5 Reasons Why Lavender is So Legendary
Essential oils are big and for good reason, but if there were a rockstar among the bunch it would definitely be LAVENDER...Lavender is a flowering plant/ herb that can be found in East Africa, Europe, the Meditteran, and Asis that’s been around forever. For millennia this herb has been harvested for its beautiful flower and it’s essential oil but Lavender does more than just smell good and look pretty. It has been used all over the world for medicinal, cosmetic and culinary purposes. It has been used for everything from mummification in egypt, tending wounded soldiers in Rome, as a sleep aid to the ancient Greeks, and lavender was touted as a remedy for the plague in Britain. And according to the bible it was used to anoint the feet of Jesus. With so many scientific and medical advancements that have been made lavender still stands out as a help go in so many everyday instances.
Find your inner Zen
A whiff of lavender helps to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and promote an overall feeling of calm and wellbeing.
Catch some zzzz’s
Scientists have found that lavender aromatherapy can increase the duration of slow wave sleep, the third phase of the sleep cycle the one you need to feel refreshed when you wake.
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Reduce the Pain in Your…
studies suggest that lavender aromatherapy can function as a pain reliever because of its anti-inflammatory components. Many people report success using lavender to reduce post-operative pain or even labor pain. And, Oh mama, if it helps during labor, surely it can help that sprained knee!
Beauty is skin deep
Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted. It has been used to moisturize and reduce redness of the skin. Lavender is also an inhibitor to many fungal infections, particularly those that affect the skin. These properties help to reduce flare ups of eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It doesn’t stop there, Lavender’s got your BAC when it comes to keeping insects at bay too. It can be used as a natural bug repellent and if those pesky bugs do get too close a few dabs of lavender oil on a bug bite can help to reduce redness, and irritation while preventing possible infections.
Great Hair don’t Care
An addition to the skin benefits mentioned before, when used topically lavender essential oil can promote a healthy scalp by preventing inflammation, reducing dryness, itchiness and by keeping lice at bay. In recent studies lavender has been shown to promote hair growth and research is exploring the effectiveness of lavender on conditions such as alopecia and patterned baldness.