Lavender oil, extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant, has a sweet floral aroma and is a treasured and versatile essential oil. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians loved lavender for its fragrance and health benefits.
Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and is popular in aromatherapy to promote sleep and reduce stress and anxiety of the body and mind.
It contains compounds called terpenoids which are responsible for many of the health benefits when inhaled and used externally. Terpenoid compounds have expectorant, anti-itch, pain-relieving, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects, and lavender oil can be used to treat acne, burns, scarring, inflammatory skin conditions, sunburn, razor burn, wounds, sore muscles and joints, and respiratory conditions.
Lavender oil is also an effective mosquito and insect repellent.
Directions for use
Treat insomnia and anxiety and repel insects by adding 2-3 drops of lavender oil to an oil burner or diffuser. You can also place a few drops of oil onto your pillow, or rub it into your temples, wrists and feet.
2-3 drops of diluted lavender oil can be used topically as a massage oil, applied to the chest to open the airways, and rubbed into the skin to repel insects and treat skin disorders, insect bites and burns.
Add 3-4 drops of lavender oil to your bath water to relax and soothe the mind and body.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.