True Lavender Oil Benefits

Lavender Lavender oil benefits are so enormous that I think most people would agree this oil is the "Queen of essential oils"!

There are various varieties of the Lavender herb, and as such, different types of Lavender oil.

Here are a few different types of Lavender oil:

  • Spike Lavender oil (Lavandula latifolia): See this page for more information on this oil.
  • Lavendin oil (Lavandula x intermedia): A.k.a. Dutch Lavender, Lavendin is a hybrid of True Lavender and Spike Lavender. It is mostly used for industrial purposes, such as perfumery.
  • Spanish Lavender oil (Lavandula stoechas): Not commonly used therapeutically in Aromatherapy as some chemical components are harsh on the skin and the high level of camphor makes it unsuitable for use with pregnant women and people with epilepsy.
  • True Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia): Focus of this page - Read on...

True Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now cultivated worldwide.

The oil of True Lavender is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers of the herb and is produced mainly in France, Spain, England, Bulgaria, and Italy.

True Lavender oil is non-toxic and non-irritating.

Here are some of the amazing Lavender oil benefits:

  • Antispasmodic
  • Pain relieving
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Skin Healing
  • Central nervous system sedative
  • Anti-depressive

Ready to find out more about how Lavender essential oil can help us both physically and mentally? Here goes...

True Lavender Oil Benefits on Body and Mind


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Lavender Oil Benefits on Our Body

Lavender oil benefits our body in the following ways:

Skin Healing

Lavender oil is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. It is a good oil to use for skin issues such as acne, eczema, scabies, ringworm, burns, bruises, insect bites and stings, and sunburn.

Got an itchy insect bite? This is a time when it's fine to use Lavender oil undiluted! Just dab a drop of Lavender oil on the bite and within seconds the itchy feeling will go away.

Another occasion when undiluted Lavender oil can be used is for burns (minor ones). For example, if you get burned or scalded in the kitchen, one quick way to relieve pain and redness is to run the burned/scalded area in cold water, pat dry, and then put a drop of undiluted Lavender on the area.

For fungal issues such as ringworm or athlete's foot, use Lavender oil in a blend with other strong antifungal oils, such as Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), and Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin).

Lavender oil benefits small wounds and cuts due to its antibacterial action. Make an oil blend or salve using Lavender with other strong antibacterial oils, such as Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus).

Pain Relief

Lavender oil benefits people who suffer from muscle stiffness, tension, aches and pains; as well as people with chronic headaches and migraines. It goes well with pain relief oils such as Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea).

Also, Lavender oil is antispasmodic, together with its pain relief action, it is useful to alleviate stomach cramps (e.g. caused by IBS).

Lavender oil benefits women who suffer from menstrual cramps. In this regards, use it in a blend with Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), and Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana).

Immune Support

We can harness Lavender essential oil's antimicrobial properties to boost our immune system. It is a good oil to use in blends for colds and flu, coughs, and respiratory infections (e.g. laryngitis, bronchitis). It has been found that when Lavender is combined with Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) and Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), they have synergistic effects and are effective against respiratory infections.

Cardiovascular System Support

Lavender oil, when combined with Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana), and Lemon (Citrus limon), has a positive effect on heart palpitations and can lower high blood pressure.

Nerve Tonic

Lavender oil is a nerve tonic, meaning it strengthens the nervous system as a whole. It can also relieve issues related to the nerve system, such as nervous exhaustion and depression, as well as insomnia caused by these issues.

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Lavender Oil Benefits for Our Mental Health

If you are an essential oil user, you probably will have already discovered that Lavender essential oil can do wonders to us emotionally.

Lavender is calming and soothing. In a hospital in England, a 6-month trial was carry out, during which time Lavender oil was diffused through the air. It was found that the patients could sleep better at night and were less aggressive during the day. Lavender oil, due to its calming effect on the brain, enabled some patients to wean off their tranquilizers.

Let's look closer at how Lavender oil benefits our mental health:

Relieving Anxiety, Stress and Tension

Lavender's calming action is great for relieving anxiety and tension. Since most ailments (e.g. colds and flu, joint pain, headaches, etc.) cause anxiety and tension, it follows that Lavender is an excellent oil to add to blends for any ailment! You can't go wrong with Lavender!

Anxious about flying? Use Lavender to calm your nerves and ease the tension! Put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue paper and smell it whenever you feel anxious or stressed. Or better yet, make a blend using Lavender with Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), and Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) in an inhaler.

Relieving Depressive Feelings

Lavender is anti-depressive; it can help relieve depressive feelings and promote optimism. And due to its great pain relief action, it is a great oil to use to relieve pain-induced stress and/or depression. Use it with other oils that have similar properties, such as Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Frankincense (Boswellia carterri).

Calming Irritability

Lavender oil benefits those who easily lose their cool. Use it with other calming oils such as Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin), Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides).

Promoting Restfulness

The soothing and calming actions of Lavender oil can help promote restfulness, and bring about good, deep sleep. Use it with oils that have similar actions, such as Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Sandalwood (Santalum album), to name just a few.

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