The Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. In fact, when the tomb of King Tut was opened in 1923, it was said that there was a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years.
Early and modern aromatherapy texts advocate the use of lavender as an essential antibacterial oil. The leaves and stems of the plant were used to prepare decoctions against diseases of the digestive system and rheumatism, and lavender was valued for its cosmetic purposes. The Romans used lavender oil to bathe, cook and purify the air. And in the Bible, lavender oil was among the aromatic compounds used for anointing and healing.
Today, the benefits of lavender oil for your body include the following:
- Reduce anxiety and emotional stress
- Protect against diabetes symptoms
- Improve brain function
- Help to heal burns and wounds
- Improve sleep
- Restore skin complexion and reduce acne
- Slow aging with powerful antioxidants
- Relieve pain
- Alleviate headaches
Because lavender oil contains such versatile properties and is gentle enough to be applied directly to the skin, I consider it an essential oil, especially if you are just starting to use essential oils for your health. Science has recently begun to evaluate the range of health benefits that lavender essential oil contains, but there is already a great deal of evidence pointing to the incredible capabilities of this oil.
Today, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. And for good reason. People are beginning to catch on to lavender oil benefits, for your body as well as your home.
8 Lavender Oil Benefits and Studies
1. Antioxidant Protection
Free radicals, such as toxins, chemicals and pollutants, are undoubtedly the most common and most dangerous risk factor for all diseases that affect Americans today. Free radicals are responsible for closing your immune system and can cause incredible damage to your body.
The body’s natural response to free radical damage is to create antioxidant enzymes, especially glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), which prevent these free radicals from damaging. Unfortunately, your body can become deficient in antioxidants if the load of free radicals is high enough, which has become relatively common in the US. UU Due to a poor diet and a high exposure to toxins.
Fortunately, lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that acts to prevent and reverse the disease. A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine found that lavender oil increased the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants: glutathione, catalase and SOD. And more recent studies have indicated similar results, concluding that lavender has antioxidant activity and helps prevent or reverse oxidative stress.
2. Diabetes Natural Treatment
In 2014, Tunisian scientists set out to complete a fascinating task: to test the effects of lavender essential oil on blood sugar to see if it can help reverse diabetes naturally.
During the 15-day study in animals, the results observed by the researchers were absolutely surprising. In a nutshell, treatment with lavender essential oil protected the body from the following symptoms of diabetes.
- Increased blood glucose (the hallmark of diabetes)
- Metabolic disorders (especially fat metabolism)
- Weight gain
- Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion
- Liver and kidney dysfunction
- Liver and kidney lipoperoxidation (when free radicals “steal” necessary fat molecules from cell membranes)
Although more research is needed to understand the full capacity of lavender oil for the prevention or reversal of diabetes, the results of this study are promising and indicate the therapeutic potential of lavender. To use lavender oil for diabetes, apply it topically to your neck and chest, diffuse it at home or supplement with it for the health benefits.
3. Improves Mood and Reduces Stress
In recent years, lavender oil has been placed on a pedestal for its unique ability to protect against neurological damage. Traditionally, lavender has been used to treat neurological problems such as migraines, stress, anxiety and depression, so it is exciting to see that the research is finally catching up with the story.
In 2013, a study based on the evidence published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in clinical practice found that supplementation with 80 milligram capsules of lavender essential oil relieved anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. Also, in the study there were no adverse side effects, drug interactions or withdrawal symptoms when using lavender oil
The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology published a study in humans in 2014 that revealed that Silexan (also known as lavender oil preparation) was more effective against generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) than placebos and prescription medicine paroxetine. After the treatment, the study found zero instances of withdrawal symptoms or adverse side effects.
Another study published in 2012 took 28 high-risk postpartum women and found that by spreading lavender in their homes, they had a significant reduction in postnatal depression and a reduced anxiety disorder after a four-week lavender lavender treatment plan of duration.
It has also been shown that lavender oil improves the symptoms of PTSD. 80 milligrams of lavender oil per day helped reduce depression by 33 percent and drastically reduced sleep disturbances, moodiness and overall health in 47 people with PTSD.
To relieve stress and improve sleep, place a diffuser next to the bed and spread the oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while reading or relaxing at night. You can also apply lavender oil topically behind the ears to get the same benefits.
4. Supports Brain Function
The neurological benefits of lavender essential oil do not stop at its ability to treat depression and stimulate mood. The research also shows that lavender oil serves as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in rats show that inhaling steam from lavender essential oil can help prevent oxidative stress in the brain and improve cognitive decline.
Also in 2012, the Swiss journal Molecules published the results of a study that surprisingly showed that lavender oil is a viable treatment option for neurological dysfunctions such as stroke. The researchers believe that the neuroprotective effects of lavender are due to its antioxidant properties.
To support the nervous system with lavender oil, diffuse it at home, inhale it directly from the bottle or apply it topically on the temples and nape of the neck.
5. Heals Burns and Cuts
Widely known for its antimicrobial properties, for centuries, lavender oil has been used to prevent various infections and fight bacterial and fungal disorders. In fact, almost 100 studies have been conducted to establish this benefit of lavender again and again. Research shows that lavender oil accelerates the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds, and a large part of this is due to its antimicrobial compounds.
A study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated how the antimicrobial capacity of lavender increases when it is mixed with other essential oils, such as cloves, cinnamon and tea tree oil. The researchers found that a 1: 1 ratio of these oils proved to be the most effective in combating Candida albicans and Staph aureus, two common causes of many fungal and bacterial infections that lead to respiratory pneumonia and skin fungi.
A 2016 study in rats found that lavender oil promoted the healing of wounds in the early phase by accelerating the formation of granulation tissue (tissue from the skin’s healing surface) and promoting the synthesis of collagen. The area of the wounds treated with lavender oil was significantly reduced compared to the control group.
To relieve burns and to cure cuts, scrapes or wounds, mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture in the area of concern. You can use your fingers or a clean cotton ball.
6. Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Most likely due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential mixed with a carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba or grapeseed oil) has profound benefits on your skin.
Using lavender oil topically can help to improve a number of skin conditions, from canker sores to allergic reactions, acne and age spots. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to ease skin conditions and reverse signs of aging.
To use lavender oil for skin health, combine 3–4 drops with ½ teaspoon of coconut or jojoba oil and massage the mixture into the area of concern. You can also add lavender oil to your face or body wash. I also recommend mixing lavender oil with frankincense essential oil and applying it to your skin first thing in the morning, right after you shower, and right before bed. This will help to reduce inflammation and signs of aging, like dark spots.
Studies also show that lavender oil, along with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary and cedarwood, can significantly improve alopecia areata and hair loss when massaged into the scalp daily.
7. Relieves Headaches
If you are one of the millions of people who struggle with tension or migraines, lavender oil may be the natural remedy you have been looking for. It is one of the best essential oils for headaches because it induces relaxation and relieves tension. It works as a sedative, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant and soothing.
According to a study published in European Neurology, people who struggle with migraine suffered a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes. The difference between the control group and the lavender oil treatment group was statistically significant. Of the 129 cases of headache attack, 92 responded totally or partially to lavender.
I have discovered that one of the most effective natural remedies against headache is to comb two drops of lavender oil with peppermint oil and rub the mixture on the back of the neck and temples. Spreading lavender or inhaling it directly from the bottle can also help relieve headaches.
8. Improves Sleep and Insomnia
Because of lavender oil’s sedative and calming properties, it works to improve sleep and treat insomnia. A 2015 study involving 158 mothers in their postpartum period were divided into the control or intervention group. The intervention group inhaled lavender oil before bed four times a week for eight weeks. The women using lavender oil displayed a significant improvement in sleep quality when compared to the control group.
There are several studies, just like this one involving mothers, that demonstrate the sleep-inducing, calming effects of lavender oil. Inhaling lavender has shown to reduce sleep disturbance, improve quality and duration of sleep, fight insomnia and improve overall well-being. Plus, unlike most sedative drugs, lavender does not cause any unwanted side effects. It actually promotes general mental and physical health.
To improve your quality of sleep, diffuse lavender oil in your bedroom before or during sleep. Also, you can rub 3–5 drops directly on your neck, chest and temples. Taking a healing bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to the bathtub is another effective way to use lavender oil to improve sleep and relax the body.
And I have also found that making a mixture of lavender oil, Roman chamomile essential oil and magnesium oil is the best combination for improving sleep. Just rub this mixture into the back of your neck and wrists to induce a calm, peaceful feeling.