Why Is Lavender Oil The Most Popular Essential Oil?
Lavender oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is an essential oil derived from the lavender flower. Lavender is a flowering plant from the mint family. Fun fact: plants from the mint family all share stems that are slightly square in shape.
Lavender is known for its scent and its beautiful blue-ish purple flowers. Although it’s now grown globally, lavender was first cultivated from wildflowers in the Mediterranean 2,500 years ago.
Lavender Essential Oil Has a Beautiful Scent
Many people love the aroma lavender gives off. People describe lavender’s aroma as floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous, and sometimes slightly fruity. Inhaling lavender elicits feelings of calmness and is both physically and emotionally soothing.
Lavender Essential Oil is Versatile
Lavender is often called a full medicine chest unto itself. It has many (many) different uses and can also be combined with other essential oils depending on the desired effect.
• Topical Application: When diluted with a carrier oil, lavender oil has a calming effect on the skin, is helpful with bug bites, helps balance skin tone, and can be used to heal light wounds. The mixture can be used just as you would a lotion or moisturizer, once or twice daily. For hair health, you can mix a couple of drops of lavender and castor oil and massage them into your scalp as a calming end to the day and/or add two or three drops to each dollop of shampoo or conditioner.
• Diffused Into The Air: If you are looking to ease symptoms of anxiety, support congestion, and help yourself relax or sleep, you may want to diffuse your lavender oil. To do this, you’ll need a small device called a diffuser that will disperse small particles into the air for inhalation. Add water and a few drops of lavender essential oil and diffuse into a room.
• Added To A Bath: A few drops of lavender oil can be added to a bath (Epsom salts are also wonderful to add) when you want a relaxing soak.
• Sprinkled Onto Your Pillow: Add a few drops when you want to relax into a deep sleep.
• Used In The Household: A few drops of lavender oil can be applied to a rag to dust surfaces in your house. You can also add a few drops to a reusable dryer ball to refresh your laundry or combine lavender oil and water into a spray bottle for a refreshing room spray (just be sure to shake before using).