By Dr. Josh Axe
Lavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today, but the uses of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. For centuries, it's been used both cosmetically and topically in therapeutic ways to support overall beauty and health.
Historically, the Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. In fact, when King Tut's tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years.
The Romans used lavender oil for bathing, cooking and purifying the air. And in the Bible, lavender oil was among the aromatics used for anointing and prayers for healing.
Because lavender oil contains such versatile properties and is gentle enough to apply directly to the skin (according to directions), it’s considered a must-have oil, especially if you are just getting started with adding essential oils to your wellness routine.
Today, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. And for good reason. People are beginning to catch on to lavender oil uses, for your body as well as your home.
What Is Lavender Oil?
Lavender oil comes from the genus Lavandula. There are over 30 varieties of lavender grown in the world today. Lavender bulgarian is an aromatic purple flower that’s used for its soothing aroma.
It’s main constituents typically include:
- Linalyl acetate (51%)
- Linalool (35%)
- 1,8-cineole B-ocimene
Due to the plant’s pleasant and clean aroma, it’s often used in perfumes, soaps and flavorings. It’s also used in skincare products or DIY recipes.
Benefits and Uses
Lavender oil is favored for its ultra soothing and clean aroma. It’s known for its ability to help set the stage for rest, sleeps and more. It’s actually one of the most versatile essential oils that can be used way beyond the diffuser.
With these lavender oil benefits in mind, try using the oil at home for an upliftinig scent, home cleanser and more. Here are some ideas on how to use lavender oil for sleep, skin, hair and more:
1. Create A Calming Environment
Diffuse about 5 drops of lavender essential at home to help create a calming environment. It also works as a non-toxic air freshener that leaves any room with a clean aroma.
2. Pillow Spray
Add 1-2 drops of lavender to your pillow or add about 5 drops to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz it on your pillow and sheets to help set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.
3. Soothing Rub
Rub 1 drop of lavender into the bottoms of your feet to help promote a soothing experience.
4. Relaxing Bath
Add 2-3 drops of lavender to warm bath water for a relaxing night in. Blending it with 1-2 drops of frankincense oil is a great option for a calming experience that’s soothing for your skin, too.
5. Household Cleaner
Add about 5 drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle filled with water for a non-toxic household cleaner. Oils that blend well with lavender and help to clean surfaces of the home include frankincense, lemon and tea tree.
6. DIY Perfume
Add 1 drop of lavender to your wrists and back of neck as a DIY “perfume” with a clean, floral scent.
7. Hair Mask
Combine 2-3 drops of lavender oil with coconut oil or jojoba oil and massage the mixture into your hair as a DIY hair mask. Wash and rinse your hair afterwards.
Our Lavender Essential Oil
Our Lavender Essential Oil is made from USDA Certified Organic English Lavender Flower. We source our lavender extract with pride and certify that the essential oils are from plants grown without the use of prohibited chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers, toxic human sewage sludge, biosolids or toxic solvents. (Per organic certification standards.)
Ancient Nutrition’s lavender oil is also non-GMO and made without synthetic fragrances.
Oils That Blend Well With Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is versatile and blends well with other oils with soothing, clean aromas. Here are some essential oils that blend well with lavender:
- Frankincense Essential Oil: Frankincense is another oil that’s known historically for its precious nature and wide variety of uses. Like lavender, it’s soothing when diffused or used aromatically. It can also be used topically as part of your natural skincare routine.
- Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has a cleansing, purifying and invigorating aroma and blends well with lavender when used for household cleaning or diffusing aromatically.
- Bergamot Essential Oil: Bergamot oil also has a soothing, uplifting scent and can help to promote a feeling of peace, especially when blended with lavender.
You should always consult your healthcare professional prior to beginning any dietary or lifestyle regimen, including the use of essential oils.
Remember that essential oils are extremely potent and should only be used in small amounts and according to label directions. It can be used aromatically and topically (per directions) for best results. If you are taking medications, speak to your healthcare professional about potential interactions before using lavender.
If you are pregnant or nursing, speak to your midwife or healthcare provider before making it part of your wellness routine.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food and nutrition. He operates leading natural health website DrAxe.com and is co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health supplement company. He’s also author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine, Keto Diet, Collagen Diet and the upcoming Ancient Remedies.