Lavender has been used by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians for its perfume and disinfectant properties. Today, Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils used for almost any health or skin issue. It’s time to find out all the benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin, and how to use it best.
First, find out the details and facts about Lavender essential oil. Make sure you know its contraindications or interactions before using it on your skin.
You can then continue reading about the 10 benefits of this amazing essential oil for the skin. Find out how to use it to have a radiant and healthy skin with recipes that match each benefit. You will have a total of 10 Lavender essential oil blends to choose from whenever you need them.
True Lavender is not the only type of Lavender oil, even though it is the subject of this article. I will tell you about other types of Lavender essential oil so you know the difference between them. At least one of them can be used instead of true Lavender.
Did You Know?
- Even though people always think about purple or violet when they say lavender, there are other colors for this plant as well. There are white, light blue, dark blue and pink lavender plants. But there are also, light or dark purple to bluish violet lavender plants.
Lavender Essential Oil, Constituents and Precautions
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
Texture: thin oil, transparent with shades of pale yellow and green
Aroma: floral and sweet, yet stingy. It also has notes from other aroma families (herbaceous, woody, camphoraceous or earthy)
The scent of Lavender essential oil is truly unique and specific. This scent is given by the same constituents that give the oil its properties. The health benefits of Lavender essential oil are given by hundreds of active constituents. Lavender essential oil’s main constituents are:
- Esters like linalyl acetate (30% – 50%). They have antispasmodic, antifungal and sedative qualities.
- Terpene alcohols like linalool (30% – 45%). Linalool has antimicrobial and also antispasmodic properties. But it also has tonic qualities.
- 5% – 12% other constituents: camphor, limonene, geraniol, lavandulyl acetate, coumarin, terpinene-4-ol and 1, 8-cineole. Together they give the oil qualities like antiviral, decongestant, antimicrobial, stimulant and expectorant. The coumarin can protect against sun damage.
Over the years, these main constituents can oxidize and become potentially allergenic to the skin. But that’s not a rule, because even oxidized, lavender’s constituents are not that dangerous. Plus, there are ways to lengthen the shelf life of any product that contains a large concentration of Lavender oil.
Use oils that are as fresh as possible. Also, add antioxidants to those blends with Lavender essential oil. Keep them stored in a dark and cool place and they’ll be good to use for at least a year.
General health benefits of Lavender essential oil:
- Lavender essential oil, when inhaled, is known to calm down nervous breakdowns. It is also useful in improving all the other anxiety related symptoms.
- Because of its sedative nature, Lavender oil can also help you sleep better. This in turn will also help with anxiety problems.
- Muscle pain or tension can be improved with Lavender essential oil.
- The oil is good at lowering the blood pressure and improving the blood circulation in general. This results in a better oxygenation of all the organs and the brain.
- It can also boost the immune system and help it fight various viruses.
- Lavender is good at fighting infections of the respiratory tract. While doing so, it can also relieve from congestion and phlegm.
- Lavender can also be used to improve a slow digestion and relieve from stomach pain, gas or indigestion.
Indeed it is such an amazing oil that it deserves to be in every household. The health benefits of Lavender essential oil make it precious. The best part about it is that it’s not expensive either. It’s a very affordable natural remedy, if you think about all the benefits you get from it.
Precautions and Interactions
a) Some people become allergic to lavender. However, considering the worldwide production and consumption of Lavender essential oil, such cases are rare. The worldwide consumption is somewhere around 200 tons.
b) Lavender essential oil is not recommended with iron and iodine supplements. They don’t work well together.
c) Because it contains coumarin, Lavender oil should not be used with anticoagulants.
d) Always dilute the oil. Applied directly on the skin is not usually dangerous. But it can still dry it out and maybe sensitize it. It depends on the person. You should always perform a skin allergy test before using it.
e) Lavender essential oil is not recommended to pregnant or lactating women.
f) It isn’t recommended to diabetic people either.
g) Lavender oil can interact with medication for sleep or anxiety disorders.
h) Do not take Lavender oil internally unless your doctor has given you his or her permission.
With all these facts and details, you should have a clear picture about what can lavender really do for your health. But let’s see what the benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin are. You will also get one recipe for each benefit, so keep on reading.
Did You Know?
- Oddly enough, Lavender doesn’t reproduce easily through seeds, like most plants do. Lavender seedlings need to be cut green and planted separately to grow a crop of lavender.
10 Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Skin and Their Recipes
With all its qualities, Lavender oil is praised by many people. It is especially good at improving the aspect of the skin and helping it heal faster. Lavender essential oil works in synergy with the majority of essential oils.
Just to name a few, you can mix Lavender oil with Patchouli, Geranium, and Sweet Orange. But it can also be mixed with Clary Sage and Sage, Cedarwood and Nutmeg essential oils.
- Probably the most popular benefit of Lavender essential oil for skin is the ability to improve acne and its scars.
It has been proven that Lavender oil is active against at least one bacterium that causes acne. It is called “Propionibacterium acnes”.
Lavender can help regulate the excess sebum and help the skin heal faster after the acne is gone. With its antimicrobial and analgesic properties, Lavender oil can also relieve the discomfort caused by painful boils.
- Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Chamomile essential oil: 2 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 3 drops
- Jojoba carrier: 2 tablespoons (10ml)
Blend all the ingredients together and shake well before use. It’s best to apply this mixture on a clean face, at night. Apply this blend all over the face leaving the under eye area alone.
Or you can apply only on the problematic skin portions. Leave it on for at least half an hour before going to bed. That way you give the oils time to penetrate the skin and ease their passage while sleeping.
- The second benefit of Lavender essential oil for skin is the ability to keep insects away and treat their bites.
The aroma itself can repel insects like ants, moths, bugs and mosquitoes. A 5% concentration proved to be deadly to bacteria that live on the skin. This makes any Lavender blend useful in repelling mosquitoes during the summer season. In case they happen to bite you, you can still use Lavender oil to get rid of the pain and protect against inflammations.
Insect Bites Protection Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 50 – 60 drops (2 – 2.5 ml)
- Carrier oil or alcohol: 2 Oz (60 ml)
This blend requires equal parts of essential oil and carrier oil. The blend needs to be applied on all the exposed skin to protect against insect bites. If you want an easier way or just a spritz insect repellent, use the alcohol. Either way, shake well before use. They can both be used on the inflamed area if the insects have already had their way.
- Another of the benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin (and health) is the help against menstrual cramps.
Because Lavender oil has antispasmodic, sedative and anti-inflammatory properties, it can help relieve menstrual cramps. Massage it on the lower abdomen area a few times a day, during the first painful days. The massage will also tone up the skin on your abdomen.
Menstrual Cramps Relief Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 12 drops
- Sage essential oil: 12 drops
- Rosehip or Sesame carrier oils: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Make this blend and keep it stored in a cool dark place, in a glass bottle. Use it every month you get the cramps, on the lower area of the abdomen. Massage it until it’s well absorbed and keep something warm on the belly. The oils work better in a warm environment.
- Lavender oil can be used to improve and manage the shingles.
You can get pain relief and a thorough disinfection of the shingles affected area. The oil’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antifungal qualities can help calm down the affected skin. The treatment should be followed for about a week. Continue applying the blend for a few more days even after the shingles have gone.
Shingles S.O.S Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Rosemary essential oil: 3 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 4 drops
- Chamomile essential oil: 3 drops
- Sweet Almond essential oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Mix all the ingredients together and keep the blend stored in the fridge. Shake well before use don’t apply undiluted Lavender oil for a long time. Your skin may become sensitive or really dry.
- One of the important benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin is the ability to protect against sunburns.
Lavender oil contains coumarin among other constituents. Coumarin protects from the sun’s UV rays and it protects against inflammations as well.
The same constituent gives the oil mild anticoagulant qualities, beneficial for sun exposure. Used for a longer period of time, lavender in combination with other oils can protect against premature aging effects.
Sun Protection Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 30 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 25 drops
- Jojoba carrier: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
- Coconut carrier oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Use this blend every time you’re sun bathing or just staying outside for a longer time. Jojoba and Coconut have UV protection, just like Lavender. Chamomile will protect the skin and keep it hydrated throughout the day.
- Lavender essential oil can be used to improve eczema.
Eczema is a skin inflammation and it’s usually seen with dry skin. Lavender oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help the eczema heal faster and stop the itching. The oil can also nourish and hydrate the skin, which is a must on an eczema affected skin.
Eczema Relief and Improvement Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 12 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 8 drops
- Roman chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
- Palmarosa essential oil: 5 drops
- Argan carrier oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Rosehip carrier oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Shake well before use. Apply this blend on the eczema up to 4 times a day until you start seeing improvement. You can then decrease the frequency of applications.
- Another important benefit of Lavender essential oil for skin is speeding up the healing of cuts and scrapes.
Lavender oil can disinfect the cuts, scrapes and other open wounds. It improves the blood circulation, which speeds up the healing process. Because it also nourishes and hydrates, Lavender can help the skin heal without much scar tissue.
Blend for Rapid Healing of Cuts
- Lavender essential oil: 20 drops
- Geranium essential oil: 15 drops
- Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Wheat Germ carrier oil: 1 Oz.
- Avocado carrier oil: 1 Oz.
Apply this blend directly on the cuts or wounds, after a thorough disinfection. Use twice a day and make sure you keep the cuts clean until the skin starts closing in.
- Among the important benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin, there’s the ability of improving the appearance of minor burns.
In one of his articles, Robert Tisserand, who is a reputed Aromatherapy expert, writes about the way a child recovered from serious burns. A woman asked him if she could use Lavender essential oil on the skin of her toddler. The child had serious burns all over his face and hands. The latter needed grafting.
The woman got the approval of her son’s doctors and applied Lavender oil with other essential oils. The child’s skin started to recover soon after her actions. Even his doctors were amazed at this effect.
Improve the Aspect of Minor Burns
- Lavender essential oil: 18 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 18 drops
- Aloe Vera gel: 2 teaspoons
- Avocado oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Apply this blend on the burns several times a day and make sure the clothes or dirt don’t touch the wound. The skin usually heals without much scar tissue.
- Another one of the important benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin is its anti-aging properties.
I’ve already shown you that Lavender can protect against the UV rays that speed up the aging process. The same ability can help reducing age spots and fine wrinkles. This is due to the fact that the oil stimulates the blood circulation and has nourishing and hydrating properties.
Prevent and Improve Premature Aging Effects
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Rose essential oil: 10 drops
- Patchouli essential oil: 3 drops
- Apricot kernel oil, Avocado or Tamanu oils: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Apply this blend on a clean face, morning and night. The best time for such blends to work is at night, of course. For the under eye area I suggest you make a separate blend with only carrier oils and vitamin E. Some essential oils might irritate your eyes.
- The last but not the least of the benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin is its ability to help the scalp as well. I’m referring to dandruff.
The scalp needs protection and help in keeping the sebum protection under control. Keeping the scalp clean, not only does it help the hair grow a lot easier (and faster) but it can also manage the dandruff situation.
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Rosemary essential oil: 8 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 10 drops
- Laurel essential oil: 8 drops
- Carrier oil of your choice: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
The best carrier oils for hair are usually Coconut, Olive, Jojoba and Avocado. You can use this blend once a week. Leave it on the scalp and hair for at least an hour and then wash it off really well. Or you can blend all the oils together and pour them over your usual shampoo to use on a daily basis.
Truthfully now, how could you not want to use Lavender essential oil for skin when you’ve seen how much it can do? Everyone I’ve heard talking about it was happy, including me.
Now, of course, overusing and overdosing any essential oil may lead to some side effects. Side effects like skin sensitization or allergic reactions are the most common for Lavender oil.
Also, it can cause headaches or nausea if too much is diffused or inhaled. Make sure the room you’re diffusing the oil in is well ventilated. It goes without saying that all of the above recipes require the use of Lavandula angustifolia, or true Lavender. But that’s not the only type there is, so let’s see what the others are and what they can do.
Did you know?
- Lavender is an excellent honey plant, which makes it a favorite among bees. The resulting honey is considered very high quality.
Other Types of Lavender Essential Oils
Since Lavandula angustifolia is not the only Lavender oil used in Aromatherapy, we also have:
- Spike Lavender essential oil.
- And Lavandin essential oil.
These are the most popular commercial essential oils. But you should know that there are more than 20 other species of Lavender.
Lavandula latifolia (or spicata) – also known as Spike Lavender
- Its scent is a mix between Eucalyptus and true Lavender. But this scent doesn’t make the oil as appreciated as its cousin, true lavender.
- The plant yields more oil than the angustifolia type does.
- As for properties and benefits, Spike Lavender is similar to true Lavender essential oil.
Lavandula x. intermedia – also known as Lavandin or Dutch Lavender
- The scent of Lavandin is not long lasting and it’s very different from the one of true Lavender.
- It smells spicy with woody notes.
- It also yields more oil than true Lavender but it can’t be reproduced by seeds.
- It can be used in massage lotions, soaps, candles, etc. But it doesn’t have the same therapeutic properties as true lavender.
Lavandula angustifolia or true Lavender can indeed be used in so many ways. Its uses can range from a slow digestion and insomnia to all sorts of bothering skin issues. It can be inhaled and it can be used in massage blends or lotions. Both methods can help a person enjoy the benefits of Lavender essential oil for skin at any given time.
What do you like to use Lavender essential oil for? Have you ever had any issues with it?