What is Aromatherapy Lavender Oil?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Aromatherapy lavender oil is an oil that is extracted for the lavender plant with the specific intention of being used for aromatherapeutic purposes. In aromatherapy, lavender oil is used to help calm the nerves, promote restful sleep, and treat anxiety. Whereas some aromatherapy oils can be quite expensive, this kind of oil is rather affordable. For most aromatherapeutic applications, only a few drops of the oil are needed, so a bottle of this size can last a person quite a while even if it is used on a regular basis.

Aromatherapy lavender oil.
Aromatherapy lavender oil.

There are myriad ways in which aromatherapy lavender oil can be used. One of the most popular uses of this kind of oil is in emollient products. Emollient products are products such as lotions, balms, and moisturizers that hydrate and soothe the skin. Rubbing an emollient into the skin is, in and of itself, a relaxing act. Not only is it a way to moisturize the skin, but it also functions as a quick massage.

Lavender is a popular addition to aromatherapy due to its pleasant, relaxing scent.
Lavender is a popular addition to aromatherapy due to its pleasant, relaxing scent.

Lavender, in small doses and in a diluted form, is safe to use on the skin. For this reason, it is often added to many kinds of bath products including emollients. The idea is that by taking a shower or a bath and using a product with aromatherapy lavender oil, the relaxation of the bathing experience will be enhanced. Products that are made with aromatherapy lavender oil such as bath oils and shower gels can be used while bathing and emollients can be applied to the skin shortly thereafter when the skin is still soft and warm from the water.

Aromatherapy lavender oil can also be used by being warmed in a ceramic or glass diffuser. This is a great way to fill a room with the scent of lavender and set a relaxing mood. Many people find that this is a relaxing way to wind down at the end of a long or stressful day, or any kind of day for that matter. Many people also find the ritual of lighting the small candle that fits under the diffuser to be relaxing. There are also candles that are made with aromatherapy lavender oil blended right into the wax so that they fill the room with the scent of the oil when they burn.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Lavender essential oils has been called the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils because of the many benefits it provides. It is very helpful to apply to burns and cuts on the skin.

It's pleasing scent is also used in many aromatherapy products, and there are a long list of lavender essential oil uses. I keep a bottle of lavender oil in the laundry room and will pour in a few drops with each load of wash. This makes your sheets, towels and all your clothes have a light lavender scent.


The smell of lavender is so soothing and calming and used in many products to help with sleep. Both lavender and sandalwood essential oils are known to promote sleep. I keep a spray bottle of lavender oil, sandalwood and a little water mixed together beside my bed. Oil and water don't mix very well, so I always shake it well before using.

Just a few sprays on my pillow and sheets before going to sleep leaves the most pleasant aroma and is very calming. Sometimes when I find it hard to go to sleep, just taking a deep breath in my pillow and really breathing in the scent can be very relaxing.

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