Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils in existence. It has a calming scent and can offer many health benefits, from reducing tension to helping with sleep. Whether you use it as a massage oil, add it to your skincare routine, or diffuse it in an aromatherapy diffuser blend, lavender essential oil can be used for so many things! Read on to learn more about the various uses and benefits of this powerful plant.
What is Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant (Lavandula angustifolia). It has a sweet, floral aroma with woody undertones and is widely used for its calming scent. Lavender essential oil contains numerous components such as linalool and camphor that are known to have calming and soothing effects on the body.
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and reduce tension. Studies have shown that lavender can lower cortisol levels—the hormone responsible for stress responses—in both humans and animals. In addition, lavender is known to improve sleep quality by helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It also can benefit skin making it the perfect addition to natural moisturizers and shampoos and conditioners.
Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
There are many ways to use lavender essential oil depending on what you’re trying to achieve. You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil into a cup of Epsom salts and add to your bath water for a relaxing soak; mix it with carrier oils like coconut oil or jojoba for a calming massage; diffuse it in an aromatherapy diffuser blend; make a pillow spray or tension relief roll-on; add it into your skincare routine (such as toners & serums) to soothe skin; and use it in diy recipes such as homemade lotions & balms. Additionally, you can also apply lavender directly onto the skin – just remember that it's a good idea to dilute it before topical application! Lavender can also be used to help relax your dog. Lavender has even been studied and found to help promote calmness in horses.
My 3 favorite ways to use Lavender essential oil:
- Make a tension relief roller simply by adding 20 drops of Lavender to a 10 ml roll on bottle. Fill the roller bottle up with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Then wear as a perfume or whip it out and roll it on the back of your neck anytime you feel tension creeping in. Wearing it as a perfume will help you pass on the calming aroma to your dogs and horses. For a step by step guide to making a roller, click HERE
- Make a pillow spray by adding 20 drops of Lavender into a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. Fill half of the bottle up with vodka and the remainder of the way up with water. Shake well and mist your pillow at night. The vodka helps disperse the essential oil in the water and also helps it to evaporate quickly leaving the pleasant and calming aroma behind. This also works well to refresh your dogs bedding in between washings. I like to use this spray to mist my horse trailer before heading out to help my horses stay relaxed during the ride. For a step by step guide to making a spritzer, click HERE
- Use an essential oil diffuser to create a calm and relaxed home. You can diffuse lavender by itself or blend it with other calming essential oils. 4-6 drops is usually adequate but follow the directions for your particular essential oil diffuser. I like to diffuse lavender during fireworks to help my dogs remain calm.
Try these Lavender essential oil blends:
Calm And Focused
2 drops lavender
2 drops vetiver
2 drops bergamot
2 drops lavender
2 drops geranium
2 drops lemon
No More Counting Sheep
2 drops lavender
2 drops frankincense
2 drops pine
Relax and Unwind
3 drops lavender
3 drops roman chamomile
For even more Lavender essential oil diffuser blends, click HERE.
Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries due its soothing aroma and wide range of benefits. From relieving tension to improving sleep quality to supporting skin - there are countless uses of this amazing essential oil! Lavender is also one of my go to oils to help promote calmness and relaxation with my dogs and horses. So next time you’re looking for a way to help ease tension & sleeplessness then consider incorporating lavender into your lifestyle today!