Lavender is often called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. it is an incredibly versatile oil!
I use it every single day! It’s an ingredient in my homemade facial oil, my homemade facial wipes, my LLP allergy bomb, my relaxing bath salts, my Itch Away roll-on…you get the idea. I diffuse it nightly to ensure a good night’s sleep, and I use it on my dog Sierra every day to lower her anxiety when we head to work. It’s such a gentle oil, you can use it neat, or dilute it with a carrier oil.
From the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, “lavender’s regenerating abilities were first discovered by Rene Gattefosse, when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory explosion. In a study done at the University of Miami, researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance. (Diego MA, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, 2001).”
Lavender is one of the most commonly adulterated essential oils. Many lavender essential oils that are sold in stores and online often have lavandin or synthetic ingredients added. You want to make sure you use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I only use Young Living oils. You can learn more about Young Living oils here.
How do you use lavender? I’d love to hear about it!