With this wonderful essential oil you can make your natural relaxing remedies, for period or headache pain, for acne, against lice and much more!
Lavender essential oil is the one that has given this rather simple and discreet plant its great popularity. The properties of lavender essential oil are so numerous that it has come to be considered one of the most complete aromatherapy remedies.
There are several types of lavender or related plants, but we are referring here to the essential oil obtained from the officinal lavender or Lavandula angustifolia, a plant that belongs to the labiate family and is believed to be native to Persia.
The natural habitat of this lavender is the mountainous areas, where it thrives between 800 and 1,900 meters of altitude. It blooms in summer, between July and August.
LAVENDER: HOW TO TELL IT APART
There are numerous writings that, in past times, mentioned lavender and its properties, but it is not really known exactly which lavender they were referring to, since in those times lavender (Lavandula stoechas), lavender (Lavandula spica) or the official lavender, as they grew in each place.
The lavender essential oil begins to occur at the beginning of the sixteenth century in the south of France. Starting in the 20th century, the demand for this essential oil increased considerably and it began to be produced in countries such as England, the Balkans, the United States and Tasmania, among other places. In Spain, the well known Brihuega fields in Guadalajara are mainly lavandines (Lavandula x hybrida) fields.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAVENDER, LAVENDER AND LAVANDIN
It is common to confuse lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) with lavender (Lavandula spica) and lavandin (Lavandula hybrida). However, it is relatively easy to distinguish the three plants:
- Flowers and leaves of lavender and lavender: Lavender and lavender are very similar plants, they are distinguished by the stems of the inflorescences and by the size of the leaves.
- Look at the stems: In the case of the lavender, the stem is triple, forming a trident. In lavender we will only see a single stem.
- Differences compared to lavandin: Lavandin is born from the natural cross between lavender and lavender. It is a sterile plant, the stem of the inflorescence is also in the shape of a trident. The inflorescence is noticeably longer than that of lavender and lavender.
- They grow in different places: Another important fact when distinguishing them is their habitat. The lavender and lavandin grow below 800 meters of altitude; lavender, on the other hand, does not support low altitudes and grows above 800 meters of altitude.
- Lavender: from the same family, it also tends to cause confusion, but its flower is very different and smells slightly of thyme. It is also known as borriquero thyme.
THE PROPERTIES OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender and lavandin essential oils have similar biochemical compositions; instead, the lavender is chemically different. That is why it is so important not to confuse it with lavender essential oil: we would not obtain the expected relaxing and sedative results.
There are many factors that influence the aroma of lavender essential oil: the origin, the way of cultivation, the origin of the seeds (clones or wild). These factors can also affect the properties of lavender essential oil.
At a therapeutic level, lavender essential oil has the following properties:
- The most notable of lavender essential oil are its relaxing, sedative, antimicrobial and anti-pain properties, which make it very suitable for stress situations, to promote sleep and combat insomnia, to calm anxiety and to relieve different types of pain. Like headache or period pain.
- Helps regulate blood pressure and calms.
- It is also a valuable remedy for healing different types of wounds and burns.
- It is recommended to treat certain types of eczema and to soothe itching.
HOW TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender essential oil will be very useful in the following situations:
1. FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY
Thanks to its sedative and anxiolytic properties, lavender essential oil can be a great remedy to relax in situations of stress, anxiety and nervousness. Also to sleep better.
- If you have a tendency to have anxiety, it is best to take the essential oil orally for three weeks. In the morning and at night, take 2 drops diluted with a little olive oil and hold them for a few seconds under the tongue. If you don’t like the taste, try the lavender capsules: you can buy them at your usual pharmacy.
- If you feel nervous or irritable and don’t get a good night’s rest, try using a roll-on. There are different sizes, the 5 ml ones are very practical. Put 15 drops of lavender essential oil in the roll-on and complete with jojoba vegetable oil. Apply on the wrists and behind the ears as many times as you need.
Other ways to use lavender essential oil to relax, sleep better, or fight insomnia are:
- It can help to use lavender essential oil in an essential oil diffuser. If you are looking to rest better then use a diffuser in your bedroom. Start it half an hour before going to sleep. You will have to adapt the number of drops depending on the type of diffuser you use: if it is with water, calculate about 15 drops. If it is a nebulizer then simply place the essential oil bottle directly on the diffuser adapter.
- Another possibility is to put a couple of drops on your pillow before going to sleep.
- If you’re feeling a lot of nervous tension, try a self- massage on your hands, neck, and feet. To do this, mix 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (jojoba or sesame, for example) and enjoy this relaxing self-massage. Take the opportunity to breathe calmly and deeply.
2. FOR MINOR SKIN BURNS
Who has not ever been burned cooking? These skin burns, usually mild, resolve very well with the application of lavender essential oil.
- Apply 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil (undiluted) to the burn after cooling the area, for example by passing the burn under water.
- Repeat the application after about 20 minutes and again after about 30 minutes.
- The next day, continue applying 3 or 4 times, diluting 2 drops of lavender essential oil with a little St. John’s wort oil.
Another type of burn that you can alleviate with lavender essential oil is sunburn. In that case, dilute 2 drops with St. John’s wort oil and apply to the affected area.
3. FOR PSORIASIS AND TO HEAL SCRATCHES AND CHAFING
Lavender essential oil is also useful for healing scratches, chafing wounds and improving psoriasis (heals, reduces inflammation and relieves itching):
- In a 10 ml bottle, mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with calendula vegetable oil.
- Apply 3 to 4 times a day on the wound.
4. TO TREAT ACNE
Lavender essential oil tends to work well for treating acne. If you have only a few grains, pure lavender essential oil can be used on each grain. Otherwise, we will prepare a mixture with aloe vera gel and jojoba vegetable oil:
- In a 30 ml bottle, put 20 drops of lavender essential oil, add aloe vera gel to the middle of the bottle and complete with the jojoba vegetable oil.
- Shake well before each application.
This preparation can be used morning and night and will serve as a non-greasy moisturizing emulsion.
5. TO RELIEVE PAIN
Lavender essential oil is credited with pain-relieving properties. It can be useful in different situations:
- Period pain: Lavender essential oil is useful for relieving menstruation pain. For this you have to apply 4 drops of lavender essential oil (undiluted) on the lower abdomen every 15 minutes 4 times in a row. Then you can go spacing depending on how you find yourself. The normal thing is to notice a significant relief after the first 4 applications. You can also combine it with exotic basil essential oil in this other formula against period pain.
- Headache: Another well-known use of lavender essential oil is also to relieve tension headaches, applying it to the temples and the nape of the neck. Apply 1 drop of essential oil (undiluted) to each temple and 2 drops to the nape of the neck. Repeat another application 30 minutes later. Then you see applying depending on how you feel.
- Stiffness and contractures: Stiffness and muscle contractures are easy to alleviate with lavender essential oil. To do this, you have to apply 4 drops of essential oil diluted with a little arnica oil. Repeat every 20 minutes 4 times in a row. Then you see spacing based on how you are.
6. TO AVOID LICE IN CHILDREN
It is very common to use tea tree for the purpose of avoiding lice. If you think about it and remember what this essential oil smells like, I think you’ll understand why I encourage you to switch to lavender essential oil – it’s so much more enjoyable and your kids will thank you for the change! Lavender essential oil repels lice and is a great preventative.
- Put 3 drops of essential oil on your hands and rub them in before running them through your son’s or daughter’s hair.
Lavender essential oil has no contraindications or toxicity in the doses usually recommended in aromatherapy.
Respecting the indications and precautions for use, lavender essential oil can be used in children. Also during pregnancy, lactation and in babies.