Top 24 Uses for Lavender Oil

Lavender flowers bloom between late June to September. They are harvested at their peak to extract valuable essential oil.  Lavandula Angustifolia is the genus name. It has 47 known species of flowering plants. They are found in different parts of the world, on Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Europe, North and Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, Southwest Asia to Southeast India. The Lavender shrub is a perennial plant that grows to about 3 feet in height. The purple-blue flowers grow in clusters on the thin long stalks of the plant.

Lavender essential oil is highly potent and prized. Oil enthusiasts consider this essential oil to be a miracle oil. This oil has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The ancient Greeks called it Lavender Nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. It was one of the herbs used to prepare Spikenard, that is mentioned in the Bible in different books.

The Romans realized that the Lavender plant has medicinal properties. They used it extensively to scent their baths, beds, and clothes.

Lavender oil can instantly elevate your mood by simply inhaling it. Remember to carry this essential oil with you everywhere you go. It has calming, soothing, sedative and healing effects.

Helps you Sleep well: This is the primary use of Lavender oil. It can help you sleep better. Sprinkle a few drops on your palms and rub it on your neck and chest areas. You can also sprinkle a few drops on pillows and sheets. It will give you a great night’s rest, leaving you refreshed and wide awake in the morning. It’s better than any prescription medicine or narcotic.

Helps calm your nerves: Lavender oil drops can be used in a diffuser or applied to your temples to help you calm your nerves. This helps relieve stress caused due to daily life situations. It helps reduce migraine headaches, fainting spells, and dizziness. Just rub a few drops of the Lavender oil on to your temples and massage gently.

Helps you clear your mind and focus: Diffusing the oil drops through a diffuser can help put your mind in a relaxed state and bringing it to a clear focus. Don’t overuse the oil if you want to focus clearly on projects, an exam or any deadline. There is the danger of getting too relaxed, that nothing may get accomplished.

Reducing motion sickness: Simply place a drop of lavender oil on the tip of your tongue, on your navel, or behind your ear. It should help reduce motion sickness caused by travel on boats, ships or airplanes.

Ease Dry or Chapped skin suffering: Rub drops of Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin to bring instant relief. You can also rub a drop or two on chapped lips. Make sure you don’t lick it with your tongue.

Eliminate Dandruff: Massage a few drops of Lavender on your scalp. This helps reduce and eliminate dandruff.

Lavender fields at sunset by Valentin Valkov

Ease the nerves in your feet: Drops of lavender oil in warm to hot water in a basin can help ease the nerves in your feet. Soak it for fifteen minutes daily. Dab your feet with a dry towel, put your feet up and relax.

Anti-fungal properties: Use a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton swab to dab at nails of the foot with fungal infection. This oil helps remove fungal infections and restore nails to a healthy condition.

Helps you maintain a well-balanced mind: Make it a practice of taking a warm water bath with generous drops of Lavender oil which can help you de-stress completely before going to bed. People with high-stress jobs can use this remedy once every two or three days to help keep a well balanced, mental state.

Helps relax tense nerves: Lavender oil has shown to be extremely helpful in relaxing the nervous system, promoting ease of movement in the body, especially those who suffer from paralysis, sprains, and stiff joints. Add Lavender oil to lotions, creams, and shampoo to help your body relax totally.

Ease Sunburns: Take a cold water bath to reduce sunburns. Then apply a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton swab and dab on the skin to help ease sunburns.

Helps heal Eczema / Dermatitis: Mix drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil like Olive oil or coconut oil, to rub on skin affected by Eczema. This will help fight the germs and reduce the skin infection. Other skin infections can also be relieved by using Lavender essential oil.

Helps Improve Digestion: Add a few drops of lavender oil to your tea or soups. This will help relieve indigestion and reduce acid reflux.

Helps Lower Blood Pressure: Lavender oil acts as a calming sedative and helps bring down stress on the heart, thereby lowering blood pressure. It also helps with reducing the risk of heart disease.

Helps Clear Nasal Passages:  Lavender oil drops like Eucalyptus oil can be added to steaming water to help clear nasal passages and help those with allergies, sinus pressure or respiratory issues. Be careful not to spill any of the hot water while doing a steam inhalation. Do it on a steady surface with a blanket to cover your head.

Reduce the pain of Bee Sting and Insect Bites: Put a drop or two of Lavender oil on the insect bite or bee sting and it will help reduce the pain and swelling.

Soothes Minor Burns: A few drops of Lavender oil dabbed on a skin burn will help relieve and heal the skin faster. It has shown to help with healing sores, scalds, burns and ulcers.

Heals cold sores: Lavender oil clears the bacteria on cold sores, helping it heal faster.

Reduce Hay Fever: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil in your palms and inhale to reduce the symptoms of hay fever.

Relieve Earaches: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil behind your earlobes down the sides of your neck, and throat area to relieve earaches.

Reduce uneasiness of the stomach: Rub drops of Lavender oil between your palms and apply to the stomach area. If you are sensitive to this oil, mix it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil. It will help reduce flatulence and overcome the bloated sensation caused due to indigestion.

Use as a Natural Deodorizer:  Add Lavender oil drops to a warm/hot laundry wash to deodorize and kill odor-causing bacteria. You can create your own fragrance by adding drops of lavender oil to dryer sheets, damp clothes, towels, bed sheets, curtains, etc.

Helps Kill Lice and Parasites in Animals: A spray created using Lavender oil drops can be used safely on animals to help kill lice and other parasites.

Use as a Mosquito or insect repellent: Most insects do not like the scent of Lavender oil. Use a few drops of the oil on exposed areas of skin while going out to ward off insects including mosquitoes. Add drops to your palm and spread evenly across your skin. Use a carrier oil like Coconut or Olive oil if you have sensitive skin.

Disclaimer: This oil as with all essential oils is not intended to be a substitute cure for medicine or actual doctor’s advice. Different people react differently to essential oils. Some people have extra sensitive skin and they may have to use a carrier oil to dilute the potency of the essential oil before they apply it on their skin. People with health issues would do well to research essential oils before they start the use of different essential oils to create a sense of well being for themselves.

Health Benefits of Peppermint

 

 

 

Peppermint leaves are from the mint plant that has therapeutic properties. Here are many health uses for Peppermint.

  1. Ease your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint essential oil is “the drug of first choice” in IBS patients. It safely helps alleviate symptoms, making them feel much better. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.

  1. Reduce Colonic Spasm and Gas

Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs for reducing colonic spasms. It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain if you rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil in circles on your abdomen. Add peppermint oil or leaves to green tea for gas relief.

  1. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage

Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to warm water and rub on.  This helps prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers. Do not do this just before feeding as it may not be safe for your child.

  1. Reduce your Tuberculosis Inflammation

Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helps rapidly reduce tuberculosis inflammation, and it could help prevent recurrences or exacerbation of this disease.

  1. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Peppermint essential oil can inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.

  1. Reduce Shingles associated Pain

A topical treatment of peppermint oil has shown immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain.

  1. Help improve Memory Problems

The aroma of peppermint oil has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.

  1. Ease Chemotherapy Induced Nausea

Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.

  1. Inhibit growth of Prostate Cancer

Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

  1. Prevent Dental Cavities and Bad Breath

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemicals in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities. Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two of the essential oil directly to your toothpaste to give it a minty, fresh flavor.

  1. Breathe better, clear nasal congestion

Peppermint essential oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant and can help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve your cough and cold symptoms.

  1. Relieve your Migraines and Headaches

Peppermint oil has shown to relieve severe migraines and tension headache pain. Try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

  1. Ease your Stress

Peppermint oil is known to have cooling and energizing properties. Add a few drops to your warm water bath, or dab a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for stress relief. You can also put the oil into a diffuser for a stress-relieving aroma.

  1. Healthy Hair and Skin

Blend daily, drops of peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, body wash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help your skin and remove dandruff and lice from your scalp.

  1. Ease your Asthma Condition

Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary herb), which is known to help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract in people with asthma.

  1. Relax your Muscle Pain

Peppermint essential oil can help relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging this essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your hot water bath for muscle pain relief.