Lavender essential oil, a true powerhouse!

 

 

Lavandula Angustifolia’

 

Relaxing and soothing. Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and has been used for centuries in aromatherapy. An extremely popular and well-known oil, lavender essential oil is widely used therapeutically for massage, bathing and in skincare. Lavender oil creates a beautiful aroma when it is vaporised in an oil burner, creating a sense of peace and calm.  It is renowned for its wound healing benefits. Once written off as ‘old’ and ‘dated’, lavender essential oil has made a revival in recent years and is certainly a best seller here at Love to b.

 

Julie is often asked by customers ‘What can lavender essential oil be used for?’ It is a truly multipurpose oil that has a soothing and relaxing effect, believed to relieve anxiety and depression, insomnia, eczema and fungal infections.

 

How is Lavender essential oil made?

 

The flowers and leaves can be used. It takes around 1kg of Lavender plant to make 5ml of essential oil! Steam distillation is the most common way to extract essential oils. Steam passes through the plant material. The combination of steam, heat and gentle pressure means that the essential oil is released from the microscopic sacs inside the plant.

 

What does lavender essential oil smell like?

 

Floral, fresh, sweet and herby.

 

What can lavender essential oil be used for?

 

Anti-inflammatory: Lavender is great at reducing swelling and irritation whilst calming redness and evening the complexion. It has a slight numbing effect on the skin which can help relieve pain.

For Eczema and psoriasis: Due to its anti-inflammatory, healing and antibacterial benefits, lavender essential oil can be an excellent choice to soothe eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.

 

For wrinkles: Lavender is full of antioxidants that will help to protect your skin from free radicals and slow down the aging process.

For acne: Because lavender essential oil has excellent antibacterial qualities, it can help to prevent and heal acne breakouts whilst reducing redness and inflammation.

 

For wound healing: Lavender essential oil is thought to reduce pain and speed up the skin’s healing process.

As an insect repellent: Not only is lavender essential oil an excellent insect repellent but it can also relieve itching when applied to a bite.

 

The history of Lavender essential oil

 

Lavender essential oil was used in the kits of men fighting during World War 2. They used it on burns, scrapes, bruises and cuts to clean the wound and aid healing.

 

Lavender gets its name from the latin word ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’. The Romans used lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even their hair! They also discovered its medicinal properties.

 

Sixteenth-century English herbalist John Parkinson wrote that lavender was ‘especially good use for all griefs and pains of the head and brain’. Charles VI of France insisted that his pillow always contain lavender so that he could get a good night’s sleep.

 

Commonly asked questions

 

Is lavender essential oil safe for pets?

 

Yes. Lavender essential oil is widely considered to be safe for cats and dogs to inhale. With the proper dilution, it can also be used topically on many minor skin ailments or to aid relaxation. As always, we advise consulting your vet before using a new product if you are particularly concerned.

 

Can I use lavender essential oil directly on the skin?

 

Yes. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used un-diluted on the skin. If your skin is particularly sensitive, we would recommend testing a small amount of the oil first to see if you get a reaction.

 

Does lavender essential oil make you sleepy?

 

It has been found that lavender increases the amount of slow and deep wave sleep.

 

Kew garden has written an amazing article all about Lavender if you are keen to find out more about this amazing ingredient! They’ve even shown you how to make your own lavender eye pillow.