The genus Lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare meaning “to wash,” and L. angustifolia, called true or common lavender, is the species used medicinally. Lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from fresh blossoms and is mainly produced in Bulgaria and France. Be certain to use a respectable supplier when buying lavender essential oil because it’s one of the most frequently adulterated essential oils. A genuine and authentic essential oil should always record the botanical name, the component of the plant used, the country of origin and the method of extraction. The synthetic scent of lavender from fragrance oil isn’t the same as a pure essential oil – there are no health benefits from synthetic fragrance oils!

Muscle Aches and Menstrual Cramps

Massage lavender diluted in a carrier oil (arnica-infused oil for extra relief) into painful area or, my favorite, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm Epsom salt bath to get a profound muscle soak.

Bruises

Lavender is great for bruises because it’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic which aids in the healing process while reducing pain. Using lavender in a carrier oil, gently massage into bruised area. For best results, dilute lavender from arnica-infused oil. Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones and polysacharides that stimulate phagocytosis, thus cleaning up debris and reducing recovery time. Please notice that arnica shouldn’t be applied to broken skin.

Earaches

There are two powerful ways to reduce the pain of an earache with lavender. The first would be to gently massage lavender in a carrier oil to the outer ear and back of the ear. The second technique is to place a drop of lavender on a cotton ball and gently put it on the outer ear. Never place it directly in the ear canal.

Bug Bites and Bee Stings

Lavender’s antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and healing properties make it a excellent selection for bites and stings as it reduces infection, swelling, and itching. To use, simply apply 1 drop of lavender essential oil neat to affected area.

Headaches

Lavender’s sedative effects make it a terrific treatment for headaches, especially when the headaches are brought on by stress. Massage a drop of lavender diluted in a carrier oil to the temples and back of the throat, followed by some deep, relaxing breaths of lavender essential oil right from a vial. Add peppermint essential oil to the mix for even greater headache relief.

Depression

Lavender is a curative herb and is categorized as a nervine, meaning it has a calming influence on the body and mind. It works in effective ways to bring feelings of relaxation and calmness and also helps with fatigue. Suggestions include inhaling lavender essential oil right from a vial, spritzing your room with lavender diluted in distilled water, and infusing your area with lavender from a candle or incense. The choices are endless.

Sanitizer

Lavender was utilized in hospitals throughout World War I to disinfect walls and floors. Use lavender essential oil in a soap to wash, in vinegar and water for household cleaning, or try it in a base of grain alcohol for a hand sanitizer.

Insomnia

Lavender works especially well if insomnia is due to a restless and nervous mind. Before bed, spray on your pillow and face with lavender diluted in distilled water, take a few deep breaths, inhaling lavender directly from the vial or by a drop on a tissue, or put dried lavender buds in a sachet on your pillow case.

Burns and Sunburns

Apply a drop of lavender essential oil neat to minor burns. For sunburns, spray your entire body with lavender diluted in distilled water. Please seek medical care for severe burns.

Stress

Lavender has balancing and harmonizing effects on the autonomic nervous system. In panic attack scenarios, inhale lavender essential oil directly from the vial and seek medical care if needed. For overall stress and anxiety, spritz your face and room with lavender diluted in distilled water, have a relaxing bath with a few drops of lavender diluted in sea salt, or enjoy a massage with lavender-infused oil.