18 Amazing Lavender Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

September 28, 2020 8 min read

18 Amazing Lavender Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Hey Beauties!

If you’ve been looking for the essential oil that can do it all, then you’ve come to the right place! Our Lavender Oil has a proven track record of providing relief from various conditions and ailments, and contains benefits that can improve your overall quality of life.

Interestingly, lavender has been used for centuries, dating back to the Egyptians, who used it for cosmetic and embalming purposes, and ancient Romans, who used it for healing purposes, as insect repellent, and for bathing, cooking and washing. I think we can learn a thing or two from them!

The best thing about lavender oil? It’s natural, meaning you don’t have to fear all of the possible negative side effects of chemicals and medications. From hair to skin to overall wellness, I’ve put together 20 benefits of lavender oil that you can begin using today!

Lavender Oil Benefits For Skin

1. Sunburn

All those summer hours in the sun are a lot of fun, but a sunburn can be a painful result. Aloe Vera is often the go to for painful sunburn, but you may want to try lavender next time! Run some cool water over the affected area and then gently rub in a few drops of lavender oil. It will soothe the skin and reduce discomfort.

You can also dilute the lavender in some aloe gel or coconut oil before applying. Is there anything more summery than the scent of coconut?

2. Blemishes

Having blemishes is a painful and embarrassing experience. Because lavender is known to have an antibacterial component, it can help reduce and clear up outbreaks naturally, without using harsh and often dangerous chemicals, which is what we’re all about here at Radha Beauty! 

Yvonne with Your Beauty Pantry swears by lavender oil in skincare to help treat and prevent acne. "Lavender oil has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin. It helps fight bacteria that cause acne."

Blemishes are caused when sebum is not secreted from the glands, and builds up under the surface. This build-up then feeds bacteria, which leads to those painful sores that often scar.

A bit of lavender oil can be applied directly to a bump, but you’d only want to try this if you don’t have sensitive skin. By adding a little lavender oil to your regular moisturizer or cream, you can penetrate the pores, and let the oil’s natural properties reduce redness and potential scarring.

3. Dry Skin

In order to apply to dry, flaky skin, you can mix lavender oil with some chamomile or some coconut oil and then gently rub it into the affected area. It can also be applied directly, but it would be wise, especially with children, to test a little on a healthy area of skin first to make sure there is no sensitivity to it.

4. Detox

There are a lot of factors that contribute to skin losing its luster and appearing aged and rough. These include the toxins and pollutants found in our environment, which are unavoidable.

You can refresh, rejuvenate, and detox your skin by using lavender oil to counteract some of these effects. Create your own bath detox by combining lavender oil with epsom salt and running under your bath water. The antioxidants in the lavender can make your skin feel like new again.

5. Bug Spray

A fun day outside can be completely ruined by mosquito bites. Especially during the summer, these little insects are hard to avoid, and can leave your skin itchy and irritated for days. Kac Young, PhD told us her favorite way to keep bugs away in the summer. "Lavender even works (when mixed with other essential oils) as a natural bug repellant." 

Rather than reach for that store bought repellent that is full of harsh chemicals, try making your own insect repellent with lavender oil, which wards them off without irritating your skin.

There are many ways you can use lavender oil for this purpose, including combining it with apple cider vinegar to create a spray, mixing it with carrier oil and rubbing it into the skin, and rubbing some directly onto bug bites to relieve irritation.

6. Moisturizer

Chapped, dry skin is something that plagues almost everyone from time to time. This can just be the daily issue of chapped lips, or the dry skin brought on by cool, dry weather. In areas where the air is always dry, it can be a constant struggle.

Lavender oil can soothe chapped skin and relieve itchiness or discomfort. Simply add it to your moisturizer - I recommend our Miracle Retinol Moisturizer! - or lip balm before applying to increase their effectiveness. 

 

Lavender Oil Benefits For Hair

7. Reversing Hair Loss

I know none of us want to admit it, but hair loss is a real struggle for some women. It might surprise you to learn that lavender has proven useful to many people as an effective treatment for hair loss. Lavender is known to inhibit hair loss.

Jack Anderson with Sport Fitness Advisor told us how helpful lavender oil can be when trying to fight hair loss. "New research shows that lavender may be used to help treat hair loss, and can speed up new hair growth."

To help fight hair loss, massage lavender into the scalp (either on its own or mixed with a carrier oil). You can wrap your hair and leave overnight. Repeat this process regularly, but be patient! It can take a while to witness the effects.

8. Relieve Itchy, Dry Scalp

Dry, flaky scalp is not only irritating, but embarrassing, especially if you’re wearing dark clothing! Your scalp needs to be regularly moisturized, just like the rest of your skin, in order to keep skin from drying out and flaking.

To combat an irritated, flaky scalp, you can use go the natural route by rubbing lavender oil into your scalp. As seen above, massaging the oil into your scalp can help moisturize, which can reduce and prevent dandruff. 

9. Non-toxic perfume

Lavender is an appealing scent, and can be used not only for the health of your hair, but as a lovely perfume as well.

By adding a few drops of lavender oil to your shampoo you can have an all day perfume affect simply by washing your hair each day.

10. Overall Hair Health

On top of everything I’ve already said, lavender is just good for the overall health of your hair! Hair, just like all other external parts of the body, is subject to the wear and tear of the environment and everyday hard work. I really love our Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set, and a few drops of lavender oil makes it especially wonderful for my hair.

As a matter of fact, lavender oil is widely used in hair products not only for the amazing fragrance but also for hair loss prevention as we previously mentioned. Laura Mogen with All Best CBD Oil told us, "When it comes to cosmetic usage, it’s widely used in shampoos and fragrances. It’s believed to be effective at increasing hair growth as well as deal with hair loss."

Give it a try! I guarantee you’ll love it as much as I do!

Lavender Oil Benefits For Health

11. Promoting Relaxation

I hate feeling stressed, but sometimes there’s just no way to avoid it! It’s so important to promote relaxation and inner peace in a healthy way. Lavender can be a natural way to do just that!

Luisa Jackson, co-founder of Earth’s Elements, told us why lavender oil is so widely used to help aid relaxation. "Lavender essential oil is commonly used for restful sleep and helps ease tension and anxiety. It is a powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial with sedative, calming and anti-depressive properties."

You can accomplish this by using an oil diffuser to distribute the scent throughout your office or home. You can also apply the lavender oil to your skin or scalp, which keeps the scent with you all day and night.

12. Before Bedtime

Because lavender can help you relax, it has been known to help improve sleep quality. Using lavender essential oil before bedtime can help to soothe body and mind.

You can diffuse lavender in your bedroom, rub some on your skin, or sprinkle a bit onto a pillow or a stuffed animal. You can also add it to a bath, particularly for children as you are readying them for bedtime. I love to diffuse lavender and curl up with a good book as I prepare to drift off to sleep!

13. Motion Sickness

I love to travel, and motion sickness can really ruin a relaxing trip. Lavender oil's calming scent can help relax the body and mind to promote a happier trip!

By rubbing lavender oil into the pressure points on the body, lavender has been known to soothe nausea and reduce disorientation. Lavender oil is good as a short term solution, but should not be used to treat long term motion sickness, such as that experienced on a cruise.

14. Headaches

Those who suffer from regular headaches or migraines are often in search of natural aids to reduce the pain of these occurrences. Lavender essential oil has been shown to do just that, and so is a great option if you are looking to soothe headaches.

Inhaling lavender, as mentioned with respiratory issues, can help with head and neck pain. But you can also just massage it into your skin! I like to combine lavender oil with our 100% Pure Radha Peppermint Oiland massage it into my forehead, temples, and neck. But you can just use the lavender oil and get the same effect!

Lavender Oil Uses and Tips

15. Deodorizer/Air Freshener

If you hate the scent of those artificial air fresheners, lavender is the perfect solution.

Its soothing, pleasing scent will make any room inviting. Use our Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser to add a light lavender scent to any room in your home. I especially love lavender in the bedroom and bathroom!

You can also add combine lavender with some vinegar and baking soda to create a natural all purpose cleaner, which can be used to deodorize furniture or carpets that have been soiled by pets, children, or everyday wear and tear. 

16. Antibacterial

Lavender is known to be a natural antibacterial that can kill germs.  The vapor from lavender oil releases this antibacterial property into the air.

This is yet another reason to include lavender in cleaning products, or even add to soap for cleansing.

17. Bath Scent

I’ve mentioned baths a few times in this post, and with good reason. A lavender infused bath has so many healing effects, and is a great option for promoting relaxation and inner peace. I’m loving our new line of bath bombs, which you can get in a Gift Set. It includes a lavender oil bomb, perfect for relaxation! 

18. Aromatherapy

If you’ve ever watched a period drama, you are probably familiar with the idea of smelling salts. It usually makes us laugh a bit to see smelling salts being waved under the nose of a fragile, fainting woman, but in truth, the idea of scents awakening the mind and calming the senses is a good one!

Lavender oil can provide aromatherapy that lessens the feeling of fatigue and confusion, sharpening the sense and providing rejuvenation. I love how calming it is, and use it when I need to focus on getting my work done without getting distracted!

Add some to a diffuser when it’s time to get to work and find the energy to get it all done!

Conclusion

I hope I’ve convinced you that from hair care to skincare to sleeping, our Radha Beauty Lavender Oil is an incredibly useful tool that can improve your life in unexpected ways. With all of these benefits in mind, you’ll never want to be far from a bottle of lavender oil!



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