Lavender – The wonder oil

May 3,2019
Lavender – The wonder oil
What are essential oils and their uses?

Essential oils are concentrated aromatic compounds extracted from plants. They retain the plants unique and natural smell and flavour (essence) and are extracted through cold pressing and other mechanical processes or through distillation. Those extracted through chemical processes are not considered as true or natural essential oils.

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy for a lot of health benefits like stress relief, treating headaches, insomnia, inflammation, digestive disorders etc. They are increasingly being studied for their antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. They are used as insect repellents, laundry and room fresheners, and in cosmetics.

Lavender – The wonder oil

Lavender oil is not only the most widely used essential oil today, its use has been recorded as long back as 1000 of years ago! It’s a versatile beauty and has a long list of uses and benefits.

Uses/benefits of lavender essential oil
  • Stress reliever – Rub 2-3 drops of oil on your palms and inhale deeply. Rub it on your temples, neck, wrists for a deep calming feeling.
  • Helps against insomnia – Rub a few drops of oil on your palm before going to sleep. Mix a few drops of oil with water and spray on your pillow and bedsheets.
  • Relieves headache – Again use the rubbing method and inhale deeply.
  • Burns and cuts – Put a few drops on minor burns and cuts to decrease pain and clean wound.
  • Insect bites – Put a drop on bee stings or insect bites to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Motion sickness – Put a drop on the tip of your tongue or inhale deeply to alleviate nausea.
  • Promotes healthy skin and hair – It has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a great remedy against dandruff, dry and chaffed skin and lips and helps in fighting ageing signs.
  • Cosmetics – Add to your home-made shampoos or use it with coconut or other carrier oils on your hair and skin. Rub a few drops on your skin for a great perfume, or mix with water and spray for a more subtle fragrance.
  • Air freshener – Spray or diffuse it around your home, in your bedroom, bathroom for a relaxing and calming atmosphere.
  • Laundry freshener – Add a few drops to the final rinse for a lingering perfume on your clothes.

Lavender oil is generally considered safe for use. However, if you are pregnant, have a history of allergies or are already taking any medications it would be good to check with your doctor before using it for any adverse reactions or medicine interactions. You could start by using a small drop and gradually increase the quantity to check for any reactions.
The important thing to note is that you should use oils which are pure and of good quality without additives and has been extracted through cold pressing or distillation. Our doTERRA lavender essential oil is extracted through steam distillation and does not contain any additive or chemicals. Check out our wide range of essential oils to choose from!

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