Aromatherapy Lessons: Lavender

Lavender is my go to essential oil. Whether the issue is a cut, burn, or headache I reach for a bottle of lavender oils as my first choice for easing discomfort.

Lavender is an herb that is native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean where it grows in sunny, stony habitats however it can now be found throughout southern Europe, Australia, and the United States. Lavender is a heavily-branched, short shrub that grows to a height of about 24 inches. The oil in lavender’s small, blue-violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent.

Lavender contains oil that seems to have sedating effects and might relax certain muscles. It can be added to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well-being and can also be inhaled as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation. Lavender is used to ease a variety of conditions including restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for conditions including migraine headaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, joint pain and can even be used to repel mosquitoes and other insects.

Below is a list of suggested uses for Lavender oil from Young Living Essential Oils:

  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  • Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
  • You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging lavender essential oil on or around affected areas.
  • Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal discomforts.
  • Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
  • Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.


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