Top 20 Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender is a hardy little shrub that is known for its delightfully scented flowers, which are typically varying shades of purple. Its ancient roots date back more than two thousand years, and may believe its potent essential oil is referenced numerous times in the bible. This is not surprising because lavender essential oil uses have been documented as far back as ancient Egypt, where it was an important part of rituals and mummifications. Today it’s perhaps best known for its use in aromatherapy, however many, many more health benefits are thought to exist in lavender’s complex plant oils.

Most essential oils uses rely on a specific set of properties that lend themselves to a wide variety of different health concerns. In the case of lavender, antiseptic, antibiotic and disinfectant properties are all thought to exist. In addition, lavender is also thought to bear anti inflammatory and analgesic properties, in addition to its better known applications that take advantage of the oil’s sedative and antidepressant qualities.

There are far too many potential lavender essential oil uses to count, and including those traditionally believed in anecdotal or folkloric medicine, the number of them could increase exponentially. However, in today’s alternative and holistic healing communities, twenty different lavender essential oil uses are often highlighted, and they can be found below.

1. Anxiety and Stress: Perhaps the best known of all uses of lavender oil is in aromatherapy for the relief of stress and anxiety. There are some studies that suggest the oil may be useful in this regard, although whether or not lavender is more effective or less effective than other plant oils for relieving stress remains a debated topic.

2. Insomnia: Folkloric uses of lavender greatly emphasized the flower’s use in curing insomnia, and research being conducted today may lend some credibility to this old use. Not only is it believed that using lavender oil in aromatherapy may slow down the nervous system to bring sleep on, it also may help improve the quality of sleep on the whole.

3. Reduce Agitation: There have been several studies conducted on the use of lavender in persons with degenerative cognitive conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s, and the results have been quite impressive. Aromatherapy with the delicately scented oil showed the ability to reduce agitation in many of the study participants involved.

4. Hair Loss (Alopecia): Though more study will need to be done to confirm the validity of hair loss related lavender essential oil uses, one trial in particular involving persons with alopecia found lavender oil massaged in the scalp useful in promoting healthy hair regrowth.

5. Fungal Infections: There are many natural plant oils that are thought to help eliminate an abundance of fungus on the body, namely that caused by Candida albicans, however lavender is one that is preferred because it is generally well tolerated when applied neat to the skin (though many still prefer dilution with a carrier oil).

6. Cuts, Burns and Wounds: Because lavender is thought to boast both pain relieving and antiseptic properties, it remains a common natural remedy for various minor skin injuries. Neat application may kill germs to prevent infection and other oil properties may relieve pain, but some still prefer a carrier oil – especially those with sensitive skin.

7. Eczema: The results of studies involving lavender essential oil uses on eczema are sort of conflicting, but there is at least some evidence to suggest that scaly and dry lesions were reduced in some participants when massage with lavender oil was introduced (the debate rages however as to what caused the positive results).

8. Pain Relief Following Surgery: Lavender’s pain relieving benefits are often overlooked because it’s best known for its calmative properties, but one study found particular use in relieving pain with the oil following surgical procedures.

9. Lice: There is some evidence to suggest that in addition to potentially helping improve the health of the hair, lavender essential oils uses may also include making the scalp less appealing to lice and nits.

10. Indigestion: Consulting with a doctor and professional herbalist for dosing and ensure only the use of therapeutic grade oils before taking lavender oil internally for its digestive benefits. These are thought to be because lavender oil helps stimulate bile production and other gastric juices.

11. High Blood Pressure: Lavender oil, when massaged into the skin in circular motions, is thought to help improve circulation which in turn may have positive implications in reducing elevated blood sugar levels.

12. Diuretic: One of the lesser known lavender essential oils uses is promoting the production of urine which can have numerous benefits with the most simple relating to reducing excess water on the body (when not related to serious medical condition).

13. Repel Bugs: Those same lice and nit repelling lavender essential oil uses may be precisely the reason why the oil is associated with keeping away moths and mosquitoes. It’s apparently quite effective as it’s not uncommon to find lavender oil in commercially produced insect repellants.

14. Back Pain: Neat topical application of lavender oil (or dilute with a carrier for those with sensitive skin) when massaged into the upper or lower back may bring about medicine free pain relief thanks to the oil’s analgesic properties.

15. Arthritis Pain: Pain relief is perhaps one of the most important of all lavender essential oil uses, and persons suffering from arthritis related pain will likely find dual benefits to lavender oil which is considered a natural pain reliever as well as a natural anti inflammatory (the root of arthritis related discomfort).

16. Bug Bites: Anyone who chose not to use lavender oil to repel bugs that ended up with a bite may want to consider it after the fact for symptom relief. By reducing swelling at the bite site, providing germ killing antiseptic properties and helping relieve pain and itch, it’s an all around all star for natural bug bite relief.

17. Poison Oak / Ivy / Sumac: Though they all have different names, these same conditions caused by related woodsy plants all trigger similar symptoms, most notably a painful, itchy and often dry region of skin where the contact occurred. Soothing, pain relieving and inflammation reducing properties related to lavender essential oil may provide numerous types of relief in the case of these skin conditions.

18. Colds and Flu: When used in a vaporizer or other inhalation methods, lavender essential oil uses are thought to provide respiratory relief from conditions like the flu or common cold.

19. Laryngitis: Neat application of lavender oil to the neck may provide some relief from the common condition known as laryngitis. While more research will be needed, it may be the anti inflammatory tendencies of lavender oil responsible for this activity.

20. Disinfecting the Home: Nearly all lavender essential oil uses benefit the body in some way, but a method of use that is becoming more popular has to do with keeping the home healthy. Lavender makes an excellent natural disinfectant and provides a clean and natural scent. Those looking to avoid the chemical laced cleaning products that line store shelves may want to include lavender oil in their homemade blends.

Lavender is, not surprisingly, commonly found in calming oil blends; but in massage and tension blends, lavender is a mainstay as well.