Updated: Sep 15
Lavender for me is the Mother of Essential Oils. It is the most versatile and well known and it's benefits are literally endless. There is so much to this "middle-note" essential oil. For example, did you know it is great for spots, bites and burns. And it is one of the most powerful oils for boosting our immune system. (Who doesn't want a bit of that right now..?)
There are a number of ways to use Lavender oil and here are a few of them: add a few drops to a tissue (to carry with you), to an oil burner, to your bath water, to your pillow or to make a blend (with a base oil) for use as a body oil or perfume.
Lavender is known as a "balancer" oil, because it can help balance our moods, our hormones and even the production of sebum in our skin. It can help balances our moods, our hormones and even the production of sebum in our skin. Below are some of the Benefits of Lavender, and ways of using this amazing essential oil given to us by Mother Nature. Please be sure to read the contradictions at the end. For more information on aromatherapy and essentail oils please check the date of ournextworkshop.
First Aid can be used neat on cuts, burns, bites and stings.
High Blood pressure/ stress/ anxiety – best in a full body massage or in a bath.
Insomnia – Lavender is not as effective as Chamomile, but excellent as an alternative or part of a blend. Use in baths, burners or on sleeping clothes.
Migraines/headaches – best blended with Peppermint and used as a cold compress, massage into the temples or in a neck and shoulder massage.
Muscular aches and pains – Lavender is painkilling and antispasmodic. Best used in massages or baths.
Respiratory complaints – coughs, colds, chest infections etc. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, immunostimulant and painkilling.
Nausea – Burning Lavender or placing a drop on a pillow or tissue will ease this feeling.
Chicken Pox/ shingles – used in baths or blend with witch hazel as a dabbing lotion.
Skin Conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry/oily skin conditions. Lavender speeds up the healing process and balances the production of sebum. It is very relaxing and helps deal with stress and anxiety, which can aggravate or be a cause of many skin problems. Best used in a cream.
Emotions – useful for depression or anxiety, blended with other appropriate oils. A good emotional balancer, helpful for panic attacks, mood swings, and manic depression.
Thank you for reading this post, The Benefits of Lavender.
Love and Light,
Note on Contraindications of using Lavender
A contraindication is a specific situation in which an essential oil, drug, procedure or surgery should not be used, because it may be harmful to the person; and in this instance there are a number of particular contradictions to be aware of:
(A) Pregnancy - it is generally advised that all essential oils should not be used in the First Trimester of pregnancy, because they could potentially cause uterine contractions. Thereafter, as the pregnancy progresses, lavender and other essential oils (such as chamomile and ylang ylang) are considered entirely safe to use and all of which reduce anxiety, calm, relax and aid sound sleep.
(B) High Blood Pressure - Lavender may decrease blood pressure in some people. Using lavender along with medications used for lowering blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
(C) Sedative Medications - as Lavender may cause sleepiness and slowed breathing - one must be aware that using Lavender whilst taking sedative medications could cause breathing problems and/or too much drowsiness and sleepiness.