photo by Lilly
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils. The fresh herbal scent of this
versatile and unique oil is one of the most well known and familiar in aromatherapy.
However, less well known is that lavender is also a powerful and effective herbal
remedy that is useful for many common health issues.
The properties of lavender include:
1. The analgesic and antiseptic properties of lavender oil makes
it an effective herbal remedy to ease the pain of minor burns.
Apply lavender oil undiluted to minor burns to relieve pain and
accelerate the healing process.
2. Lavender essential oil helps to relieve restlessness and promotes
restful sleep. Massage a few drops of undiluted lavender
essential oil into the soles of the feet immediately before going
to bed, or put a few drops on a tissue and place the tissue between
your pillow and pillowcase to help you “sleep like a baby”.
3. Lavender essential oil is very calming and helps to relieve stress.
When feeling anxious and stressed, inhaling lavender essential oil is
instantly relaxing. Place 1 drop on a tissue and inhale the calming
fragrance for soothing stress relief.
4. Lavender essential oil can help to ease the pain of stress and migraine
headaches. Massage a drop of lavender essential oil into temples and
put a few drops on a tissue and inhale, while placing the tissue over your nose and
mouth. Sit or lay down and continue to inhale the lavender oil for a few moments,
as headache pain and tension subsides. My migraine and stress headaches begin to
fade instantly during this relaxing treatment.
5. Lavender essential oil is analgesic (reduces pain). Massage with a lavender
massage oil made by adding a few drops lavender essential oil to a carrier oil
(examples include: soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil), can help to relieve
muscle pain associated with overexertion.
6. Use lavender in a vaporizer to help relieve cough and congestion
due to colds. The antibacterial properties of lavender works to fight
cold symptoms while promoting restful and restorative sleep.
7. For relief of motion sickness and jet lag, massage 3 or 4 drops of
lavender into inside of ankles.
8. Ease muscle and joint pain, with a relaxing lavender bath. Blend
8 to 10 drops lavender essential oil into in 1 cup of epsom salt. Pour salt into tub
as it fills with warm water and soak for several minutes for soothing relaxation and
9. To help keep insects away when outdoors, lavender essential oil works
as an effective insect repellent. It can be used as a natural alternative
to toxic, chemical based products. Apply a few drops to the neckline,
wrists, and ankles, and rub a few drops into palms and hair, to repel mosquitos
and other flying insects. For maximum insect repelling effectiveness, lavender
essential oil should be reapplied every hour as needed.
10. For a natural air freshener, add a few drops of lavender essential oil
to an air purifier or furnace filter to freshen the air of the whole house.
Lavender essential oil should not be applied undiluted to babies and
children. Apply only after dilution with a carrier oil including soybean,
sunflower, and olive oils, at 4 drops lavender essential oil to 1 oz. carrier
This amazing aromatherapy oil offers wonderful health and wellness benefits,
making lavender essential oil a powerful herbal remedy and an essential for
natural home health care.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to substitute for medical care, or to prescribe treatment for any medical
condition, ailment or illness.