Benefits of LAVENDER essential oil
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans added the flowers to their bathwater to help wash and purify their skin. Phoenicians, Arabians, and Egyptians used lavender as a perfume. In Greece and Rome, it was used as an all-around cure, while in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, it was scattered all over stone castle floors as a natural disinfectant and deodorant. Lavender was even used during the Great Plague of London in the 17th century.
High-quality lavender oil has a sweet, floral, herbaceous, and slightly woody scent. Its color can range from pale yellow to yellow-green, but it can also be colorless.
* Calming: Because the scent of lavender is so calming it is great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then inhale the scent deeply. Also rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body.
* Cold sores: Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.
* Cuts: Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
- Increase in blood glucose
- Metabolic disorders (especially fat metabolism)
- Weight gain (ever wonder why as diabetes continues to rise, so do our waistbands!)
- Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion
- Liver and kidney dysfunction
- Liver and kidney lipoperoxidation (when free radicals “steal” necessary fat molecules from cell membranes)
* Eczema / Dermatitis/Dry or Chapped skin: Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
* Hay fever: Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
* Headaches: Do you suffer with migraine or tension headaches? According to new medical research, lavender oil may just be that natural cure you are looking for.
* Minor burns: Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
* Nausea or motion sickness: To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
* Sleep aid : Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.