Use in a diffuser, wear just a drop or two on your wrists, or add to laundry for a lucious, fresh and relaxing scent on sheets, towels, or clothing. Lavender is the most popular essential oil used in aromatherapy because of its very wide array of uses. In addition to the physiological and neurological calming effects and the balancing effects in beauty care, lavender is a highly regarded wound healer. The oil is notably effective on small burns, conditions of the skin that are burn-like (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis) or when blended 50/50 with Tea Tree Lavender serves as an all purpose, highly soothing antiseptic, suitable for all the cuts and scrapes of youthful exhuberance. The familiar, sweet aroma rendered it known as the 'nose herb' in ancient times. Lavender has been used for centuries as a calming yet reviving oil and commonly added to linen as a sleep aid, as a flavoring agent for water or alcoholic beverages and in baths, massage oils and tonics to relieve stress-related ailments.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Analgesic, Anticonvulsive, Antidepressant, Antimicrobial, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antitoxic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Choleretic, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Deodorant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypotensive, Insecticide, Nervine, Parasiticide, Rubefacient, Sedative, Stimulant, Sudorific, Tonic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary.
- Soothes, treats and heals burns
- Treats acne, eczema, abscesses, athlete's foot and boils
- Treats dandruff
- Calming, regenerating and reviving
- Promotes clear self-expression
- An aromatic 'rescue remedy', it aids in any situation where emotion overwhelms the mind.
- The latest research on Lavender essential oil was published by researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. This was a placebo controlled, randomized, double blind study investigating the effects of a pill containing 80 milligrams of Lavender essential oil. The pill was evaluated primarily for its effects at reducing anxiety and improving sleep. Study participants consumed one of these capsules daily for 10 weeks. In every category examined, the lavender preparation exceeded the efficacy of the placebo. It was able to improve the quality of sleep, reduce anxiety, and actually improve the overall perception of health and well-being for the users. The researchers concluded the Lavender-containing capsule "is both efficacious and safe for the relief of anxiety disorder...It has a clinically meaningful anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) effect and alleviates anxiety related disturbed sleep.” In a study by the same group of researchers, Lavender oil was compared not to a placebo, but to Lorazepam, a "high potency benzodiazepine drug." The conclusion noted: "our results demonstrate that [...the Lavender capsule...] is as effective as Lorazepam in adults with GAD (general anxiety disorder)." It was also noted that one of the wonderful features of the natural substance is that it has no potential for abuse, unlike the benzodiazepines (such as Valium). Lavender has been favorably compared to these anxiety-relieving drugs in many studies over the last decade and is also noted in its ability to reduce aggressive tendencies.
- Calms asthmatic symptoms by opening and relaxing the smooth muscles of the throat and bronchial tubes
- Quells halitosis (bad breath)
- Effective against laryngitis, bronchitis and other respiratory infections
- Calms coughing and wheezing
- Soothes abdominal and stomach cramps
- Effective against nausea
- Quells flatulence and other digestive upset
- Can calm symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Aids with treating cystitis, dysmenorrhoea and leucorrhoea
- Relief of depression
- Quells headaches, insomnia, nervous tension and most stress-related conditions
- Can balance symptoms of shock and vertigo