• Lena Linnik

Lavender Essential Oil-benefits and precaution



Even people who don't like essential oils know what lavender smells like! It's added to air fresheners, perfumes, cleaning supplies, beauty products, oils/lotions, and candles. The sweet floral smell is gentle and soothing. It has a sedative and calming effect on the body and mind. Lavender is commonly used for insomnia and anxiety. It is recommended to use a carrier oil when applying essential oils directly to the skin. You can use any oil you have on hand such as: coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil. Using essential oils directly on the skin without a carrier oil can irritate the skin and cause a burning effect. Lavender oil is one of the few oils that are gentle enough to use without a carrier oil, however I suggest diluting it nevertheless.

Benefits:

As I mentioned before lavender is well known for its relaxing effect on the body but did you know that lavender can also help with minor burns, cuts, insect bites, acne and tooth abscess due to its natural antiseptic properties. In 1910, Rene Maurice Gattefosse who was a perfumer and chemist was able to halt the onset of gangrene he develop from a burn. After his quick recovery lavender became popular and widely studied.

Precautions:

Be careful around small children and pets

Dilute 1% or less for small children and pregant women

Don't rub your eyes after using oils, if you do wash eyes out with cold water

Some oils can effect medications you might be taking, check with your doctor.

Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oil


Make your own room freshener!

All you need is:

Add 10-20 drops of lavender oil

2 1/2 cups water

fine mist bottle

Combine and spray! Avoid spraying any cloth material that might stain such as velvet.

You can mix it up and use other oils with the lavender.

Lavender is definitely one of my favorite smells when I do aromatherapy during massage sessions and it's always going in our diffuser at night.


Sources:

The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Aromatherapy massage by Clare Maxwell-Hudsons

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