Lavender Oil: The Multipurpose Remedy

Lavender Oil: The Oil of 1,000 Uses

Believe it or not, essential oils like lavender oil have been used for centuries and are sometimes regarded as the first medicines that were ever given. This wonderful oil has been used for over 2,500 years for a variety of ailments and aromatic reasons.

Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume — and also for mummification, by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. In ancient Greece, lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity.”

I am not saying that the medical uses are going to be used today. In fact, it is irresponsible of me to say that it will work for those things. There is no actual science to back up the claims of the ancients. What can be said is that it can help with other minor ailments such as burns and scalds. It can be used as an antiseptic, and even a sedative.

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What is Lavender?

Lavender is classified as an enhancer, equalizer, and modifier. What this means is that it can be used to enhance feelings of well-being and relaxation, equalize our emotions, and help modify feelings of negativity and sadness.

The plant of lavender is considered an herb (versus a root or flower). It is part of the mint family for these qualities and is extracted by steam distillation via the flowers that grow on the top of the plant.

Lavender is also used for its ability to enter the body almost instantly. It is easily absorbed into the skin due to a very low viscosity level and easy ability to flow.

One of the most amazing things about this oil is that it has been seen to help eliminate certain bacteria, which is something that may be surprising at first.  Some scientific research has shown it to be effective at neutralizing antibiotic resistant strains of certain bacteria such as MRSA.

One thing I have not mentioned is how someone can use it to assist in the area of beauty and skin. Lavender oil has been thought to be helpful in lessening the appearance of wrinkles when applied to the skin. Again, research has been done, but it is minimal.

What are the uses of Lavender Oil?

  • Lavender can be used to help with complications from acne to wrinkles.
  • It can also be used to get rid of unsavory smells in any room by using an oil diffuser. Simply put some water in the diffuser put a few drops of oil in the diffuser and enjoy the smell of lavender as it fills the house while removing the odors.

Other fantastic ways to use this wonderful oil are

  • Helping to relieve anxiety
  •  Assist in concentration
  •  Helping to cool sunburns when used quickly after receiving the burn.

There are almost too many uses to list, but that is why lavender is considered an all purpose oil.

How can lavender oil be used?

There are many ways to apply and use lavender.

  • You can inhale it via a cotton ball by putting a couple of drops on the cotton ball
  • You can also use it on the skin such as when you get a sunburn.

One note of caution, if you are going to use this oil on the skin, test it first in a non-conspicuous area to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction. It is rare for people to react negatively to lavender, but it could happen.

What does the Scientific Research say?

The problem with trying to study lavender or any essential oil is that people’s reactions both good and bad will vary. There is a specific science to the makeup of lavender which is too complex to get into here. What can be said is that essential oils are thought to have their own “frequency”, or scientific vibration that they operate on which may explain why lavender can be helpful.

Frequency is the term used to describe the electrical component in all things, including plants and essential oils such as lavender. It is because of these frequencies, it is thought to be at least part of the reason why oils work so well for many people. It can also be used to explain why some oils do not work for everyone.

I would encourage potential users of lavender to research the benefits for themselves and make an informed decision.

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A Final Note

The uses of lavender oil are endless. It is widely regarded as a great “starter oil” for those who want to learn more about essential oils and their benefits. Aromatherapy is only one way this oil can be used. As noted above, it has a variety of uses that can be beneficial to the human body.  Look for the purest oils possible and be aware of labels. Read labels and do your research. Lavender oil can be not only a wonderful oil to get started but also one of many oils that  people go back to again and again.

Looking for more information? Read this: Higley, Alan and Connie The Reference Guide for Essential Oils copyright 2013 Abundant Health Inc.,

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Robert Flood

Robert Flood is passionate about writing with a focus on both alternative medicines like essential oils and energy work such as Reiki. You can contact him via his writer website .

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