This was the first essential oil that I had a real connection with. Laying in a hospital bed unable move, my mates introduced me to Lavender essential oil. They would spray it on my pillow and fan it in my face with a tissue and yes, it really helped calm me do when I was experiencing a lot of pain.
Anyway enough about my horrible experience and more about the benefits. It’s sweet floral scent is really delightful and has a soothing effect. Besides lavender oil being nice to smell Lavender essential oil (aka Lavandula angustifolia) is just one of the most versatile, all round essential oils available (along with frankincense and Melaleuca if you ask me). Its scent and therapeutic actions reflect its complex chemical structure, and the concentration of the various active elements vary according to the soil, weather patterns, climate and conditions in which it is grown. The best quality Lavender essential oil is said to grow in the Mediterranean, where Romans first planted it throughout Northern Europe and England.
Essential oils act on physical, emotional and spiritual levels, ask me, I know. Lavender oil blends well with a huge range of other essential oils and is known to improve the actions of other essential oils. Lavender essential oil is basically first aid in a bottle as it is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat on bites, stings and scratches, and especially effectively on burns and bruises.
These are a few of the uses for lavender essential oil
- Nervous system: headaches, migraines, insomnia, stress, anxiety. Combined with oils such as Peppermint, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense,Sandalwood.
- Skin: eczema/irritation, infection, phlebitis. Combined with oils such as Yarrow, German Chamomile, Rose, Vetivert, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Bergamot, Cypress and Myrrh.
- Musculoskeletal system: pain, strains, inflammation, tension, spasm. Combined with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ginger, Lemon, Black Pepper, Juniper, Marjoram, Clary Sage, Plai and Geranium.
Lavender massage oil recipe
12 drops Lavender essential oil
12 drops Bergamot or Orange essential oil
3 drops Marjoram essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
1 drop Vetiver essential oil
1/4 cup (60ml) carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba (personally I find coconut oil a bit too greasy.
Combine all ingredients in a dark glass bottle and wait at least 24 hours after blending to let the oil cure. Store in a cool, dark place.