Essential Oil Type: Pure Plant Essential Oil
The properties of essential oils are determined by the specific qualities of the essential oil being used. They range from energising, uplifting and renewing to sedating, calming and relaxing. Some oils have analgesic, antiseptic and decongestant properties. Just a few drops are capable of reducing stress levels, treating respiratory problems and balancing hormones.Quality and purity are paramount if you want to maximise on the medicinal properties of pure essential oils. When seeking therapeutic results, synthetic substitutes just will not do.
The following is a list of some of the benefits of incorporating lavender essential oil into your self-care routine. Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive and lavender essential oil has many more direct and indirect benefits than can possibly be listed here. However, read on to learn about some of the most common and substantial positive effects of lavender essential oil.
It Supports Brain Functions
Lavender has been used traditionally to combat issues like depression, stress, anxiety, and headaches. In November 2013, a study in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice concluded that lavender essential oil was effective in treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Phytomedicine studied the effects of inhaling lavender essential oil vapor and concluded that the vapor could potentially prevent dementia. The list goes on. Various studies have determined that lavender essential oil can help treat postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even stroke. Lavender improves brain function in part by improving one of the most important aspects of mental functioning, i.e. sleep quality. Proper sleep quality leads to weight loss, improved concentration, better cardiovascular health, mitigates depression, and improves immune function.
Provides A Non-Toxic Aroma
Lavender essential oil can be sprayed or deployed using a diffuser to create a pleasant scent in your home. The floral scent creates a relaxing atmosphere that is proven to lower anxiety and help with relaxation. It can also be sprayed on clothes, bedding, and towels. The best part? Lavender essential oil is a natural substance which is completely non-toxic. Therefore, it is a safer alternative to scented sprays that are made with harsh chemicals and may be inflammatory or aggravating. Many people find that the specific aroma of lavender is calming and naturally relieves stress. For the ultimate relaxing experience, try settling down at the end of a long day with a warm beverage, a good book, and some lavender scent in the air.
There are two components of lavender essential oil that make it beneficial to one’s skin. First, lavender oil contains antioxidants. By combating free radicals in the body, antioxidants slow down the aging process and alleviate skin damage. Also, lavender oil is naturally antimicrobial, which means it helps to remove dirt and bacteria from your skin. A word of warning though: essential oils should never be applied directly to your skin and must instead be applied using a carrier oil or be otherwise diluted. To apply lavender oil to your skin it is best to mix it with a carrier oil first.
For younger skin: Lavender essential oil can help treat most types of acne prone skin. When a few drops are mixed with a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, or coconut oil, lavender soothes red spots and combats bacteria. Alternatively, mix a few drops of lavender oil into your favorite at-home facial mask.
For older skin: Lavender can significantly reduce age spots, sunspots, and other skin damage. When using lavender oil for this purpose it is best to mix it with some frankincense essential oil and a carrier oil.
Furthermore, lavender essential oil can be used to treat minor cuts and burns due to its antimicrobial properties. A plethora of research has been conducted which shows that lavender oil speeds up the healing process of minor wounds. Next time you get a sunburn mix a few drops of lavender with some aloe vera as an after-sun treatment.
Natural Bug Repellent
Many commercial bug sprays contain lavender oil as one of their ingredients as it has been proven to deter moths, mosquitoes, and other pests. You can either mix lavender oil with a carrier oil and apply it topically, or you can use a diffuser to deploy the scent in your immediate area. Either option will deter most mosquitoes and moths because they cannot tolerate the scent of lavender. Having said all this, lavender oil can also be used to treat bug bites after the fact, as it has effective anti-inflammatory properties.
Believe it or not, lavender essential oil has been proven to effectively relieve muscle and joint pain. This included a study which observed the effects of lavender oil vapor being added to oxygen for hospital patients following surgeries. For basic relief of muscle pain, it is best to mix lavender oil with a carrier oil and massage your muscles thoroughly with the mixture. Take care to breathe in the scent as you massage your aches and pains and you’ll feel better in no time.
Article extracted from "5 Amazing Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil"
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