported benefits, is respiratory relief. As per many researches conducted worldwide, Netherfield Lavender Oil in its purest form proves to be of great assistance to the recovery and protection of the respiratory system.
In olden times, oil of spike Lavender was used as a solvent in oil painting. It has been useful over the time in alleviating low-level anxiety and sleep disorders due to SIlexan, an oral preparation of lavender oil.
A good quality Lavender oil has a slightly woody scent dominated by its trademark floral, pleasing and herbaceous smell. It can be colorless or can range from pale yellow to yellow-green shade.
Lavender is not short of its many magical and awe-inspiring properties which render it so many useful applications.
Lavender is used in treating stress and anxiety. It is also one of the most preferred oils in spas, massage, therapy and even meditations.
Helps in pain relief whether it be for purposes like headache, earache, menstrual cramps or migraines
Trust lavender oil for preventing the growth of disease causing microorganisms in your body. Be it cut wounds, insect bites, scabies, eczema, dermatitis or burns, lavender will do its magic right!
Lavender is excellent with its healing abilities, thanks to the complex and magical chemical composition that it has. It is soothing, calming, balancing for both body and mind, and most importantly revitalizing.
It heals all types of wounds and burns, treats psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and scabies.
It also has great respiratory benefits and over the time has been popularly known as an effective treatment of respiratory problems. Since the ancient times, it has been widely in use for this purpose. It promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, which can be helpful for all respiratory problems starting from something as basic as treating cough.
Used to treat nervous tension, insomnia, aching muscles, long haul travel and fatigue, it is a perfect antidote to your nerves.
Lavender oil can be applied to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing.
Widely used as a crucial part of drugs and medicines or applied directly as well for reducing inflammation.
Very useful for relieving menstrual cramps, or stomach, intestine and bladder related problems.
A very popular pain reliever, it has since centuries used for aches, pains, muscle stiffness, rheumatic discomfort and joint stiffness.
Helps in removing toxic substances from the body and enables purification
Instrumental in treating respiratory and heart related problems. Instrumental in treating cough, cold, influenza. Eases breathing is the event when lungs and sinuses are choked with phlegm. Also defens the system against airborne viruses.
It calms the nerves and improves sleep. Helpful for people suffering from insomnia.
Benefits and Uses of Lavender Oil
It is a very essential oil which is widely preferred in body care products such as soaps, perfumes, household cleaners and laundry detergent in present time.
- Soothing and calming purposes
Rub few drops of lavender oil in your palms and inhale the scent for soothing your nerves. Rub few more drops on feet, wrists and temples for instant calming effect. Also, you can use it while spa, massage therapy and meditation.
- Use it for inducing sleep
Either put few drops on parts of your body as discussed above and inhale it slowly and/or put few drops on your pillow. You can even spray it in your room for an overall relaxing experience.
- Insect bite or Bee Sting
Put few drops on the affected area immediately to stop the rubbing and itching sensation and reduce the swelling.
- Minor burn
Putting lavender oil on the burn decreases pain and prevents any redness, swelling or pain.
- Menstrual cramps
Women don’t have to hate that time of the month any more. Just carry lavender oil in your purse all time and whenever you get some space to relax, then massage few drops of lavender oil on your abdomen and lower back or sprinkle some drops on a hot compress and apply it to that area.
- Use it whenever you feeling giddy or faint or for alleviating the symptoms of nausea, motion sickness or palpitations.
You can give yourself a good forehead massage. You can also dip a small cloth in cold water, sprinkle few drops of lavender onto it and massage on your forehead, temples and nape of your neck.
- Eczema/ Dermatitis
Either mix drops of lavender oil in calamine lotion or apply directly over your dry, itchy skin and feel the wonders of this oil within minutes.
- Cuts and wounds
It not only soothes pain but also prevents bacterial infection and helps heal the scars as well.
- Moths, midges and mosquitoes
Lavender repels these insects as they hate the smell of it. Before you go outside after sunset or go to bed, you can apply few drops on your body and feel relief from insect bites. You can even replace your mosquito repellant, which has been recently in news for being harmful for human body, by soaking a cotton ball in lavender oil and place it in a saucer in front of your window or in your room.
Add it to your bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment before you wind down prior to bedtime.
- Healthy Hairs
Say goodbye to depressing invaders. Lavender helps kill lice, nits and lice eggs. It also treats hair loss so you know why every household is incomplete without this oil on the shelves.
- Improves blood circulation
It is advisable for hypertension and also lowers elevated blood pressure levels
- Stimulates urine production
By stimulating urine production, it brings back hormonal balance, prevents inflammation of urinary bladder, relieves cramps and helps prevent other forms of urinary disorders.
- Improves digestion
It helps stimulate the mobility of intestine and improves the production of bile, gastric juices which further helps in treating stomach pain, flatulence, indigestion, vomiting, colic or diarrhea.
Lavender Oil for Hair
The list may seem long but isn’t complete. Yes, you read it right! Lavender oil is also regenerative which means that if you love your mane, you just got another reason to fall for this wonder oil. That is why it is found in hair formulas and products for all types of hair and scalp condition. Which means that even if you are using it directly, you don’t have to worry if it suits your hair type or not or will it be beneficial for your hair/scalp condition as well.
You would be surprised to know that a team of dermatologists at Scotland found after testing 44% alopecia patients (an autoimmune disease in which the body rejects its own hair follicles as foreign objects and leads to massive hair loss), that applying lavender and other essential oils on the scalp daily for seven months led to new hair growth. Hurray over the victory against the disease.
This is so also because lavender oil is circulatory stimulant, which ensures that it benefits the skin as well as scalp. It can help you grow strong luscious hair in no time. Also if you are experiencing hair loss due to emotional or psychological reasons, then the healing and relaxing qualities will help you overall and aid in preventing hair fall and hair damage.
For a person suffering hair loss by Alopecia:
- Use organic lavender shampoo and hair conditioner. Make sure that the ingredients contain only pure lavender oil.
- Buy 100% pure essential lavender oil and a carrier oil like coconut oil from market. Mix them in bowl.
- Now massage this mixture on your scalp daily. It will not only nourish your scalp but also promote healthy hair growth.
Why Lavender Oil works so well for your hairs?
- It tackles the problems of hair loss and additionally aids hair growth.
Now that’s a two prong benefit and you don’t have to worry about using different oil for different benefits. You get both the benefits at one go.
Today’s busy lifestyle causes compromise in our diet and adds stress and depression in our lives. Our demanding situations led to a downfall in our health and this leads to hair loss among many young men and women. In such a scenario, lavender oil serves as a natural cure and combats the problem from within. It acts like an indirect cure since it relaxes your nerves from within and increases the blood circulation of the body thus indirectly leading to healthy hairs.
For improving the blood circulation of your body as well as scalp, indulge in regular lavender aromatherapy.
- It acts as an excellent hair conditioner.
A lot of hair products use lavender oil as an essential ingredient due to its ability in stimulating hair growth. You can either directly purchase such products from the offline and online stores or you can do the magic right at home by mixing the pure essential lavender oil with your conditioner while applying it to your hair. If you are not short of time, then you can also make a homemade lavender oil conditioner using other ingredients.
Take 1/4th cup of dried lavender and boil it in 2 cups of water. You can even add the ready to use lavender oil in the formulae if you wish to make it strong. While bathing you can rinse your hair with the mixture and leave it for approximately for 15 minutes. This treatment not only helps keep your scalp hydrated but also helps in controlling dandruff.
- This is a blessing in disguise for those with dandruff problems and itchy scalp.
How embarrassing can it be if you are with your date finally getting to spend time after all that effort and there your hands are, busy scratching your head like an idiot. The flakes falling on your shirt are not a welcome sight either.
Don’t worry since lavender oil comes to your rescue right away. Apart from hydrating and moisturizing your scalp, it also nourishes your scalp, which is why it is the perfect weapon against those dandruff bugging you for so long.
Take 15 drops of lavender oil and mix it to 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a container. Heat this mixture for few seconds and when it becomes warm enough, you can start with applying it to your scalp. Once you are done, cover your hair with shower cap and keep it like that for an hour before you finally wash it off.
- Say goodbye to those disgusting little creatures on your head You don’t want your beautiful hairs to be home to blood sucking lice and nits. Repulse them with lavender oil, since as much as this sweet and pleasing aroma appeals to humans, it is unbearable for them to inhale. Do the massage therapy for few minutes and let the oil stay for an hour. Shampoo your hair after the treatment. Comb your hairs once from scalp to the tips.
Proper ways of applying lavender oil to your hairs and scalp
Different hair conditions and expected benefits require you to use the oil in various ways. Below are different treatments to be used in appropriate conditions.
- For Treating Dry Scalp
You need the following ingredients:
* Lavender Oil *Water *Oatmeal *Rosemary Oil
Soak 1/4th cup of oatmeal in water for 20 minutes
ii. Pour 7 drops of lavender oil in it
iii. After that, add 5 drops of rosemary oil into the water
iv. Once the paste is formed, you can apply it directly to your scalp. Keep it for an hour and let it treat your scalp
v. Wash off your scalp with warm water
- For Stimulating Hair Growth
You need the following ingredients:
* Lavender Oil *Jojoba Oil *Basil Oil *Rosemary Oil
Mix 10 drops of lavender oil, 10 drops of rosemary oil, 5 drops of basil oil and 4 oz. of jojoba oil and store in a dark bottle.
ii. Shake the bottle well before each use such that the ingredients get mixed properly. You can use this for your massage therapy. Results will be seen after weeks or months of use.
Lavender Oil for Skin
Using pure essential lavender oil directly on your skin might not react well. Thus it is advised that you mix it with carrier oils or mix the pure oil with your face moisturizers or other face cosmetics. If you still want to use the essential oil directly to your skin, you can consult a qualified aromatherapist or any qualified skin expert. Lavender oil is useful for treating various skin problems.
- Say NO to warts Apply a drop of lavender essential oil directly on the wart. You can repeat this for thrice a week. Initially, the wart will appear reddish but it should drop off quickly.
- Treat any spots on your skin or use it for treating any skin irritation. Lavender oil is good for getting rid of any spots or acne on your face. It is so because lavender oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and thus it kills any unwanted germs on your skin. The anti-bacterial quality helps in killing harmful bacterias etc from the skin and the anti-inflammatory property helps reduce the size of the spot, any redness or swelling caused due to acne etc.
- Fear Sunburns no more. Also, burns don’t leave behind scars anymore!
-Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and healing properties so applying few drops of this oil on your burns will soothe the pain.
-It is anti-bacterial, thus ensuring that the burn remains clean and speed up the healing process.
For treating sunburns or providing a cooling sensation during heat, add few drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle of mineral water and spray it onto the skin.
Side Effects of Lavender Oil
This oil might not be suitable to everyone and some might develop an allergic reaction to it which is why it must be used with a word of caution. It is possible that if this oil doesn’t suit you then you can experience side effects such as headaches, vomiting, nausea, or may experience chills after inhaling or applying the oil topically. In such cases, it is advisable to use the oil in minute quantity beforehand to test the suitability and in case of any perceived uneasiness, stop the use immediately. Ensure its use under supervision of a physician in case of doubt or before any medicinal use. While applying lavender oil to hair or scalp, first apply a small quantity over a small portion on your hairs to see if any problem occurs. This is to check your suitability to the oil. So, next time you can dilute it mixing lavender essential oil with carrier oils like coconut, jojoba, castor, sunflower, olive, avocado oil etc but don’t dilute lavender oil too much since you might lose its benefits.
Also, lavender oil must not be used by pregnant women or nursing moms as the safety of this oil for these conditions haven’t been confirmed.
If you are taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and chloral hydrate then avoid the use of this oil as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.
Lavender Oil- Fun Facts
Lastly, some cool facts about lavender oil which demonstrate just how prominent has its use been over the centuries and reasons for you to marvel at as to how did it maintain its relevance even till today. It is not only an essential but even versatile oil and no household can survive its daily needs without this at all. Rather, this is probably the only oil which is widely known even in present age for its traditional as well as modern use. After all, which other oil has so well adapted to the needs and distribution of modern times?
- People have wondered since ages the secret behind the beauty of Cleopatra. But we will let you know on one. It is believed that she used a perfume infused with lavender to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
- Lavender originates from a Latin word “lavare” which means to wash or “livendula” which means livid or bluish, which explains well its pretty color.
- It is a very special plant since it has been widely mentioned in ancient and religious texts as well for its multitudes of marvelous qualities. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was one of the first people to document its healing powers back in 1990.
- Queen Victoria was apparently quite impressed by the Lavender which might be precisely why she made sure that all her furniture be polished by lavender based solution. And not just that, she also sipped tea infused with lavender to prevent her stomach problems and cure her headache.
- It was quite a lifesaver back during the London plague as well. People tied lavender around their wrists to fight all forms of infection and bacteria.
- It is every kid’s best friend. Lavender can be used for variety of purposes for the benefit of babies and small children, however it must be used only in a diluted form.
- It is one of the most popular oils used for annual festivals all around the world. Countries which have just the right climate for growing lavender, have lavender festivals held around the month of July, June or summer months.
- The rich and important throughout the history have been awed by this plant and some have even had a sort of fetish as well. Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755-1793) used lavender to scent the royal palaces.
- Though they may seem poles apart, but lavender and mint come from the same family.
- Before you devour your next spoon of yummy potpourri, you would be amazed to know that it is the most common ingredient used in potpourri worldwide.
- Nectar from lavender plants are useful for making high quality honey.
- Mostly lavender plants are blue or purple, but some even come in pink and yellow.
In the language of flowers, lavender can mean a variety of things- ranging from success, devotion, luck, happiness or distrust.
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