Lavender Oil Healing Properties

When I started this research, I didn’t know lavender was good for so many mental and physical health problems. What I found is that lavender is almost a miracle supplement. Everyone needs lavender in their medicine cabinet.

Lavender oil healing properties range from anti-inflammatory benefits to treatment for parasite infection, stings and other insect bites. Minor burns can be treated with lavender oil. Inhaled lavender works as a natural antihistamine in the body. Histamines are naturally occurring compounds that regulate the immune system. They affect the immune response to any kind of infectious agent that enters the system. They help white blood cells in the chemical reaction to send signals to the brain and digestive system to fight allergies.

Studies done on humans have shown that lavender reduces heart rate and causes relaxation. This is being explored as a help for anxiety and depression. Lavender aids in detoxifying, can be a sedative, helps in healing scars and bruises.

Where Does Lavender Come From?

Lavender has about 39 species of plants. They are in the family of mints that are originally grown in the Middle East, Mediterranean, East Africa. Basil, rosemary and thyme are in the same family. Lavender is distinct and recognizable with its colored flowers. English, Sweet, Yellow, Purple Haze and French are some types of lavender. lavendar flower

The oil for essential oil is found on stems, flowers and leaves of the plant. The best is from the stems of the flowers when they are blooming. Oils are obtained by a steam distillation process.

Is the Use of Lavender New?

The use of lavender for healing goes back thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks used it as cleanser, and to aid in sleep. The name comes from the Latin word for “wash.” They used lavender for bathing and washing clothes because of the pleasant, clean aroma.

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Ancient civilizations used lavender as a cleanser. Lavender means “wash” in Latin.

In Medieval times lavender was used in perfume, soap and for medicinal use. Hospitals during the first World War made use of the antiseptic properties. It is regarded as safe to use with no side effects reported. However, it is always wise to remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, powerful substances. Use only as directed, dilute with water, or just use one single drop at a time. Anti-fungal, Anti-spasmodic, Analgesic and digestion problems were helped with lavender by the ancient Romans.

What Chemicals Makes Lavender Useful in Healing?

Lavender’s contains two powerful phytochemicals, linalyl acetate and Linalool. Lavender contains about 51% linalyl acetate and 35% Linalool. It also contains lavandulol and camphor, which is a terpene compound. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds found in plants. They are often natural poisons to ward off insects. Some of these are terpenes, which are compounds which contain chemicals to ward off parasites.Lavandula

In ancient times phytochemicals in some plants were used as poisons. This would be the case in belladonna. When scientists began to extract them from the plants, it became known that these same chemicals could be beneficial as anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and medication.

Linalyl acetate is also found in Bergamot. Both linalyl acetate and Linalool are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Dutch lavender has a higher content of terpenes. It also is less fragrant.

Linalool is found in a wide variety of plants, including cannabis. It helps with pain and seizures by changing the way the brain processes pain. Linalool slows the way pain is communicated to the brain through the spinal fluid.

Does Lavender Effect the Brain?

Studies in animals have shown that lavender causes relaxation. It can reduce aggression and conflict. Monkeys exposed to lavender became quieter, more content and less likely to fight with each other. I wonder if drones should be dropping sprays of lavender oil over war-torn countries rather than bombs.

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Now you can buy portable personal diffusers. The Meditate set has a blend of oils that includes lavendar. The Trance blend also contains lavender essential oil.

Insomnia, anxiety, and depression have been treated with lavender for thousands of years. Presently, there research in these areas with both humans and animals.LavendarEssentialOils660

Lavender is being tested to help in neurological disorders, depression and anxiety. One of its chemical components, Linalool improves the immune system. It helps reduce the effects of stress that are damaging to DNA. Lavender affects dopamine in the brain and the neurons that control muscles. Lavender changes the brain waves. EEGs show a reduction in anxiety and social anxiety. Tests show increased theta and alpha waves in the brain activities when exposed to lavender.

In studies with dementia patients, lavender has improved mood and reduced problems of restlessness and agitation. Some of these tests have used lavender along with other essential oils, such as patchouli, peppermint and lemon balm.

What About Testing and Purity?

There have not been many tests on humans and what have been done are inconclusive. This is due to the differences in admiration by oral, odor or directly to the skin. Differences in the origin of the plants, preparation and purity all affect the outcome. This is mostly determined by word-of-mouth, asking a health store worker who is knowledgeable. There are so many complicated variants that if would be very difficult to determine what is the best essential oil on your own. Lavender oil healing properties depend on the purity of the essential oil. Essential oils can vary significantly according to the quality and distilling.

The most advanced test for purity in essential oils is the Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) test. It is also the most expensive. Larger companies are using this because it is very accurate. There are other tests that are considered reliable in determining the chemical contents and quality. Tests use a gas chromatograph spectrometer to analyze the molecules of the oil.oil-drop

One warning is that if the label reads “naturally derived,” it means just the opposite of natural. That term signifies that the molecular structure of the plant has been copied in a lab. A synthetic product is then obtained from the derivation. Remember, “naturally derived” means fake.

Some grow and distill your own lavender essential oil. Much of the quality is determined by the growing conditions of the plants. Sun, water and nutrients determine how good the quality of the plant oil that is produced.

Questions About Legitimacy of Using Essential Oils for Health

For thousands of years the lavender plant has been used in healing and well-being. Stress, anxiety, depression and pain are not new to modern man. History documents people using lavender for these conditions 2,500 years ago. Every civilization since and maybe before has taken advantage of lavender’s antiseptic qualities. It can heal scars and skin conditions. It relieves pain and helps with abdominal discomfort. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory that reduces the effects of insect bites.

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Recipes to help insect bites and stings: Apply 2 drops directly to bite. Use 1 or 2 drops of 100% pure lavender oil directly to a burn or itching skin. Mix a few drops into moisturizer and apply to exposed areas of the skin for a natural insect repellent.

I know personally of an instance where someone used lavender oil to stop pain from a bee sting instantly. It has also relieved congestion in my lungs on many occasions. As an asthmatic, I wish I would have known about it many years ago.

Science has not proved empirically that there is proof to healing properties of lavender or any essential oil. That would require much more testing to be done on humans. In an Oct. 16, 2017 Forbes Magazine article, it estimated that it took $2.7 trillion to test just one medication enough to sell it.

Most would agree that we need to be sure that the medicine doctors prescribe Is safe and that it does what it is supposed to do. But, in many cases, prescription medication does neither of those things, even after being tested and approved.

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Lavender essential oil is very concentrated. One drop of oil is good to start. Minor burns and stings are helped with its anti-inflammatory properties.

There is an alternate that is comparatively inexpensive and has been used for thousands of years. Lavender oil healing properties were known long before ancient Rome and Greece. Isn’t 2,500 years of testing long enough?

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Do you or anyone you know have experience with essential oils, and especially, lavender?

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19 Replies to “Lavender Oil Healing Properties”

  1. Hello There

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post on lavender oil healing properties. I know that lavender oil is used as a fragrance in cosmetics such as soap and perfume. Me and my wife also using lavender oil with aromatic candle which make us calm and relax and I love the smell very much.

    The details explanation you provide above are very clear and easy to understand. Just one question though, is it ok to put lavender oil on our face? I heard before that lavender oil can also reduce acne scarring but not too sure about that.

    Thanks for taking your time and put all these together.

    Cheers,
    Samm

  2. “I wonder if drones should be dropping sprays of lavender oil over war-torn countries rather than bombs”. This was funny but it made a lot of sense at the same time. In wonder if it is being considered anywhere and if not,why it isn’t that the case.

    I did a little research on Lavender after discovering a soap made of it and the effect it had on the kids. So,I am quite glad to see this article on the Lavender oil healing properties as I didn’t go in depth during my own research. Do you think the Lavender oil has the ability to lull one to sleep? This is because,I noticed that the babies sleptbright after they had a bath with this soap.

    1. I know someone that is a 1st grade teacher that depends on lavender oil to settle the class down. thanks for getting my humor and for commenting

  3. My wife and I are really into essential oils and Lavender is one of our go-to’s for almost anything. It is great for when either kids or we ourselves are restless. We have also used it to treat cuts and burns, in homemade deodorants, and even to destress. We always have it on hand. I know it has many healing properties (both physical and mental), but for mental health, what do you think is the best way to experience the benefits? Is it better to inhale straight from the bottle, rub on the skin so you smell it throughout the day, or to diffuse it in the room?

  4. Dear John,

    This is an interesting and helpful post. I must say I found your post highly uplifting & educational and you have given me plenty to think about here. This post is so thorough it opened my eyes to all sorts of information I wasn’t aware of!

    To be honest because of my interest, recently I started my research on essential oils and as you mentioned there benefits are amazing. Our ancestors used these essential oils in their medicine and its a part of their day to day life (as you already mentioned).

    Amazed with the benefits of lavender oil and it means a lot to me because I do suffer from allergies so gonna try it for sure.

    Nowadays people are interested in the alternative medicines. In India youngsters are showing great interest to study the alternative medicines so people started trusting alternative medicines and now they are realizing its value.

    The video you embedded is helpful and I am book marking your post for future reference.

    Thanks for the great insights!

    Paul

    1. thanks. I have allergies also. I think India has many centuries of knowledge ahead of the US. I was just reading that the concept of Chakras is from Hinduism 

  5. So lavender started out to be used by ancient Greek as bathing soap and detergent, if I should put it in plain terms. While others use it as poison. 

    Then I can say that, from what I’ve learned so far from your article on the healing powers of lavender oil- that lavender has gone through a rather amazing evolution. 

    Starting out as a washing agent- and even getting it’s name from the Latin word for wash, then going unto being poison, unto being an antiseptic and then finally it has arrived at being a medicine. 

    And not just a regular medicine, but one that can be inhaled, ingested and applied on the skin. 

    I look forward to seeing what next it would evolve into. But for now, I’m grateful for it’s treatment of anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and so on.

    1. thanks. just to be clear essential oils are not to be ingested unless stated on the label. I will go back and make sure I didn’t write that. They are really concentrated. 

  6. Hello,

    I have a thing for lavender, lavender scent is calming and relaxing. I have been making use of essential oils for a while now. I use lavender oil in the diffuser, to help producing a calming effect around my home. I also make use of peppermint oil and lavender oil as an insect repellent, the lavender helps moderate the strong scent of peppermint.

    Would lavender oil be useful in dealing with a serious insect bite, like a scorpion sting?

  7. Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for everyone to read and digest.lavender oil also serves as an healing oil that reduces pain. It works for anxiety and depression,great advantage of using lavender oil. This is a well detailed article about lavender. 

    Can a pregnant woman use lavender oil during pregnancy stage? Best regards 

    1. thanks. I would think a pregnant woman would have to be cautious and research that before using. essential oils are powerful because they are concentrated.

  8. I’ve been essential oil for several occasion, sometimes it is lavender-based oil. I agree that lavender has a nice smell and relieve my anxiety a little. This is the first time I heard that lavender can be used as both medicine and poison. What disease was usually lavender used as medicine? Or is it primarily used as essential oil only? Thank you for your answer

  9. Wonderful writeup and great post. Lavender have a lot of uses known to me, but I have not read about it anywhere else like I did on your site, the uses seems endless. Which gave the conclusion of how important this oil is in our day to day activities. This article is comprehensive and well detailed that I learnt all I need to learn about lavender including its chemical composition. Great work putting this up. 

  10. Thank you for the great post. There seem to be so many great advantages to using lavender. My family actually uses it as an essential oil! I will have to make sure it’s the real one.

  11. I’ve been using lavender oil in my essential oil blends for almost ten years. It has a great smell and many healing properties.
    Thank for the good read

  12. Thanks for bringing essential oil info into the light! I’ve used them for many years – they are my favorite “go-to” therapy. They have brought me through many a physical & emotional crisis. I’m very grateful for their healing properties & wonderful aromas!

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