The lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant (Lavandula angustifolia), primarily through steam distillation. Lavender flowers are known for their calming fragrance and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash.” This is because lavender flowers and lavender essential oil have been used since ancient times by the Romans, Persians, Greeks, and Egyptians as a bath additive and perfume.
The lavender essential oil is pure oil and differs from certain commercial lavender oils which may be diluted and are often sold as perfumes. Lavender perfume and body sprays are popular due to their fresh and floral scent. On the other hand, the pure lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including as an aromatherapy oil, in gels, infusions, lotions, soaps, baby products, and candles. It is also used to make tea, lemonades, syrups, aromatic beverages, and baked dishes.
Thanks to its calming scent, lavender oil can be helpful in treating headaches, emotional stress, and depression. Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils in the treatment of acne, too. It has antifungal properties so it is used to treat different inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and so on.
Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil
- Lavender oil is good for acne: Lavender oil works to kill bacteria, and this can prevent and heal acne breakouts. It unclogs pores and reduces inflammation when you put it on your skin.
- Lavender oil Soothes eczema and dry skin: Eczema can show up anywhere on your body. With eczema, your skin gets dry, itchy, and scaly. It can appear mild or chronic and in multiple locations. Since lavender has antifungal properties and reduces inflammation, it can help keep eczema at bay.
- Lavender oil is good for skin lightening: Lavender oil can aid in skin lightening since it reduces inflammation. It can reduce discoloration, including dark spots.
- Lavender oil is good for face wrinkles: Lavender oil is full of antioxidants, which help protect you from the free radicals.
- Lavender oil Has Anti-inflammatory ability: Painful inflammation can be treated with lavender oil. The oil’s pain-relieving and numbing effects help soothe the inflammation, while the beta-caryophyllene in the oil also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Lavender oil Has Wound-healing properties: If you have a burn, cut, scrape, or another wound, lavender oil may help speed up the wound-healing process.
- Lavender oil Has Insect Repellent Ability: Lavender oil does double duty for insect bites. It acts as an insect repellent, and it can relieve itching after a bite occurs. Many commercial mosquito repellents contain lavender oil.
Blending: Handcraft lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg.
What You Need To Produce Lavender Essential Oil
- Lavender buds
- Grain alcohol
- A mortar and pestle
- Coffee filters
Step By Step Guide On How To Produce Lavender Essential Oil
Step 1: Put the lavender into the mortar; use the pestle to crush the buds in order to release the oil.
Step 2: Now, transfer the crushed lavender buds to the glass jar; now cover it with grain alcohol.
Step 3: Allow the jar to sit in a sunny spot. Shake the jar several times a day, for a few days.
Step 4: Next, strain the liquid from the lavender buds using another jar and coffee filters.
Lavender Essential Oil – Side Effects & Caution
According to the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, oral intake is not safe and while using this oil some people may experience:
- Skin irritation
- Pain in joints
- Stomach issues
However, Lavender Essential Oil seems not to be safe for the following people
Pregnant and breastfeeding women: As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare practitioner before using lavender essential oil. 
Children: Caution should be exercised while using the oil especially on children.
Allergy: It may also cause allergic reactions like skin irritation to people who have unusually sensitive skin.