Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. The ancient Greeks called it nardus. The herb was so important that it was even mention in the Song of Soloman as nard. It wasn’t until Ancient Roman times that lavender received a name closer to what we call it today. The Romans named it lavandārius from lavanda, which means things to be washed, because they would put the herb in their baths and on their beds and clothing. We continue to use lavender because it has several culinary uses, helps relieve the symptoms of many skin conditions, and is useful for aromatherapy.
When ingesting lavender, you must make sure you are using an edible essential oil because not all those available on the market are fit for human consumption. One way to make sure you won’t get sick is to go with a trusted brand, such as doTERRA, that will tell you which essential oils you can use internally.
If you love lavender, you may want to experiment with it in cooking. Lavender is very versatile. It can be added to almost anything to add flavor complexity and can be used in place of rosemary in bread and fish dishes. Many people also enjoy adding it to champagne or chocolate dishes. However, a little bit goes a long way. Using too much can make your meal taste bitter or like perfume.
External uses for lavender oil often have the user apply the oil directly to their skin. Lavender oil can be used to promote the growth of healthy skin and hair. It can be used to sooth small cuts, burns, bruises and insect bites because it helps stimulate blood flow. Many people have found success with using lavender to help treat acne.
Lavender essential oil can also be used to improve mood and provide a sense of tranquility. To get the most out of lavender, apply it to your wrists in the morning and rub a little on your pillow before you go to bed.
These are only a few of the uses for Lavender essential oil. For those who are unsure of which essential oil to start with, Lavender is a great place to start because there are so many ways to use it.