Wellness Benefits of Lavender
The Latin word Lavender translates "to wash." Perhaps it is because the aroma seems to wash the senses. My all time favorite use is as a room spray. Having read of the antibacterial properties I added some lavender oil to our body & linen spray and use it to wash the air. It makes the air easier to breath, very beneficial when suffering from a head cold.
There are many uses for lavender, some I have tried and some I haven’t. What follows is a list of beneficial uses with some notes about my personal favorites. Please let me know what you favorite uses are.
Many herbalist prescribe a lavender oil for eczema and psoriasis. Add lavender oil to a mild carrier oil for a leave on skin treatment. In a warm bath a few drops is said to relieve the itch and any neuralgia pain.
Rub the leaves of the plant onto the skin for a wonderful natural insect repellent. I have used dried lavender buds as a moth repellant in my clothing for years. It soothes my senses instead of giving me a headache like standard moth balls. Not only do I not find moths in my clothes but I typically don’t have problems with other pests either.
Here is a great list from Organicfacts.net. This site includes lots of good information so I posted their link below
Nervous System: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Its refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity.
- Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep and hence it is often recommended for insomnia.
- Pain Relief: Lavender essential oil is also an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.
- Urine Flow: Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders as it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps.
- Respiratory Disorders: Lavender oil is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
- Skin Care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil can be added to chamomile to treat eczema.
- Hair Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair as it can be very effective on lice and lice eggs or nits.
- Blood Circulation: Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation. It lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
- Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.
Cautions: As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that diabetics stay away from lavender oil as it raises blood sugar. It may also cause allergic reactions to people having sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to usage of lavender oil.
~*~ Regina Ann
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