If you have ever strolled along in a purplish pink field full of blooming lavender flowers, you will surely notice how calm you feel. The naturally fresh, sweet camphorous scent brings a comforting, soothing, and relaxing magic over your body, mind, and soul.
It is out of these blooms that Lavandula angustifolia, otherwise more commonly known as Lavender Essential Oil is extracted and produced via the steam distillation process.
When we talk about essential oils, almost everyone will admit that their first introductory bottle is the popular lavender essential oil; the reliable must-have (unless you are allergic to lavender) in every household.
From the very top of your head to the very tip of your toes, the lavender essential oil is able to help bring relief in everything from stress to sleep disorders, hormone health to home cleaning, and beyond.
Cures, Soothes and Heals Internally and Externally
Some of the therapeutic and curative properties include analgesic, anthelmintic (ability to expel parasitic worms and other internal parasites from the body), antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-venomous, calmative, healing of scar formation, cicatrizing (helps in healing of scar formation), cytophylactic (used in the protection of the cell against lytic agent), sedative, soporific (able to promote calm and induce drowsiness), spasmolytic (helps to relieve spasms or convulsions), and vulnerary (used in the healing of wounds).
Improves Sleep Quality
Top of the list of the benefits of lavender essential oil is in relieving the inability to sleep or insomnia. Research on a group of both men and women has shown that lavender essential oil increased the percentage of deep or slow‐wave sleep in men and women resulting in improved vigour the morning after lavender exposure.
Relieves Stress And Anxiety
Everyone gets stressed out one time or another and we know that drinking a cup of lavender tea and inhaling the scent of the essential oil literally disperses the stress away.
It is also useful for surgery patients in hospitals where they suffer preoperative stress and anxiety. Regardless of the severity of surgical intervention, patients may experience considerable apprehension from fear of the operation, anaesthesia, and post-operative pain. A study published in 2017 concluded that the use of lavender essential oil was able to reduce preoperative anxiety for outpatient surgery patients. So perhaps the next time you visit a loved one in hospital you could bring along a gift basket with lavender essential oil!
Provides Anti-inflammatory and Anti-bacterial Relief
Not only does lavender essential oil have the power to soothe emotions, but it also brings relief to dermatology problems like flare-ups and skin irritation. Its anti-inflammatory property acts as a calming agent to our skin when used topically. This antibacterial property is capable of healing acne. Combine it with witch hazel as the carrier oil and use it as a daily toner or with tea tree oil or argan oil as a direct treatment for pimples.
In this fast and furious age of time, it is good to know that science has been able to harvest from nature to produce this natural Lavender Essential Oil. We get to enjoy and appreciate the rejuvenating and healing power over our body and mind for a healthier lifestyle. It certainly will enable us to be at our best at all times.
The long list of benefits of this must-have essential oil should spur you to get one immediately!