Lavender has antifungal, antibacterial and antidepressant properties and it has been used for both medical and cosmetic purposes for years.
It is used for treating insomnia and calming gastrointestinal urges.
You can easily find Lavender oil at pharmacies and health stores and it is relatively inexpensive, but make sure you look out for the words “essential”, “undiluted” or “therapy grade.” Remember that essential oils aren’t suitable for everyone, so you should read the safety instructions carefully, and consider using dried lavender if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Read on the top five benefits of lavender oil and how to use it (including lavender lemonade recipe):
5 benefits of lavender oil
1) Soothing anxiety.Studies have shown that ingesting lavender oil over 6-10 weeks improves anxiety and sleeping patterns. Additionally, other studies evidence the effectiveness of lavender on insomnia, depression, nervousness and restlessness. It can even help those who suffer from dementia-related agitation.
2) Soothing headaches. Several scientific studies indicate the usefulness of lavender oil as a migraine treatment. One particular study showed 71% of patients reporting less symptoms after inhaling vapors from lavender oil.
3) Treating hair loss. In the case of a hair loss condition called alopecia areata, applying lavender oil – in combination with other essential oils – could improve hair growth by up to 44% over seven months. Try mixing a drop of two of lavender essential oil with another oil of your choice (try coconut, or almond) and then massaging into the scalp. Be careful that you dilute the lavender enough, as essential oils are powerful.
4) Healing canker sores. Canker sores are those little ulcers you get on the inside of your mouth. They’re small and usually red or white in colour, and can be extremely painful, especially when talking or eating. They commonly happen to young people, and although they’re often aggravated by things like citrus fruit or trauma, there is no real known cause. Fortunately, there is a solution; according to research you should apply two drops of lavender oil directly to the sore three times daily to reduce swelling and pain, and promote healing.
5) Natural pain-killer. A study that showed women who were recovering from a Cesarean birth and inhaled lavender essence while receiving intravenous pain medication experienced less pain overall.
How to use lavender oil
One of the best ways to use lavender is adding it to your bath water;
Add six drops of lavender oil or up to half a cup of dried lavender flowers. You can also make your own relaxing and moisturizing body oil by adding two drops of lavender oil to an ounce of your favorite unrefined oil (such as almond). You can try using lavender oil in a diffuser for effective stress relief and help to sleep, and you can make a tea by adding one or two tablespoons of dried flowers to boiling water. Lavender is incredibly versatile, but one of our favorite method is preparing a delicious lavender lemonade.
Lavender lemonade recipe
- 3/4 cup honey
- 7 cups warm water
- 1/2 drop lavender essential oil (or 1/4 cup dried lavender)
- 4 lemons, peeled and juiced
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Dissolve the honey in warm water, then add the lemon juice and lavender oil. Stir well and refrigerate until cool. Try reducing the water component to make a more concentrated version, then add sparkling mineral water and ice just before serving for a refreshing summer drink.
Source : remedydaily.com