SPOTLIGHT ON LAVENDER
I have to admit, before I really knew much about essential oils, I always thought of Lavender as an “old lady” perfume. I was not “into it” and really stayed away from “lavender scented” items. But, once I learned about Lavender essential oil, it’s benefits and started using Lavender essential oil in my daily routine, I was 100% sold on Lavender! It is one of my “go-to” oils and I always have several bottles around the house and one in my purse!
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, Lavender has been used for centuries. Anciently, the Romans and Egyptians would use Lavender as perfume and for bathing and cooking. Since that time, many have discovered the myriad benefits that Lavender holds—using Lavender oil topically for skin, internally to ease feelings of tension and promote restful sleep,* and more. The versatile properties of Lavender essential oil makes it one of my favorites.
Lavender Oil Uses and Benefits
Do you need ideas for ways to use Lavender oil? Take a look at some simple topical, aromatic, and internal uses for Lavender essential oil, along with some of the top Lavender oil benefits:
- Whether you are trying to soothe skin irritation or merely nourish delicate skin, there are many uses of Lavender essential oil for 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 a key ingredient in our Bee Happy Essentials Essential Salve (formerly Miracle Heeling Salve – only changed the name!)
- Do you have a pot of potpourri that has seen its day? Don’t throw it out! You can utilize the amazing aroma of Lavender essential oil by adding a few drops to a potpourri mixture that could use a little revitalization.
- Are your hands constantly plagued with dry skin and unhealthy looking cuticles? Making 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.
- One aromatic benefit that Lavender oil is widely known for is its ability to promote a relaxing atmosphere that leads to a restful night’s sleep. The calming properties of the oil help create a serene environment that is optimal for resting well and staying asleep. Wondering how you can use Lavender essential oil aromatically to aid in relaxation for a better night’s sleep? Add a few drops of Lavender to your pillows or bedding so that you inhale the aroma as you are drifting off to sleep. You can also apply Lavender oil to the bottoms of your feet as a part of a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Thankfully, 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. The next time you are dealing with discomfort from too much sun, try our Bee Happy Essentials After-Sun Soothing Spray with Lavender essential oil.
- In addition to its calming aromatic properties, Lavender essential oil can also help ease feelings of tension when used internally.* While internal use of Lavender is often used to promote restful sleep, it can also promote relaxation and feelings of ease during your waking hours.* Whether you diffuse Lavender oil, or take it internally, this oil can be used at the end of a long, taxing day. Its light, floral scent will make you feel at ease and peaceful emotionally. It can also help you relax and drift into a peaceful sleep when taken internally.*
- Whether you have kids, pets, or just a lot going on in your home, unwanted odors can sneak into nearly any room. Thankfully, the fresh, powdery, floral aroma of Lavender essential oil can get rid of musky, pungent smells that might be haunting 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.
A short shrub that grows to be roughly 2 feet tall, Lavender is native to the Mediterranean. The distinct, fresh scent of Lavender comes from the plant’s flowers, which is where the essential oil is extracted from. After extraction, Lavender essential oil is produced through the process of steam distillation. During steam distillation, steam and pressure are used to cause chemical elements to be released from the plant—separating water and the essential oil.
Fun Fact: It takes 35 pounds of Lavender flowers to produce just one 15mL bottle of Lavender essential oil.
Chemistry of Lavender Oil
Main Chemical Components: Linalool, linalyl acetate
Lavender falls under the chemical compound group known as esters, which are typically characterized for their calming properties. The main chemical components of Lavender oil are Linalool and linalyl acetate. Essential oils that are high in Linalool, including Lavender, are known for their ability to reduce sad and anxious feelings.* When taken internally, Lavender essential oil can help reduce anxious feelings and promote restful sleep.* As an essential oil with chemical components known for its calming properties, Lavender can also be used to help ease feelings of tension.*
Oils that blend well with Lavender oil
As a floral, calming oil, Lavender oil blends well with bright, citrus oils like Bergamot or Citrus Bliss®. The light aroma of Lavender oil also makes it a good companion to herbaceous essential oils like Marjoram or Basil oil.
Here is a great video about doTERRA Lavender.
Where to Buy Lavender Oil
If you are ready to buy your own Lavender oil, visit my doTERRA page: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/beehappyessentials.
When it comes to essential oils, there are a lot of ways to source, harvest, and produce a product. doTERRA believes in responsible sourcing, and efficiency during harvest and production, to provide the highest quality Lavender oil as possible.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.