Lavender Oil Benefits
According to WebMD lavender (scientifically known as lavandula angustifolia) is comprised of an herb, flower and oil which can be applied as a form of medication and for aromatherapy. Recently the FDA approved a number of off-label uses of medicinal doTERRA lavender oil such as:
- Sleep disturbances – insomnia, restlessness;
- To promote menstruation;
- As an anti-acne and skin cancer treatment;
- For hair loss (to be precise – alopecia areata);
- To repel mosquitoes and insects;
- To alleviate digestive problems like loss of appetite, meteorism, vomiting, nausea, upset stomach and intestinal gas;
- To help with pain-causing conditions like toothaches, migraine headaches, sores, sprains, nerve pains and joint/muscle pains.
Also, some people prefer to add lavender oil to their bath to help treat blood circulation problems and for stress relief since it has sedative effects.
Lavender oil: benefits and essential uses
Lavender oil is a very versatile essential oil mostly used because of its aroma and positive effects on the skin. Since the ancient times, lavender oil has been used for cleansing bruises, cuts and soothing irritated skin. Having a lavender oil bottle in your purse is like having both a first aid and a perfume. Speaking of the aroma, pure lavender oil has a balanced, soothing and relaxing fragrance that can help calm you both emotionally and physically.
Lavender oil uses include:
Use lavender oil for sleep disturbances
The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study that involved 5 men and 5 women suffering from insomnia and showed that lavender oil can provide quick relief and can help you fall asleep. Also, the study showed that lavender oil improved the quality of sleep along with making a person feel relaxed, calm and full of energy after waking up.
If you have problems with sleep, before going to bed you can take a lukewarm bath with added 15 drops of lavender body oil and one cup of Epsom salt.
Apply lavender oil for diabetes treatment
In 2014 the scientists from Tunisia made a fascinating experiment – tested the effects of lavender oil on the blood sugar level in patients with diabetic problems. After a 15-day experiment, the results turned to be very impressive. It was found that organic lavender oil can protect the body from such symptoms of diabetes as:
- Increased levels of glucose in blood;
- Fat metabolism;
- Weight gain;
- Dysfunction of liver and kidneys;
- Antioxidant depletion of kidneys and liver.
People with diabetes can use essential lavender oil by rubbing it onto their chest and neck, diffusing it in the air or adding it to food.
Lavender oil is good for your mood and brain
For many years, lavender aromatherapy was recommended by U.S. healthcare specialists for helping to cure such neurological problems as stress, migraines, anxiety and depression. In November of 2016, an evidence-based research proving the healing neurological benefits of lavender oil was published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. The study proved that taking daily one 80mg capsule of lavender essential oil can improve mood and soothe anxiety.
If you suffer migraines and want to lessen your stress, add lavender oil in a diffuser and place it by the bed for a whole night. Or you can rub few drops behind your ears.
Lavender oil for skin is essential
Lavender herb and oil have multiple antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil per each ounce of Aloe Vera to soothe even the most severe sunburn and quickly heal the dry skin, scrapes and minor cuts. Recent U.S. research has shown that lavender oil can help provide rapid recovery from allergic skin reactions and canker sores.
If you mix frankincense essential oil with lavender oil and rub it into your skin early in the morning, after taking a shower and before going to bed, you can reduce the signs of age spots and sunspots.
For dermatitis and eczema relief you can mix several drops of lavender oil with any nut or vegetable oil (sesame, coconut) and apply topically on the affected areas.
For motion sickness and nausea
Nausea is a common symptom during pregnancy. But taking OTC or prescription drugs for nausea during pregnancy can be forbidden. The solution is placing a drop of lavender oil on the tip of your tongue, around the navel or behind the ears.
Use lavender oil to stop a nosebleed
If you frequently have nosebleeds, wrap a small chip of ice with a tissue and add a drop of lavender oil. Press the ice chip covered with the tissue under the middle of your top lip to the nose’s base. Hold until the bleeding stops.
Apply lavender oil for hair problems – dandruff or hair loss
All you need to do is to rub few drops of lavender oil onto your scalp. Use daily over a period of a few weeks and you will notice how dandruff disappears.
Home uses of organic lavender oil
In addition to multiple health benefits, pure lavender oil can be used at home for such purposes:
- a toxic-free air freshener – use lavender oil in a diffuser;
- a chemical-free balm for sunburn or itchy lips;
- a natural perfume for people who have allergies to toxic perfumes;
- a flavor booster for muffins, teas and salad dressings.
Risks related to the use of lavender herb and oil
In most cases, it is absolutely safe to apply lavender oil. However, there is a list of drug interactions related to lavender supplements that includes:
- over the counter and prescription sleep aids and pills;
- Prescription meds for sleep-related disorders or major depression;
- Any types of sedatives (including a cough syrup or flu meds).
Never use lavender oil before having a surgery with anesthesia, since this oil has powerful sedative characteristics.
It is also not recommended to use lavender oil during the third trimester of pregnancy like any other essential oils.
Lavender oil is considered to be safe for babies and little children, but you may want to use it with caution since there are registered cases of skin allergy in kids caused by lavender oil.
If you have never added lavender oil to food, start with tasting 1-2 drops and check how your body reacts to it. If you have itchy or irritated skin after the intake, avoid using lavender oil orally.