Lavender Essential Oil Uses
Lavender essential oil uses are many including maintaining healthy joints and muscles, fight germs and viruses, calming and relaxing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, stimulating to the immune system and antispasmodic (pain-relieving). The different lavender pure essential oils are recommended for many aromatherapy uses.
As with any essential oil if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or being treated for some illness/disease consult with your healthcare provider before using.
The world’s best known and most widely used is Lavender Bulgarian. This lavender variety as there are many is best known to help with a variety of complaints. Other essential oils that blend well with Bulgarian lavender are chamomile, clary sage, geranium, rose and vetiver.
- Relives pain
- Stimulates new cell growth – skin
- Kills bacteria
- Antibiotic and antiviral
- Prevents scarring
- Reduces pain
- Reduces anxiety attacks, fear, soothing, nurturing
- Sleep restorative
- Skin nurturing mixed with aloe vera
Also known as French lavender, Lavender Extra is the romance inducing therapeutic lavender essential oil. The scent has been known to induce amorous feeling in men and women. It is more camphoraceous than spike lavender. Oils that blend well with lavender extra are citrus, clary sage, geranium, pine and rosemary.
- Burns, insect bites
- Sore muscles and joints**
- Calming, sense of well-being
- Nourishes the nervous system
- Oil for men and women
- Stress reducing
- Currently under study – protects against diabetes & oxidative stress
- Not recommended for babies or children
Lavandula latifolia syn. L. spica
This variety is used for medicinal purposes, known as Spike lavender. It has a more medicinal scent than other lavenders due to its chemical composition. It has a harsh and camphoraceous scent but is still pleasant. The lavender essential oil that blend well with this are true lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, patchouli, petitgrain, pine and rosewood.
- Muscle aches and pains
- Cuts and scrapes
- Colds and flu
- Eases coughs
- Loosens and expel mucus
- Hand soaps for preventative care
- Soap making
Lavandula x intermedia syn. L. hybrid
Known as Lavandin is not a lavender, but a hybrid of true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). hgl A good way to tell true lavender from a hybrid is when you see purple lavender fields that are just gorgeous these plants are the hybrids. True lavender requires pruning, thus creating a mounding effect and the flowers are purplish gray.
They still have that great aromatic lavender fragrance, but the possessions of the same chemicals as true lavender are concentrated. Cultivars used are ‘Abrialis’, ‘Grosso’, and ‘Super’. ‘Grosso’ is more camphoraceous whereas ‘Abrialis’ is spicy. ‘Super’ is the sweetest with a hint of fruitiness.
- Asthmas, bronchitis, throat infections
- Bad breath
- Antifungal – candida and athlete’s foot
- Muscular pains, backache, sprains and rheumatism
- Reduces anxiety prior to surgery
- Do not take internally
Carrier Oils and Uses
These can be used with the lavender essential oil uses listed above.
- Rosehip seed oil – wrinkles, inflamed skin and reducing scars
- Evening primrose – Eczema, psoriasis and premature aging
- Tamanu (calophyllum) oil – wound healing, pain relief, 10-50% concentration for maximum benefits
- Coconut oil – antiviral, antibacterial, stimulates hair growth, skin, face, drying to skin, use with other oils
- Borage oil – anti-inflammatory, arthritis pain and swelling, eczema, infantile seborrhea dermatitis, rosacea, acne, and psoriasis
- Avocado oil – soothe itchy skin, protein, lecithin, vitamins A, B and D
- Calendula oil anti-inflammatory, healing for skin conditions, soothing and softening
- Grape seed oil – all skin types, vitamin E
- Sweet almond oil – itching, soothing and calming skin, fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins A, B, B2, B9 and E
- Jojoba oil – long shelf life, natural sebum, favorite for aromatherapy, acne or oily skin, anti-inflammatory
The benefits of lavender essential oil makes it one of the most sought after and expensive essential oils on the market.