How To Use Lavender Essential Oil
Aromatherapy or the study of essential oils for healing was first coined by Dr. Rene Gattefosse, in France in the 1920’s after he accidentally discovered the therapeutic effects of lavender oil. He was a chemist working in a cosmetic laboratory running tests on lavender. He had a mishap which caused his hand to be severely burned. Out of desperation he plunged his hand into the lavender oil. He experienced instant relief from pain and noticed that his hand healed without any heavy scarring. This inspired him to learn more about the therapeutic effects that oils had on the body. He learned how to create essential oils from numerous plants and fruits and tested the effects they had on the body. He wrote a book about his work in 1928 which is regarded as the inception of the study of Aromatherapy natural hair.
Pick the Right Lavender Oil
The Lavender family is made up of many species. Only a few are useful in treating the body. The latin names for these varieties are Lavendula spica, Lavendula augustifolia and Lavendula stoechas. Make sure to get these varieties as other varieties may not have the same affects. You can check the bottle for the Latin names or ask an assistant about the type of oil used. Many other types of lavender oil are used as burning oil to create a scent. They will not be able to sooth cuts or burns or heal the skin but merely put out a pleasant scent.
Using Lavender Essential Oil
There are many ways to use lavender essential oil. It is considered safe to use it in undiluted form on the skin but to be safe rather than sorry, do a patch test. This means putting a drop of the oil on a small area of the skin and leaving for a few hours. If there is no adverse reaction to the oil then you can be safe to assume the rest of the skin will have the same reaction. If there is a reaction or you prefer to make the lavender oil last a little longer then you can always dilute it with other oils but it may not be as potent. Apply the lavender oil or blend to the area of skin that needs soothing.
Lavender essential oil can also be used with fevers, itchiness and insomnia. It can be sniffed, placed on a tissue or pillow so that the aroma is smelled during sleep. Drops of lavender oil can be added to a hot bath. It is recommended that no more than 6 drops be added to the bath.
Lavender oil can be blended with olive or jojoba oil to created a massage oil that will help sooth the body. You should mix around one milliliter of lavender oil to ten milliliters of the other oil.
It can be added to water and applied to your hair or even in your laundry. It can even be placed in cupboards and draws to keep insects away from your clothing and other fabrics.