My favorite flowers are poppies, peonies and rhodendrons and I still admire and love them, but I have a new favorite and that’s lavender. I love everything about it, the scent, the color and appearance. And lavender isn’t just a pretty flower, it’s an herb, essential oil and a healer too.
I wanted to find out its other uses as a fragrance and as an oil and here’s what I learned:
An an Essential Oil:
- Lavender is excellent for aching muscles, relaxation, and stress relief. Add 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil after running the water and vigorously agitate water. Add the drops to a capful of milk or Epsom salts and then put in the bath as this helps to disperse the oils through out the water. This is a great way to receive the benefits of Lavender oil.
“Lavender is particularly rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, pacifying and tonic, while other molecules give it its antiviral, bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers. Of the many therapeutic attributes of Lavender oil, respiratory relief would be one of the most consistently reported benefits.” – Source: Netherfield
As a Healer:
- I can attest to using it for muscle aches because I have back issues from time to time and it has helped me. In 2019, I injured my left knee and for awhile I couldn’t do my daily walks for exercise so I used lavender mixed with cocoa butter lotion on my knee and it healed.
- Put a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling. Put 2 to 3 drops lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
As a Fragrance for the House:
- I love to burn lavender oil in my candle warmer. The scent is so soothing and calming. I bought this to help with my anxiety issues and it really helps.
- Lavender sprays are also great to make the home smell good.
“Whenever you’re purchasing an essential oil, it’s important to look out for certain things on the bottle. You can tell an oil is high-quality if it lists both the common and scientific name of the active oil(s) and any carrier oils, has the word “therapeutic” on the label, and comes in a dark glass bottle that keeps light from entering—which can mess with the oil’s efficacy. Be sure to check the expiration date, too! It’s a relatively affordable essential oil because of the way the lavender plant is extracted, so a low price isn’t necessarily a red flag.” – Source: “8 Health Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil & Exactly How To Use It“
Other uses I found are:
- Rub a drop of lavender oil on dry, chapped or sunburned lips.
- A few drops rubbed into the scalp can help prevent dandruff.
- It can even help alleviate hay fever and cold sores.
What a versatile flower lavender is. Read the above linked articles for more specifics of using lavender. I’m certainly not an expert on essential oils and herbs and I always recommend seeing your doctor before trying any treatment.
Since I deal with anxiety and stress, I like being able to use natural products to treat it. Do you use lavender?, Do you grow it? Tell me how you use it by commenting!