Lavender .. essential oils




essential oils ..

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history dating as far back as 2,500 years.

In ancient times, lavender was used as a holy herb. Additionally, it was often used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothes and hair.

Lavender for Anxiety:

A number of studies show that Lavender can lessen anxiety and improve mood. For example, a study published in Physiology & Behavior in 2005 focused on 200 people awaiting dental treatment and found that breathing in the scent of lavender both lessened anxiety and improved mood. In addition, a pilot study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2012 indicates that lavender-essential-oil-based aromatherapy may help soothe anxiety in high-risk postpartum women.

Lavender Uses:

*Ease Headaches - Mix a few drops of lavender with coconut or jojoba oil (carrier oils) and inhale or massage into temples, forehead, neck, and behind the ears

*Improve Sleep - add a few drops on lavender oil to a diffuser near your bed to help relax the mind and the nervous system

*Heal Minor Wounds - mix a drop or two of lavender oil with distilled water and apply it to your wound. This helps stimulate cell regrowth and heals the wound faster *Alleviate Menstrual Cramps - Mix a few drops of lavender with coconut or jojoba oil and massage into the abdomen, relaxing the muscles and reducing cramp pain.

*Hydrate Chapped Lips - Mix a few drops of lavender oil and coconut oil to make a soothing lip balm

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Carol Scott