Lavender is one of the essential oils I use often because it is versatile. I also like to use it to support my emotional health. After a long day, I’ll settle down, add eight drops of lavender to my essential oil diffuser and switch it on. I may also put a couple of drops of lavender on my pillow to support a more restful sleep. It’s nature’s chill pill.
Lavender was one of the first doTERRA oils I purchased because it’s just so functional. It’s also excellent for soothing any skin irritations – dilute a couple of drops in some fractionated coconut oil and you’ve got a winning combo for reef rash!
Here’s some more interesting info about lavender essential oil.
Lavender oil is well-known for its calming, easing properties and is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation.
What is lavender essential oil?
Lavender (scientific name: Lavendula) is a flowering plant from the mint family and the essential oil gets extracted by distilling the tops of the lavender flower in steam. Specific types of lavender are grown for essential oil extract.
Terpenes are the plant oils that constitute some of the most active ingredients in essential oils. There are many different types of terpenes and their different characteristics give an oil its particular therapeutic properties. Terpenes are also present in cannabis.
The terpenes in lavender essential oil are linalool, linalyl acetate and ocimene. Because of its terpene profile, lavender has antibacterial properties, can act as a disinfectant and is anti-inflammatory.
Where does it come from?
Used for over 2,500 years, lavender is thought to have originated in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India.
In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume.
What are the benefits of using lavender essential oil?
Lavender oil is well-known for its calming, easing properties. It is frequently used to support a peaceful night’s sleep. When diluted in a carrier oil and applied to the temples, lavender essential oil can be used to support relaxation.
Lavender is also very effective in improving skin health when applied topically. Widely used in fragrances and shampoos, it may also assist with hair growth.
I love lavender oil and hope you will enjoy discovering the many benefits of this calming plant in your journey to achieving optimal health.
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Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.
doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.