Essential Profile: Lavender Oil

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Name(s): Lavender Oil, Nard, Spikenard

Type: Single oil

Ingredients: Lavender

Uses: Skin care and moisturizer, healing of burns/scrapes/scars, relaxation/sleep

Price per drop: $0.11

Historical Information

Lavender has a history that dates back several thousand years.  In ancient times it was called Nard or Spikenard and is mentioned in the Bible under that name.  Historically, Lavender had many different uses.  In ancient Rome, it was used to scent baths for the rich and sold for a month’s wages per pound, in addition to being a perfume, insect repellant, and seasoning.  Greeks used crushed Lavender for relaxation and also touted it widely as a miracle cure for many varied ailments.  In Egypt, it was used for perfume or mummification.  In medieval times, Lavender was used for deodorizing and disinfecting, especially during the time of the Black Death, and was often sewn into a little sack and placed in a dresser to scent clothing and linens.  Finally, Cleopatra is rumored to have used Lavender to seduce Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.

Modern Usage

Obviously Lavender has a rich past, but the present more than keeps up with it.   Young Living calls it “the most versatile of all Essential Oils”, which is no small feat!  Lavender oil can be diffused, ingested, and applied topically with or without dilution.  It is commonly used for the following:

  • relaxation
  • scent
  • burns
  • cuts
  • scrapes
  • acne
  • moisturizer
  • insect repellant
  • scar treatment
  • stomach pain
  • allergies
  • aromatherapy
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • deodorant

And much more!  If that isn’t exhaustive enough for you, take a peek at this extensive list of 50 uses for Lavender Oil.

Cautions

Lavender is considered one of the safest essential oils.  However, these cautions apply not to Lavender in particular but to self-treatment and Essential Oils in general.  Additionally, a 2007 study claims that Lavender Oil is estrogenic and can cause breast development in prepubescent boys.  However, since the time of the article I just linked to, many strong rebuttals have come out (see here and here for examples).  I personally feel that the rebuttals appear stronger than the original argument, but please do your own research and come to your own conclusions!

Final Thoughts

Lavender Oil is a personal favorite of mine due to its extreme usefulness and versatility, not to mention the amazing smell!  If I could only have one Essential Oil, I think this would be it – and in fact, back when my mom still believed that Essential Oils were voodoo, Lavender Oil was the only oil we owned!  If you are at all interested in Essential Oils and don’t yet own Lavender Oil, that needs to be fixed immediately.  Right now.  Today.

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