It’s inevitable that you’ve come across lavender at least once in your life.
It’s in baby products, soaps, shampoos, lotion, shower gels, home fragrances, candles, everywhere!
It’s also one of the most popular essential oil for aromatherapy and in the realm of health and beauty.
So where does Lavender come from and how can where is it used?
Lavender essential oil is extracted from lavender flowers typically through steam distillation. Lavender flowers and naturally fragrant so it has been a traditional practice to use its essential oils for perfumes and other fragrance products.
Aside from this, the lavender essential oil has been proven useful in aromatherapy and many other practices.
1. Induces sleep
Studies show that lavender significantly improves the quality and duration of sleep. A study revealed that lavender aromatherapy calms the nervous system — lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, bringing your body to a more relaxed state.
Spritz Lavender pillow mist to clear your mind for a truly peaceful and serene sleep.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing scent and has frequently been used to alleviate anxiety, depression, and as a natural stress relief. The aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity.
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3. Relieves pain
Another practical use of lavender oil is enhancing pain management. People who suffer from chronic pain have a tendency to experience sleep deprivation that further weakens their body and aggravating the pain.
An effective method to improve pain management is to add a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton ball and insert it in a pillowcase. When lying down, the heat and pressure from the head releases the oil’s capability to induce sleep and relieve anxiety.
4. Improves mood and brain function
Several studies have proven lavender’s unique capability to treat and prevent neurological damages such as migraine, anxiety, and depression. Other studies have also shown how diffusing lavender oil inside the home helps improve post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and prenatal depression.
To relieve stress and improve your mood, place a lavender oil diffuser next to you while reading or getting ready to hit the sack.
5. Treats acne
Aside from its neurological benefits, lavender oil also has profound benefits on the skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It can generally soothe and nourish the skin, preventing acne, healing dry and damaged skin, and reducing the visibility of dark spots and blemishes. Lavender oil’s ability to improve sleep and reduce stress — which is one of the most common cause of acne breakouts — also helps in promoting healthy and radiant skin.
For spot treatment, you can apply lavender oil directly onto skin to fight acne.
*Prior to spot treatment, place a drop of lavender oil on the inside of your elbow. Wait for 15 minutes to see if you develop adverse reactions to the oil.*
6. Bug repellent
For many centuries, lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent with its insecticidal and antiseptic properties. These particular properties of lavender make it an ideal solution to prevent and treat insect bites and stings. Aside from this, it has also been used to prevent infection and irritation that may arise from insect bites.
To use lavender oil as a bug repellent:
4 drops lavender oil
3 drops lemongrass oil
5 drops patchouli oil
4 drops eucalyptus oil
Dilute with 1 teaspoon carrier oil and 2 cups of water and place it in a spray bottle.
Spray directly to the skin to keep your skin off from insects.
*Prior to applying on your body, place a drop of the mixture on the inside of your elbow. Wait for 15 minutes to see if you develop adverse reactions to the oil.*
Your hair can benefit from lavender oil in many different ways. Some of its hair care benefits include prevention of hair loss, dandruff treatment, scalp nourishment, and promotion of hair growth. Its antimicrobial properties help avoid bacterial and fungal disorders.
Mix 1 part lavender essential with two parts virgin coconut oil and massage thoroughly into scalp.
Want to experience the wonderful benefits of lavender for yourself?
Purchase a bottle of Lavender Essential Oil here.