Lavender Essential Oil
A daily dose of calm slumber.
When we are beset by the demands of the world, sometimes all we need is a hint of Lavandula Angustifolia, more widely known as lavender. Lavender brings more than its soothing and calming fragrance to the table. Other than the fact that it was used as a holy herb in ancient times, there are many health benefits of lavender, especially its effect on stress levels. Lavender has sedative qualities, encouraging good quality sleep that we all yearn for at the end of the day.
Essential oils that blend well with Lavender Essential Oil:
- Sweet Orange
- Clary Sage
Uses of Lavender Essential Oil:
- Promotes relaxation and eases anxiety
- Helps with menstrual cramps
- Prevents breakouts with its anti-bacterial properties
- Inhibits immediate types of allergic reactions as a natural antihistamine
Ways to use Lavender Essential Oil:
- Diffuser: Fill your room with the scent by adding drops of essential oil into your diffuser.
- Topical application: Massage the lavender essential oil onto your skin, especially on your temples and wrists just before bedtime. Optional: Dilute with a carrier oil or lotion to minimise skin sensitivity.
- Steam: Add just one drop of the lavender essential oil to a hot bowl of water, put a towel over your head and the bowl, close your eyes and inhale deeply.
- Spray: Mix a few drops of the essential oil with water, shake well and spray directly onto your PJs, pillow or yoga mat.
- Hot bath: Add 2–3 drops into a warm bath with Epsom salts to create a relaxing, renewing experience.
Note of caution: When you’re dispensing essential oils in the air, consider pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, or pets in your environment as some essential oils may not be suitable for them.