For centuries essential lavender oil has been used in a wide range of applications in many parts of the world.
We have listed a number of the traditional lavender oil uses to give some indication of the wide range of uses for which lavender oil is well recognised. Curiously we are currently seeing a revitalized interest in the beneficial use of lavender oil as people now seek nature’s help to rebalance their lives, and regain their personal sense of well-being.
From our personal experience we have come to accept that in applying lavender oil for some personal benefit – less is more! Not only is this good for economy, it also ensures the gentle benefits of lavender are more carefully focused on achieving the benefit sought.
By this we mean it is better to err on the side of caution than apply too much lavender oil. The reason for this is that essential lavender oil is a powerful oil and seems to yield a profound benefit beyond what one would expect for the amount used.
Traditionally accepted lavender oil uses include the following
Apply lavender oil neat to spots night and morning using a cotton bud. Bathe face with lavender water, using 100ml distilled water and 25 drops of lavender oil.
Make massage oil with 30 drops of lavender oil with 50ml of vegetable carrier oil. Apply twice daily. Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to bath water for pain relief.
Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your temples or soles of your feet, or put 4 drops onto your pillow; add 10 drops to a bath. One of the most popular uses of lavender oil!
Cuts, Skin Wounds:
Clean area thoroughly with water, dab on a few drops of lavender oil.
Add 1 drop of lavender oil to 1 cup of tepid water, mix well, and pour sufficient quantity into eye bath.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to your bath as a pick-me-up, or inhale off tissue. Use lavender oil in an aroma lamp.
Inhale up to 8 drops of lavender oil from a tissue or handkerchief, or apply neat to the temples, or by cold compress to the forehead or back of neck.
Insect Bites, Stings:
Apply neat to affected area, repeat four-hourly.
Immediately put affected area under cold tap for 5 minutes, and then apply neat lavender oil three times daily until skin is healed.
Muscular aches and pains:
Soak in a hot bath containing 10 drops of lavender oil. Use local massage, using 9 drops of lavender oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For tightness, massage with neat lavender oil and apply hot lavender compress.
Use concentrated massage oil containing 30 drops of lavender oil with 50ml of vegetable carrier oil. Apply twice daily. Add 10 drops of lavender oil to bath water for pain relief.
Use 10 drops of lavender oil in an aroma lamp for stress relief, to pacify hyper-active children; create a liberating sense of well-being.
Sore Throat, Hoarseness:
Gargle with 5-10 drops of lavender oil in a glass of water, repeat three times daily.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath, massage 3 drops of lavender oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil into hands and soles of feet. Use an aroma lamp.
Apply lavender oil neat to severe patches. For larger areas use 12 drops of lavender oil in 1 tablespoon of distilled water. If you’ve really overdone it a lavender bath with 6-8 drops of lavender oil is just great.
Lavender oil used as a disinfectant
For Clothes, for hand washing:
Add up to 50 drops of lavender oil to half a litre of warm water, or to a liquid detergent, before putting it into the washing machine.
For washing floors, surfaces:
Use up to 50 drops to a bucket of water, stir well before mopping or wiping.
Add a few drops of neat lavender oil to a small bowl of cooled boiled water and swab damaged area.
Another common Lavender oil use is as fragrance in cosmetics, pot pourris, lavender starch and as a fragrance for clothes storage areas.