Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile and popular oils in aromatherapy. Its spa-like scent and dynamic natural properties are known to help improve sleep, decrease anxiety, promote deep relaxation and treat numerous health conditions. Lavender is one of our favorite oils for skin care and to create a peaceful atmosphere.
Steam-distilled from the flowers of the plant known as Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender essential oil has a powdery and floral aroma. Our Lavender essential oil is harvested from a farm in Bulgaria that gathers and distills in small batches to maintain high levels of its natural healing properties. With Lavender, quality is everything.
In addition to Lavender essential oil’s many cosmetic uses like skincare and haircare, it has a vast array of natural constituents for medicinal and healing purposes. For example, Lavender is rich in Linalool, a terpene known for its sedative, anxiety-reducing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender Essential Oil Benefits
Interestingly, Lavender essential oil and its natural properties have been thoroughly researched which means there is actual scientific evidence to back up Lavender’s many physical and emotional benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits of Lavender essential oil.
Anxiety & Stress
More than 40 million adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Although anxiety can take many forms and feel very different to different people, anxiety is generally described as “persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening,” states the organization.
At Aromawest, we believe that anxiety should be taken seriously and encourage you to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. If you’re looking for ways to help support your mental and emotional health, essential oils show promising outcomes.
A 2019 systematic review of various Lavender studies found Lavender to have a significant effect on anxiety levels in humans. Women were also less likely to experience anxiety during childbirth and after using inhaling Lavender, according to a 2016 study. Those same women were also less likely to experience postpartum depression after inhaling Lavender every 8 hours for 4 weeks.
A 2018 study in mice found one of Lavender’s main constituents, Lilalool to be incredibly effective for anxiety. Linalool is a terpene that naturally occurs in Lavender. In the animal study, Linalool was shown to have a similar effect as common anxiety medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. There is also evidence that Lavender can help stabilize mood and improve depression symptoms.
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or in need of deeper sleep, Lavender might be your new best friend. Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of Lavender to promote better sleep and fight insomnia. Smelling Lavender is known to provide an olfactory stimulus that has a positive effect on sleep.
A 2015 study found that Lavender improved sleep quality for college students with self-reported sleep issues. Another study measured the effects of Lavender essential oil on elderly people living in nursing homes. In the study, Lavender essential oil drops were placed on the pillows of participants every evening for a week before bedtime. The results showed that the elderly participants had improved sleep quality and slept longer. Plus, their rooms probably smelled like a fresh floral field.
Even if you’re the kind of magical person who never struggles to clock in 8 hours of sleep per night, Lavender can still have a dramatic effect on your rest. A 2005 study examined the effects of Lavender essential oil on the sleep cycles of 31 young, healthy sleepers. Lavender was shown to increase deep or slow-wave sleep in both men and women. Plus, all subjects reported feeling more energized and vigorous in the morning after inhaling Lavender before bedtime.
Headaches & Migraines
Along with Peppermint essential oil, Lavender is a top pick for alleviating headaches and migraines. For centuries, Lavender has been used to treat everything from back pain to osteoarthritis. A 2015 study concluded that Lavender can be an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. It was also found to have powerful antioxidant properties.
Lavender essential oil’s robust pain-relieving properties make it a natural source for headache and migraine relief. A small but significant 2012 study found Lavender to be a safe treatment for the management of migraine headaches. The study’s participants inhaled Lavender for 15 minutes and the majority reported relief and a decrease in the severity of their migraines.
In addition to using Lavender to help alleviate migraines during the attack, regular inhalation of Lavender has been shown to improve migraine headaches over time. A 2016 study found that when participants used Lavender for a three-month period, the frequency and severity of their migraines dramatically decreased.
How do you use Lavender for migraines?
For fast-acting relief from migraines or headaches, inhaling 2 to 4 drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball can have an immediate pacifying effect. You can also add 3 drops of Lavender essential oil to 3 cups of boiling water and gently inhale.
Headache Relief Roller DIY
If you frequently suffer from headaches or migraines, it’s a good idea to have an effective treatment ready. Our Headache Relief Roller DIY is incredibly easy to make and compact enough to fit in your handbag or medicine cabinet so you can apply it whenever you need it.
Applying essential oils topically to the skin is one of the easiest ways to take advantage of their tremendous effects. To apply safely, you should always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Argan Oil) before using them on your skin. We also recommend doing a patch test to make sure your body agrees with the oil you’re using.
6 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
3 drops of Chamomile Essential oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 ml glass roller bottle
- Add all of the essential oils (totaling 15 drops) to the glass roller bottle
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil (or another carrier oil you have on hand)
- Securely close the cap and shake to mix.
- Apply to temples, back of the neck, and behind your ears to help prevent or soothe headaches.
Note: If you’d prefer, you can skip the Peppermint and Chamomile and just use 15 drops of Lavender essential oil in this Roller DIY.
Acne & Skincare
Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender essential oil is a skincare powerhouse that can help heal and repair your skin. It’s also known to help fade dark spots, fight acne, and smooth wrinkles. Because of its potency, Lavender should always be diluted with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin.
Lavender essential oil is naturally packed with antibacterial properties that can help purify your skin. It can help unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria for a brighter, clearer complexion. Deeply hydrating, Lavender helps regulate your skin’s sebum levels (oil production) to balance the moisture on your skin.
In addition to moisturizing, Lavender oil naturally tones and tightens the skin for a lasting glow. When used regularly, it can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles for smoother, softer skin. There is also some evidence to suggest that Lavender oil can help rebuild collagen and promote cell regeneration.
Using Lavender Safely
As with all essential oils, it’s important to dilute Lavender oil before applying it topically to the skin (as discussed earlier). To find out the ratio of essential oils to carrier oils, explore our Super Easy Essential Oil Dilution Chart. Some of our favorite carrier oils to use on your face include Meadowfoam, Argan, and Jojoba. These all have a low comedogenic rating so they won’t clog your pores.
Before adding essential oil to your daily routine, we always recommend talking to your doctor first. If you are pregnant or nursing, this is especially important. Lavender is generally acceptable for kids who are 2 years of age and older but should be diluted at a higher percentage.
If you’re diffusing Lavender essential oil to help you relax or to inspire a calming atmosphere, diffuse no longer than 30 to 60 minutes at a time.
Whether you’re using Lavender essential oil to improve your sleep or relieve pain, just remember to relax and enjoy its wondrous effects.
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