Pure Lavender Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Pure lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It's among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for its health properties and uses of lavender essential oil. In fact, it's so popular and has so many potential uses, they say "when in doubt, try lavender". Its aroma should be sweet and floral (although cheaper brands are often very "twiggy" -for lack of a better word - due to poor harvest and distillation practices). It's popular for use in supporting the cardiovascular system, nervous system, emotions, and skin.
- Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
- Soothes occasional skin irritations
- Helps skin recover quickly
- Eases muscle tension
Emotionally, lavender essential oil is said to be the oil of honest communication and expression. It calms a racing mind, allowing a person to settle into their heart and speak with gentleness and kindness. It also eases anxiety or fear, including fears of rejection, and allows a person to feel present, calm, and engaged in healthy ways. It increases a sense of security and peace, and in this way helps to build trust in one's self and others.
Lavender essential oil blends well with most oils (especially citrus oils), Clary Sage, and Geranium. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Cardamom, Wild Orange, Frankincense, or Roman Chamomile essential oils.
How to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Traditionally, pure lavender oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Lavender Essential Oil
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep.
- Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand for minor and occasional skin irritations.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck to ease muscle tension.
- Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Lavender can help you to feel more grounded and focused, helping you concentrate and think clearly when used aromatically throughout the room or home, or just on your body.
- Diffuse pure lavender oil in the air or inhale directly for at least 30 seconds as needed to manage mood.
Inspiration for Using Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Lemonade: Mix all ingredients in a glass pitcher (or a BIG mason jar would be so cute!!) 1 cup raw honey, 12 cups water, Juice of 6 lemons, 1-2 drops Lavender essential oil. Adjust to taste.
Calming aromatherapy kids’ dough: in a bowl, mix 1 Cup Flour, 1Tbs. oil, 1 Cup water, 1/2 Cup Salt, 1 Tbs Cream of Tartar, Food coloring (if you wanna) 4-6 drops Lavender essential oil. Your kiddos will love playing w/ this fun and sweet smelling dough and reap the calming benefits as well (TOTAL mom win!).
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils