10 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil
The benefits of lavender have been accepted and used for centuries. More recently, studies have confirmed what history already knew: lavender is a pretty cool plant. But it can be daunting if you don’t know how to use lavender essential oil. So, here are 10 ways to use lavender oil.
Lavender essential oil is generally deemed safe for use on skin; however, it may cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. For best practices, dilute pure lavender oil with a small amount of a carrier oil. This can be jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, even some vegetable oils! Our blend for our roller bottle contains 70% pure lavender essential oil, 30% carrier oil.
1. Reduce Stress
Of course this one has to be first on the list! It is common knowledge that the scent of lavender can have a calming effect on people. This has also been backed up by studies, including one (led by Woelk and Schläfke) that found that lavender has similar effects on people as the drug lorazepam, or Ativan by its brand name (1).
2. Focus agent
In a 2015 study conducted by Shimizu et al, the effects of lavender essential oil were tested for sustained attention. The group who enjoyed the influence of lavender essential oil “sustained attention during prolonged and exigent exercises” (1) (2). Lavender was also more effective than other, more stimulating scents. A scent that excites and stimulates can have an adverse effect, as the subject has too much alertness.
3. Insect Repellent
Lavender is a natural insect repellent! It deters mosquitoes and other unpleasant pests. To take advantage of this quality, you can have lavender plants around your home, keep lavender by windows, or spray lavender oil around the area you want to be protected (3).
4. Pain relief
Lavender has been found to reduce headache pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel, arthritis pain, sore muscles, and more (4) (2). Though you can apply a few drops topically to the affected area, you can also make an oil blend with carrier oils, add some drops to your bath, or pair with a hot compress.
There is some discussion about what makes lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties most potent. This study found that lavender essential oil made from lavender harvested in its early stages of its blooming can be anti-inflammatory (5). This quality of lavender pairs extremely well with its pain relief effects, and works in tandem to improve ailments.