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  • Lindsay Alexander

12 Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Lavender is a universal oil. It's traditionally been known to balance the body and work everywhere there is a need. Make sure you have it in your essential oil arsenal!




Lavender essential oil is a staple for many reasons.  This oil's numerous properties include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, enhance blood circulation, treat respiratory issues, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin. 



The fragrant flowers of lavender have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Lavender essential oil has been used in making perfumes. The oil is very popular in aromatherapy. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.


Health Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil


The numerous health benefits of lavender essential oil include just a few of the following:


1) Relieves Stress & Anxiety


Because lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent natural tonic for nerves and anxiety issues. It is also quite helpful in treating depression, headaches and migraines, nervous tension and emotional stress. As the aroma is inhaled it reduces nervous exhaustion and restlessness as it increases mental activity.


Using lavender oil before taking tests has shown to improve exam scores

2) Induces Sleep


Lavender essential oil is commonly used as an alternative treatment of insomnia because of its ability to induces sleep.


Multiple studies on people who have trouble sleeping have shown significant improvements in sleep quality when lavender essential oil is sprayed on their pillows.

 

3) Treats Acne


According to dermatologists, lavender is one of the most beneficial oils in treating acne. Lavender essential oil discourages the bacterial growth that causes the swelling of the pores as it helps to regulate the over-excretion of sebum by manipulating the hormonal response and can also reduce the scarring after the acne has begun to heal.


Add a 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to ointments and skin creams to greatly speed up the healing process.


4) Relieves Pain


Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent treatment for sore muscles, achy muscles, backaches, sprains, rheumatism and lumbago.


Through regular massaging, lavender oil can provide relief from joint pain

A study done on post-operative patients concluded that by adding lavender essential oil into the oxygen as a vapor reduced the amount of pain that the patient experienced, as compared to those patients only received straight oxygen after a major surgery.



5) Stimulates Urine Flow


Lavender essential oil is ideal for urinary issues because it has a stimulating effect on the production of urine.


It helps to restore hormonal balance and reduces cystitis which is inflammation of the bladder. In addition, it reduces cramps associated with these and other disorders.


6) Aids in Digestion


Lavender oil increases the mobility of food within your intestinal system and therefore makes digestion more efficient.


The oil stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which aids in the reduction of indigestion, flatulence, stomach pain, colic, diarrhea and vomiting.


7) Treats Respiratory Disorders


Lavender oil is commonly used for multiple types of respiratory problems including bronchitis, laryngitis, throat infection, flu, cold, sinus congestion, cough, asthma, whooping cough, and tonsillitis.


It's most effective when using it in the form of vapor or applied to the skin of the chest, neck and back. Lavender oil's stimulating nature can loosen up phlegm and relieve congestion associated with respiratory conditions and speeds up the recovery process.


By adding lavender essential oil to a diffuser or hot water and inhaling as a vapor, it's antibacterial properties can relieve respiratory tract infections.

8) Prevents Cancer


Significant research on the effects of lavender, in combination with other essential oils, has shown to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer in mice.


Recent (2016) research on linalool (a component of lavender oil) indicated it has “significant” cytotoxic (cancer cell killing) and apoptotic (programmed cell death) activity against ovarian cancer cells. Several other studies have shown that lavender oil can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.


9) Improves Blood Circulation


Lavender essential oil is also helps to improve the circulation of blood in the body.


It's also known to lower blood pressure and is often recommended for use in those who have hypertension

These benefits come from lavender's ability to assist the organs to increase their levels of oxygenation, which promotes muscle strength and health, boosts brain activity, keeps the skin flushed with blood, and protects the body from the risks of atherosclerosis and heart attack which is often associated with poor blood circulation.


10) Boosts Immunity


Regular use of lavender essential oil offers resistance to a variety of diseases. Lavender has antiviral and antibacterial properties that assist the body in defending against diseases including tuberculosis, typhoid, and diphtheria, shown to be effective against these deadly epidemics in the 19th and 20th centuries.


11) Treats Skin Conditions


wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is also used to speed up the healing of wounds, burns, cuts, and sunburns because it enhances the formation of scar tissues. Adding chamomile to lavender oil is commonly used to treat eczema.


12) Hair Care


For people who have been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease alopecia (where the body rejects its own hair follicles) or hair loss, lavender essential oil is a very effective treatment. Lavender oil has been recommended to prevent male pattern baldness. 


It's also very effective against lice and nits.


13) Bug Repellent


The potent scent of lavender essential oil fends off several types of bugs like mosquitoes, moths and midges. By applying lavender oil on exposed skin when outside you can prevent irritating stings.


Due to lavender essential oil's anti-inflammatory properties, applying it to stings or bites will reduce the irritation and the pain.

Lavender is an amazing oil.  Always having it on hand will make sure that your family has access to the natural healing abilities of this powerful essential oil.  For safety, it is never recommended to ingest lavender, use only as a topical application or aromatically.






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