Lavender Essential OilLavender 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 pains 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…
Lavender essential oil products
Relaxation Gift Box – Perfect way to unwind, de-stress and relax. Includes our relaxation lotion, scented massage oil, aromatherapy soap, bath salts, and peppermint scented foot soak. Beautifully gift wrapped, includes free delivery to anywhere in Australia. Only $70
Ripple Relaxation Massage Oil – A sublime blend of essential oils designed to relax. Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Lavender and Sandalwood. Large 125 ml bottle. $8
Relaxation Bath Salts – Light a candle and relax in the bath with these aromatherapy bath salts. Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Lavender and Sandalwood. Large 500 ml jar. $15
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 a relaxing bath to promote sleep (treat insomnia): Add several drops of lavender oil to the warm water.
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.
Lavender Oil Uses
Lavender Essential Oil is one of many essential oils that are great for your skin and body. It is also a common
favourite with many popular benefits and uses. Despite this, there are many ways you can use Lavender Essential Oil that have been kept under wraps. Keep reading to find out the best-kept secrets on how, when and where to use Lavender Essential Oil.
Who should use Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender Essential Oil is great for so many people given that it has so many uses. There is really no home that cannot benefit from it. However, before we tell you all the amazing things the oil can be used for, lets check whether Lavender Essential Oil is appropriate for you to use (and to check that you will love it!). Here is a quick checklist:
- The Scent: Lavender Essential Oil has a fresh and sweet floral aroma that is both soothing and
refreshing. Therefore if flowery perfumes are your favourite, Lavender Essential Oil is definitely for you!
- 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. The benefits Lavender Essential Oils have for skin is why it is so commonly used in massages and by day spas. If you have any skin concerns that you want taken care of, Lavender Essential Oil should definitely be in your consideration.
- 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 and considering trying the secret uses of Lavender Essential Oil, 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 Lavender Essential Oil, 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.
Now we’ve got that covered, let’s move onto the fun stuff!
What can you do with Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender Essential Oil is the most versatile of all the essential oils, meaning it can be used in so many
different ways! Here are some awesome and easy ways to add Lavender Essential Oil to your life:
- Put it in the Air: Of course when something smells as sweet and fragrant as Lavender Essential Oil, you have no choice but to spray it or diffuse it in your home. Put it in a perfume, make it into a non-toxic air freshener or diffuse it with a cold air diffuser – it’s your choice! By putting it into the air, it can kill germs and odours, relax you, and make your place smell delightful. 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. If you have a look, there is a lot of information available on what products go great with it. 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. If you don’t feel confident mixing products yourself, there are many products available with Lavender already in them. Just be sure to check that the Lavender is pure essential 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. You will smell amazing, it will help any skin problems you may have, you will feel amazing and sleep like a baby!
- Rub Directly onto your 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. It is a great way to moisturise your skin and replenish it. It’s also great to use as a natural lip balm on chapped or dry lips. It protects your skin from the sun, and also aids the healing of sun-damaged skin. For relaxation purposes, you can rub Lavender Essential Oil directly on your neck, chest and temples. Furthermore, to alleviate painful burns, cuts or sore muscles, rub the oil into the skin to ease tension or heal the wound. For headaches, you can massage the oil into the temples, behind your jaw or on your forehead. And lastly who would have thought; you can use Lavender to ward off menstrual cramps! Rub the Lavender Essential Oil over your abdomen and apply a heat pack.
- Eat It: This is possibly the best kept secret… You can eat Lavender Essential Oil! This is because Lavender is actually a herb, which makes it a great flavour enhancer that can be used in tea, salad dressing or even muffins! As it is a strong flavour, you only need 1 or 2 drops in anything you add it to. The flavour goes great with dark cocoa, honey, cranberries and apples, as well as much more. Eating the Lavender can boost your vitamin and mineral intake.