The Benefits of Using Lavender

Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother

Closeup Photography of Purple Petaled Flower Field

Disclaimer Lavender may not be suitable for you or your loved ones. It is important to follow the advice of a physician. If you are making a personal choice to use it, The Green Crunchy Mother declines all responsibility.

One of my all-time favorite scents is lavender. Lavender is a plant and it is probably the most soothing scent I have ever discovered. It also helps to soothe my anxious mind. It can also be used in various recipes for flavoring.

To learn more about lavender, keep reading! For the purpose of this article, I have only discussed a few of the general benefits of lavender. 

Lavender exits and is sold in many forms. Here is an example of what is available:

● Bath gel
● Extract
● Aromatherapy oil
● Soap
● Tea
● Infusion
● Lotion
● Whole, dried flowers
● Tincture

There are probably more that I have not listed.

What Types of Lavender Exist?

Two of the most recognized types of lavender that exist are spike lavender and true lavender.

Spike Lavender has several uses. It is used in Aromatherapy to help relieve acne, eczema and other minor skin irritations. It is also known to help fight colds and coughs.

True lavender can be used aromatize favorite dishes and it can also be used as a perfume. When true lavender is diffused, it can also calm and soothe children and adults. Last, you can also add a few drops in the last rinse cycle of your washing machine.  

The Benefits Of Using Lavender

1. Helps Treat Acne and Eczema

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This can help reduce bacteria that cause acne and inflammation. You can put the lavender oil directly on your acne blemishes.

Lavender oil can also assist with relieving the itching of eczema. The oil works by adding moisture and assists with the healing process. If you are using the lavender oil to treat eczema, it is recommended oil be diluted in a carrier oil first.

2. Insect Repellent

Lavender oil can be used as an insect repellent. Make sure the oil is diluted well if you are treating children for insect bites.

3. Dandruff Treatment

Lavender oil can also be used to help get rid of dandruff. Simply mix about 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage your scalp with this formula and wash off with a mild shampoo within an hour.

4. Head Lice Treatment

Lavender oil acts as an antiseptic and it can relieve the scalp of lice, lice eggs or nits. Massaging your scalp with lavender oil can kill both lice and nits. Simply massage the scalp with lavender oil for approximately 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up, wash it out with shampoo.

5. Hair Conditioner

Lavender can also be used as a hair conditioner. Simply boil 2/4 cup of dried lavender in 4 cups of water. Then add 2-3 (or as desired) drops of lavender oil. Pour over your hair and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.

6. Natural Perfume

Lavender oil is a toxin-free alternative to perfumes and colognes. You can simply put on a little oil on the back of your neck or wrists.

7. It is a Relaxing Scent

I like to keep a bottle of lavender oil and patchouli oil in my purse. If I find myself in a stressful situation, or feeling anxious, I like to open up the bottle and smell it. I find this very relaxing and soothing. My children also like to smell these oils when feeling anxious.

Risks When Using Lavender

It is important to be aware of the possible risks when using lavender oil. As much as I love using this oil, I still use it with caution. Using lavender could act as a hormone disrupter on a boys skin who has not reached puberty. The safety of using lavender on young girls is still unknown. Always consult with your child’s doctor before using this oil.

According to the NIH, some evidence suggests that some topical applications containing lavender oil may affect sex hormone activity. (Source of information: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/lavender/ataglance.htm )

Always consult with your doctor if you have any health issue, are breastfeeding, or will have surgery in the near future before using this product.

Now that you know the several benefits of using lavender oil, you can start using it today!

Do you use lavender oil? What is your favorite method of using this oil?

Disclaimer Lavender may not be suitable for you or your loved ones. It is important to follow the advice of a physician. If you are making a personal choice to use it, The Green Crunchy Mother declines all responsibility.

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