As a mother, we want what is best for our children. One way to do this is by using as much natural ingredients as possible. Why not kill two birds with one stone by using a multi-functional, budget friendly Lavender essential oil which can be used for your entire household.
Lavender essential oil is part of the largest oil producing family called the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) also known as the mint family. Lavender oils’ Latin name is Lavandula Angustifolia. Other Essential oils part of this family are Basil, Bergamot Mint, Clary Sage, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Marjoram and Thyme. This post is all about the wonderful uses and benefits of Lavender essential oil.
Properties and benefits of Lavender oil
Antiseptic- it prevents growth of disease caused by micro-organisms which makes its good for treating fungi and thrush.
Analgesic- it is a natural pain killer that relieves headaches and migraines.
Antidepressant- calming from stress and depression.
Aromatic- can be used as perfume or deodorant and as air fresheners.
Calming itches, dandruff, rashes, thrush and skin irritations.
Strengthens and supports digestive system.
Supports respiratory system- helps with allergies, flus, colds, sore throats etc
Anti-inflammatory- helps reduce inflammation.
Stimulating or healing oil- assists in healing scars, wounds, burns, stretch marks.
Natural insect repellant for fleas, lice, mosquitoes etc
Good Fungicidal oil in the sense that it facilitates in destroying fungi.
Increases blood circulation thus stops nose bleed.
Supports Hair growth.
Good for skin treatments as it treats and prevents acne and aging skin.
Antispasmodic- relaxes muscle spasms.
Common diseases Lavender Essential oil is good for are written below.
Please note that I am not a doctor, please use essential oils with caution and at your own risk. Don’t forget to do a patch test if you have never used the essential oil before. It is also best to ask the advice of your doctor before using this oil especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding and have blood issues. Use carefully around children and pets.
- Athletes foot
- Back pain
- Bladder infection
- High blood pressure
- Bug bites
- Insect stings
- Chicken Pox
- Chronic Fatigue
- Colds and Flus
- Diaper rash
- Ear infection
- Hair loss
- Heat stroke
- Jet lag
- PMS mood swings
- Scars and stretch marks
Uses of Lavender essential oil for babies.
Lavender essential oil is considered generally safe to use while breast feeding and for babies. I will mention this again, do a patch test before use, dilute with a carrier oil and use with caution.
- Calming and relaxing a fussy baby
- As a sedative as it encourages sleep in your baby.
- Reduces the sting of Insect bites and itchy skin.
- Help alleviate colic
- Soothes teething irritants
- Heals wounds. You should keep it as a first aid must have.
- Calms fever.
- Eases eczema on your babies delicate skin.
What are the best ways to use Lavender essential oil?
Adding 3-10 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath for relaxation.
Rubbing your temples, neck and forehead to relieve migraines and nose blocks.
Add to your carrier oil or aqueous (unscented) lotion and massage onto skin for a glow, eczema and sun burns
Pour some onto cotton buds and apply onto affected areas on skin for acne and scars
Add some drops to your shampoo for hair growth
Add 10 drops of lavender oil with warm coconut oil, massage onto scalp and wrap your head for an hour for relieving dandruff.
Add to your diffuser.
As a natural cleaner: mix with white vinegar to clean counter tops, stoves and walls.
Add to your mopping water as a deodorizer and tile cleaner.
When scrubbing and sanitizing carpets, a few drops makes them smell fresh.
Drop in your washing machine when washing your towels, pillows and beddings.
Make your own DIY salt bombs with lavender essential oil.
Drops to pine cone help in refreshing the house smell while being a lovely home decoration.
To your spray or roller bottle as a perfume.
What can you blend Lavender Essential oil with?
For efficient effects this essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove bud, Clary sage, Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary, Chamomile, Sweet orange, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Vetiver.
Carrier oils that blend well with Lavender essential oil are Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, sunflower oil and Rosehip oil.
Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:
- Stop use immediately if you notice an allergic reaction to the essential oil such as hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.
- Do not inhale. Seek medical attention if inhaled accidentally.
- Do not use if you will be going on a long drive as this essential oil causes sleepiness.
- Do not use over prolonged periods of time. Use with caution.
- Store in a dark bottle at room temperature and away from heat and sunlight.
- Studies suggest that lavender essential oil is linked to breast tissue enlargement that is not suitable for young boys.
In conclusion: Lavender essential oil is a widely used multipurpose oil that is good for babies as well. It is one of the few essential oils that you can use without diluting or a carrier oil. Its safer to use with a carrier oil though. Apart from its wonderful smell, it is used for calming stress treatments, skin care routines, hair routines and cleaning routines. Read here for more on essential oils and download your freebie from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils
FDA Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Cheers and happy oiling, MrsChettyLife. PS let me know in the comments why, how you use lavender essential oil and why you love it.