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5 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

January 28, 2014

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The scent of lavender is known the world over for being relaxing, soothing, and even rejuvenating. Most commonly used in aromatherapy, the scent is also found in products ranging from bath scents and body lotions to cleaning products and laundry detergents.

Though these products smell great, the real power lies in lavender essential oil, which is obtained by distilling the spikes of lavender flowers. One of the most popular and well-known essential oils, lavender oil not only promotes relaxation; it also soothes respiratory illnesses and is a pretty effective pain reliever.

You can find it in most health stores… but beware! This oil is especially potent, so you only need a few drops to experience its health benefits. Check out a few ways to use this fantastic natural remedy.

Rub on to minor burns, stings, and blemishes: Lavender oil is a natural anti-inflammatory when used topically. Massage one or two drops onto minor burns and stings to help take away some of the pain and swelling, or apply it to skin blemishes to reduce redness and puffiness.

Add it to a humidifier or vaporizer: As an anti-inflammatory, lavender oil can also be inhaled to soothe irritated nasal and bronchial passages when you are suffering from the flu or a cold. Be sure to only add a few drops, though. Too much can cause eye irritation and make coughs even worse.

Add to moisturizing oil or lotions: For a quick pick-me-up, you can add lavender oil to lotion or moisturizing oil. Adding a few drops will not only make your skin smell wonderful, but it can also help relieve sore muscles. This is also effective if you have a headache.

Use as insect repellent: If you’re outdoors in the summer, mosquitos are often a fact of life, especially if you hate spraying harsh-smelling chemicals onto your skin. Lavender oil can be mixed with grapefruit or eucalyptus oil and applied to exposed skin to keep away bugs naturally.

Flavor your cooking: Lavender oil can be added to many dishes, helping to bring out flavors of less potent ingredients when added in small quantities. Many add it to stews, breads, and other dishes for a little flare. When using in cooking, however, make sure the oil is labeled “culinary grade” or “food grade”.

What’s your favorite use for lavender oil?