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The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil: Sleep, Allergies and Calming

I have been using essential oils and aromatherapy to improve my health, immunity, and emotional well-being for years.

Why Is Lavender Essential Oil a Must Have?

The world of essential oils can be very overwhelming to someone starting out. There are several types of oils that promote various benefits, and it can be hard to know where to start. My favorite essential oil is lavender because of the various uses this one oil brings to the table. Lavender essential oil is useful in promoting sleep, easing feelings of anxiety and uneasiness, and has natural antihistamine properties. It can also be useful for treating minor scratches, burns, and other skin conditions. Let's explore how lavender essential oil can help you in these areas.

Lavender essential oil is great for promoting sleep and naturally calming the mind.

Lavender essential oil is great for promoting sleep and naturally calming the mind.

1. Sleep

Most people that suffer from insomnia have probably been told to spray some lavender spray on their pillow or put lavender scented lotion on before bed. This is because the scent of lavender naturally promotes sleep as it is a soothing, calming scent. I prefer to diffuse lavender oil in a diffuser close to my bed so I can smell the aroma as I sleep. Others prefer to dilute one drop of the oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut, hemp, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.) and rub on the bottoms of their feet or chest. Others prefer to buy a prediluted roll-on bottle that contains lavender essential oil and roll the oil on the bottoms of their feet, spine or chest area. These roll-on bottles are sold by most major essential oil companies, including DoTERRA and Plant Therapy.

2. Anxiety

Lavender's calming scent can also help ease feelings of anxiety. While lavender essential oil and aromatherapy alone cannot be sufficient enough to treat mental illness, diffusing lavender may help make anxious feelings more manageable. You may also apply diluted oil directly on your chest, or other parts of the body using the carrier oil or roll on bottles mentioned earlier, and breathe deeply to get momentary relief.

3. Allergies

Since lavender is a natural antihistamine, lavender essential oil is a great oil to diffuse to help manage seasonal allergies. Diffusing equal parts of lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oil is a wonderful way to make your home smell nice, purify the air and combat seasonal allergies. Lavender also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which makes this a great oil to use to combat respiratory threats and irritation.

Because of its natural antihistamine properties, lavender essential oil is great at combating seasonal allergies.

Because of its natural antihistamine properties, lavender essential oil is great at combating seasonal allergies.

4. Skin Conditions

Lavender essential oil can also be useful for a variety of skin conditions, including minor cuts, scratches, minor burns, or sunburns. Some people have also used lavender essential oil to treat acne, wrinkles, eczema, and psoriasis. I cannot speak about using lavender essential oil for the later conditions, as I do not have any experience using this oil to treat these conditions. I highly suggest researching and asking a qualified medical professional about how to integrate lavender essential oil in a skincare routine. For this section, I will concentrate on how lavender essential oil can treat minor scratches and burns since this is where my experience is.

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Because of its natural ability to improve the formation of scar tissue, lavender essential oil is great for helping speed up the healing process of minor scratches and burns. Its natural antibacterial properties also make this a great oil to use as it can help disinfect scratches and cuts (although it is never a replacement for cleaning the area regularly, along with other first aid protocols!). Dilute one drop of lavender essential oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil, or apply to the skin using a prediluted lavender essential oil roll-on bottle. You should never put undiluted essential oils on your skin, as this can cause irritation since undiluted essential oils are very strong without proper dilution.

I find that using diluted lavender essential oil on minor cuts, burns and sunburns do help them heal faster, as well as reduce scarring. While I do find lavender essential oil helps with minor burns and scratches, I personally would not recommend its use on severe burns or major injuries.

The Lavender Essential Oil I Use

Do you use lavender essential oil for other uses? What brands would you recommend and what is your favorite way to use this oil?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


RTalloni on July 17, 2018:

Lavender is such a yummy fragrance. That its oil has these benefits makes it valuable to us. I put it on my gardening clothes because it helps repel gnats and mosquitoes and smells better than some of the other oils that also do a good job of repelling such bugs, but sometimes I add them with the lavender.

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