Everyone loves the smell of lavender. It’s such a relaxing and comforting smell. Lavender oil is an essential oil used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a healing modality that uses the power of essential oils. These aromatic oils contain the life force of the plant that helps the body naturally repair, heal and retard aging.
Lavender oil can be used to treat headaches, fungal infections, cuts, bruises, acne, eczema. It’s also healing for muscle and joint pain. It has balancing properties so it can help the body to relax and also can be used for energy and more stamina.
A French scientist named René Gattefossé discovered the healing properties of lavender after being severely burned in a lab explosion.
Uses for Lavender Oil:
- Rub lavender oil on feet for calming effect.
- Massage lavender drops on temples and forehead to aid in relaxation. It’s also good to relieve headaches.
- Put a drop of lavender oil under your nose. This is calming.
- Put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Put a drop of lavender oil on an insect bite to reduce swelling and stop itching.
- Place a few drops of lavender oil on a wet cloth, throw into the dryer to freshen your laundry.
- Rub lavender oil on your chest, neck, and on the bridge of your nose between your eyes to alleviate sinuses and allergies.
- Drop lavender oil on a cut to clean and kill bacteria.
- Soak a wash cloth in water with a few drops of lavender oil. Squeeze all excess water out. Roll the towel up and freeze for a soothing towel-cicle perfect for hot summer days or after a hot yoga class. Rub on face and body.
- Put 2-3 drops of lavender oil on minor burns to help prevent scarring and soothe pain.
- Add several lavender drops to coconut oil to use topically on dermatitis and eczema.
- Get a spray bottle and fill it with water and a few lavender drops for a refreshing body spray.
- Use with eucalyptus oil and coconut oil to make a very safe and effective tick, flea and mosquito repellent for dogs.
Here’s what Patricia S. said about using lavender on her dogs for tick, flea and mosquito repellent:
“After having two tick infestations and almost losing my dog to an tick born disease, I have to stay on top of pest control. I hated putting those drops on my boys every month. I’ve always wondered how it may be poisoning them or me, not to mention the expense. I’ve learned a safe and very effective tick and flea and mosquito repellent for dogs is a mixture of 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of lavender and a tbsp melted coconut oil. This is enough for a single application for both my medium size dogs. I apply this by rubbing almost half of this on my palms lightly skimming across the head ears, neck,back, stomach and legs before I massage it well into their fur. I try to do this every few days especially in the height in tick season. Besides repelling the bugs and smelling good, my dogs no longer suffer from dry skin nor do they get those itchy hot spots. Their fur actually seems healthier.”
Isn’t this a great idea!! I bet the dogs love it and the smell soothes and calms them, too!
The best kind of lavender oil to get is therapeutic grade. Pure lavender oil is edible. Many brands will say ‘not for internal use’ which means they are not pure lavender oil. Synthetic chemicals can disrupt the body’s natural balance. Pure essential oils will not disturb the body’s homeostasis and rarely cause negative side effects.