The lavender oil benefits in aromatherapy – or mixed with some Epsom salt during a bath – provides soothing effects. It’s just one of those scents that seem to have the power to change your mood, melt away stress, and improve your mindset.
The calming effect lavender has on your mind and body isn’t the only benefit of using lavender. In fact, there are tons of different ways to use lavender that come with surprising benefits. In this post, we’re going to talk about 6 surprising benefits of using lavender and how you can start reaping the benefits today.
1. Natural Healer
Lavender isn’t a magical plant that will heal broken bones, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. When used regularly and applied on small wounds, lavender has been known to help relieve soreness and reduce redness. Even just the act of breathing in lavender’s aroma can help ease discomfort.
Since lavender contains natural antibacterial properties, it can also be used to help ease an upset stomach and reduce inflammation in the colon*. Find high-quality culinary lavender and sprinkle it in your favorite smoothie or over a bowl of yogurt.
2. Healthy Food Substitute
If you’re willing to try it, culinary lavender, as mentioned above, can be used as a healthy substitute in many recipes. Instead of adding salt to your next meal, try blending culinary lavender with your favorite herbs. It’s a great way to spice up your recipes.
3. Revitalize Your Home
Lavender oil benefits extend to the place where you spend the most time, too. Spray a bit of lavender on your plants to keep them fresh without harming them, or use it throughout your cleaning routine. Since it helps eliminate odor and has antibacterial properties, it’s the perfect natural deodorizer.
To create your own, mix together 8-10 drops of lavender oil per ½ cup of baking soda. Sprinkle it over your carpet, let it set for a few minutes, and then vacuum it up*. To create a spray, mix 8-10 drops of lavender oil with 6 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. Shake it up and spray! You can use this on your furniture, bed sheets, clothes, and more to add a fresh, soothing smell that doubles as an antibacterial.
4. Enhances Memory
While it might not help with medically diagnosed memory loss, lavender does have the power to improve the general recall of information. Using lavender aromatherapy can lead to higher retention of information, stronger levels of concentration, and decreased anxiety*. If you have a test or presentation coming up, try pairing your preparations with a bit of lavender aromatherapy and see how it works for you.
5. Calms and Soothes
The smell of lavender has been shown to decrease anxiety, stress, and even anger amongst those who use it, regardless of age. In a study done with fussy infants, those who were massaged with lavender scented massage oil quieted down faster and cried less*.
Create your own massage oil using 2-3 drops of lavender oil per every 10 drops of carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, etc.) and massage on your pressure points.
There have also been reports of lavender soothing the intensity of hot flashes. It was found that women who sniffed lavender for around 20 minutes twice a week reported their hot flashes faded up to 50% more than women who did not use lavender aromatherapy*.
6. DIY Hand Sanitizer
With the antibacterial properties of lavender, you can create your own DIY soap or hand sanitizer. It’s easy, cost-effective, and smells great! To create your own, all you need is a bottle, vodka or rubbing alcohol, lavender oil, tea tree or peppermint oil, and aloe vera gel.
Start by pouring the vodka or rubbing alcohol into your bottle until it’s about 1/3 full. Then add 10-15 drops of lavender oil and 10-15 drops of tea tree or peppermint oil—whichever you prefer. Fill the remainder of the bottle with the aloe and you’re good to go!
If you’re ready to start experiencing lavender oil benefits in your everyday life, make sure you opt for the best products available. At Willow Massage + Spa, we recommend Young Living. Follow us on our Facebook page for more information on our Essential Oil Workshops. They’re the perfect way to learn more about how you can improve your overall wellness through essential oils.