Lavender oil and aromatherapy

Millions of people use lavender oil to ease physical, mental, and emotional ailments. Lavender is actually a Mediterranean herb and was normally associated with cleanliness. The essential oil derived from lavender flowers is used in a variety of ways in aromatherapy.

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Traditionally, this effective herb was inhaled to relieve exhaustion, depression, irritability, and insomnia. Naturally, the aroma of lavender is floral, sweet and herbal having balsamic undertone. Due to an excellent antiseptic and circulatory stimulant, lavender is used widely to relieve cramping and muscle spasms. Among all the aromatherapy oils, lavender is ranked as the safest and most commonly used essential oil. Some of the many benefits of lavender in aromatherapy are mentioned below:

  • The essential oils of lavender are ideal for the people facing problems in staying or falling asleep because it improves the quality as well as length of sleeping time.
  • The calming aroma of lavender oil is very helpful in treating headaches, anxiety, migraines, depression, emotional stress, and nervous tension etc.
  • The powerful antiseptic properties present in lavender oil are useful in enhancing the cell growth and aid in the constitution of scar tissues. This essential oil is used all around to heal up wounds, cuts, bruises, burns, and sunburns quickly.
  • Lavender has proved to soothe the lining of the digestive tract and increase the strength of the intestine. In addition, the essential oil of lavender stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices aiding in the treatment of indigestion, colic, vomiting, stomachache, and diarrhea.
  • Lavender essential oil is one of the best aroma therapies treatments to treat various skin problems such as acne, pimples, eczema, dry skin, sunburn, itchy skin, skin inflammation, and seborrhea (excess production of oils from the sebaceous¬†glands that causes the oily skin). Due to the antibacterial properties, lavender essential oil is one of the best remedies to treat acne. Simply mix 2-3 drops of this oil with almost 10ml of carrier oil and apply this mixture on the affected area.
  • Lavender is an excellent pain reliever and a regular massage of lavender oil proves to be very effective in easing different types of pains like joint pains, muscular cramps, tense muscles, sprains, backache, rheumatism, lumbago etc.
  • Lavender essential oil is considered to be safe for all the three methods of aromatherapy i.e. topical application, inhalation, and aerial diffusion.¬† Moreover, it is also used in aromatherapy to cure cold, flu, fever and asthma.
  • In aromatherapy, lavender oil is an excellent thing for treating hair problems and a regular massage of this oil helps to get rid of dandruff, nits, lice, and hair loss. Furthermore, it is also very useful in treating alopecia and is known to improve the texture of hair. For even better results, a few drops of olive oil and rosemary essential oil can be mixed with lavender essential oil.

Ways to use lavender oil
In aromatherapy, the essential oils of lavender are used in different ways such as:

Massage
The lavender massage oil is used for this purpose and is regarded as a great way to relax the mind and stiffed sore muscles.

Bath
Few drops of lavender oil in bath-tub prove to be very beneficial in relieving and relaxing the tired muscles and stress. This bath makes you feel fresh for the whole day.

Diffusing
This is also an excellent way to promote relaxation. In order to get a peaceful sleep at night and to calm the nerves, diffuse right before going to bed.

Compress
In this procedure, 6-8 drops of essential lavender oil are added to cold water and gently whirled to mix. Aroma compress is beneficial for headache, tiredness of eyes, sunburn, and chaffed skin. In addition, it rejuvenates the skin.

A word of caution
Generally, the aromatic or essential oils are safe and beneficial to use but these are botanical extracts which may be in concentrated form and hence some caution with their use should always be observed.
– They should not be used internally.
– Before applying to the skin, they should be diluted with a carrier. These carriers may either be a fatty oil or water.
– Avoid the contact of essential oils with skin or mucus membranes.
– Any citrus oil should not be used before exposure to UV rays of sun.
– Until and unless clinically established, the essential oils should not be used in infants, children, pregnant women or elderly.
-The essential oils and their carriers should be properly stored to avoid rancidity or degradation.

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