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Essential Oils are highly concentrated healing compounds. One of the world’s most popular essential oils is Lavender Oil. According to ancient texts, Lavender Oil has been used for over 2500 years for religious & medicinal purposes.
Lavender Oil has been proven to be nature’s antioxidant superhero. It has been shown to help our bodies’ produce three of our bodies most powerful antioxidants, Glutathione, Catalase, and SOD within 22 hours of using lavender oil according to researchers in China.
It takes 150 lbs. of lavender flowers to produce a one-ounce bottle of Lavender Oil.
On a Personal Note
Lavender Oil is my #1 go to Essential Oil around the house. I recently burned my hand in the kitchen. Yes, somehow I always seem to get burned or cut when I’m cooking. It is in my Top 5 Essential Oils that I have on hand at all times.
A few months ago, I had something cooking in the oven in my black iron skillet at 400*. I took it out of the oven (with oven mitts, of course) & put in on the stove. I put down the oven mitts, & without thinking, (needed to move the pan) grabbed the pan with my bare hand & picked it up. Needless to say, I dropped it immediately.
It was so painful! I immediately put my hand under cold water & took off running to my bathroom (crying) & grabbed my bottle of Lavender Oil & doused my hand in it. Within seconds the pain stopped! I just knew I would have a huge blister (I’ve done this before) but to my surprise, it left no marks at all &the pain went away almost immediately. SHOCKING! This totally made a believer out of me! I make sure I have a bottle in the bathroom & in the kitchen next to the stove at all times!
Another way I am using Lavender Oil since I had ankle surgery recently & have 2 nasty scars. I mix a 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil & 1-2 drops ea. of Lavender Oil & Frankincense Oil & rub on the scars twice daily. I’m amazed at how well the scars are looking.
Ways to use Lavender Oil
There are 3 ways to use Lavender Oil.
1- Aromatically – Inhaling or Diffusing with a Diffuser – Essential Oils have the ability to pass through your cells, into your cells & kill viruses.
2- Topically – Apply 1-4 drops to the painful area. To cover a large area, dilute with a carrier oil & apply. Rub it on the bottoms of the feet to get into the system more quickly (the soles of the feet are very porous). Also on the neck is a very common area. Essential Oils are transdermal. You can put them on your skin & get many internal therapeutic benefits. You can also apply a warm or cold compress to the affected area after applying Essential Oils.
3- Internally -Only certain oils & in a specific form. Be cautious when using internally.
*Make Sure you are using 100% Therapeutic/Medicinal Grade – A self-established claim or certification used to describe specific standards held in practices of farming & processing. There a lot’s of brands out there. Do your research & make sure you are getting the best quality oils.
20 Uses for Lavender Oil
1 – Soothes Burns (minor)
Immediately run cold water over the burn, then gently rub Lavender Oil on affected area neat (no dilution). Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scarring.
2 – Reduces Symptoms of Dementia & Alzheimer’s
Add a few drops mixed with water in a diffuser & diffuse at least 60 min a day
3 – Improves Blood Sugar & Diabetes
Rub 2-3 drops to hands or bottoms of feet or on the neck.
4 – Improves Sleep
Diffuse before or during Sleep. Rub a couple of drops to neck & temples before sleep. Mix 10 drops of Lavender Oil & 1 cup of Epson salt in bath water & soak before bedtime. You can add a few drops on your pillow before bedtime. Read more here about getting a good nights sleep.
5 – Calms Anxiety, Reduces Stress & Depression
Add a few drops mixed with water in a diffuser &/or rub a couple of drops on the back of your neck & temples.
6 – Reduces Acne
Mix Lavender Oil & Tea Tree Oil & apply directly to the Acne. (if sensitive skin, mix with a carrier oil such as Coconut Oil) It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection & helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum which the bacteria thrive on & reduces scarring.
7 – Improves Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis & Rashes
Mix 1:5 ratio with coconut oil & or other carrier oil & rub into the affected area.
8 – Alleviates Headaches
9 – Soothes Cuts & Wounds
10-Reduces Blood Pressure
Diffuse a few drops &/or rub a couple of drops on the neck.
11- Reduces Risk of Stroke
Diffuse a few drops &/or rub a couple of drops on the neck.
12- Relieves Chapped Lips
13- Reduces Age Spots
Mix 1:1 ratio with Frankincense Oil & apply in the morning & before bedtime.
14- Relieves Ear Aches
15- Menstrual Cramps
Massage a few drops on the lower abdomen. Can also apply a hot compress to the area.
16- Aching Muscles
17 – Fatigue
Add 5 drops to a hot foot bath & relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are very porous & absorb the oil very quickly.
18 – Mosquitos & Insect Bites
Mosquitos hate the smell of Lavender. Rub on or spray on before heading outside. Mix 5-6 drops to 4 oz of water in a spray bottle. Rub on bites as soon as possible to help soothe itching & inflammation.
19 – Shingles
Combine a mix of Lavender Oil with an analgesic such as Peppermint Oil, an antiviral such as Tea Tree Oil & a scar preventing such as Frankincense Oil neat or with a carrier oil & apply to the affected area.
20 – Sunburn
Apply Neat or mix 8 drops of Lavender Oil & 4 drops of Peppermint Oil to a tsp. of Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, or Aloe Vera Gel & apply to the affected area. Mix 10 drops with about 1/2 c. water (distilled preferably), put in a spray bottle & spray on the affected area. Can also add about 10-15 drops to a vinegar bath. I like to mix about 40 drops of Lavender Oil in 4 oz. of melted Coconut oil & put in a clean jar to have on hand. It is good for 1st aid or for a nice skin oil.
*Lavender Oil is more effective than aloe vera for burns.
If you are taking prescription sleeping pills or antidepressants, be aware of the fact that Lavender Oil may increase the effectiveness of the medication. Even if you use an over-the-counter sleep aid or sedatives (cough or flu medicine), keep in mind that Lavender Oil can make you sleepy & drowsy. So it’s best to not combine Lavender Oil with other these types of medications or sleep-related supplements. If you are having surgery or undergoing anesthesia, you should avoid using Lavender Oil.
*For most people, using Lavender Oil is completely safe, however, there has not been an extensive amount of scientific research done on lavender oil interactions with other medications, or for its use in pregnant women, so there are certain situations where you will want to use caution.
How do you use Lavender Oil? Let me know below in the comments below!
*NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.