For more than 2500 years, various cultures have used lavender oil for spiritual and medicinal reasons.
It is heralded as the most versatile of all essential oils. It is most widely known for its miraculous relaxation tendencies, but in therapeutic grade it can be used for a multitude of medicinal issues.
Lavender oil is said to have an effect on everything from mind and spirituality to liver, kidney and immune system functions.
Lavender oil is often used as a remedy for insomnia. People with an aversion to sleep medications, or those who just prefer herbal remedies, especially appreciate this quality. The oil induces sleep by creating a relaxing feeling throughout the body.
Some blends, like our Zen SUBLIME SLEEP, use Lavender and other complimentary essential oils for relaxation and better sleep.
Research among elderly patients with insomnia showed an increase in sleep when lavender oil dropped on their pillows replaced the medicinal sleep aid. Holistic experts recommend dropping 2 – 3 drops in
the palm of the hand, cupping the hands around the nose and inhaling deeply to achieve the maximum relaxation benefits. We also recommend diffusing it in the bedroom!
Lavender oil has been shown in research to benefit patients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety and dementia.
Lavender’s healing properties are most widely used in minor cuts and burns. Its antimicrobial properties help to prevent infection and fight bacterial and fungal maladies. Studies have also shown a propensity to speed the healing process on minor burns and abrasions. Experts suggest applying a thin layer of lavender oil to a freshly cleaned injury.
Massaging lavender oil into the temples and forehead, or using it in a cold compress is said to relieve headache pressure and pain.
Bugs and insects are repelled by the scent of lavender oil. It also works well as a treatment for insect bites, lessening stings and inflammation (peppermint works for this as well!) Biting insects in particular such as mosquitoes, no-see-ums and chiggers avoid lavender.
Lavender oil is so widely used because of its many useful properties and compounds that make it up.
Kathy Heshelow is founder of ZEN BOX, Sublime Beauty Naturals and Sublime Beauty. She is an author and entrepreneur who loves natural approaches to wellness and life! She is a member of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and is in an intense international aromatherapy certification program, making formal her knowledge and love of Essential Oils.
ZEN BOX® from Sublime Beauty Naturals® 2015-2017. The official FDA disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”