People ask us all time what they can use lavender for. Aside from being a great perennial for your landscape or garden, lavender has many uses dating to Biblical times. Lavender has natural antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It is also an astringent (causes your skin to contract) and analgesic (pain reliever). It is one of few essential oils you can apply directly to your skin, though if you have a large area, you can/should mix it with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, apricot, grape seed, tea tree, etc), as it is very strong.
I have spoken with hundreds of people who use lavender for various reasons (most of which are listed below). Aside from their and my own anecdotes, however, it is nice sometimes to do a little research to help people who are new to its uses understand what it is good for, as well as how to use it. I have done most of that research for you and have included links to the most reputable sites I could find for many of the most common uses. There is always more info available, of course, but this will give you start! Note that many of our products are used for the things listed below, which I have included in italics for your reference.
Important: always be sure you are not confusing essential oil with fragrance oil. The former is natural (though it may or may not be organic; ours is), while the latter is a chemically produced scent used in most products you will find at box stores or advertised in items like air fresheners, candles, and laundry detergent. Fragrance oils may smell good, but they do not smell like the real thing, and they do not typically have the same effects as essential oil.
Here is a list of ways lavender has been used through the ages, as well as ways you can try it, with links to articles (note: E.O. = essential oil):
Stress adrenalfatiguesolution.com A few drops of E.O. in the tub, some of the methods listed for headaches, running your hand over a blooming plant – it comes in many forms. Maybe a sachet in your car or desk that you can squeeze and sniff when needed. Headaches lifeandhealth.org Apply a drop of E.O. to your temples or forehead. You can also try squeezing dried lavender, as in a sachet, and breathing slowly and deeply, using a heated or cooled neck wrap or eye pillow, or getting a massage with a carrier oil mixed with lavender, such as our body oil. Sometimes burning a lavender candle can work, too. It comes in many forms, so you may have to experiment to find what works for you.
Digestion * Try loose leaf tea or lavender honey.
Blood circulation and hypertension *
Muscle aches and cramps* Try a lavender bath with E.O., a massage with lavender body oil, or a heated neck wrap.
Minor burns www.mayo Try E.O. straight or mixed with a carrier, as in our body oil. (For open, or third degree burns, see a doctor!)
Blisters, Minor cuts and scrapes. Try E.O., our body butter, or body oil.
Bug repellent homeguides.sfgate.com mosquitoes, moths (keep dried lavender - bouquets or sachets - in your off season clothes or closets), wasps, fleas, house flies. For you and your pets, try our Bug Off!
Dry skin * Our body butter is the best! Many also like our body oil right after the bath/shower.
Lice prevention headlicecenter.com Mix a few drops of E.O. with coconut oil, apply to dry hair, wrap in a towel or shower cap and wash out after a few hours. Our daughter is in 8th grade and always has had dark, thick hair at least to the middle of her back - never had lice!! Cleaning agent (Laundry) www.mindfulyogaheal Try our dryer bags and all-natural lavender laundry detergent! Your clothes will smell like the fresh outdoors!
Warning: there has been some evidence that shows lavender can increase estrogen in some pre-pubescent boys when used daily and directly on the skin, so while young boys can smell lavender, can be around it in the garden, and can even eat it, daily use should be monitored (occasional use, as for bug bites, burns, etc should be fine). Also, many say that pregnant or nursing women should avoid most essential oils. If you develop a headache or rash after using lavender, you may have a sensitivity to it (but again, be sure your sensitivity is not to fragrance oils).
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