18 December 2019

Getting to know your oils: the Lavender edition

Walk into a day spa or yoga studio anywhere in the world, and the unmistakable scent of lavender will immediately flood your nostrils. Even if you’ve never actively been involved in collecting or indulging in aromatherapy, it’s considered common knowledge that lavender essential oils are synonymous with health and wellbeing, as well as pampering. You might even remember your mum’s medicine cabinet containing a seemingly unending bottle of lavender that would come out whenever you had a headache, a mild case of insomnia, or needed a boost to the mind or body (there really is nothing this plant can’t do!) 

What is lavender?

Lavandula, or as it’s more commonly known as lavender, is a flowering plant that’s native to Africa, Asia and Europe. Cultivated in temperate climates, it has been used throughout history for a range of applications, such as in culinary dishes, balms, perfumes, cosmetics, and even in cleaning supplies. Of course, you also may have seen this plant adorning many residential backyards – not only because it is a radiant purple colour, but because lavender has a distinctive sweet scent.

Considered the all-rounder of aromatherapy, there are many benefits of incorporating lavender in your life. Here’s just some of them below.

The advantages of lavender essential oil

  1. May help improve sleep: If cutting out caffeine and getting more exercise isn’t inducing sleep and you’re still tossing and turning throughout the night, you might want to consider lavender essential oil. Just place a few drops on your pillowcase before going to sleep for a soothing aroma for your head as it hits the pillow.
  2. Could relieve asthma symptoms: Lavender essential oil plays a part in respiratory health, working to reduce allergic inflammation and mucus hyperplasia. Breathe in diffused lavender essential oil to relieve the symptoms of asthma. 
  3. Encourages calmness and improves mood: Soak in a hot bath that contains 4 cups of magnesium-rich Epsom salts and 60 drops of lavender essential oil for a homemade day spa experience. The aroma will work to relieve tension in the muscles, detoxify and provide some stress relief.
  4. Improves hair health: Got a bad haircut and can’t wait for your hair to grow back thicker and faster? Try massaging diluted lavender essential oil into your scalp. Let the formula sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse out. Alternatively, you can leave it in overnight for maximum benefits.
  5. Soothes eczema and dry skin: With its antifungal properties, apply lavender essential oil on the skin can help cleanse your skin and lessen irritation and inflammation.

Complementary oil combinations

Lavender essential oil is potent on its own, but you can enhance its benefits by combining it with other oil combinations, such as frankincense, lemon, marjoram, and peppermint. Oil Garden stocks a range of pre-blended essential oils for your convenience.

What you need to know about lavender essential oils

Unlike other pure essential oils, lavender essential oil can be applied directly onto the skin. However, there have been cases where contact has caused irritation and rashes (although this is uncommon). To be safe and sure, dilute your lavender essential oil with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil before application onto your skin.

Make room in your medicine cabinet for pure lavender essential oils

If you’re looking for 100% pure lavender essential oil, you can find it right here at Oil Garden, one of Australia’s leading pure essential oil, diffuser, and skincare brands in the country. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we have made it our mission to promote and harness the many amazing benefits of nature.

Having sustainably sourced the purest oils from the best-growing conditions around the world, we aim to deliver genuine value without compromising on quality. Every one of our products are natural and uncompromised by way of being sourced from pure plant extracts. 

So, why not add lavender to your essential oils collection today and start reaping the profits of Mother Nature’s amazing gift to us?