I want to go through oils individually to educate people on the uses, benefits, side effects and just overall information regarding essential oils… particularly today… Lavender.
I started with one of the most known, most popular and most used oils because those that are already using lavender oil are probably using it for a specific need but there is so much more to lavender oil.
I also started using lavender for a specific need.. relaxation and headaches. I have since become aware of many other uses and I have integrated them into my daily life.
It is true that lavender does help with relaxation and headaches but to break it down further, it helps eliminate nervous tension, disinfect, aid in blood circulation, relieve pain, open the respiratory tract and treat respiratory problems and so much more.
Lavender Essential oil is a natural bug repellent, it is particularly effective on mosquitos and flies as well as has anti-inflammatory qualities that reduce the effects of a bug bite. Lavender is one of the oils that can be applied directly to the skin and also through a carrier oil and is effective either way.
Lavender as talked about earlier is a relaxation “helper” which helps to induce sleep. This can be used in a linen mist or by adding lavender to a diffuser or directly to pressure points.
On that same track, lavender is used to calm nervous system issues(migraines, stress, muscle ticks) and anxiety by relaxing the nervous system. Studies have also shown that inhaling lavender can also cause increased cognitive function when mixed with rosemary.
Lavender is a natural antibacterial as well which allows it to help with acne problems, respiratory issues caused by viral and bacterial colds, flu, infections etc. Adding a small amount of lavender to unscented skin creams or ointments and increase relief and healing of acne, wounds or sores while inhaling, vaporizing or adding to a cream can increase the respiratory function.
Many people use their feet as a means for getting lavender or any essential oils into the system quicker as circulation carries it from there to the top of the body quickly.
Lavender as noted earlier in this post can be used as a bug repellent, this included lice, but it is very useful for the hair in general. Ingrown hairs, hair loss and growing stronger hair can be helped by adding lavender to a shampoo or putting it directly on the scalp.
The skin gets great benefits from lavender due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been added to other oils to treat eczema and stand alone or with vitamin E or coconut oil to treat dry skin, scars, cuts and sunburn.
I have used lavender in lemonade and ice cream and other recipes, however, many sites will state that ingesting lavender oils could be harmful, so for safety purposes you may want to use lavender plant stems for cooking or baking needs. It is a personal choice. If you choose to use lavender oils, or my suggestion is any oils, dilute them prior to ingesting.
I have added a few recipes for lavender… enjoy!
3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup dried lavender
ice, for serving
lavender, sprigs for garnish
3 cups water
4 cups fresh lemon juice (16 to 20 …
lemon slice, for garnish
Lavender Coconut Ice Cream2 cups heavy whipping cream