Shaman Discusses: Benefits of Lavender Oil

Benefits of Lavender Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

The primary benefits of lavender oil are believed to be:

  • Balances and normalizes body functions
  • Promotes tissue regeneration
  • Speeds up wound healing
  • Cleanses cuts and skin irritations
  • Soothes and relaxes the mind and body
  • Eases bodily aches and pains

The sweet, floral, herbaceous scent of lavender essential oil is calming and soothing. Lavender oil is both relaxing and has balancing properties that boost stamina and energy.

(Note: If the Lavender oil is not eatable do not purchase it for it is not pure lavender oil.)

  • For a calming effect, massage into the back of the neck or on the bottom of the feet.
  • To help you sleep, rub a drop on your palm and smooth over the illow.
  • To help soothe minor irritations or a minor burn, apply 2-3 drops to the affected area.
  • To soothe minor stomach discomfort associated with travel, place a drop on the tip of the tongue, around the navel, or behind the ears.*
  • To relieve dry or chapped skin, rub it on the affected area.
  • To scent linens and repel moths and insects, add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in closets and drawers.
  • To reduce or minimize scar tissue, massage lavender on or around affected areas.
  • To deodorize and freshen your laundry, place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet.
  • To minimize reactions to pollen and dust mites, diffuse lavender.
  • To relieve itching and soothe skin, apply 2-3 drops.
  • For headaches, sniff lavender oil or massage it into your neck and shoulders.
  • When your head is stuffed and congested or you can’t stop coughing, use steam with lavender essential oil. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, then add a few drops of lavender. Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl, as the heat permits.

 

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