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Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil



The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.

Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

The various health benefits of lavender essential oil include the following:

Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.

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Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity  when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often replace modern medicine for sleep issues.

Nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability. One study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking the exam!

Acne: According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne, which is a very uncomfortable and embarrassing condition that primarily affects young people as they move through puberty, but can also afflict adults. It is characterized by red, raised sores on the face and body that develop due to a bacterial infection near the sebum gland. When sebum cannot be properly secreted from the sebum glands on the face, it begins to build up, particularly because puberty stimulates extra sebum and bacteria feeds off of it, creating a vicious cycle of irritation, infection, and visible sores that can result in serious scarring.

Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing.

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Pain relief: Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil can also provide relief from pain in the joints. A study done on postoperative pain relief showed that combining lavender essential oil vapor into the oxygen significantly reduced the amount of pain experienced, versus those patients only revived with oxygen after a major surgery.

Urine flow: Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders because of its stimulating effect on urine production. Furthermore, it helps in restoring hormonal balance and reducing cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps with these and other disorders.

Respiratory disorders: Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or is applied on the skin of the neck, chest and back. It is also added to many vaporizers and inhalers that are commonly used for colds and coughs. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve the congestion associated with respiratory conditions, speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender essential oil also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections.

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Hair care: Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for patients who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. A Sottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp. Therefore, lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness!

Cancer: Although more research needs to be done on human subjects, there is significant research on the effects of lavender, in combination with other essential oils, as a way to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer in mice. However, this could be an indication of an increased chance of lavender battling other carcinogenic effects and the presence of cancer.

Blood circulation: Lavender essential oil is also good for improving the circulation of blood in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used for hypertension. This means that not only do the organs increase their levels of oxygenation, promoting muscle strength and health, but brain activity can have a noticeable boost, skin remains bright and flushed with blood, and the body is protected from the risks of heart attack and artherosclerosis that is often associated with poor circulation. Finally, in terms of diabetic patients, the application or inhalation of lavender essential oil can prevent some of their serious risks of low circulation, which can lead to dangerous or even fatal complications.

Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of food within the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile, thus aiding in the treatment of indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to a variety of diseases. It is well-known that lavender has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that make it perfect for defending the body against rare diseases like TB, typhoid, and diphtheria, according to early research in the 20th century.

General Skin care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.

Other: Other health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to treat leucorrhoea. The oil can also used to repel mosquitoes and moths, which is why you will find many mosquito repellents that contain lavender oil as one of the primary ingredients.

As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that patients with diabetes stay away from lavender oil. It may also cause allergic reactions to people that have unusually sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to either common or excessive use of lavender oil.

Perhaps most importantly, lavender oil should never be ingested, only topically applied or inhaled through means of aromatherapy or similar activities. Ingestion can cause serious health complications, characterized by blurred vision, difficult breathing, burning eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, even if you think that lavender oil is a wonderful miracle cure, don’t get excited and start putting it on your food!

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  1. mkparashar says:

    i want to use Lavender oil for ring worms..nr inner thighs// and there are some redness and irritation …how to use essential oil…thanx

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve says:

      Hello mkparashar, Use of essential oil may cause allergic reaction in people with super sensitive skin. If you are developing rashes, its better to seek opinion from your health expert.

  2. mkparashar says:

    I want to use Lavender oil for ring worms nr inner thighs /// how to use it///

  3. nyasha anstee says:

    Good to know about this lavender.

  4. Sue Anne Ward says:

    Baby powder is the most dangerous thing you can use on anyone let alone, a baby! All powders kill the lungs in the long run.

  5. Victoria Chavez says:

    The Best think to help a nail fungus, is applying Tea Tree Oil & Olive Leaf Extract, to a clean, freshly cut nail. Tea Tree Oil & Olive Leaf combined act as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-biotic. I make an all natural ointment that has these ingredients and many more that may be helpful.

  6. Johanna Wise says:

    Just make sure it is real lavender oil from lavendual augustifolia and not lavender fragrance. Lavender fragrance IS irritating and can possibly make you sick.

  7. Crystal Bright says:

    "Allergic reactions to sensitive skin". NOO! Not the case if your using real pure essential oils and young living is THE world leader in essential oils used in hospitals and these oils have never caused allergic reactions

    • Kyrem Ross says:

      your doin your thing with your own essential oils im blk man 33 from baltimore

    • Kyrem Ross says:

      wasnt finish that kool what your doin i have a skin organic skin care kit that work wonders ceo&founder dont have a name yet but its goin make me rich because it works k.i.t

  8. Aryan Jangid says:

    I love the Made from Earth Lavender “Calm” lotion. The lavender is real and the scent is nice. for more on Lavender Oil Benefits for Skin Care on bodyxbeauty.

  9. Penny Farmer says:

    Lisa heres some info on what you just drank:)

  10. Steve Crane says:

    Have you ever heard of.. Or do you know. If lavender flowers and stems. Or even just the oil is good for warding off scorpion's

  11. Shabih Alqamar says:

    Yes Lavender really works , I like the smell. Thank you , for this imformation.

  12. Savvy Gorci says:

    Love it

  13. Pure Essential Oils says:

    I love to add lavender essential oil to my kids bath water, baby wipes, and baby powder.

    • Linda Bailey says:

      We have 100% pure lavender essential oil that we had distilled on our lavender farm. We are located in Palisade, CO. Just go visit our facebook page, Sprigs and Sprouts of Western Colorado, LLC. Our Lavender Association of Western Colorado just received a grant from the State of Colorado to perform research and prove that the Lavender EO produced at a high altitude is a higher quality oil as we are located in the high desert.

    • Martina Mercer says:

      lavenderworld.com

  14. Matt Smith says:

    I have been trying this oil for a few months now and it does exactly as it says on the tin.

  15. Kanika Sharma says:

    Very nice sir, thanks for the health benefits entire list posted… <a href="http://www.health-today.org">health-today</a&gt;

  16. Hope Konst says:

    Will Lavender Oil cure nail fungus? And if so what is the best way to use it? Thank you:)

  17. Joy Malaya Allen says:

    Thank you for sharing this info about Lavender. Want to try this one, hope it can help to cure my acne.

  18. Caroline Plonka says:

    Very helpful and well explained love it;-)

  19. Elsa Ga-as says:

    love this page, its so informative, thanks guys.

  20. Elizabeth Maneesha Bijoy says:

    good one…jaihodubai

  21. Anita Nitu Mahtani says:

    helpful!

  22. Joey Kockx says:

    is this a scientific study or a wise womans site? or both lol?

  23. Sendy Hughes says:

    Good :)

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