Lavender essential oil is far too good for us to ignore. It is an excellent oil for your skin, health and even around the house. Do you want to learn how to use this wonderful essential oil?
Read on to find out what it can do for you and all the ways you can use it!
Lavender: a wonderful essential oil
When you think of lavender, a picture of purple French fields can come to mind. This wild plant, with its distinctive purple flower, is common on the Mediterranean coast and in some parts of Africa, Asia and India. Lavender grows in dry fields and hills and likes the sun.
Lavender is rich in essential oils, acids, coumarins, tannins and (in the flowers) saponin. To put it simply, it is a wonderful essential oil.
What it can do for your health
Lavender has the following medicinal properties:
- Its primary characteristic is its powerful calming powers, which have been known since ancient times. It was used in relaxing baths in ancient Rome. Lavender is useful for anxiety, insomnia, stress, etc.
- In addition, it also has antiseptic powers that help to disinfect, soothe and heal all kinds of cuts, burns, bites and bruises.
- Lavender is antiviral and antibacterial, two properties that make it an excellent way to prevent and treat respiratory conditions, such as laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, as well as infections in the genital area.
- It improves skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema, by reducing inflammation and itching.
- It promotes good digestion and soothes nerves that affect your stomach.
- Lavender’s anti-inflammatory and soothing goodness makes it an ideal essential oil for relieving pain.
- It helps against car sickness.
- Lavender lowers your blood pressure a bit.
- It prevents hair loss.
Oils and other extracts
The essential oil concentrates all the goodness and scent of lavender in small amounts. It is obtained through a distillation process, so it is very difficult to make at home. However, you can find it at health food stores and other places where natural products are sold.
What extracts can you make at home?
- Lavender infected oil (based on almond or olive oil): The proportion is 1 part lavender to 10 parts oil. Use a glass and place it in the sun, shaking it from time to time.
- Lavender Infected Alcohol : Fill a glass with dried lavender flower and add ethyl alcohol. Let it soak for a week.
- Concentrated tea made from dried flowers: This is the most common and easiest way to use lavender. It is the best way to consume the plant, as well as for foot baths, in the bath or as mouthwash.
Lavender for your health
The most common ways to use lavender for health are:
- In tea, against insomnia and anxiety.
- As a mouthwash, to reduce inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
- Relaxing massage with lavender oil to unwind.
- Anti-pain massage with lavender alcohol for rheumatoid arthritis pain, migraines, a stiff neck, and foot or back pain.
Lavender for skin and hair
One of the best ways to use lavender for skin and hair is to add a few drops of essential oil to your beauty products:
- Face and body cream: It relieves tension, helps with skin problems and stimulates regeneration.
- Shampoo: It prevents hair loss.
The oil also has the potential to enhance the effect of other natural components.
Around the house
You can add lavender to the cleaning products you use around the house (detergent, plasticizers, air fresheners, bathroom cleaners) to give it a lovely scent and also help with the following:
- Keep insects away.
- Give your home a calming environment.
- Get rid of fleas on your dog or cat.
It is easy to make small bags of lavender flowers you can put in drawers and cabinets for a light perfume. There are also larger bags that can be used around the neck as a heating pad to help you sleep better.