Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. It is great for winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that make it just as beneficial for stimulating and energising. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may also be used to cleanse the skin.

The various health benefits of lavender essential oil include the following:

Lavender_550x550-300x300Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that may reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.

Sleep: Lavender essential oil may help induce sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative 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 nice relaxing impact. I use it myself when I go to sleep.

lavenderoil-1-300x204Nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which I personally find makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. I also find it helpful in treating my migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. I also find the refreshing aroma removes my nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing my 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 and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability.

Acne: According to some dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne. Thieves is another great oil to combat acne.

I personally also apply some when I accidentally cut myself, and using it on burn marks is also really helpful. I also rub some Lavender oil on my lower back when it feels sore, in addition with Peppermint Oil, and I personally find it brings relief.  And you can massage it into scalp for appearance of healthy-looking hair. Try it for yourself, it truly is a beautiful oil.

There have been some very interesting and promising studies into Lavender, please see the following links for more information at PubMed:

The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity.

Lavender and the nervous system.

* This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.