Lavender oil smells heavenly, and unless you have access to fresh-cut lavender, the essential oil is the best way to enjoy it. But lavender essential oil is much more than fragrant. It has the ability to support our health in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the health benefits of lavender essential oil:
Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is a potent repellent for mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the oil on exposed skin. If you are bitten, the oil has anti-inflammatory properties that reduces the irritation and pain.
Sleep: Lavender essential oil helps induce sleep. It has been shown to be an effective replacement for sleep medication.
Nervous system: Lavender essential oil calms the nerves, and reduces anxiety. It can also help treat migraines, depression, and stress. People who inhaled lavender oil and rosemary prior to exams performed better, so there appear to be positive effects on cognition.
Acne: Dermatologists and aromatherapists say lavender essential oil is one of the most effective in treating acne. Lavender inhibits the bacteria that cause the infection underlying acne, and regulates the production of the sebum glands on the face.
Pain relief: Lavender essential oil provides relief for pains from muscle aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Get a massage with lavender oil to relieve pain in joints. Studies show combining lavender oil vapor into the oxygen significantly reduces post-operative pain.
Urine flow: Lavender essential oil has a stimulating effect on urine production. It also helps restore hormone balance and reduces inflammation in the bladder.
Respiratory disorders: Lavender oil relieves respiratory problems such as throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion,bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
Hair care: Lavender essential oil is treats lice, lice eggs, and nits. It also treats hair loss, especially for patients with alopecia. Forty percent of alopecia patients in one Scottish study reported hair growth when they regularly rubbed the oil into their scalp.
Cancer: Although more research is needed, some research indicates lavender, in combination with other oils, prevents a recurrence of breast cancer in mice.
Blood circulation: Lavender essential oil improves the flow of blood, which assists in lowering blood pressure and supports coronary circulation.
Digestion: Lavender oil increases the motility of food within the digestive system. It stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile, which helps in the treatment of indigestion, stomach pain, colic, gas, vomiting and diarrhea.
Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil increases resistance to disease, because lavender has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
General Skin care: The same antiviral and antibacterial qualities mentioned above make lavender oil good for treating wrinkles, psoriasis and other inflammation on the skin. Use it on wounds, cuts, burns and sunburns. Combined with chamomile, it treats eczema.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender and other essential oils. Patients with diabetes are also advised to avoid lavender. Some people experience an allergic reaction. Most importantly, never ingest lavender oil.