7 Lavender Oil Benefits for Healing

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Today, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world. Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years.

The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air.

And, quite possibly the most famous usage of all, Mary used it to anoint Jesus with her hair and and some believe spikenard was made from lavender essential oil.

“Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” ~ John 12:3

Many researchers claim that 2,000 years ago, lavender was referred to as spikenard or simply nard from the Greek name for lavender, naardus, after the Syrian city Naarda. This really puts the power of lavender into perspective, doesn’t it?

Today, lavender oil benefits your body in the following ways: 

  • Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
  • Heals burns and wounds
  • Improves sleep
  • Restores skin complexion and reduces acne
  • Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
  • Improves eczema and psoriasis
  • Alleviates headaches

 

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So, how far-reaching are lavender’s health properties?

The truth is, we don’t know. In comparison to its rich history, science has only recently started to evaluate the range of health benefits that lavender essential oil contains.

Today, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world.

To give you a feel of how potent this ancient plant is, I put together what I believe are the top seven health benefits of lavender oil and the reasons you should consider using it.


7 Lavender Oil Benefits and Studies

1. Antioxidant Protection

Arguably the most dangerous and most common risk factor for every disease that affects Americans, free radicals (toxins, chemicals, pollutants, etc.) are responsible for shutting down your immune system and can cause unbelievable damage to your body.

So, what’s the solution?

Antioxidants!

The body’s natural response is to create antioxidant enzymes – especially glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) – which prevent these free radicals from doing their damage.

Unfortunately, your body can actually become deficient in antioxidants if the free radical burden is great enough. Sadly, this has become relatively common in the U.S. because of poor diet and high exposure to toxins.

Thankfully, natural options abound, such as lavender essential oil, which has been proven to be nature’s antioxidant super hero.

For instance, researchers from China have recently discovered that lavender essential oil helps your body produce three of your bodies most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase, and SOD within 22 hours of using lavender essential oil!

Also, Romanian scientists have seen similar results after just seven days of inhaling lavender essential oil vapor for 60 minutes a day.  They found that diffusing lavender oil protected cells from damage that can lead to cancer.

*I have many of my patients use a diffuser with their essential oils for health benefits.  I personally have one going on the desk of my office and then we have the diffuser going in the living room during the day.

2. Diabetes Treatment

Possibly the most exciting of all research concerning lavender came out in 2014. Scientists from Tunisia set out to complete a fascinating task: to test the effects of lavender essential oil on blood sugar to see if it can help diabetes.

During the 15-day study, the results observed by researchers were absolutely amazing. In a nutshell, lavender essential oil treatment protected the body from the following symptoms of diabetes: 

  • Increase in blood glucose (the hallmark of diabetes)
  • Metabolic disorders (especially fat metabolism)
  • Weight gain (ever wonder why as diabetes continues to rise, so do our waistbands!)
  • Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion (one of the reasons diabetes is lethal)
  • Liver and kidney dysfunction (ditto)
  • Liver and kidney lipoperoxidation (when free radicals “steal” necessary fat molecules from cell membranes)

Surprisingly, the radical-scavenging antioxidant activity of lavender was actually more robust than ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)!

Does this tell us that lavender essential oil should be used as a treatment option for diabetics? Maybe.

It’s just one study, but a powerful study nonetheless! We look forward to more research on this topic as natural approaches to diabetics continue to fill the scientific literature.

*You can apply lavender essential oil topically on your neck and chest, diffuse it in the air, or supplement with it for the health benefits.  

3. Improves Mood and Supports Brain

In addition to the groundbreaking diabetes research we just saw, 2013 was the year lavender was put on the pedestal for its unique ability to protect against neurological damage.

Traditionally, lavender has been used to treat neurological issues like migraines, stress, anxiety, and depression so it’s exciting to see that the research is finally catching up to history.

Just last November, for instance, an evidence-based study was published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice.  

The study found that supplementing with 80 mg capsules of lavender essential oil alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression.

Additionally, in the study there were no adverse side effects from using lavender oil to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression.  Whereas we know pharmaceutical drugs like prozac have dangerous side effects.

And according to research, lavender essential oil benefits don’t stop there, it has also been shown to reduce symptoms and development of Alzheimer’s disease!

Last year, the journal Phytomedicine published a study which highlighted that inhaling lavender essential oil vapor for 60 minutes a day was shown to prevent brain oxidative stress in rats with dementia.

Another study published in 2012 took 28 high-risk postpartum women and found that by diffusing lavender in their home they had a significant reduction of postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder after a four-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy.

Also in 2012, the Swiss journal Molecules printed the results of a study that shockingly proved that lavender is a viable treatment option for stroke. Yes stroke!

Another study proving that lavender aromatherapy improves mood was done on people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The results revealed that just 80 mg of lavender oil per day helped decreased depression by 32.7% and dramatically decreased sleep disturbances, moodiness, and overall health status in 47 people suffering from PTSD.

*To relieve stress and improve sleep, put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while you’re reading or winding down in the evening.  Also, can be rubbed topically behind your ears for the same benefits.

4. Lavender Heals Burns and Cuts

Widely known for its antimicrobial properties, lavender has a rich history of being used to prevent various infections and combat bacterial/fungal disorders. In fact, almost 100 studies have been conducted establishing this truth over and over again.

Also, we have found that lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds and a big part of this is because of it’s anti-microbial properties.

For example, in a study evaluating how lavender’s antimicrobial ability is enhanced when blended with other essential oils like clove, cinnamon and tea tree oil. Specifically, a 1:1 ratio of these oils was found to be the most effective in fighting against Candida albicans and Staph aureus, which are both common causes for many fungal and bacterial infections that lead to respiratory pneumonia and skin funguses.

*For burns or eczema, mix lavender oil with coconut oil in 1:5 ratio for rapid healing.

5. Lavender Oil Benefits Skin 

Most likely due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential mixed with aloe or coconut oil has profound benefits on your skin.lavender for skin

Just 10 drops per 1 ounce of aloe vera or oil will sooth the worst sunburn and bring rapid healing to dry skin, minor cuts and scraps.

Research has even proven its ability to speed recovery from canker sores and can prevent allergic reactions!

Want to reduce age spots?  Try mixing lavender oil with frankincense essential oil and put it on your skin first thing in the morning, right after you shower and right before bed.  Success stories of these two oils improving age and sunspots are numerous.

6. Lavender Oil for Headaches

There are millions of people around the world who struggle with both tension headaches and migraine heartaches who are searching for a natural alternative to drugs. According to new medical research, lavender oil may just be that natural cure they are looking for.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.

Probably the most effective natural treatment for headaches is combing lavender oil with peppermint oil and rubbing these oils on the back of the neck, the temples on the lateral side of the forehead along with inhaling it. Typically 2 drops of each oil in the palm of your hand then rubbed into the areas works perfectly.

7. Lavender for Sleep and Insomnia 

A study on college students found that using lavender oil improved the overall quality of sleep by 60%. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep, restfulness and reduced symptoms of insomnia.

Another study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine found that lavender oil showed immediate improvements on 5 men and 5 women who struggled with insomnia.

If you are trying to improve your quality of sleep diffusing lavender before or during sleep can help. Also, you can rub it directly on your neck, chest and temples which is also effective.

If you do struggle with sleep I have found that making a mixture of lavender oil, roman chamomile oil and magnesium oil is the best overall combination in improving sleep.

And finally, 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.


Lavender Oil Uses at Home

As a Natural Perfume

Do you want to smell good without using toxic perfumes? Lavender oil is a great scent for women and for men too. You can either try adding pure oil directly to your skin, or you can dilute oil in water for a more subtle scent.

If you’d like to rub the oil right onto your skin, try adding 2-3 drops into your palms and then rubbing your hands together. Then add the oil directly onto on your skin, clothes, or hair. You can also try using 2 drops of lavender oil added to a spray bottle with about ½ cup of water. Shake up the spray bottle and then spray whatever you’d like. You may also want to consider combining lavender oil with other relaxing oils, like cedar wood essential oil or frankincense essential oil. Combining different oils means you have lots of versatility when it comes to different scent options, without needing to purchase many different bottled, expensive perfumes.

As a Non-toxic Air Freshener

The same way you use lavender oil as a perfume, you can use it around your home as a natural, toxic-free air freshener. Either spray lavender oil around your home or try diffusing it. To create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom before you fall asleep, try spraying the lavender oil and water mixture directly onto your bed sheets or pillow. You can try the same method in your bathroom as well, and also on your bath towels. Before taking a relaxing bath or shower, spray your towel with lavender oil so its relaxing scent is waiting for you when you step out of the shower.

As a Natural, Chemical-Free Lip Balm

Lavender oil is excellent for preventing sun burns on the lips and also healing chapped, dried lips. Try adding a couple of drops of oil to shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil/coconut butter, or another “carrier oil” and then rubbing it into your lips for protection whenever you will be in the sun. If you are sun burned in other areas on your body, try using the same method to heal the skin more quickly and prevent itchiness and pealing that can result after a bad sun burn.

As a Remedy for Stomach Discomfort

Many people find the scent of lavender to be soothing to the stomach. If you are feeling nauseous, or know that you are going to be traveling in a car of plane and are prone to motion sickness, spray some lavender oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples, next, and palms.

As a Secret Flavor Booster in Healthy Recipes

Lavender is a great flavor enhancer in things like grain-free muffins, teas, and even salad dressings. Lavender oil is completely edible, but you will want to use a very small amount since the taste is very powerful. Try adding 1-2 drops to your recipes for a surprising flavor booster. Lavender is said to pair perfectly with things like dark cocoa, pure honey, cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette, black pepper, and apples.


Lavender Oil Side Effects to Consider

For most people, using lavender oil is completely safe, however there has not been an extensive amount of scientific research done on lavender oil interactions with other medications, or for its use in pregnant women, so there are certain situations where you will want to use caution.

Medication Interactions

If you are already taking any prescription medication for sleep related disorders or for depression, be cautious of the fact that lavender can increase the effectiveness of these medications. Even if you use an over-the-counter sleep aid or any type of sedatives (even cough or flu medicine), keep in mind that lavender makes many people sleepy and even somewhat drowsy, so it’s best to not combine lavender oil with other medications or sleep-related supplements. If you are planning on having surgery or undergoing anesthesia in the near future, you will also want to avoid using lavender oil.

Pregnant Women and Children

There has not been enough research done at this time to show that lavender oil is completely safe for pregnant women or women who are nursing. Because it can have a relaxing effect on muscles and can also effect hormone levels, it’s not recommended that women who are in their third trimester use lavender oil. It’s best to speak with your doctor about use of any essential oils when pregnant, since it has not been guaranteed that these are safe at this time.

Lavender oil is considered generally safe for children to use, although there is some concern that lavender’s effect on hormone levels could be harmful for boys who have not yet gone through puberty. Although there isn’t strong evidence for lavender being a hormone disrupter (only 1-2 very small studies were ever completed), parents are told to use caution if using lavender oil frequently on young children.

Ingesting Lavender Oil

Studies to date have primarily looked at the effects of using lavender oil topically on the skin or inhalation. There have been no negative symptoms found when 3 drops of oil is mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin, however not much research has formally been done to look at the effect of swallowing the oil. Most people experience no negative symptoms when consuming lavender oil, but because of it’s high levels of anti-oxidants you would want to keep this to a minimum and be careful if you have a sensitive digestive system. There are no known food interactions of lavender oil at this time.


Where to Buy Lavender Oil?

When buying lavender essential oil make sure you are buying from a high quality brand that is therapeutic grade and that is organic, so it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. If you want the brand I personally recommend email [email protected]

As you can see, lavender essential oil benefits are incredible and it has many medicinal and therapeutic uses. If you want to learn more about the incredible health benefits of essential oils, check out this free Essential Oils Guide.

Are YOU excited to try lavender essential oil or have used it before?

References:

  • Sebai H, et al. Lavender (Lavandula stoechas L.) essential oils attenuate hyperglycemia and protect against oxidative stress in alloxan-induced diab etic rats. Lipids Health Dis 2013; 12(1):189.
  • de Rapper S, et al. The In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Lavandula angustifolia Essential Oil in Combination with Other Aroma-Therapeutic Oils. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013; 2013:852049.
  • Amorati R, et al. Antioxidant activity of essential oils. J Agric Food Chem 2013; 61(46): 10835-47.
  • Hancianu M, et al. Neuroprotective effects of inhaled lavender oil on scopolamine-induced dementia via anti-oxidative activities in rats. Phytomedicine 2013. 15; 20(5): 446-52.
  • Hichem Sebai, et al. Lavender (Lavandula stoechas L.) essential oils attenuate hyperglycemia and protect against oxidative stress in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Lipids Health Dis 2013; 12:189.
  • Wang D, et al. Neuroprotective activity of lavender oil on transient focal cerebral ischemia in mice. Molecules 2012; 15; 17(8):9803-17.
  • Kasper S. An orally administered lavandula oil preparation (Silexan) for anxiety disorder and related conditions: an evidence based review. Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract 2013; 17 Suppl 1:15-22.
  • Conrad P, et al. The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high risk postpartum woman – a pilot study. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2012 Aug; 18(3):164-8.
  • Uehleke B, et al. Phase II trial on the effects of Silexan in patients with neurasthenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or somatization disorder. Phytomedicine 2012; 19(8-9):665-71.
  • Altaei DT, Topical lavender oil for the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulceration. Am J Dent 2012; 25(1):39-43.
  • Kim HM, et al. Lavender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reaction in mice and rats. J Pharm Pharmacol 1999; 51(2):221-6.
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  1. Sheila Hamilton says:

    Dr. Axe, Where is the best place to buy the essential oils that you talked about?

  2. Edgar gomez says:

    Good Morning Dr I hope that you are doing great.?
    A Question I have a daughter with dyslexia and HDHD AND ALSO PSORIASIS HOW CAN YOU HELP ME WITH HER CONDITIONSW, WE HAVE TRY LOETS OF THERAPY AND COUNSILING AN EXTRA EXTRA

  3. Trish says:

    Are all of the frankincense oils interchangeable? Do they all treat and are used for the same things?

  4. Larry says:

    Where is the best place to purchase the Essentials Oils from??

  5. Nancy Adreon says:

    Each oil is beneficial in some way, but I cannot use or apply all of them. I had Cushing’s Syndrome 20 years ago and although i am completely recovered (adrenal gland and tumor were removed successfully and other adrenal gland is working fine), I still have scars from striea. It sounds like frankincense and lavender may help my skin, but I like the immune boosting properties of other oils, and the ability of other oils to balance blood sugars and to help with inflammation of the joints. Should I mix all together and diffuse all at once? I am sure my husband would complain about the smell. Would it be better to alternate a different oil each day? Is there such a thing as too much as with oil of oregano? I have four kids, and used Plant Therapy’s “immune” Blend and “Germ Fighting” blend on their feet last winter, and none of us missed a day of school/ work (I am a substitute teacher). I could do that again or diffuse certain oils (in the whole house? all day? in their bedrooms? all night? 30 minutes before they go to bed?) Or I could clean with Theives . . .
    I guess I just need to know how many oils can be mixed together, how long and when to diffuse, how long can an oil be used before it causes liver damage, is it better to diffuse or apply topically, or take internally, how do you know if an oil is safe to be taken internally . . .?
    Thank you so much for your help in keeping us healthy!

  6. Juliet kharatian says:

    Good morning Dr! A question for you. I have a 9 year old son who has a problem with focusing. He has been tested negative for ADHD and has been through therapy for a year now but I don’t see any changes. We even tried medication for 6 months but I put a stop to it when I saw no results. Do you have any recommendation? Any vitamins intak? Thank you.

  7. Emjei says:

    Just wanted to clarify some major information errors. The ancient Greeks referred to a specific strain of Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) as “Nard”, and having more resinous oils than most Lavender, it’s SUGGESTED that THIS SPECIFIC STRAIN ONLY, MAY have been used in SOME Spikenard recipes during these times, and in these specific areas. However, true Spikenard, used to anoint the feet of Jesus, used in mummification, etc, has no definite relation to lavender whatsoever, and today we know Spikenard as a completely different plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) which produces a completely different oil for completely different purposes. They are not interchangeable, and even cats can tell the difference. Cats are attracted quite happily to Spikenard, but repelled by Lavender. They should never be classified as being the same substance.

  8. jan says:

    Where do you get the lavendar oil capaules

  9. Lee says:

    Hi ..can you use lavender on toddlers ?I personally would..diluted …on feet …my son says it will effect their harmones ..girls and boys ..is this true .I use young living ..know it is pure and therapeutic grade..would not use oils that were not ..

  10. Kevin M. Williams says:

    RE: Tinnitus ( Ringing in the Ears)

    I have this problem for many years. Medical Science provides NO help. The last week in Oct 2014 the problem was continuous and I started to actively address it. Since I have worked nights for 20 years and my vit d was probably not good I started with taking 2000 – 3000 units of D3 everyday, as well I find that Tinnitus is linked to a deficit in B 12 this had worked temporarily ( 1 day ) I added potassium use because.and this regime worked a little better ….. now I’m in the addition to my Vitamin intake I’ve started to massage Lavender essential oil into the bottoms of my feet, focusing on areas of Brain and ears according to Reflexology, 2nd day now and find ringing reduced 97%

    • Kevin says:

      Tinnitus back the next day

      • Kevin says:

        3 days later and Vitamin regime seems to be working ,ringing is worse when I lay down to sleep. Could cerebral fluid be a factor??

        Also with all the hipe about the corruption between the drug companies, the FDA and the healthcare industry how can I determine what is the best Tx when I see a Dr. ?

      • Karen B says:

        I recommend the highest quality Helichrysum essential oil that you can find….I have several clients that swear by it for this issue when nothing else worked.

  11. Pattee says:

    Do the oils work as well when rubbed or rolled on your skin? My husband has a roll on lavender he uses to help with anxiety and swears it helps. It must be absorbed and gets into your system that way. I always thought you needed to inhale it for best results. I love the smell!!

  12. Victoria says:

    Hi Dr Axe,
    How can lavender oil help with with acne? My daughter has tried everything, and if this last treatment doesn’t work, the dermatologist mentioned Accutane. That drug sounds frightening!

  13. Maria says:

    Do you know if the estrogen levels in Lavendar is safe for everyone?

    • I have not read any studies that have indicated it effects it.

      • Karen B says:

        Check out Essential Oil University….also on FB. Dr. Papas, who is world renowned essential oil expert & chemist, addressed this question recently. There are NO hormones in EO that are pure & unadulterated. That does not address most of them on the market that are synthetic, diluted with other additives or distilled with solvents or other chemicals/toxins.

  14. Barbara says:

    Do you have a book that shows and tells about the essential oils and their healing properties?

  15. [email protected] says:

    Dear Dr. Axe,
    Do you recommend any supplements or combination of them for ear ringing or tinnitus. It’s driving me crazy!!
    Sally

  16. Sharon Edwards says:

    I developed an extreme case of eczema as a rebound from Prednisone. It has reduced since I had light treatments. I do not like to continue to use steroid cream for itching. Could lavender oil help and should I mix it with another oil?

  17. kitty says:

    Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) is NOT lavender (lavandula angustifolia ). I have been certified aroma therapist for 16 years .

  18. Amy says:

    Can you please add a PRINT option on your articles? I would love to have many of your articles in print to refer too later. Thanks.

  19. L-OIL says:

    There are so many benefits to lavender! Thank you for posting this wonderful, informative article!
    – L-OIL Team Leader

  20. Diara says:

    please doctor, I have bought quite a few of essential oils (intend and working towards buying more) but yet to begin using them. Though I have clove essential oil added to warm water a few times. I am hyperthyroid, graves and goiter and not on medication my last test as at January 2015, results showed all levels normal and my eye is normal now NO LONGER bulged it’s just the goiter seems to increase gradually – I need your advise on how to shrink the goiter with essential oils. I learnt that frankincense is good for it as I have read other people’s stories and good results from using frankincense and would like to try. Please help me with a good guide in using essential oils to manage my hyperthyroid issue. My email address is above and would appreciate a reply sent to my inbox. Thank you and God bless.

  21. abdi says:

    Is Lavender essential oil safe for child under 2 who got eczema

  22. Judy Pratt says:

    I use lavender oil for sleep so I had some on hand. I got 3 red ant bites on my toe and it really hurt. Since lavender oil is used for burns I decided to use it on my toe for the bite. Within 3 minutes the pain was gone and when I looked at it later, the swollen area was gone – like I never had a bite. Absolutely amazing since I’ve had these bites before and they are painful for a week. Judy~~

  23. Cynthia Ross says:

    I would greatly appreciate having one of your eBook’s. Thank you so very much

  24. Penny says:

    I have been using the oils for around six months now. I am trying to build my supply. I am not sure about the ingestion of oils. Lately I have been making my own blend in a veggie cap of three to four drops each of lemon, peppermint and lavender due to allergies and sinus headaches. I am concerned what this does to my organs. I have no problem with putting oils topically on my neck, feet, ears and wrists. Pease advise what you know about ingesting oils. I do use a pure oil brand (I think I do) it is Doterra. Please let me know what you do. I also use the oils on my children.
    Thank you for all of your information.

  1. Sheila Hamilton says:

    Dr. Axe, Where is the best place to buy the essential oils that you talked about?

  2. Edgar gomez says:

    Good Morning Dr I hope that you are doing great.?
    A Question I have a daughter with dyslexia and HDHD AND ALSO PSORIASIS HOW CAN YOU HELP ME WITH HER CONDITIONSW, WE HAVE TRY LOETS OF THERAPY AND COUNSILING AN EXTRA EXTRA

  3. Trish says:

    Are all of the frankincense oils interchangeable? Do they all treat and are used for the same things?

  4. Larry says:

    Where is the best place to purchase the Essentials Oils from??

  5. Nancy Adreon says:

    Each oil is beneficial in some way, but I cannot use or apply all of them. I had Cushing’s Syndrome 20 years ago and although i am completely recovered (adrenal gland and tumor were removed successfully and other adrenal gland is working fine), I still have scars from striea. It sounds like frankincense and lavender may help my skin, but I like the immune boosting properties of other oils, and the ability of other oils to balance blood sugars and to help with inflammation of the joints. Should I mix all together and diffuse all at once? I am sure my husband would complain about the smell. Would it be better to alternate a different oil each day? Is there such a thing as too much as with oil of oregano? I have four kids, and used Plant Therapy’s “immune” Blend and “Germ Fighting” blend on their feet last winter, and none of us missed a day of school/ work (I am a substitute teacher). I could do that again or diffuse certain oils (in the whole house? all day? in their bedrooms? all night? 30 minutes before they go to bed?) Or I could clean with Theives . . .
    I guess I just need to know how many oils can be mixed together, how long and when to diffuse, how long can an oil be used before it causes liver damage, is it better to diffuse or apply topically, or take internally, how do you know if an oil is safe to be taken internally . . .?
    Thank you so much for your help in keeping us healthy!

  6. Juliet kharatian says:

    Good morning Dr! A question for you. I have a 9 year old son who has a problem with focusing. He has been tested negative for ADHD and has been through therapy for a year now but I don’t see any changes. We even tried medication for 6 months but I put a stop to it when I saw no results. Do you have any recommendation? Any vitamins intak? Thank you.

  7. Emjei says:

    Just wanted to clarify some major information errors. The ancient Greeks referred to a specific strain of Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) as “Nard”, and having more resinous oils than most Lavender, it’s SUGGESTED that THIS SPECIFIC STRAIN ONLY, MAY have been used in SOME Spikenard recipes during these times, and in these specific areas. However, true Spikenard, used to anoint the feet of Jesus, used in mummification, etc, has no definite relation to lavender whatsoever, and today we know Spikenard as a completely different plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) which produces a completely different oil for completely different purposes. They are not interchangeable, and even cats can tell the difference. Cats are attracted quite happily to Spikenard, but repelled by Lavender. They should never be classified as being the same substance.

  8. jan says:

    Where do you get the lavendar oil capaules

  9. Lee says:

    Hi ..can you use lavender on toddlers ?I personally would..diluted …on feet …my son says it will effect their harmones ..girls and boys ..is this true .I use young living ..know it is pure and therapeutic grade..would not use oils that were not ..

  10. Kevin M. Williams says:

    RE: Tinnitus ( Ringing in the Ears)

    I have this problem for many years. Medical Science provides NO help. The last week in Oct 2014 the problem was continuous and I started to actively address it. Since I have worked nights for 20 years and my vit d was probably not good I started with taking 2000 – 3000 units of D3 everyday, as well I find that Tinnitus is linked to a deficit in B 12 this had worked temporarily ( 1 day ) I added potassium use because.and this regime worked a little better ….. now I’m in the addition to my Vitamin intake I’ve started to massage Lavender essential oil into the bottoms of my feet, focusing on areas of Brain and ears according to Reflexology, 2nd day now and find ringing reduced 97%

    • Kevin says:

      Tinnitus back the next day

      • Kevin says:

        3 days later and Vitamin regime seems to be working ,ringing is worse when I lay down to sleep. Could cerebral fluid be a factor??

        Also with all the hipe about the corruption between the drug companies, the FDA and the healthcare industry how can I determine what is the best Tx when I see a Dr. ?

      • Karen B says:

        I recommend the highest quality Helichrysum essential oil that you can find….I have several clients that swear by it for this issue when nothing else worked.

  11. Pattee says:

    Do the oils work as well when rubbed or rolled on your skin? My husband has a roll on lavender he uses to help with anxiety and swears it helps. It must be absorbed and gets into your system that way. I always thought you needed to inhale it for best results. I love the smell!!

  12. Victoria says:

    Hi Dr Axe,
    How can lavender oil help with with acne? My daughter has tried everything, and if this last treatment doesn’t work, the dermatologist mentioned Accutane. That drug sounds frightening!

  13. Maria says:

    Do you know if the estrogen levels in Lavendar is safe for everyone?

    • I have not read any studies that have indicated it effects it.

      • Karen B says:

        Check out Essential Oil University….also on FB. Dr. Papas, who is world renowned essential oil expert & chemist, addressed this question recently. There are NO hormones in EO that are pure & unadulterated. That does not address most of them on the market that are synthetic, diluted with other additives or distilled with solvents or other chemicals/toxins.

  14. Barbara says:

    Do you have a book that shows and tells about the essential oils and their healing properties?

  15. [email protected] says:

    Dear Dr. Axe,
    Do you recommend any supplements or combination of them for ear ringing or tinnitus. It’s driving me crazy!!
    Sally

  16. Sharon Edwards says:

    I developed an extreme case of eczema as a rebound from Prednisone. It has reduced since I had light treatments. I do not like to continue to use steroid cream for itching. Could lavender oil help and should I mix it with another oil?

  17. kitty says:

    Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) is NOT lavender (lavandula angustifolia ). I have been certified aroma therapist for 16 years .

  18. Amy says:

    Can you please add a PRINT option on your articles? I would love to have many of your articles in print to refer too later. Thanks.

  19. L-OIL says:

    There are so many benefits to lavender! Thank you for posting this wonderful, informative article!
    – L-OIL Team Leader

  20. Diara says:

    please doctor, I have bought quite a few of essential oils (intend and working towards buying more) but yet to begin using them. Though I have clove essential oil added to warm water a few times. I am hyperthyroid, graves and goiter and not on medication my last test as at January 2015, results showed all levels normal and my eye is normal now NO LONGER bulged it’s just the goiter seems to increase gradually – I need your advise on how to shrink the goiter with essential oils. I learnt that frankincense is good for it as I have read other people’s stories and good results from using frankincense and would like to try. Please help me with a good guide in using essential oils to manage my hyperthyroid issue. My email address is above and would appreciate a reply sent to my inbox. Thank you and God bless.

  21. abdi says:

    Is Lavender essential oil safe for child under 2 who got eczema

  22. Judy Pratt says:

    I use lavender oil for sleep so I had some on hand. I got 3 red ant bites on my toe and it really hurt. Since lavender oil is used for burns I decided to use it on my toe for the bite. Within 3 minutes the pain was gone and when I looked at it later, the swollen area was gone – like I never had a bite. Absolutely amazing since I’ve had these bites before and they are painful for a week. Judy~~

  23. Cynthia Ross says:

    I would greatly appreciate having one of your eBook’s. Thank you so very much

  24. Penny says:

    I have been using the oils for around six months now. I am trying to build my supply. I am not sure about the ingestion of oils. Lately I have been making my own blend in a veggie cap of three to four drops each of lemon, peppermint and lavender due to allergies and sinus headaches. I am concerned what this does to my organs. I have no problem with putting oils topically on my neck, feet, ears and wrists. Pease advise what you know about ingesting oils. I do use a pure oil brand (I think I do) it is Doterra. Please let me know what you do. I also use the oils on my children.
    Thank you for all of your information.