Lavender Essential Oil and Its Uses
One of the most commonly used essential oils, lavender has a fresh, herbaceous, and sweet aroma. The flowering tops of the lavender plant are steam distilled to produce the essential oil. Lavender is one of only two essential oils that are generally considered safe to apply topically without diluting in a carrier (the other is tea tree essential oil).
Lavender is super versatile, and has been traditionally been used for muscle pain, flu symptoms, headaches, in skincare, and as a relaxant, to name just a few of its uses.
Apply topically to help ease muscle pain, cramps, joint pain, and arthritis. For a more powerful muscle relief, we like to blend lavender with black pepper and German chamomile to heat the muscles and relieve tension. Try this combo blended with jojoba oil, for a moisturizing, soothing lotion.
Diffuse or inhale lavender at the end of the day to relax, and help induce sleep. Inhaled, lavender has also been known to help fight headaches, cold, and cough.
Lavender also makes for a wonderful skin toner. We'd recommend using either a lavender hydrosol, which is a byproduct of the distillation process, or else dilute lavender essential oil in water and spritz on your skin at the end of your skin care routine.
We love lavender for acne treatment, as its anti-septic and anti-fungal properties help fight acne-causing bacteria. Lavender is a gentler oil, and is used topically without being diluted, but we'd recommend doing a skin test first in a non-sensitive area before applying lavender to sensitive areas like your face. You can either add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your face moisturizer, or another popular options is to apply it via cotton swab to acne-prone areas.
Our favourite use for lavender is as a calming, relaxing oil. Diffusing lavender at the end of a stressful day, or right before bed is a great way to wrap up your evening.
Do you use lavender? Tell us about how you use lavender in the comments below!Effects: calming, anti-anxiety, improves sleep
Scent type: flowery
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