Have you ever wanted to get into essential oils but aren’t quite sure where to start or where to find information? That’s how I felt about a year ago before diving into the magical world of oils! There are so many resources out there and dozens of essential oil companies that this whole thing can be pretty confusing! I’m writing this with hope that I may be able to help you ease into your essential oil practice. My goal is to simplify this information so that you feel like you’re able to digest everything fully, but so that you also feel very confident in your knowledge of different oils.
Today, I’m showcasing lavender essential oil because it’s one of the most common essential oils! It’s most known for it’s relaxing and soothing uses. I use this oil so much that I’ve almost finished 3 bottles and I’ve gifted many bottles to family and friends!
Here are some of the most well-known benefits of lavender essential oil:
- Calming for the mind
- Soothes emotions
- Comforting and uplifting
- Alleviates fears and anxiety
- Great linen refresher
- Sleep aide or sedative
- Eases pain and inflammation, muscle aches, strains and sprains
- Controls dandruff and lice, and relieves itchiness
- Aides in the control of allergies and asthma
- Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic
- Great for a variety of skin conditions, including acne, boils, bruises, chicken pox, dermatitis, insect bites, sunburn, stretch marks and other various wounds.
- Helps with anxiety and depression
- Relieves earaches, headaches, migraines, nausea and whooping cough
Here are a few ways you can use lavender essential oil:
- Diffuse in a diffuser or in an aromatherapy inhaler
- Create a calming candle
- Create a freshening linen spray
- Apply to the body to soothe sore muscles
- Apply to pimples to reduce inflammation
- Add to body and skincare products to gently scent the skin
- Take a bath with a few drops of lavender added to your water
- Use in a massage oil
In my opinion, one of the hardest parts about using essential oils is knowing what oils blend well together. Some scents work great together, while others clash, just like some benefits work well together, and others are counter-productive. Lavender is one of the most versatile aromas and blends well with so many oils. Here is just a small portion of the oils that blend well with lavender:
- Black pepper
- Fir needle
- Tea tree
Although essential oils can be so healing and grounding, there are definitely things to take into consideration before using each oil. Here are a list of precautions to think about before using lavender essential oil:
- Lavender may act as a sedative. Take caution when driving, using heavy machinery, or doing other activities that require concentration.
- Do not use lavender if you have an estrogen-dependent cancer.
If you’re looking for some recipe inspo, here are a few recipes I’ve created (both for my own blog and for the Simply Earth blog) that include lavender essential oil. I’ll continue to update this list as I create more recipes that feature this amazing oil!
- Natural Hydrating Makeup Remover
- Soothing Bed Time Bath Soak
- DIY Lavender-Honey Oatmeal Soap
- Essential Oil Sachets
- Aromatherapy Shower Melts
- DIY Tranquility Balm for Stress & Tension
- Do It Yourself Lavender Linen Spray
- All Natural Muscle Rub
I hope I’ve helped you understand a bit more about lavender essential oil! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
What other oils would you like to learn more about?
** I am not yet a certified aromatherapist. All content has been retrieved from reputable and reliable sources that have been listed below. This post also contains affiliate links that I may receive monetary compensation from.**
Essential Oils Natural Remedies. New York: Fall River Press, 2015. Print. The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing