Here’s an opening fun fact for you: the color “Lavender” originates from its namesake flower “Lavender”. Known as the royal color next to blue, Lavender essential oil has a relaxing aroma which can help ease physically and emotionally. It has over 40 species that vary in colors. This one of a kind flower is all that is gentle and beautiful looking, which gives bouquets a burst of color.
Lavender Technical Information
Common Names: Bulgarian Lavender, French Lavender, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Spanish Lavender, English Lavender, Himalayan Lavender
Methods of Application: Topical, oral and inhalation
Therapeutic Properties: Antispasmodic, pain-relieving, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, emotionally calming, support respiratory system, skin-regenerating
Commonly known as the “English Lavender”, this flower dates back more than 2,500 years. It is believed that the ancient Greeks called it “Nard” and used it as a holy her for the preparation of the “Holy Essence”.
Another origin that is believed to be the right one is that it was used by the Romans for bathing and cooking, and by the Egyptians in the mummification process.
When the flower started to gain popularity, The Greeks began using it as a perfume. During the Renaissance, it was used for protection against infections.
Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
The fact is the healing properties of Lavender were discovered accidentally by the father of “Aromatherapy” called René-Maurice Gattefossé. During an experiment, he burned his hand and to cool the pain, he immersed his hand in a jar filled with essential oil. There were no scares left behind and the pain was gone in a matter of minutes. He later discovered that the essential oil contained the essence of Lavender.
Following are the uses of Lavender essential oil:
- As a calming agent
- As a sleep aid for insomnia (used in aromatherapy)
- Helps calm down insect bites
- Eliminates dandruff
- Is used for bathing
- Is used in cooking for making candies and other desserts
- As an air freshener
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Have you ever had the feeling that when your head finally hits the pillow at night, your body does its best to keep you awake? You toss and turn, stare mindlessly at the ceiling, listen to calming music but alas sleep doesn’t come.
One of the biggest benefits of Lavender Essential oil is that is a great calming agent. It slows down the nervous system, soothes frayed nerves and allows you to have a peaceful night. Let’s have a look at some of the other benefits Lavender has to offer:
Can help relieve Anxiety and Stress
The calming properties of Lavender essential oil work best through a humidifier. It helps treat headaches and migraines that stem from emotional stress and nervous tension. Its refreshing aroma increases mental activity and impacts your autonomic nervous system.
May help those with depression
The anti-convulsive effect of Lavender essential oil is used as an herbal remedy in many cultures. According to a study, a massage with this essential oil works as a balm on the patient having chemotherapy, as compared to the numbing effects of pain medication.
Lavender essential oil promotes collagen synthesis, which speeds up granulation tissue formation. This prevents infection by closing and regenerating wounds faster. It’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties treat scars caused by injuries.
The chemicals and compounds in Lavender essential oil fight bacteria that cause acne. This prevents the pimple from filling with puss and keeps the infected pores clean.
In ancient times, pillows were filled with Lavender petals to get a good night’s sleep. Aromatherapy explains how the effects of Lavender promote relaxation by slowing down activity in the central nervous system. This helps induce sleep and prevent other insomnia related problems such as restyles leg syndrome, jet lag, etc.
Using Lavender Essential Oil in Your Daily Routine
By adding lavender essential oils to a humidifier, a calming environment can be created at any time of the day.
Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil in the water and enjoy a soothing bath.
Create a Spray Using Lavender Essential Oil
- Add 6 to 8 drops of Lavender essential oil in a spray bottle
- Add one teaspoon of witch hazel
- Pour in ½ cup of water
- Before going to bed, spray on your skin, the pillows and linens
As an Additive
- Cook with Lavender by adding the edible variety to baking, teas and more
Lavender essential oil has a certain mystery to it as it was used for many things in ancient times. It may help many health problems and can reduce the need to use pain killers. Now that you have a clear idea about the benefits of what this little flower offers, why not start growing your own plan in the garden.