All about lavender oil: top 10 uses and benefits

When it comes right down to essential oils, lavender always lands a spot in the top ten. Lavendula Angustifolia, as it is also called, is most commonly known for its calming and relaxing effects, however because of its versatility, it has a wide array of benefits and uses.

Here are the top ten.

All About Lavender Oil: Top Ten Uses And Benefits

1. Calming

As mentioned earlier, lavender is known for it’s calming and relaxing effects. Use it with an aroma diffuser and fill the entire room with its fragrance. If you don’t have one, you could also just add 2-3 drops to your palms and rub. Then cup your hands together and cover over nose and mouth and inhale. This will help calm your mind. If you want an immediate effect on your body, rub a few drops on your temples, feet, or just about anywhere

2. Minor Burns

Lavender oil can also help treat minor burns. Again, nothing major, just minor burns, like if you spilled some coffee, not scorching hot, on yourself. Rub a few drops on the burned area in a circular motion asap. This will help relieve the pain, and even reduce or prevent swelling and redness altogether.

3. Cuts

Because of it’s antibacterial properties, lavender oil can also be applied directly on cuts. It helps clean and disinfect, stop the bleeding, and even relieve the pain.

4. Better Sleep

Lavender is a great sleep aid too. Again, you can use an aroma diffuser or you can use the inhalation method with cupped hands mentioned in benefit number 1. But another great way to help bring about better sleep through the use of lavender oil is by making your very own pillow mist.

5. Nausea Or Motion Sickness

A long drive got you dizzy? Whether you’re suffering from nausea or motion sickness, lavender can provide quick relief. All you have to do is put a drop of lavender oil behind each ear, rub a little around your navel, and a final drop at the end of your tongue.

6. Insect Bites

Lavender oil can also be used on insect bites and even bee stings. Rub just a few drops of lavender oil on the affected area to help reduce or even prevent swelling and to relieve the itching as well.

7. Sore Muscles And Sprains

Lavender oil, when used to make a compress, can help soothe sore muscles and sprains. In a bowl of water, simply add about 8-10 drops of lavender oil and mix. Take a face towel or cloth, soak, wring out the excess, and apply on the affected area.

8. Dry Skin

This oil also has beauty benefits too. It can be applied directly on dry skin. Take a few drops and massage onto skin in a circular motion.

9. Chapped Lips

Lavender oil can also be applied directly on chapped dry lips to help heal and soothe.

10. Dandruff

Lavender oil can also help treat dry scalp and get rid of dandruff too. Massage a few drops directly onto your scalp in a circular motion. Because lavender acts as a great conditioner too, you can also rub a few drops on your palms, rub together, and run it through from root to tip.

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