Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is often referred to as the mother of essential oils and is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy massage. Taking its name from the Latin lavare, meaning “to wash,” lavender possesses a clean, pure aroma.
It is known for its calming and relaxing properties and has a harmonising effect on the nervous system.
Ancient Greeks used lavender oil to treat throat infections and chest conditions, while in Rome, lavender flower heads where used in communal baths probably for its antiseptic properties, as well as its sweet fragrance.
Many medieval European herbalists used lavender water to help prevent infections. Small bundles of dried lavender were also placed in the laundry, to make clothes smell fresh and keep moths away.
They also treated insomnia and other sleep disorders, by placing small dried bundles inside their pillows. Today Tibetans still make an edible lavender butter to use as part of a traditional treatment for nervous disorders.
It is very beneficial for the relief of muscle aches and can also be used for the relief of rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis. It has antiseptic qualities and can be used to treat insect bites.
Ripple uses true lavender (L. angustifolia) in its oil blends, a pure highly effective (and more expensive) lavender essential oil. It is found in our following products here
How To Use Lavender
To make a tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers to 1 cup (8 ounces) of hot (but not boiling) water. Steep for five to 10 minutes, then strain. Drink as needed.
For sunburn: Twice a day, apply cool compresses soaked in lavender tea, and then gently rub in a few drops of lavender oil that you have mixed with 1/2 ounce of almond oil (or another neutral oil). Alternatively, add a few drops of the oil to a cool bath.
For cuts, scrapes, and other minor skin wounds: When treating a cut or scrape, dab 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil on the wound two or three times a day, but only after thoroughly cleaning the wound and waiting for the bleeding to stop. You can also apply lavender tea compresses or add a few drops of lavender oil to a cool bath.
For nervous tension and mild depression: Drink a cup of lavender tea three or four times a day as needed. Excessive use, however, can cause drowsiness.
Who Should Use Lavender Essential Oil?
- The Scent: Lavender Essential Oil has a fresh and sweet floral aroma that is both soothing and refreshing.
- Winding Down: If you have trouble winding down or sleeping, definitely consider using Lavender Essential Oil. It has been proven to calm nerves and help the symptoms of anxiety, stress and insomnia. Even if you just want some extra help relaxing after a long day at work, Lavender Essential Oil can help you out.
- Alleviating Pain: If you have cuts or bruises, or suffer from other pain, Lavender Essential Oil can do wonders for you. It has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that promote quick and clean healing. It can also help muscle pain, earaches, headaches, etc. Please note: although Lavender Essential Oil can be used for medicinal purposes, remember to consult with your GP about treatments for any serious issues.
- Skin Problems: Do you suffer from acne or skin irritations? Lavender Essential Oil has properties that will help cleanse and soothe skin and stop pimples. It can help dry skin and even sunburn. These benefits are why it is so commonly used in massages and by day spas.
- Pregnancy: Some essential oils are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Although there is some controversy surrounding the use of Lavender Essential Oil during pregnancy, it has been shown through research and been given the all clear from many experts and professionals. However, if you are pregnant we recommend you talk to your GP first.
- Children: Kids are more sensitive to the use of essential oils than adults are. Therefore, it is important to be careful when using Lavender Essential Oil with children. Consult with your GP on how you plan to use the oil before commencing use.
- Quality Oils: When purchasing, be sure to check that it is high quality oil from a reputable brand, and that it is therapeutic grade and organic. Low quality versions may not work or have different effects on the body, due to added chemicals.
What can you do with Lavender Essential Oil?
- Put it in the Air: Put it in a perfume, make it into a non-toxic air freshener or diffuse it with a cold air diffuser. If you really just want the smell for calming and leisure purposes, you can also apply Lavender Essential Oil directly onto towels, linen, etc.
- Add it to Beauty Products and Baths: Lavender Essential Oil can be added to a variety of beauty products such as face washes and bath products.
Other essential oils that blend nicely with Lavender are Neroli and Jasmine. Other ingredients that go great with Lavender Essential Oil are Shea Butter, Jojoba oil and Coconut oil. One really great and super easy idea that you can do yourself is adding 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to your bathtub.
- Mix With A Base Oil And Rub On The Skin – If you want to use Lavender Essential Oil specifically to treat skin problems or relieve pain, you can try rubbing it directly onto your skin, once it has been split with a base oil like sunflower or almond. It’s also great to use as a natural lip balm on chapped or dry lips.
- For relaxation purposes, you can rub Lavender Essential Oil mixed with another base oil directly on your neck, chest and temples.