Oh lavender, this essential oil is my oldest and dearest favorite. I have enjoyed the aroma of this oil my entire life, while most of that time period I never knew all of the benefits I was receiving from this amazing oil. Gentle enough for babies 2 weeks old and up, this should be everyone’s must have oil. When in doubt, use lavender, you can never go wrong with it. Its uses span from the head all the way to the toes.
One of the most important aspects of lavender is its antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It can be used for any form of head and chest colds. It loosens mucus and can be used in diffusers so the benefits reach the lungs, as a chest rub for bronchitis/chronic cough or even in a roller bottle to rub on sore throats. It is extremely safe for children and is one of the best oils to get them through cold season, unlike some commercial rubs that contain petroleum based products and eucalyptus which is only safe for children 9 years and up.
Another property of lavender is that it stimulates the growth of new cells. Because of this, it is a go to oil for a variety of things such as: acne, eczema, insect bites/stings, burns, sores and wounds. If you have a skin problem of any kind you can always safely use lavender as a solution. I use Tablerock Creek’s ‘Heal’ roller bottle on everything from mosquito bites, scrapes, blemishes and even bruises. It is a great replacement for triple antibiotic ointment.
Lastly, lavender is an excellent anti-inflammatory. You can get relief from pain and inflammation by using lavender in a massage blend for arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sciatica and muscular tension. The benefits of this oil for pain are enhanced when blended with other oils in a synergy which amplifies each of the oils properties for inflammation. Some oils to blend with lavender include but are not limited to: rosemary, sweet marjoram, helichrysum, roman chamomile and cypress.
If I had a bucket list, walking barefoot in a lavender field in the Alpes de Haute region of Provence, France would definitely be on it. I can imagine closing my eyes, feeling the sun on my face and breathing in the soft floral aroma of fresh lavender flowers. This smell reminds me of childhood and innocence and is an oil that is incorporated throughout each of my days for whatever is ailing me or my family at any given time. It truly is my go to oil.