Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. Its popularity started hundreds of years ago.
The ancient Egyptians used lavender oils in mummification, the Romans used it for bathing, cooking and air freshening, and French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé began to use it for healing purposes.
Today, lavender essential oils are known for:
- Alleviating headaches
- Improving eczema and psoriasis
- Healing burns and wounds
- Restoring skin complexion
- Slowing aging
- Reducing anxiety and emotional stress
- Improving sleep
Here we’ll go a little more in-depth with: burns and cuts, headaches and sleep improvement.
Lavender oil for burns and cuts
Lavender has a rich history of being used to prevent various infections and combat bacterial/fungal disorders. In fact, almost 100 studies have been conducted establishing this truth over and over again.
Also, we have found that lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds and a big part of this is because of its anti-microbial properties.
French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé (we’ll get into him in a future blog post) found that after burning his hand, lavender oil helped speed up recovery and reduced scarring.
There have also been studies that evaluate how lavender’s antimicrobial ability is enhanced when blended with other essential oils like clove, cinnamon and tea tree oil.
Tip: For burns or eczema try mixing lavender oil with coconut oil in 1:5 ratio for rapid healing.
Lavender oil for headaches
If you suffer from headaches, lavender oil may just be that natural cure you’re looking for - according to new medical research.
According to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.
Probably the most effective natural treatment for headaches is combining lavender oil with peppermint oil and rubbing these oils on the back of the neck, the temples on the lateral side of the forehead along with inhaling it.
Tip: Add two drops of each essential oil in the palm of your hand then rub them into the areas for relief.
Lavender for sleep and insomnia
A study on college students found that using lavender oil improved the overall quality of sleep by 60%. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep, restfulness and reduced symptoms of insomnia.
If you’re trying to improve quality of sleep, try rubbing some lavender oil directly on your neck, chest and temples.
If you’re trying to get some sleep, making a mixture of lavender oil, roman chamomile oil and magnesium oil is the best overall combination for improving sleep.
Tip: Try a healing bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to the bathtub to improve sleep and relax your body.
Now you can see why lavender is the most popular essential oil. It is essentially a wonder oil that does it all!