Lavender is a popular scent in personal care products and many people know of its ability to relax. Did you know lavender provides more than just a relaxing aroma? You might be surprised to find out that lavender essential oil can be used to solve a variety of common problems.
You can use lavender essential oil for the following:
A good night’s sleep is just a pleasant aroma away. Some ideas to help you get a better night’s sleep: spray a lavender mist on your pillow and your sheets, massage a lavender cream or oil into your skin, place a lavender sachet under your pillow or next to your bed, use lavender essential oil in your humidifier and drink a cup of lavender tea before bed. You will sleep more soundly and wake up feeling refreshed.
Stress and Anxiety
Lavender is calming. The combination of the smell of the oil and the absorption of the oil into your skin will help calm your thoughts and your nerves. Use a mist, burn a candle and / or apply a lotion or oil. Surround yourself with the subtle scent of lavender and watch your stress and anxiety melt away.
There are several studies that have proven the effects of lavender to treat various types of pain including muscle, rheumatism and even arthritis. Surrounding yourself with the scent of lavender and absorbing the oil into your skin through lotions or oils are the most effective ways to help manage your pain.
Lavender has anti-septic and anti-fungal properties making it ideal for topically treating acne, cuts and scrapes, scarring and sunburns. It can be as simple as mixing lavender essential oil with your favorite lotion or cream.
Lavender naturally can ward off bugs. Just add it to a cream or oil and apply to your skin. Make sure and wear a good sunblock as lavender can increase your skin’s photosensitivity.
Note: A quality essential oil should be used and it is important to realize that fragrance oil and essential oil are not the same thing. Additionally, you should never apply essential oil directly to your skin undiluted. A standard dilution ration is 15 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil.