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Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Updated on October 29, 2011
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History of Lavender Oil

Lavender originated in the Mediterranean and still grows wild on hills and mountains across southern Europe. The word lavender comes from the Latin word "lavare" which means to wash. Lavender has been used for thousands of years for many different reasons but primarily it was used as soap and perfume. Lavender was also thought to ward off the evil eye, protect against the plague and attract love.

Lavender remains a popular fragrant due to its fresh, clean scent. It's used in many products such as soaps, detergents, shampoo, perfume and candles. Pure essential lavender oil is the best to use mainly because it has no added chemicals. There are many health benefits and you will actually save money using lavender oil than if you buy commercial products.


Uses For Lavender Oil

There are so many ways to use lavender oil. Here's a list of things that lavender oil can do for you.

Controls acne, leading to clearer skin

May lessen wrinkles and prevent future wrinkles

Can control Eczema

Lessen apperance of bruises

Help to ease arthritis

Cures cold sores

Cures ear infections

Cures bug bites / bee stings

Eases muscle aches

Relieves depression and anxiety

Great for de-stressing and relaxation

Cures headaches

Cures insomnia


How to Use Lavender Oil

Inhale

There are several ways to do this. One is to add a few drops of lavender to a tissue. Put the tissue up to your nose and breathe deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. You can add lavender in a vaporizer filled with water or in a boiling pot of water and breathe in the steam. Inhaling lavender will help you relax, de-stress, alleviate head aches and ease anxiety or depression.

Spray

You'll need a spray bottle. Fill it with distilled water and add about ten drops of lavender oil. It's best to get a dark colored, glass spray bottle. Keep cool in fridge. Use the spray as a facial toner, spray on body to repel mosquitoes or to cure bites and stings. A great way to cure insomnia is to spray lavender on your pillow before going to sleep. .

Topical

You cannot apply lavender directly on your skin. You will have to mix in a little olive, jojoba or flaxseed oil with lavender oil before putting it on your skin. Rub the oil into skin to prevent wrinkles, cure acne and minimize the appearance of bruises. With a cotton ball, apply lavender into ear to ease ear infections. Massage with lavender oil to cure back aches and to relieve stress.

Bath

Anywhere from 15-20 drops in the bath is what you will need. Add lavender oil after tub is filled and water is off. Soaking in the lavender is perfect after a stressful day and will help you sleep at night. Of course, it's also great for your skin.

*Pregnant women should check with their doctor first about aromatherapy. Lavender may not be healthy for a pregnant woman to use. Children should not ingest lavender. Be extra cautious with essential oils around pets because it could harm them.

Where to Buy

Not all of lavender oil you find at the store is pure. Your best bet is to purchase lavender oil at your local health store or grocery stores like Whole Foods. Of all the essential oils, lavender is one of the most expesnive ones, costing anywhere from $10 - $20 a bottle, however it's a great investment because you will use it every day.


Would you like to learn more about essential oils? Read my other hub about the amazing benefits of eucalyptus:

http://amymarie5.hubpages.com/hub/The-Many-Benefits-of-Eucalyptus

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      jamila sahar 6 years ago

      i love the gorgeous picture of the lavender, i can almost smell it from the picture ! lovely hub, lavender is fantastic ! thanks for sharing voted up useful and interesting and beautiful because it is !

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Treasuresofheaven,

      Thank you for commenting. I'm so glad you liked my article. I've suffered from acne for years and lavender has really helped me control it. I had no idea this article was on the front page. Thanks for telling me. It made my day! Take care!!

      Amy

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great Hub! These are excellent uses of Lavender Oil. I saw this hub on the Home Page of Hub! Very nice work. I will have to do more with lavender oil, it's been a while since I have used it.

      Thanks!

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      amymarie_5 7 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Babygirl33, I love essential oils too. Orange and peppermint are my other favorites. I use lavender all the time. I'm addicted to it. :) Thank you for commenting!

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      baygirl33 7 years ago

      Just read this hub and loved it!

      I use lavander oil all the time but I never thought of putting it on a kleenex and breathing it. I use orange and grapefruit oils.Love all kinds of essential oils.

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