Lavender – The Versatile Essential Oil.

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils for good reason—its benefits and uses are virtually limitless, which is why lavender is often the first oil people experience as they are introduced to essential oils. Lavender has been prized for centuries for its calming, soothing, and regenerating properties, and a large body of scientific evidence supports its use for a variety of conditions experienced by man. Stress and anxiety is a daily battle for many. Fortunately, lavender is waiting in the wings to encourage a more relaxed and peaceful state. Its aroma is calming to the mind, body and emotions. Knowing its profound relaxing properties, a number of scientists have researched lavender essential oil and its influence on stress, anxious feelings, negative emotions and overall mental well-being. The evidence is mounting that the use of lavender supports normal mood states and can reduce the negative effects of stress and anxious feelings. Study after study has concluded that lavender essential oil is an extraordinary stressbuster that can affect the stress response on a variety of levels. Scientists have discovered that inhaling lavender oil balances cortisol (the primary stress hormone) levels in the body. Scared of going to the dentist? Scientists report that those who inhale lavender essential oil in the dental office waiting room experience less anxiety about dental procedures. According to published research, infants who receive a lavender bath are calmer. Indeed, enough positive research has been published regarding lavender’s effect on mood state that it is approved in Europe to alleviate a number of mood disturbances.

Using Lavender Oil

To enjoy the calming effects of lavender, place a drop or two on a tissue and inhale from this regularly, diffuse lavender or apply a drop or two to the wrists. If worries are keeping you awake, lavender essential oil may be your ticket to a good night’s sleep. Place a couple of drops on a cotton ball under your pillow, or a drop or two on the underside of your pillowcase to enjoy the restful sleep you have been missing. You can also diffuse lavender next to your bed. Not only does lavender soothe the mind and emotions, it also helps ease muscle soreness at both the physical and emotional level. Lavender mixed in carrier oil and massaged into sore, tired muscles can provide long-lasting relief. It can also be applied to soothe the head and neck. Lavender is nourishing to the skin too. It promotes the health of the feet and is soothing to stressed skin. It also has a long history of relieving the discomfort, and encouraging the normal repair, of tissues following a sunburn or burn. Many people find that a drop or two of lavender next to affected areas provides soothing relief. Lavender essential oil also nourishes the scalp and hair by encouraging normal hair growth and enhancing the luster and glow of hair. It only takes a drop or two added to your shampoo to realize this nourishing effect for the hair. Lavender is also used to support normal digestion. It supports the production of gastric juices and bile, which aids the digestion of meals, and helps food move through the digestive tract normally so that nutrients can be absorbed. Massage a drop or two to the abdomen in a clockwise direction to support normal digestion. A practical way to use lavender is to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a wet cloth and place it in the dryer with your clothes for a clean, fresh scent. This makes a great alternative to laundry fresheners with harsh synthetic chemicals. This is just one great way to care for clothes – try several drops on a cotton ball to create a natural “moth ball.” Many people also use lavender essential oil mixed with some witch hazel to deter pesky bugs from biting. If a bug does happen to penetrate your lavender essential oil shield, you can apply a drop of lavender to the area for soothing relief. With so many benefits and uses of lavender essential oil, many essential oils users are inclined to say “when in doubt, use lavender”.

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