Lavender essential oil is one of the main aromatic oils used in aromatherapy for all the healing properties it provides.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is native to the high mountains of France, the Canary Islands and Persia. Lavender is picked at the hottest time of the day to obtain a more aromatic essential oil. Lavender essential oil can be used to soothe the skin and relax the mind.
Lavender in Aromatherapy
In aromatherapy, lavender oil is used to treat insomnia, depression, stress, headaches, burns ,acne, sore muscles, sprains, bruises, bites, stiff joints, nervous tension, and hair loss. The application of lavender essential oil can be applied with water, a base oil or by inhalation. A lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied to the skin without dilution. The aroma is sedative to the nervous system and the 160 different components in lavender are soothing to the skin. Having a light floral and herbal scent makes it a good oil to use on children, men, and women.
Aromatic Skin Soother
The word lavender comes from the Latin word lavare which means to wash. Lavender’s antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, analgesic, and restorative properties helps in treating the skin for acne, bruises, inflammation, muscle spasms and pains.The cleaning properties of lavender help the skin heal and restore itself. Certified aromatherapists recommend adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to bath water to keep a healthy skin all year round.
Relaxing Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is known for its sedative properties on the nervous system. Lavender is used to treat insomnia, depression, stress, irritability and nervous tension. The combination of deep breathing and lavender oil is good to keep you focus, but relax at the same time. The use of lavender essential oil is great for test taking, oral presentations or simply unwinding from a busy day.
Lavender Oil Recipe
The recipe is easy to make and the whole family can use it. The following lavender oil recipe can be used for baby skin rash, as a night face oil and for tire muscles.
One four-ounce glass bottle Two ounces of almond oil One ounce of jojoba oil Twenty to thirty drops of pure lavender essential oil Half vanilla bean (optional)
Mix the oils and pour into four ounce bottle. If using the vanilla bean, open half of the bean and place it into the oil mix. Place the oil bottle in a dark place for up to two weeks. Shake the oil before every use. Remember to always do an allergy skin patch test before use.
Next time you have a minor cut or feel the need to relax remember the infinite properties of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil is a must in aromatherapy.