One of the most distinctive essential oils that should be available in every home is that of lavender. It produces mental and physical harmony, applies to every skin type and is suitable for children as well. It was used by the Romans, since antiquity, to clean and perfume the baths and it is rumored to have healing properties. The etymology of the word arises from the Latin term “lavare” which means “wash”.
For more than 2500 years lavender is used by the Mediterranean peoples, while around 600 BC expanded to Europe through Greece. It belongs to the category of labiatae and the most famous genus is Lavandula angustifolia, which consists of 25 species from Asian countries, the Canary Islands and India.
Lavender essential oil is mainly used as an antiseptic, analgesic, and sedative.
10 daily uses are as follows:
Relaxing: It is best known for its use as an anxiolytic and stress reliever even for children. With a large inhalation its aroma travels to the emotional reservoir of the brain, the amygdala, creating influence on the mind and body. In addition, placing the essential oil in an oil lamp can make it easier for children to sleep. If mixed with a little oil, we can apply it on the temples, wrists and soles by a light massage.
Antiseptic: Combining lavender essential oil with essential oils such as Tea tree can fight acne and other fungi and using them as a mixture in lotions and creams, they perform as an antiseptic. Lavender essential oil is considered safe to be applied to scars, lacerations and inflammations of the skin. However, if the problem does not subside, contact a dermatologist directly.
In case of an insect bite (e.g. mosquito, bee), a drop of lavender relieves itching, swelling and skin irritation.
In case of respiratory problem due to cold, mix 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil with warm water and eucalyptus essential oil (optional) in a container, place a towel on your head and inhale to decongest the nasal cavities and relieve any congestion in the chest and breathing.
For relief from menstruation cramps, mix lavender and marjoram essential oils and apply on the area.
Ideal for cases of fatigue: Adding a few drops to the water during the bath, lavender essential oil will eliminate fatigue and relax you.
In cases of fever, in a cool cloth pour a few drops of lavender essential oil and softly spread the cloth on the forehead and at the points of the neck and chest so that the body eliminates high temperatures. Otherwise, in an hypothermia case, by adding a few drops to a steam atomizer, you can increase body temperature.
As a cleaner. Add lavender essential oil to detergents, soaps or spray cleaners to add antisepsis and fragrance.
For mild burns: Dissolve 1-2 drops of lavender in a neutral lotion or aloe gel and apply to areas where you have suffered first-degree burns (e.g. from hot liquid) to eliminate pain, swelling and irritation. It usually prevents the onset of a scar after the burn is over.
For dandruff, mix 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 tablespoon of almond oil and massage the scalp. Wait 30 ‘´ to 6. And take a bath. For an enriched action of your shampoo, add a few drops of lavender to it.
Lavender essential oil should be available in every home, since it has enormous diversity in its uses and with its exceptional properties fights mild incidents of our daily lives, replacing corresponding chemicals that we usually use.