Lavender essential oil is one that is like a Swiss Army knife of oils. It does SO much and is SO gentle so let’s learn how to use it together! From head to toe. It can help you de-stress, offer seasonal support, great for the skin, helps with sleep and is one of the easiest to help in developing natural habits. So let’s dive into the uses and benefits of Lavender essential oil.
A couple things before we get started. I am not a doctor, I am just a Mama who loves finding natural options for her family. My education on oils is how our family has used these over the years and the benefits we have seen. You are the gatekeeper of your home and know your family so please keep that in mind while following us on this journey. Also, when speaking about essential oils, we use Young Living in our family and have for over six years. These are the oils that I have researched and feel comfortable with for our family. Not all oils are created equal.
More details on Lavender essential oil:
Lavender essential oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is an oil derived from the lavender flower. Have you even smelled real lavender? It is amazing!
The oil is extracted by a steam distillation process, in which the flowers are steamed, the steam is captured, and the oil is separated and collected from the water.
There are 27 SQ FT of lavender plants PER 15ml bottle of YL’s Lavender essential oil. That is a lot of plants!!! Young Living has three farms that grow lavender, they are in Utah, Idaho and France! The essential oil is steamed distilled from the flowering parts of the plant. Lavender has a fresh, floral, clean and calming scent.
The French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover that lavender can promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory explosion.
What are the Key Constituents in Lavender essential oil:
First, what is a constituent? It is a component or a part of something. Every essential oil has a different chemistry or makeup that it is composed of, therefore they each have different constituents and different percentages of these constituents depending on the oil.
Linalyl acetate and Linalool are the two largest constituents in Lavender Essential Oil.
Linalyl acetate has high quality antioxidant properties and has been shown to support the cardiovascular system as well as the body’s response to ischemic injury. It as has analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-psoriatic and antibacterial effects.
Linalool has been shown to support the body’s response to pain inflammation, may help improve sleep and is considered to support the immune and central nervous system. It is a powerful terpene due to the effect on the serotonin receptor. It is known to help treat conditions such as anxiety and depression and can help to combat insomnia.
Now for the best part… learning about all the ways you can use this oil.
How to use Lavender essential oil:
Aromatically – This is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils. By diffusing it, you will not only have a wonderful smell but will have aromatherapy benefits as well. You can also make up a room-spray, drop it straight on linens, or clothing for the aromatic benefits. My other favorite way is to drop a drop or two of my favorite scent and scrunch it into my hair for a subtle natural perfume.
Topically – Lavender is considered a gentle essential oil and can be used neat (not diluted) when applied to the skin. But just like everyone is different, everyone can react to oils differently. So always start small, and feel free to dilute if needed.
You can apply Lavender essential oil directly to the area affected or add to your favorite blends to apply.
Internally – You can add Lavender essential oil to a veggie capsule and take with a large glass of water or under the tongue for internal use.
Not all essential oils are created equally and can be taken internally. There are several things to consider, the brand itself, the growing process and distillation process. When I speak of using oils internally, Young Living are the only oils I have used on myself or my family internally.
What is Lavender essential oil used for?
These are some of our favorite ways to use Lavender essential oil:
There are so many ways to use this oil but these are some of our families favorites and other popular ways to use it.
- Very calming to the skin for any irritations
- One of the oils in my DIY bug spray
- Supports respiratory function
- May thicken or strengthen hair
- Supports the cardiovascular and nervous system
- Supports hair growth
- As a natural antihistamine.
- Helps to slow down the mind for most at bedtime
- Calming support for our pets too
- Supports aging skin
- Contains cleansing and antioxidant properties
- To flavor foods or deserts
- Amazing to mix with Frankincense and a carrier oil for dry, cracked hands
- Fantastic for soothing a sunburn
- Soothing to dilute in a carrier in a baby’s bath
- Apply to bug bites to soothe the skin
- Can help to reduce dandruff
- Can help support PMS cramps
- Supports the ears as well
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How to make roller bottles with Lavender essential oil:
- Add 15-20 drops of Lavender essential oil to a 10ml roller bottle.
- Top with your favorite carrier oil. My favorite for roller bottles is either V6 from Young Living or Fractionated coconut oil.
- Shake your roller bottle and use as needed.
Apply to pulse points, the spine, base of the neck, bottoms of feet or any area of concern.
Lavender Essential Oil Roller Recipes
- 10 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 10 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Frankincense
- 5 drops Orange
- 5 drops Vetiver
- 5 drops Valor
Learn more about other essential oils and their benefits too!
Peppermint Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
What are your favorite ways to use Lavender? This oil, just like the others can do so much! We love it for seasonal support for our family!
These are the oils our family has used for years (and that we know are safe for the uses mentioned above).
Remember, I am not a doctor, I am just a Mama who loves to share natural options that we use for ourselves and our kiddos that we have found works for us. I hope they can help you too! I’d love for you to follow along on more to our day to day on Instagram @naturallychaoticlifestyle!