Lavender Oil: The Therapeutic Essential Oils
Lavender is perhaps the most excellent and most popular of all essential oils. Lavender essential oil is known for its emotionally calming properties, as well as its ability to hasten healing of burns and minor cuts. Also used in beauty, lavender essential oil is often found in bath and body products.
For thousands of years, aromatherapy has been used to promote physical, mental and spiritual health. It involves using a plants essential oil, taken from its flowers, leaves, bark or roots, and massaging it (mixed with another substance like oil or lotion) into the skin, inhaling it or using it to fragrance a room.
Lavender oil is always a favorite of the therapeutic essential oils due to its ability to relax the body, calm the mind, fight infection, and soothe inflammation. Unlike the majority of essential oils, it does not have to be diluted and can be applied directly to trouble areas. Or, you can use a few drops in your bath to help you relax or to extinguish a tension headache. A drop of lavender oil mixed with a teaspoon of carrier oil, such as grape seed and massaged into the temples and back of the neck will drive away headaches. Mixed with any massage oil, it also helps relieve the pain of arthritis or aching muscles. Occasionally, just a small cotton ball with droplets of lavender near your pillow can help you drift off to a deep sleep.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has been used for
Sore muscles or tense muscles.
Other uses include benefits for the skin, immune and circulatory systems.
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