How to make and use lavender oil

November 14, 2019
Lavender is a plant with purple, colorful flowers. They're mostly used for extracting an essential oil rich in linalool, geraniol, linalyl, saponins, and borneol, which are quite beneficial.

Lavender oil has become popular for its interesting applications in cosmetics and herbal medicine. It’s also a favorite when it comes to aromatherapy sessions. But, did you know you can make it yourself at home?

Even though you can currently purchase lavender oil at herbal and beauty stores as well as in drug stores, there are many people who prefer to make their own at home to take direct advantage of the plant. So, stay with us to discover how to make it together with its main applications.

Lavender Characteristics

Lavender is a plant with purple, colorful flowers. They’re mostly used for extracting an essential oil rich in linalool, geraniol, linalyl, saponins, and borneol, which are quite beneficial.

According to information published in Phytotherapy Research and although the studies aren’t entirely conclusive, this product has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, antifungal and sedative properties. It could even be beneficial in the treatment of burns and insect bites.

See also: Lavender: A Wonderful Essential Oil for Your Home and Skin

Making lavender oil

A bottle of lavender oil next to a plant.

According to farmers, you should gather lavender in bundles as soon as flowering begins. Allow them to dry in a cool, dark room until you need it.

Materials

 

  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Olive or sunflower oil
  • 1 small glass jar

Procedure

  • First, combine the lavender flowers and olive oil in the glass jar and let the mixture sit in sunlight for three days.
  • Then, after three days, shake the jar’s contents and transfer them to another jar using a sieve or coffee filter.

Remember that essential oils should never be ingested. In addition, do an allergy test by placing a drop on a cotton ball and rubbing it on your forearm. Don’t use it if there’s a bad reaction.

Recommended reading: 9 Oils That Improve Your Appearance in 7 days

How to use lavender oil?

The applications of lavender oil are many and it’s commonly used to treat skin problems, anxiety problems, and other ailments. However, you must keep in mind that it’s not a remedy to replace any treatments prescribed by a doctor. And, if possible, you should only use it under professional supervision.

Accelerate wound healing

Research published through BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine supports the benefits of lavender oil on the skin healing process.

According to the findings, the topical application of this oil helps in the synthesis of collagen and the differentiation of fibroblasts, which improves healing in the early stages.

Haircare

The topical application of lavender oil combined with other essential oils could contribute to the treatment of hair loss.

According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, individuals who rubbed lavender, thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood essential oils on their scalp attained hair regeneration over a period of 7 months, reducing excessive loss.

Lavender oil helps beat anxiety

Fights anxiety and calms nerves

As highlighted by a publication Mental Health Clinician, lavender oil has an extensive anecdotal history of anxiolytic benefits that are currently supported by several clinical studies.

According to this study, this essential oil has many properties as an anxiolytic agent that includes calming effects without sedation. So, it seems to be a good complement for patients with anxiety disorders.

However, given the lack of studies regarding its dose and safety, you must use it with caution. It’s most common use is for aromatherapy in this case.

Pain relief

The topical application of lavender oil has proven benefits against the relief of some common ailments. For example, research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine determined it can mitigate menstrual cramps combined with sage and rose.

Final notes

Thus, you should avoid applying any essential oils directly on your skin. Mix it with a carrier oil such as almonds or olive in order to take advantage of its properties as a complementary treatment. You can also add it to your bathtub water.

Also, don’t forget that evidence about lavender oil is still limited and hasn’t yet established that it’s safe to use. So, use it with caution and only to complement conventional treatment.

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