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The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil in Aromatherapy
The Hype about Essential Oils
Although essential oils are gaining popularity at present, the use of essential oils dates back to centuries ago. Egyptians used them in the mummification process, soldiers used them for healing wounds in Greece. In India, Ayurveda is famous for its natural healing properties with the use of various herbs. The extraction of oil from these herbs and its subsequent use in various activities gave birth to the process of Aromatherapy. This process has been used to balance the body and mind for centuries. The essential oils are quite potent and if used correctly, can reap numerous benefits.
Lavender : The queen of Essential oils
Lavandula angustifolia(commonly known as Lavender) belongs to the mint family and is found across Europe, eastern Africa, Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India.The oil is extracted from the lavender plant (from the flowers of lavender plant through steam distillation) has sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications.
"Lavender oil can be used alone or in combination with other essential oils to reap great results"
Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
As a sedative - Lavender oil helps in inducing sleep. People having sleeping problems or insomnia can use this oil to sleep better. Sprinkle 2-3 drops of the oil on your pillow for a good night’s slumber. You can also put it in the diffuser so that the aroma drifts you off to sleep.
Acts as a stress buster- It acts as an excellent stress buster and helps in calming down tired nerves. Soak your feet in warm water, a few drops of lavender oil and Epsom salt to relieve stress.
Acts as anti-depressant- If you are feeling low for some reason, this essential oil can instantly boost your mood. Put in a diffuser while you enjoy some relaxing music or soak in a bubble bath with few drops of the oil to lift your spirits. It can also be mixed with a few drops of lemon oil for better results.
Acts as an insect repellent- This essential oil is very useful in case of insect bite or to keep away the bugs in a room. In case of bite, mix with carrier oil and apply on the spot.
Acts as a pain reliever- If mixed with a carrier oil and massaged regularly, it helps relieve pain and aching muscles.
Treats acne- It has acne inhibiting and fighting properties. It also helps reduce scars that are left on skin from acne.
As a perfume- Lavender has been used since centuries as a perfume and in aromatherapy. The calming properties of lavender have rightfully earned it the title of one of the most alluring scents.
Important piece of advice
One thing should be kept in mind- If you have sensitive skin or taking any medication, it is best to consult doctor before using any essential oil directly on skin.