Lavender oil is one of the most well-known and loved essential oils in the world. It’s been used for centuries as a proven remedy for a number of ailments. Lavender oil is an antiseptic, a sedative, a calmative, healer and even an odour-neutraliser. Lavender’s healing powers make it an obvious choice for any medicine cabinet or first-aid kit. In fact, some practitioners say it’s the only essential oil you’ll ever need!
History of Lavender Essential Oil:
The name “lavender” is actually Latin, and is derived from the word lavare, meaning ‘to wash’. During Roman times, Lavender was mainly used as a perfume for clothing, bedding, baths and even hair. It was also the Romans who discovered Lavender’s therapeutic properties.
Lavender may well be the flower that first sparked modern interest in therapeutic essential oils. It is reported that the ‘father of aromatherapy’, René-Maurice Gattefossé, used Lavender oil to treat gas gangrene in his hand.
Incredibly, his hand healed – and he realised that Lavender was a powerful antiseptic. Lavender oil was later used to successfully treat wounded soldiers in the First World War.
Today, lavender oil is one of the most celebrated medicinal plants in the world, grown and cultivated in Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and throughout America. Lavender farms cultivate fields of lavender flowers in order to extract the oil, which is obtained through a special distillation process. The foliage may also be used for products such as potpourri.
Why Lavender Essential Oil Works ?
Lavender oil contains over 150 active constituents. Its aromatic esters are believed to be responsible for helping relieve tension of the nervous system and the muscles.
Lavender’s active ingredients include linaly acetate (40%) and linalool (31.5%). These constituents have local analgesic and anaesthetic effects, which means they help to relieve pain. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties come from its beta-caryophyllene content (5.16%), while its antibacterial effects are thanks to terpinen-4-ol (4%).
10 Surprising Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil: Medicinal and Therapeutic
Antiseptic: Lavender’s highly-versatile uses make it a fantastic ‘first aid’ oil. It is healing, soothing and can destroy harmful microorganisms in wounds, burns and other skin injuries.
Anti-fungal: Studies have shown that lavender can effectively combat infections that are otherwise resistant to antifungal treatments. Lavender oil kills a range of pathogens known to cause fungal infections. It does this by destroying the cell membrane of the fungal cell and preventing the cell from spreading. This makes it great for treating fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
Anti-hypertensive: Lavender helps to calm the mind and body, allowing the heart rate to slow down. This can help to reduce high blood pressure.
Anti-inflammatory: Using lavender oil on burns, acne and other inflammatory skin conditions can help to reduce heat and redness. It’s also suitable for treating aggravation caused by eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Decongestant: Lavender helps to soothe inflamed mucous membranes and clear blocked respiratory passages, which makes it handy to have on hand when a cold or flu strikes.
Insomnia Relief: Lavender’s sedative properties make it an invaluable aid for reducing the incidence of insomnia. Studies have shown that lavender helps to induce short-wave sleep, the phase in which the heartbeat slows and muscles are most relaxed.
Migraine Relief: Studies have suggested that Lavender oil is an effective treatment for migraines and headaches. One placebo-controlled trial found that 71% of migraine sufferers found relief in inhaling lavender oil.
Muscle Relaxant: Also known as a spasmolytic, lavender can help to release muscular tension or strains and sprains. It’s often used in massage oils and sports rubs.
Sedative: Lavender’s relaxing properties can help induce a state of calm, relieving feelings of anxiety and stress. It is often used an anxiolytic drug and mood stabilizer
Skin Healer: Lavender aids the healing of burns, cuts, grazes, scratches and insect bites by encouraging the growth of new cells. This also helps to reduce the appearance of scar tissue. The anti-microbial properties in the oil helps to protect wounds from becoming infected.
Lavender Essential Oil VS Other Essential Oils?
Lavender’s wide range of uses make it one of the most versatile of essential oils
- Unlike many essential oils, lavender is one of the few that can be used safely on the skin undiluted. However, those with sensitive skin are advised to dilute with a carrier oil first.
- Lavender’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are amongstsome of the strongest of all essential oils. Other essential oils with these properties include lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and rosemary.
- Lavender’s mood-boosting actions are second to none. However, other oils that may help include peppermint, grapefruit, chamomile, lemon and ylang-ylang.
- Lavender blends well with other essential oils, including Bergamot, Chamomile, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Thyme, Rosemary and Ylang-ylang.
How To Choose A Quality Lavender Essential Oil ?
When buying lavender essential oil, it’s important to choose a product that contains only 100% pure essential oil. Beware of ‘fragrance’ oils – they are NOT the same as essential oils. Fragrance are synthetic oils, which means they do not contain the natural healing properties of the essential oil.
Natrogix Lavender Essential Oil is a 100% pure therapeutic essential oil. It can be used for any therapeutic applications as well as cosmetics, personal care or around the house. It will be released soon.
Natrogix sources all of its product ingredients from plants found in their natural environment, free from pollutants and heavy metals.