Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oils and How to Use It
Are you looking for ways to naturally destress and calm your body and mind?
Lavender Oils are full of natural healing powers that has been widely used since ancient times, bringing physical relaxation and calmness of mind to its users.
It is the most popular Essential Oils among all and here is why and how to use it.
Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oils
Essential Oils are liquid extracts from plants that are highly concentrated. It has been very popular in holistic healing as an aromatherapy. Each Essential Oils will benefit us in different ways and here we will discuss about how Lavender Oil will help us.
1. Improve Sleep & Insomnia
Anyone will agree that a good night sleep is the foundation of health and well being. And when we are deprived from a good night sleep, things can take turn south direction. Not being able to sleep well at night is a serious problem that unfortunately often go unnoticed. Some people might have resorted to sleeping pills, but Lavender Oil might just do the job.
A 2015 study involving 158 mothers in their postpartum period were divided into the control or intervention group. The intervention group inhaled lavender oil before bed four times a week for eight weeks. The women using lavender oil displayed a significant improvement in sleep quality when compared to the control group. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4443384/
2. Improve Mood & Reduce Stress
The world that we are currently living in presents us with daily stress and pressures. Things that are going on with the pandemic, economic issues, health issues, social issues, are all taking a toll on our mental health. It is very important to safeguard our wellbeing against stress of everyday life.
2013, an evidence-based study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that supplementing with 80 milligram capsules of lavender essential oil alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. Additionally, in the study there were no adverse side effects, drug interactions or withdrawal symptoms from using lavender oil. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23808618/
3. Antioxidant Protection
There has never been a time where Immune System is more important. We have to work our ways on improving our immunity against diseases by increasing antioxidant. Antioxidant are found in nutritious food and drink like vegetables and Alkaline Water. Lavender Oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease.
A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine found that lavender oil increased the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants — glutathione, catalase and SOD. And more recent studies have indicated similar results, concluding that lavender has antioxidant activity and helps to prevent or reverse oxidative stress. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26247152/
4. Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Lavender Oil when mixed with Jojoba Oil has immense benefit to your skin. It has healing and anti-ageing properties.
It will also tremendously improve your hair and scalp health. Studies also show that lavender oil, along with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary and cedarwood, can significantly improve alopecia areata and hair loss when massaged into the scalp daily. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92761/
5. Relieves Headaches
From time to time, we are bound to have headaches for different reasons. It will be nice if we can firstly go for natural remedies before we go to paracetamols. Lavender Oils can help us ease headaches due to its calming and sedative properties.
According to a study published in European Neurology, people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes. The difference between the control group and lavender oil treatment group was statistically significant. Of the 129 headache attack cases, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22517298/
“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.”
― Vannoy Gentles Fite, Essential Oils for Healing: Over 400 All-Natural Recipes for Everyday Ailments
How to Use Lavender Essential Oils
Lavender Essential Oils are highly concentrated extract from Lavandula Plants. Therefore in most occasions, 1-2 drops of it will do a good job.
1. For your skin : dilute Lavender Oil with Jojoba Oil. Use it for massage, cleanser or moisturiser.
2. For your hair and scalp : apply sparingly to your hair and scalp and massage it well.
3. For relaxation : put a few drops into your diffuser or apply sparingly behind your ears and on your wrists.