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.

Amazing Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless. It is obtained from the fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. Scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus, it is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, depending on where it is located in the world. Eucalyptus was primarily native to Australia. Since then it has spread to other parts of the world like India, Europe, and South Africa. Due to the medicinal compound eucalyptol which is present in its makeup, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes. 

Heals Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic qualities because of its germicidal quality. Ozone is formed when it is exposed to air, which is a well-researched antiseptic. This oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. Besides soothing the affected area, it helps protect the open wound or irritated area from developing infections due to microbial activity caused by exposure to air.

Helps you breathe better: Eucalyptus Oil helps with common colds, persistent coughs, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines for respiratory ailments, Gargling eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water has been shown to be consistently effective in treating sore throats.

Eucalyptus leaves have medicinal properties.

Asthma, a respiratory condition that affects millions of people around the world have found the beneficial use of eucalyptus essential oil.  Massage 4 – 5 drops of eucalyptus onto the patient’s chest. The soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which allows more oxygen into the lungs, restoring normal breathing. The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus essential oil help the patient get relief from asthmatic symptoms. People with asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis and other constrictions of the windpipe can be made to feel better by using eucalyptus oil.

Rejuvenate your Spirit: Eucalyptus oil creates a cooling and refreshing effect. Eucalyptus oil is a stimulant, which helps you rejuvenate and revitalize your spirit by removing exhaustion, mental sluggishness and lifting up the spirits of those feeling sick. Diffusing Swiss Mist Eucalyptus oil can be effective in helping relieve stress and mental disorders.

Eucalyptus essential oil helps stimulate mental activity by increasing blood flow to the brain. This oil is considered a vasodilator, which means that it increases the blood flow around the body by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing blood to circulate freely. More blood to the brain means more brain power, and eucalyptus essential oil is used in classrooms as a form of causal aromatherapy to help increase student focus and performances. There is a definite positive correlation between brain function and use of Eucalyptus essential oil.

Ease Muscle Pain: For those experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin helps relieve stress and pain. It acts as an analgesic and is anti-inflammatory in nature. Patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments, and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and nerve pain can feel better using Eucalyptus oil. Massage the oil on the affected areas of the body.

Kills Lice:

Eucalyptus oil is an effective bug repellent. It is used as a natural treatment for lice. Mainstream products have dangerous chemicals that you don’t want being absorbed into your scalp and can be damaging to the hair. Use a few drops of eucalyptus oil through a lice-infested head to get a better and healthier solution against lice infection.

Nourish your hair by mixing a few drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil or other hair oil to refresh your scalp, and keep dandruff from forming.

Natural Dental Care:

Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque buildup, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties. It is used an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.

Removes Intestinal Germs:

Eucalyptus oil is frequently used to remove germs in the intestine. Studies have shown that ingesting eucalyptus oil can prevent bacterial, microbial, and parasitic conditions, particularly in the colon and intestine.

Restores Skin health:

Eucalyptus oil can be applied topically to treat skin infections and it helps speed up healing.

Manage your Diabetes better:

Ingesting eucalyptus oil using it in soups can help control blood sugar. Diabetic patients suffer from lack of good blood circulation, resulting in the amputation of limbs or even death. Massage eucalyptus oil onto the skin topically, and inhale it as a vapor frequently to ease the constriction of blood vessels. The relaxing qualities of eucalyptus oil will benefit diabetic patients.

Relieves fever, congestion, and colds:

Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing body temperature. One of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. Combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture proves effective against fever. It can also be used as a deodorant and a temperature reducer.

Pour Eucalyptus oil into a jug filled with warm to hot water and inhale. It will help remove severe congestion and cold. You can cover yourself with a sheet as you inhale to keep the water in the jug stay hot longer. Inhale for 5 – 10 minutes. Repeat twice daily till you start feeling better.

Uses in the Home:

Eucalyptus oil’s antiseptic and deodorant nature makes it a great room freshener for homes, offices, clinics, and hospitals. It helps kill bacteria and germs in the air while keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized. Drops of this oil can be used with soap liquid to clean sinks and toilets to leave a bacteria-free, clean and refreshing smell.

Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. This is because the oil has a pleasant, sweet aroma while acting as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.

Eucalyptus essential oil has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. It can be used as a vapor rub or inhalant by massaging it onto the chest. It can relieve the symptoms of harmful infections like tuberculosis by helping clear the lungs and reducing inflammation in patients.

Aromatherapy and Relaxation:

You can add eucalyptus oil to your home hot/warm water bath for both adults and children. Private spas and saunas use this oil because of its refreshing and antiseptic attributes. The benefits of eucalyptus essential oil can be mostly accessed through the vapor when the oil mixes with the warm water, as well as topical application or ingestion.

There are still many less-researched areas of uses for eucalyptus oil. It can be applied to treat hay fever (a seasonal allergy), teen acne, endometriosis, and herpes simplex virus.

The use of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is growing in popularity because it blends well with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense.

Dysentery and Stomach ache: can be eased simply by using a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the belly.  Pour the oil into your palm and rub it in on your belly using a circular motion which will help ease your stomach ache and discomfort.

Ear Inflammation: You can reduce ear pain by rubbing a few drops of eucalyptus oil around the outside part of the ear. Never drop oil directly into ear cavity.

Ease Shingle Pain: Shingles can be painful. This pain can be eased. Pour eucalyptus oil into a bowl of warm/hot water. Soak a warm wet towel and squeeze dry, then apply on the shingles affected areas to relieve pain. You can try dropping eucalyptus oil directly on a small area, on the shingles and wiping with a warm wet towel. If the condition gets worse, stop use at once. Usually, the antiseptic, antiviral properties of the eucalyptus oil will help the shingles heal faster.

Use with caution:

Using too much eucalyptus oil can be harmful. It can disrupt homeopathic treatments. People with allergic sensitivities can be affected by using eucalyptus essential oil, as it might cause airborne contact dermatitis. Always consult your doctor for advice, or have an allergy test done on your skin, the patch test, (apply on a small patch of skin) before using it topically. Some people can be allergic to Eucalyptus oil or other oils. Essential oils can be ingested by using it in teas or soups. However, if you feel stomach ache or discomfort happening each time you use it, stop ingesting it at once, as it may not be suitable for you.