Steam distilled from lavender flowers, this essential oil has a fresh, floral scent. Lavender oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties. It is one of the most widely used essential oils, as it offers many benefits for a wide variety of ailments and issues.*
For topical, aromatic, or dietary use.
Aromatherapeutic Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Improved sleep- Lavender may slow nervous system activity and improve sleep quality. Lavender has been found to positively impact the length of sleep, time it takes to fall asleep, and restfulness during sleep.* Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser, and diffuse in your room at night to ease sleeping problems. Alternatively, put 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and two ounces of water in a spray bottle, and spray over your pillow before going to sleep.
Stress and tension tamer- Lavender essential oil has a calming effect and can be used to help cope with stress and nervous tension.* Add a few drops to a diffuser or a warm (not hot) bath to ease stress and nervous tension. Diluted lavender oil may also be applied on the body (see How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use below).
Headache relief- Dilute lavender oil according to the directions below (How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use), and gently rub into your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck. Especially helpful for tension and stress headaches.*
Relief of respiratory symptoms- Dilute lavender essential oil following directions below (How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use), and rub into your neck, chest, and/or back to ease symptoms associated with colds, flu, bronchitis, and sinus congestion.*
Skin Care Uses
Acne- Dilute lavender oil with a carrier oil (see How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use); dab on acne with a cotton swab twice a day.
Dry, itchy skin and eczema- Add lavender essential oil to a carrier oil (see How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use), and gently rub into the affected areas.*
Minor wounds, burns, and sunburns- Add lavender essential oil to a carrier oil (see How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use), and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Diluted lavender and peppermint essential oils can also be used in combination to help heal sunburns.*
Air freshener- Add 40 to 50 drops of lavender essential oil and four ounces of water to a spray bottle. Spray wherever air needs freshening.
All-purpose cleaner- Pour ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. Add 20 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil. (Tea tree, rosemary, and lemon essential oils can also be added alone or in combination.) Use to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Also good for walls, glass, and mirrors. Shake before each use.
Note: Do not use vinegar on stone surfaces, such as granite counter tops. Instead, mix 1 cup water with 1 or 2 tsp. of Castile soap and 20 to 30 drops of essential oil. Essential oils can break down plastic over time, so use up the all-purpose cleaner fairly quickly, or store it in glass.
Hand sanitizer- Add 20-25 drops of lavender essential oil and two ounces of water or witch hazel to a spray bottle. Spray on hands and rub together vigorously when soap and water are not available.
How to Dilute Essential Oils for Topical Use
Add 12 drops of the essential oil to one ounce of a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba, apricot, olive, or Fractionated Coconut Oil. If you have never used the essential oil before, apply it to a small area of skin, and wait at least 24 hours for signs of a reaction (such as redness, itching or other irritation) before using it on larger areas.
Note: Essential oils are very concentrated and should be used with caution. Please dilute them before use. Some essential oils are unsafe during all trimesters of pregnancy; others should only be used after the first trimester. Use essential oils cautiously if you are pregnant or nursing. When using the recipes above for children under the age of 12, use half or less of the amount of essential oils.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.