Lavender is one of the most common essential oils along side peppermint. The properties of Lavender were discovered over 2,500 years ago and have been used throughout our history in Asia, Europe, Ancient Greece, and Rome and are mentioned in ancient Jewish texts and the Bible. The Egyptians used Lavender in the mummifications process as a perfume and on well preserved mummies it can still be detected today. The Romans used Lavender in cooking, when bathing for its aroma and to purify the air around them. In the Bible lavender was among the aromatics and was used to anoint and heal.
In North America especially we are exposed to many different toxins, chemicals and pollutants that are known as free radicals. Our body creates antioxidants. These antioxidants are our bodies’ defense against these free radicals but if we are exposed to too many our bodies may not be able to fight them. Free radicals are known to cause many different diseases. Lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that helps the body prevent and reverse disease.
Lavender essential oil is also known to help prevent symptoms from diabetes including: increased blood glucose, metabolic disorders, weight gain, liver and kidney, antioxidant depletion, dysfunction and lipoperoxidation.
By inhaling lavender essential oil particles in can help support brain function. It is shown to improve cognitive impairments and oxidative stress. Lavender can also help improve Alzheimer’s, boosts your mood and decrease depression. When Lavender oil is applied to skin or inhaled with diffuser is can help support and strengthen the immune system.
Lavender is also known to be a natural pain reliever that reduces inflammation. If used on chronic back, neck or other pain daily it can helps ease that pain away. It also helps relieve headaches when used in a diffuser or used topically on the temples and back of neck. Lavender essential oil can also help with mood swings of menstruation and if applied to the lower abdomen it can reduce cramps.
Lavender essential oil has been used in many different studies to test its health benefits, one of the most common things tested is its ability to help cuts and burns. There have been around 100 studies showing the benefits of lavender for healing cuts and burns. Lavender essential oil can speed up healing of cuts, burns, scrapes and other wounds. Using Lavender on a cut or burn can also help keep infection away. Lavender has been used throughout our history for its antimicrobial properties to keep away bacterial of fungal infections.
Mood/ Sleep Aid
Lavender essential oil can help relieve headaches and works as a sedative, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant and calming agent. Lavender helps improve sleep duration and overall well-being. The best way to use Lavender oil for insomnia or a better night sleep is to put it into a diffuser beside the bed. Lavender also helps promotes better physical and metal health, with no unwanted chemical side effects. Lavender is a great essential oil to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and help with insomnia.
Skin and Hair Care
When lavender is mixed with a carrier oil (coconut, grapeseed, jojoba or other oil) is great for the skin and hair. It can help reduce canker sores, acne, and age spots and due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it can reverse signs of aging.
If you mix Lavender, Cedarwood, Rosemary and Thyme and apply to scalp and hair daily it can help reduce hair loss and help grow stronger and healthier hair.
Lavender Hair Oil
Pure essential oils should be used for this mix.
120ml Coconut oil
25 Drops Lavender
10 Drops Cedarwood
15 Drops Rosemary
10 Drops Thyme
Shake well before each use.