Lavender is by far the most popular, versatile and widely used of all essential oils. At first lavender sounds too good to be true: a cure-all with a reputation lasting for thousands of year. However, many of lavender's properties are due to its prime actions of balancing and normalizing body functions and emotions. Overall, lavender is soothing, calming and relaxing.
It is used to grate effect in massage and bath oils for muscular aches and pains. A few drops in the bath or a drop or two on the pillow help to combat insomnia. Lavender is also valuable in treating colds and flu. Not only does it counteract the viruses causing the infection, but it relieves many of the symptoms. In these cases, lavender is best used in steam inhalations. A cold compress of lavender, or a couple of drops rubbed into the temples, relieves headaches. Lavender repels insects and, if you are bitten, a drop rubbed over the bite will remove the stinging. It also magically heals minor burns, and is also good for washing minor cuts and grazes. Lavender is used extensively in skin care and perfumery, where its fresh, delicate, floral fragrance is comfortingly familiar.
Psychologically, lavender is soothing, balancing and calming, helping with mood swings, depression and PMS. Its calming, relaxing effects can be used to facilitate meditation. Lavender's balancing qualities can restore harmony to the aura and help to balance the chakras.
Use it for
- treating insomnia
- easing anxiety
- alleviating headaches and migraines
- promoting calm
- soothing muscle tension
Main therapeutic properties
- Direct inhalation: to ease headache pain or stave off the oncoming effects of a migraine, rub 1 drop of lavender between your palms, place hands over your nose, and inhale deeply.
- Massage: tent to muscle pain and tension by creating a massage oil. Add 15 drops of lavender to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of a carrier oil (scale up as needed). Blend and massage directly into skin.
- Indirect inhalation: to encourage a deep and restful sleep, add a couple of drops of lavender to your pillowcase before going to bed.
Contraindications: avoid in early pregnancy, especially if there is a history of miscarriage. Lavender may cause drowsiness.
- Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Country of Origin: Bulgaria
- Net Content: 0.34 fl oz/10ml