Lavender has unlimited amounts of health benefits including its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Did you know the Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its particularly pleasant aroma?
About Lavender Oil:
Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant naturally and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations to promote relaxation and a feeling of calmness.
Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oils, gels, infusions, lotions, and even soaps!
Lavender has well over 20 uses for it, but these are a few my favorites but also the ones I use often!
Lavender essential oil induces sleep which is used as an alternative and more natural treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has a relaxing impact on people so it often replaces modern medicines for sleep issues.
Relieves Stress & Anxiety
Lavender oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia, also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability. One study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in the mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking a test.
Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing, all while smelling amazing!
For those of us who work out and get sore through-out the week – lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil can provide relief from pain in the joints. A study done on postoperative pain relief showed that combining lavender essential oil vapor into the oxygen significantly reduced the amount of pain experienced, versus those patients only revived with oxygen after a major surgery.
Stimulates Urine Flow
Lavender is great for urinary disorders because of its stimulating effect on urine production. Furthermore, it h
elps in restoring hormonal balance and reducing cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces associated cramps, UTIs and other disorders.
Treats Respiratory Disorders
Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infection, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or is applied on the skin of neck, chest, and back. It is also added to many vaporizers, humidifiers, air purifiers and inhalers that are commonly used for colds and coughs. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve the congestion associated with respiratory conditions; speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender essential oil also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections while keeping your sickness from travelling through your home to others.
Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits. Even better, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for patients who suffer from alopecia. A Scottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp. Therefore, lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness.
Improves Blood Circulation
Lavender essential oil is also good for improving circulation of blood in the body. Research sugge
sts that aromatherapy using lavender oil has beneficial effects on coronary circulation. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used for hypertension. This means that not only do the organs increase their levels of oxygenation, promoting muscle strength and health, but brain activity can have a noticeable boost, skin remains bright and flushed with blood, and the body is protected from the risks of heart attack and atherosclerosis that is often associated with poor blood circulation. All in all, creating a healthier life!
As you can see, you’d start to believe that lavender could start curing cancer! Researchers are getting closer, finding that lavender oil can prevent breast cancer in mice – but humans are still a few years down the road. I use lavender oil for just about everything and I truly feel that everyone should – whether for your digestion, hair loss, or bug repellant! It’s benefits really go on and on.
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