Lavender is a flowering plant with a fresh, calming, earthy scent – used to treat skin and mood disorders. Lavender blends well with other herbs and aromas, making it very versatile in healing applications. Studies have shown that lavender oil can relieve headaches, muscle cramps, spasms, slow hair loss, and treat wounds, burns, and acne. Lavender is considered safe for topical use or aromatherapy.
Lavender is considered safe for topical use or aromatherapy.
People often ask about the safety of lavender oil. As it turns out, lavender oil is relatively safe for topical use and aromatherapy. When used as an essential oil for the skin (in a carrier oil), it can be used as an antiseptic or analgesic agent. It may also have some mild sedative and anxiolytic effects when used.
- Inhalation is another method of using lavender oil that has shown to be beneficial in reducing anxiety levels without causing drowsiness.
- Suppose you don’t want all these benefits but still want something a little extra from your steam bath experience.
Studies have shown that lavender oil can relieve headaches, muscle cramps, spasms, slow hair loss, and treat wounds, burns, and acne.
In addition to its therapeutic benefits, lavender oil can also be used as a natural remedy for common ailments:
- Headaches and migraines. Lavender oil is one of the top options for treating headaches and migraines. Try using 1–3 drops of lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus oils in a diffuser with water to help prevent headaches. You can also massage the temples with lavender oil to relieve headache pain.
- Muscle pain. Whether you have sore muscles from working out or simply sitting at your desk all day, adding lavender essential oil to your daily routine will help alleviate muscle aches and pains by stimulating blood flow and relaxing tense areas. Add 5–10 drops of lavender essential oil into a cup of milk or a teaspoon (5ml) of vegetable oil, a bathtub full of warm water for relief after exercise or other physical activity; alternatively, you can mix 5–10 drops with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) coconut oil before rubbing it on affected areas like biceps, calves or thighs after working out.
Lavender has health benefits worth exploring.
Lavender is a multipurpose herb used for many health benefits. Here are some of its uses:
- Lavender is traditionally used to reduce anxiety and stress. Its calming scent helps promote relaxation, and it can also help you sleep better at night.
- Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory actions that make it helpful in treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne vulgaris (commonly known as acne). It’s also said to have antibacterial properties, so if you have cuts or scrapes on your hands or feet, lavender oil can help heal them faster than without it!
- Keeping cuttings from flowering plants inside pillowcases, adding flowers to vases, and hanging dried flowers will cause them to release their oils into the fabric giving off the same effects as bottled versions of this essential oil which means less money spent overall!
Lavender is cheap and easy to find, and you can use it for all sorts of applications around the home, with health and wellness.
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