– the swiss army knife of essential oils –
Lavender Essential Oil is easily one of the most popular and well known essential oils. It’s commonly used in aromatherapy, as it has the ability to calm and relax the mind. While huffing lavender straight from the bottle will surely put you in a more relaxed state of mind – benefits of Lavender Essential Oil are far and wide. In this oily community of mine, it is often referred to as “the swiss army knife of essential oils”. Meaning, it can do many things and you always need one in your bag.
Lavender Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavandula Angustifolia plant. It can be used aromatically or topically to benefit the body and mind. It is one of the most gentle essential oils, making it great for all ages (and all the mothers rejoiced).
The primary reason essential oils are able to “do their job” is because each oil is made up of a complex set of chemical constituents. Lavender oil is rich in linalyl acetate and linalol. Because of these constituents, lavender essential oil can benefit the skin, body, and emotions.
Both linalyl acetate and linalol benefit the body because they support the body’s response to inflammation. Unfortunately, our bodies are constantly fighting aggressors that can cause inflammation. Additionally, these constituents are what create the soft, floral aroma of lavender. Studies have shown pretty impressive benefits regarding lavender’s ability to increase the quality of sleep which means every mother needs a bottle (or ten) in their home.
benefits of lavender essential oil for the skin
For the skin, lavender’s ability to defend the body from inflammatory aggressors helps to reduce the appearance of redness. It can also help to calm and soothe any aggravated blemishes on the skin. Essentially, think as lavender essential oil as your skin’s shield to all things aggressive. Additionally, due to a lab explosion, French scientist Renè Gattefossè was the first person to discover lavender’s ability to support cell renewal. When applied topically to the skin, lavender works with the body’s natural recovery cycle to increase cell proliferation, which reduces the appearance of cuts, scrapes or any other type of skin irritation.
how to use lavender essential oil
In general, essential oils can be used in 3 ways: aromatically, topically, and internally. Lavender is “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA for internal use and can also be used topically and aromatically.
You can massage lavender essential oil directly onto the skin for topical benefits. Lavender also doesn’t require dilution for most skin types, and can be applied directly to the skin. The chemical structure of essential oils are so small, that topical application allows them to penetrate the skin quickly. When the oil penetrates the skin, it can enter your bloodstream and start to work its magic.
My favorite method for using lavender essential oil is aromatically. You can reap the aromatherapy benefits of lavender essential oil by using a diffuser or huffing it straight from the bottle. Lavender is the best to help kiddos calm down for bedtime. For us, this always goes into Isabelle’s diffuser while we get ready for bed.
our top 5 favorite uses for lavender essential oil
- In the diffuser to help everyone CTFO – especially before bed
- Whipped with Coconut Oil for a calming body butter
- Directly on the skin when we experience cuts, scrapes, bruises or a breakout
- Applied to the abdomen to tame the rage of one’s monthly miracle
- Mixed with Epsom Salt for a quick, easy. and relaxing bath