The calming, floral scent of lavender essential oil is recognized and loved by many, but that is not all that sets it apart from all other essential oils. It may be the most versatile of all oils as it has countless applications. Though science has only begun to evaluate the health benefits of this essential oil, many studies have already come to conclusions about its numerous benefits. Due to its countless applications and uses, I highly recommend the use of lavender oil, especially if you are new to the essential oil world. Here are some common uses of lavender oil:
1. Natural Perfume
Centuries ago, The Egyptians and Romans used lavender as perfume. The wonderful scent has remained relevant even today and still works well as a long-lasting fragrance. Though many sources explain that lavender essential oil can be directly applied to the skin, excessive application can cause sensitivity. It is safe to dilute lavender oil before placing on your wrists or behind your ears to smell like the relaxing scent of lavender all day. See our diluting guide for more information about proper dilution.
2. Bug Repellent
The smell of lavender oil can be potent to bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Simply drop some diluted lavender onto your arms and legs to keep bugs away during those fun outdoorsy days. Not only is this more natural than your typical insect repellents, it also smells much better! Lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in the treatment of insect bites.
3. Relaxation Promotion
Lavender oil is known for its ability to create a calming, stress-free atmosphere that can lead to a great night’s sleep. Simply add a few drops of lavender to your pillows or sheets so that you can inhale the relaxing aroma as you fall asleep.
4. Improves the Appearance of Skin
Lavender oil can cleanse pores to improve the appearance of skin over time. Simply dilute the oil with a carrier oil and apply to problem areas of the skin.
Many studies have also found that lavender oil works well as a natural pain killer. One recent study even found that lavender oil can relieve menstrual cramps when massaged into the lower abdomen. Once diluted, lavender oil can be applied topically to sites of pain as needed.
Many people have successfully used lavender essential oil for a variety of its other benefits. Though many of these incredible benefits have not yet been backed by scientific studies, lavender essential oil lovers also use the oil for the following benefits provided:
5. Calming Effects
Diffusing lavender oil throughout your home or office can promote feelings of peace and comfort while also making the atmosphere smell amazing. Placing a couple drops behind your ears is said to have the same calming effect.
6. Moisturizes Chapped Lips
Lavender oil can provide the moisture needed to heal chapped or dry lips. Combine lavender oil and coconut oil and apply to lips. This combination also works well to provide a cooling feeling to sunburns on other areas of the body.