Do you love lavender in the garden or using lavender scented soaps, creams and linen sprays? If you do, then you’re one of the many people who appreciate this fragrant and relaxing scent. In fact, it’s quite a common fragrance for a lot of cosmetics and household solutions. However, the lavender plant is not just a fragrant scent that you can use on your body or in your home. When lavender is used in its most potent form as a 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil, it can support a number of different health issues, from cuts and bruises to sleep problems. Just have a look at what lavender essential oil can do for you and your loved ones.
Did you know that the name lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash,” and that’s because of its strong antiseptic properties. Lavender oil has been shown to be effective in fighting against many different types of bacteria including those that are resistant to powerful antibiotics. Because of this, lavender essential oil may be used to sanitise and soothe wounds. It may also be used to relieve the itch from rashes and insect bites. But other than just being able to clean a cut or a rash, 100% pure lavender essential oil may also be used to relieve the pain associated with sunburn and burn injuries.
If you often have trouble relaxing, diffusing lavender essential oil may help. Not only does its scent help bring about a sense of calm, but the esters and aldehydes in lavender essential oil can also help you feel more sedated or sleepy. This is a huge benefit for people who have trouble falling asleep due to problems such as stress, pain or just thinking too much prior to falling asleep. As an adaptogen, lavender helps the body adapt to stress and imbalances, and soothes feelings of anxiety. It promotes a sense of relaxation, which is ideal right before going to sleep. But lavender doesn’t only provide people with an easy means of falling asleep. In fact, it has been reported to help relieve snoring and sleep apnea, as well as nightmares and night tremors due to its calming effect.
A study conducted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University showed that lavender essential oils can also significantly relieve pain and enhance physical functioning. In their experimental study, they assessed the neck pain intensity of acupuncture patients. Half of the participants were treated with regular acupuncture, while the other half was treated with acupuncture with lavender aromatherapy. By the end of their 3-week study period, the results showed that those who received aromatherapy along with their acupuncture experienced significantly less pain than those who received acupuncture alone.
Using lavender essential oils for allergies:
“One of the suggestions I found was to do a Lavender swipe, take a drop of Lavendar on your finger and swipe it on the insides of your cheeks so it immediately crosses into your blood stream. We both did this and had all the kids do it as well, the next morning we woke up and all our sinus pressure was gone, no headaches from it, and just a little stuffiness. We did the swipe again and by the second day we were cleared.”
Using lavender essential oils for burn injuries:
“I grabbed a cast iron skillet straight from the oven… I immediately grabbed my Lavender [and] poured it on [the burn]. I did this several times that night… [I] woke up next am, no pain unless I pressed hard on it. I continued to put Lavender on it several times an hour that day… By 4th day post burn I was wearing rings, no pain what so ever I stopped putting Lavender on it and today you can not tell where I burned my hand.”
Using lavender essential oils for snoring:
“We simply took one drop of lavender and applied it directly to the inside of each nostril. I was absolutely amazed at how smooth his breathing became. There are still a time or two during the night I might hear him snoring but it’s so much lighter and a little nudge helps him to go back to sleep without the snoring. So much improvement over hearing him all night long.”
Whenever you feel like your mind and body could use a well-deserved break, grab your bottle of lavender essential oil and let its fragrant floral scent put you at ease. Not only does it work wonders for mental focus and relaxation, diffusing lavender essential oil into the air can also help with snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, teeth grinding and even night tremors. The antibacterial and soothing properties of lavender essential oil also make it incredibly versatile for supporting any skin issue – from mastitis, stretch marks and diaper rash to acne, dandruff, wrinkles, thrush, measles and mumps. It cleans the skin and can also prevent it from itching. Young Living lavender essential oil has also been reported to ease the prickly pain associated with sunburn!
Just imagine, a few drops of this sweet-smelling, disinfecting oil and you can support your body for a number of different ailments. Lavender and peppermint essential oils are so versatile that they’re Young Living’s ‘cover girl’ oils. Let’s get healthy, naturally!
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