The essential oils are rapidly becoming popular nowadays, because of their healing properties. They heal both physically and mentally without leaving any side effect. Essential oils are actually not oils at all as they lack fatty acids, rather they are highly concentrated plant components, distilled from different parts of a plant like flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds and all. They are very potent because of the concentration of phytochemicals. This is the reason why before using an essential oil directly on your skin should go for a patch test.
Of all these essential oils, Lavender Oil has become most famous and are widely used in the skin care, hair care, bath and body care products, perfumes, household cleaners and laundry detergents. It has a scent that is a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean and calm. Image courtesy : GoogleThe lavender oil is extracted from the flower of the lavender plant which is native to northern Africa and now it grows throughout southern Europe, the United States and Australia. It has a strong historical background. The Egyptians used lavender oil for mummification as well as perfumes. In ancient Greece, Rome, medieval and renaissance Europe, it was used in the bath or as deodorants, disinfectant. The word lavender has come from ‘lavare‘ which means ‘to wash‘. Actually, Lavender Oil is known for its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-depressant, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties.Lavender oil offers both physical and mental relief from the problems like a migraine, insomnia, burns, insect bites, various skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension. Another most consistently reported benefit of lavender oil is that it can provide respiratory relief in particular coughs, colds, influenza etc. Even it may also ease breathing problems. It can refresh your tired mind, providing the relief from anxiety and stress.
Now I am going to share with you top 7 benefits of lavender oil:
1. Reduces stress and anxiety:
Add 3-4 drops of lavender oil to your bath water and take a bath. You will feel relaxed, relieved from stress, anxiety, fatigue and tired mind.
2. Heals burns and cuts:
Add 1/2 drops of lavender oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (I generally use grapeseed oil/almond oil) or fresh water and apply it on the affected area. It will calm and cool the burns or cuts and give you a sudden relief. It also heals chapped skin. If you add 1/2 drops of lavender oil to your regular lip balm and apply on lips, your lips will get soft and hydrated. Again, add it to your regular hand/slash foot cream. The rough skin of your hands and feet will be softer and smoother and the cracked heels will be healed too.
3. Improves sleep:
You can also defuse lavender oil to get rid of insomnia. Add 4-5 drops of lavender oil to a burner filled with water and keep it on a diffuser. Place the diffuser in your bedroom. It will calm your nerves, providing deep sleep at night.
4. Alleviates headaches:
To reduce headaches, mix 2 drops of lavender oil with any carrier oil, rub it into the temples, forehead and back of your neck. You will get immediate relief from a headache.
5. Improves eczema and acne:
Lavender oil controls oil production to treat acne and improve complexion. Add 2/3 drops of lavender oil to your cleanser or moisturizer to help clear up acne, acne scars. To heal itching, dryness, eczema or other skin irritations add lavender oil to carrier oil and apply the mixture on the affected areas.
6. Soothes sunburn:
Add 2/3 drops of lavender oil to any carrier oil or to water, gently apply on the sunburnt areas and get immediate relief. Regular use of this mixture will diminish suntans, blemishes, giving a radiant and glowing skin.
7. Effective for hair fall:
If you regularly massage your scalp with 2/3 drops of lavender oil, mixing with coconut oil or any other regular hair oil, it will help to regrow hair. Massage your scalp with the oil mixture with very soft hand and leave it overnight. But don’t comb your hair. Next morning shampoo your hair with a good herbal shampoo. Do it minimum twice a week. Don’t think that you will get an immediate result, may it take 1/2 months to show the results.
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Source: Top 7 Lavender Oil Benefits
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