Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender essential oil, also known as the “universal” essential oil, balances the mind and body, and has a number of healing benefits. Aromatherapists always have this oil on hand, and it should always be present in any natural first-aid kit. One of the gentlest natural remedies for a variety of ailments, lavender oil can be used straight from the bottle. Unlike other essential oils that are too strong to use undiluted, lavender nourishes without causing irritation. Here are some of the many uses of lavender oil that may benefit you:

Lavender Essential Oil Uses for the Skin

Known to clear the complexion and regulate sebum production, lavender essential oil makes an excellent choice for all skin types – from dry to oily. It’s often used in herbal cosmetic products for this very purpose. A healing, antibacterial oil, it also speeds healing of abscesses, boils, blemishes, fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, cold sores, burns, minor wounds, cuts, hives, inflammation, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, scabies, sunburns, stretch marks and shingles.

Lavender Essential Oil Uses for the Circulatory System

Believed to increase circulation and ease sore muscles, lavender essential oil has a long history of use. The ancient Romans used the oil in baths for soothing aches and pains. It may also help reduce cellulite, temporarily decrease blood pressure, reduce swelling, relax tense muscles, and help decrease pain caused by arthritis, swollen joints, sprains and rheumatism.

Lavender Essential Oil Uses for the Respiratory System

Sufferers of asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, nasal and chest congestion, laryngitis, sore throat and sinus infections may benefit from using lavender essential oil. It’s potent antibacterial properties help get rid of infections and its anti-inflammatory action helps soothe swollen glands and tissue. In many cases, simply inhaling the oil can have a powerful effect.

Lavender Essential Oil Uses for the Nervous System

In aromatherapy, lavender essential oil is often used to calm emotions and balance the mind. It can help reduce symptoms of insomnia, depression, nervous tension, panic, stress, shock, emotional trauma, delusions and anxiety. Inhaling the oil often has an instant uplifting effect. Individuals with epilepsy or convulsions may find some relief in lavender oil, though it should only be used for this purpose under a doctor’s supervision.

Some other common lavender essential oil uses include:

  • Treating headaches and migraines (Rub some undiluted oil on your temples.)
  • Reducing PMS symptoms
  • Reducing painful periods and cramps
  • Treating colic
  • Improving digestion
  • Reducing nausea, bloating and gas

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