For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 5 Lavender
Ah Lavender. You either love it or hate it. It is amazing the strong reactions Lavender Essential Oil brings out in people. The wonderful thing about essential oils is that many oils can treat the same problems, thus, you can work with oils you like the smell of and receive the benefits you desire. I have a rule in aromatherapy: if you don’t like the smell of an oil, don’t use it in aromatherapy. An oil that has calming benefits aren’t going to calm you at all if all you can focus on is how much you dislike the fragrance. Find another calming one and enjoy it.
For those of you who love lavender like I do, read on.
Lavender flowers range anywhere from a blue-violet, to a deep purple. They resemble tiny little pinecones. Growing 3-4 feet tall, Lavender is a woody, evergreen shrub. Here in Ontario we actually grow a lot of lavender, though France is still the primary producer. Of course Lavender is commonly cultivated in Bulgaria, England and Turkey.
The Greeks and Romans of ancient times prized lavender for its cleansing properties and of course for its fragrance. They lavished themselves with Lavender soaps and oils and in their bathwater.
Lavender is common remedy for insect bites, lice, muscular aches and pains, nervous disorders, fatigue, respiratory ailments, and stomach aches. It is also popular in skincare to keep skin clean, clear and soft.
Lavender is also used in linen washes and sprays as it promotes sleep and relaxation. You can make your own linen spray by combining water and a few drops of the essential oil in a glass or PET plastic container. Shake and spray on linens and pillow cases, even as a room spray. In a 50ml bottle, you can add 7-10 drops of Lavender essential oil.
Mixing a few drops into a carrier oil makes a massage oil that you can use for muscle aches, pains and strains. A remedy for insomnia when massage just before you go to bed, or as a skin treatment for sunburns.
Inhaling Lavender essential oil either through the air in a diffuser, using diffuser jewelry or directly from the bottle, it can help with emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, irritability, nervousness, stress, and worry. It is known to nurture creativity, and self-expression. Add a few drops to a warm bath to help alleviate these conditions. The fragrance and warmth of the bath can bring people great comfort.
Lavender has so many uses; you could fill an entire book on the many ways Lavender essential oil can be incorporated into your life.
As always the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.