The uses for lavender have been many over the centuries. The ancient Romans and Egyptians used the distinct aroma of Lavender as perfume. They also used it for bathing and in cooking. Since that time, man has found Lavender holds a myriad of benefits. Apart from the relaxing benefits in aromatherapy, Lavender helps ease feelings of tension and promote restful sleep. Applying the oil topically helps the skin in many ways. The versatile properties of Lavender essential oil make it a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times.
Lavender is a short shrub that grows to be roughly 2 feet tall and is native to the Mediterranean. The distinct, fresh scent of Lavender oil comes from a steam distillation process of the plant’s flowers. Other facts about Lavender:
- doTERRA sources Lavender from France and Bulgaria.
- A new lavender plant takes two years to mature from seed.
- It takes three bushels (35 pounds) of lavender to produce a single 15 ml bottle of Lavender essential oil.
- There are over 600 published studies about the benefits of Lavender, 266 were human clinical trials.
Aromatic Uses for Lavender
The calming properties of the oil help create a serene environment that is optimal for resting well and staying asleep. Some favorite aromatic uses of Lavender essential oil include:
- Diffuse Lavender anywhere to promote a relaxing indoor atmosphere.
- Don’t throw out old potpourri! Utilize the amazing aroma of Lavender essential oil by adding a few drops to a potpourri mixture that could use a little revitalization. You can also add a few drops of lavender to any potpourri mixture for a fantastic aroma.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows or bedding so you can inhale the aroma as you drift off to sleep. You can also apply Lavender oil to the bottoms of your feet as a part of a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to bath water or bath soap to reap the benefits of its tranquil, light aroma. You can also apply Lavender to your temples and back of the neck to enjoy its relaxing aroma and help melt away feelings of stress or tension. Whether applied topically, or added to a luxurious bath, Lavender oil is the perfect solution for when you want to unwind at the end of a long day.
- Unwanted odors can sneak into nearly any room. However, the fresh, powdery, floral aroma of Lavender essential oil can get rid of musky, pungent smells that might invade your home. Combine Lavender oil with water in a spray bottle to create an instant solution for the unwanted smells that might be plaguing your home or belongings. Spray a light mist from your Lavender spray bottle into your car, linen closet, on your mattress, or any other areas that could use some freshening up.
Internal Uses for Lavender
In addition to Lavender’s calming aromatic properties, it can also help ease feelings of tension when used internally. While the internal use of Lavender is often used to promote restful sleep, it can also promote relaxation and feelings of ease during your waking hours. Its light, floral scent will make you feel at ease and peaceful emotionally. Lavender is also widely used in cooking for its taste and fragrance.
Some of the internal uses include:
- Add one or two drops of lavender to an empty veggie cap and take internally to help ease feelings of tension.
- Add one to two drops of lavender to an empty veggie cap and take internally to help you drift into peaceful sleep.
- Use lavender oil when cooking to soften the citrus flavors in lemon sauces for chicken or fish, marmalades, citrus salads, and more. Lavender oil will also add a flavorful twist and marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Use Lavender essential oil when cooking to soften citrus flavors in lemon sauces for chicken or fish, marmalades, citrus salads, and more. Lavender oil will also add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts. Try this recipe for a Lavender-Blueberry Milkshake to see just how delicious Lavender oil can be.
Topical Uses for Lavender
Whether you are trying to soothe skin irritation or merely nourish delicate skin, there are many topical uses of Lavender essential oil for the skin. The soothing properties of Lavender have made it a popular option for skincare products, at-home skincare DIYs, and simple topical application. Lavender is great for all skin types! Some uses include:
- Lavender oil holds many soothing properties that are perfect for calming occasional skin irritations. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun and find your skin irritated, reach for a bottle of Lavender essential oil and apply a couple of drops. The next time you are dealing with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with Lavender essential oil.
- Cleanse and nourish your skin by making a homemade clay mask infused with lavender oil.
- A homemade cuticle cream with Lavender essential oil is a great way to bring the moisture and healthy look back into your nails. You can also use this cream on your hands, lips, or anywhere you have dry spots. Check out our DIY for homemade cuticle cream, featuring the wonderful soothing abilities of Lavender essential oil.
- Provide relief to your skin by making a DIY razor relief serum enhanced with lavender essential oil to avoid the irritation that often comes post-shave. Provide relief to your skin with this Razor Relief Serum enhanced with Lavender essential oil and avoid the irritation that often comes post-shave.
- Apply Lavender to your temples and back of the neck to enjoy its relaxing aroma and help melt away feelings of stress or tension.
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits and uses of Lavender essential oil:
In June 2016, doTERRA opened a new distillery in Bulgaria, one of the foremost areas in the world for producing lavender and Melissa. This video talks about the new distillery, Esseterre, and its impact on the area.