Often referred to as the Swiss Army knife of oils, lavender is extremely useful in skin, hair and nail care, to support rest and relaxation, to help smooth burns and bites and in pest management.
Some of the ways we use lavender around the home:
☺️ In the diffuser to help reduce tension, elevate mood, aid relaxation and improve sleep quality
🐝 Diluted with a carrier oil in a roller bottle for soothing discomfort associated with burns and bites
💤 Blended with frankincense for a calming perfume or sleepy-time roller
🤒 Inhaled to help ease headache and nausea
Lavender and the key constituents of lavender have been studied extensively in human and animal models. Here are some PubMed study numbers if you want to take a closer look:
💜 Fascinating insights into lavender’s effect on the central nervous system in humans, including its capacity to help improve quality of sleep, reduce discomfort and ease tension. (See: PubMedCentral 3612440)
💜 An extensive overview of a number of oils (including lavender) for their antimicrobial properties. (See: PubMed 31195752)
💜 A study looking at the effect of aromatherapy massage with lavender and chamomile oil on anxiety and sleep quality of patients with burns. (See: PubMed 31859096)
💜 Two of the key constituents of lavender essential oil are linalyl acetate and linalool, both of which have been investigated in studies on sedation and anxiety in animal models. (See: PubMed 1817516 and 18824339)
And so many more! Just head to PubMed.gov and search for “lavender” or “lavandula angustifolia”.