It feels only right that if I am going to take the time to share the facts and science around an essential oil that I would share why this oil is important from my experience.  I think of lavender as a gateway oil, it’s comfortable and feels like a safe place to start using oils in your home and life.  If you’re anything like me I began my education in medicinal aromatherapy thinking of lavender in a diffuser in a spa like environment. That’s where I thought oil usage began and ended but in reality when we use oils we are discovering a source of health and wellness that had been around for centuries and lavender was part of that history.  I personally feel like it represents home, mother earth, safety and femininity. Of course as I write this I have a bottle next to me and am checking in with this lovely supportive oil.  She is calming and soothing to the body and the mind and emotions.  I personally love using lavender when I am experiencing stress or emotionally challenging times.  Place a few drops of my palm, rub my hands together, inhale deeply and place my palms over my heart. The act of self love in caring for my emotions, slowing down combined with the supportive aroma interacting with my body’s emotional center (the limbic system) is very calming.  My recommendation is to get a bottle of lavender and create a ritual that supports your emotional and mental health.  When you do purchase a bottle please, please, please make sure it is pure and therapeutic grade because if you haven’t tried a pure and therapeutic version of lavender you haven’t tried lavender – yet.      

You will hear me say this over and over but it can’t be over emphasized, it is imperative that when you select an essential oil that it be pure and therapeutic grade.  There is a spectrum of oils out there and if you have picked up a bottle of lavender at your grocery store chances are it could be made of synthetic fragrance or adulterated with a carrier oil. if this the oil you have tried you haven’t yet received the many powerful effects and support essential oils have to offer. It is for this reason that I choose Doterra. I have taken time to get to know the ethos of this company and its founders and owners.  They are truly doing things “the right way”  and can show you through science that they are holding themselves to a high level because its the right thing to do but also because they want to ensure there is scientific efficacy in the product that they create and curate for its purity and effectiveness.  

It seems like when you talk essential oil most everyone thinks of lavender.  Why not? its a pretty amazing oil and been used for centuries – you know its biblical. Essential oil such as Lavender is most commonly used in aromatherapy. The flower and the oil of lavender are also used to make medicine. This herb is native from Northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean.

In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component. It also used in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in cosmetics, perfumes, soaps and even for home decorations. Its uses are endless and for good reason  -lavender has many amazing uses. 

The fragrance from the oils of the lavender plant is believed to help promote wellness and calmness that helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Yes, please. 

Lavender is much more than just pretty and calming. It is one of the most powerful remedies in the plant world, offering both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension. It owes this amazing spectrum of healing powers to its complex chemical makeup.

 

A Few more benefits of Lavender Essential Oil 

Increased sleep quality

Lavender oil is probably best known for its calming or sleep inducing effects. By adding a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow every evening before bed you can drift off to dreamland and get a good night’s rest. In a study lavender was shown to, “improved quality of daytime wakefulness and more sustained sleep at night.” (NIH, 2013)

Reduced anxiety

Lavender can also help reduce anxiety levels. Inhalation of lavender essential oil daily for 15 days has been shown to reduce levels of anxiety. In a scientific study a lavender supplement was tested against conventional anti anxiety medication and the lavender supplement was found to be effective in place of the conventional medications. (NCBI, 2013)

Heal Wounds

It has wound-healing properties, studies have shown that lavender stimulates the production of collagen in the skin and increases fibroblasts which also encourages collagen production. (NCBI, 2016) When applied to a minor wound, it can help promote healing by helping the minor wound to contract and speed up the process of tissue repair.  Add 4 drops of lavender oil to 10gm of vitamin e cream or coconut oil and apply to the minor wound. 

Treating Skin

One of my favorite ways to use lavender topically is for skin care.  It is my go to when there is any minor skin irritation. Lavender oil has many uses for treating the skin. Use for acne, soothes eczema and dry skin, skin lightening and for face wrinkles

It naturally reduces inflammation, lessens pain, and cleans the surface of the skin. You can use lavender oil on your face, legs, and hands.

 

When used in aromatherapy

  • It is reported to reduce stress by relaxing the brain waves.
  • It reduces cortisol levels that contribute to the stress hormone.
  • Support the immune system by helping relieve feelings of stress that can weaken health
  • Lavender is believed to help balance hormones, to reduce feelings of nervous tension
  • Due to its calming and relaxing properties, it can work as a sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia.

So there are the facts, a little inspiration for putting this oil to work in your life  and a little story about how I use this oil in my life.  Above all else, please be good to yourself and make your health and wellness a priority.  I know if you are reading this you are looking for a way to be more empowered and proactive about your health and the quality of your life and i am so excited that you are here.  Please do reach out if there is anything that you need along your journey – we are here to support.  

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4880962/