Chances are you’ve seen, smelled, and/or tasted Lavandula (Lavender) at some point in your life. It is widely used in soaps, lotions, perfumes, teas and potpourri. It’s incredible antiseptic, antifungal, healing properties make the essential oil a staple oil to have in your home.
Lavender is most commonly distilled into its purest Essential Oil form using a process called steam distillation. This process is what leaves us with an oil that has a light, fresh and mildly sweet floral scent that, depending on the region the lavender plant has come from, can have a slight camphor infused aroma with balsamic and herb undertones.
Easy ways you can start using Lavender:
Lavender’s most common medicinal uses include relief of stress, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, and moderate postoperative pain. It is also often used to relieve muscle spasms and stimulate circulation.
When used topically, lavender is a wonderful wound and burn healer because of its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can be used safely on open cuts, burns, and sunburns.
A few ideas on how you can start using lavender today:
14 Reasons to Use Lavender:
Do note: If you have particularly sensitive skin, lavender can be irritating and the opposite of soothing. Pease use with caution. Also take not that pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid its use.
If you’re looking to blend this staple oil with others, it’s aromatic profile blends well with:
Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, rose, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver
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Incorporating Lavender’s versatile healing properties into your regular aromatherapy routine is a powerful way to purify your body and your home daily and create a relaxed and balanced internal and external environment.
Links to some of our favorite lavender infused products:
- Rub a drop on your dry lips every day to keep them moisturized, plump, and happy. (insert link for lavender chapstick)
- Pull a warm bath and add a few drops of lavender oil to melt away stress and anxiety.
- Add a couple of drops to the base of the neck, temples, wrists, and/or feet to immediately calm the body and the mind. Especially helpful in large crowds and traffic, or high stress situations.
- Combine a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle with water and spray on your bedding, on your linens, and on your clothes for a fresh and relaxed atmosphere
- Dab a few drops on your skin around sunset to keep bugs at bay.
- Helps treat hair loss & scalp insects.
When rubbed directly onto the scalp of the head, lavender stimulates the follicles and promotes hair growth in those that have become docile.Lavender is also great for treating lice, eggs, and nits. Apply a potent mix of pure lavender & tea tree oil mixed into a base of coconut oil directly to your hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave for several hours and then rinse clean.You can also try out our Lavender Hair Oil to bring your brittle, damaged hair back to a silken state.
- Aids in digestion.
Lavender stimulates the production of the gastric acids needed for easy digestion making it an ideal tea to drink prior to eating.Please note: we do not advise ingesting lavender oil in its pure oil form as it may cause severe side effects.
- Helps treat insomnia.
One of the most common uses of lavender is to relax the mind and induce sleep.If you are struggling with insomnia, try putting a few drops of lavender on your pillow at night before you go to sleep, or using an eye pillow infused with lavender as you wind down for bed.
- Treats acne.
Lavender’s antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties make it a great alternative to chemical creams for treating and healing acne. It inhibits the growth of the bacterias that cause the acne, so while healing it is also preventing future symptoms.Simply apply a drop or two of lavender oil to a cotton swab and apply directly to any facial or body acne after the area has been cleansed.
- Relieves muscle and joint pain.
Regular massage with a lavender infused oil can provide relief from chronic pain, tense muscles, sprains, muscle pains, and joint pains.Our favorite product to massage with is our Lavender Body Oil just after a hot shower.
- Helps boost immune system
The versatility of lavender’s ability to relax, disinfect, and prevent overgrowth of bacteria make its regular use in your routine not only a stress reliever, but a powerful immunity booster. When your body is in a state of relaxation, it is able to fight off viruses quicker and more efficiently. Incorporate regular steam diffusion of lavender into your home and office, especially during season changes, as preventative care and healing from sickness.
- Improves blood circulation.
Lavender promotes increased blood circulation. The faster flow of blood to the organs naturally increases the levels of oxygen they receive which allows them to function in a heightened state of health. The increased oxygen being moved through the body allows muscles to strengthen, and also brings more blood flow to the surface of the skin, causing it to look healtheir and more supple.
- Helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Lavender’s properties are calming to the nervous system, making it the perfect oil for you if you struggle with constant physical stress, emotional stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines, and/or nervous tension.As mentioned above, carry around a bottle of the essential oil to dab on the base of the neck for relief from all of the aforementioned symptoms. (http://utamaspicebali.com/lavender-essential-oil?search=lavender)You can also burn a lavender candle for a long lasting atmosphereic calm. This one is our favorite (http://utamaspicebali.com/lavender-candle-50gr?search=lavender)
- Helps battle respiratory infections.
Because of it’s incredible antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as its ability to increase blood circulation to the organs, steam distilling lavender oil in a humidifier is a powerful way to break up congestion and bacteria in your lungs and nurse your sinuses back to health quickly.
- Helps heal wounds and burns.
Known for it’s abilities to heal and brighten the skin, using the powerful antibacterial, antifungal properties of lavender can aid greatly in the recovery of cuts and burns.Simply mix a drop or two of lavender oil with aloe vera and apply directly to any burns (sunburns included) or open wounds to disinfect, soothe, and heal the wound.
- Slows down aging.
Incorporating lavender into your regular skin care routine reduces the signs of aging because of the powerful antioxidants it contains. It’s regular use will leave you with an all natural and lasting glow.We love our Lavendar body lotion to moisturize, calm, and nourish the skin. (http://utamaspicebali.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=116&search=lavender)
- Helps heal eczema and psoriasis.
The hydrating, antioxidants in lavender make it a soothing alternative for itchy, dry skin. However, be careful when using on highly sensitive skin. Be sure and test on a small portion of your unaffected skin before applying directly to broken out areas.
- Helps balance sugar levels
- Alleviates headaches