While lavender essential oil has traditionally been using in perfumes and aromotherapy products, it has a wide range of uses beyond that. It is often using to reduce anxiety and as a relaxation aid because of its calming properties.
The oil comes from the distillation of flower spikes from specific lavender plants. It is one of the more popular and widely used essential oils in the world today. This oil is used in many commercial products to help with numerous skin ailments. Lavender essential oil is also used to help relieve the pain of migraine headaches when breathed in as a vapor or diluted and rubbed on the temples or other pressure points. When lavender essential oil is added to a vaporizer, the oil can help treat cough and respiratory infections.
Another interesting use for lavender essential oil is a mosquito repellent. When worn as a perfume or added to lotions or hair products, this oil will naturally repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Before the invention of mosquito repellant, lavender essential oils were all that people had to rid themselves of these insects which explains why it is included in the commercial repellants today.
There are many holistic first aid uses for lavender essential oil. Diluted or undiluted, the oil may be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever when applied to minor burns, stings and insect bites. It is used for the treatment of sunstroke and sunburn. When lavender essential oil is added to chamomile, it is an effective treatment for eczema. Lavender essential massage oils are effective for the treatment of muscle and joint pain, and chest rubs can provide relief of asthmatic and bronchitic spasms. This oil is also used as a treatment for head lice. Undiluted oil on a comb will eliminate nits.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have found that lavender essential oil may play a role in the reduction of advanced mammary tumors in lab rats. Researchers are constantly looking into potential breast, liver, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancer treatments with the involvement of lavender essential oils.
France is highly known for its many perfumes and emollients which are derived from and with lavender essential oil. There are certain areas of France that are covered with acres and acres of lavender. Lavender from this area of the world is highly fragrant and tourists flock to these areas yearly. It is no wonder that with all of its properties and fragrance, that lavender essential oil is the most popular of the essential oils.