Lavender has a calming nature known to reduce anxiety and tension, but its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are what makes this a staple in any skincare regime.
Slightly sweet and dry, lavender oil’s scent is fresh, herbaceous-floral and clean. Pleasant, cool, and soothing.
Lavender oil is immensely calming, encouraging relaxation and muscular tension, so much that it may help with insomnia.
Diffusing lavender oil has a balancing effect on the autonomic nervous system, reducing nervous restlessness, anxiety, and stress. You also have the simultaneous benefit of cleansing the air due to its antibacterial properties. Use the vapor to alleviate respiratory tract infections and eliminate excess phlegm buildup.
- Rub a few drops between your hands, cupping them to your nose and inhaling.
- Using a cold-air diffuser and distilled water, you can diffuse a few drops to release a lavender vapor a in the air.
- Apply a few drops to your pillowcase or sleep mask to aid in sleep. Try adding a 2:1 ratio of orange essential oil as well.
- Mix a few drops with purified water in a spray bottle before misting lightly over your sheets or in your kitchen.
Lavender oil can ward off bugs with its potent smell, as well as help with fresh bites. Try applying a few drops to bug bites to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.
Muscle Tension Relief
Recent studies point to chronic inflammation as a leading source of many health concerns, from heart disease to the nervous system. Massages with lavender oil can reduce inflammation in sore joints and muscles and relieve muscle tension, headaches and migraines, and improve blood circulation.
- Add a drop or two to your body lotion or a carrier oil (coconut for example) before applying.
Lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate a variety of skin disorders, such as wrinkles, psoriasis, cuts and scar formation.
A potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, lavender oil is especially helpful in relieving swelling of acne and preventing additional bacteria from forming. Slightly astringent in nature, it should be mixed with a carrier oil, such as argan oil, before applying directly to the skin to avoid irritation.