The health benefits are: ability to remove nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.
Lavender has the Latin name Lavare, which means to wash, due to its aroma that gives the feeling of a clean aroma.
How to use?
Apply as massage oil or apply 4 -5 drops in the bath tub it also blends with most oils.
Can be used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of neck, chest and back.
It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
How does it work?
Nervous System: It has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. It helps treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity.
Sleep: It induces sleep and hence it is often recommended for insomnia.
Pain Relief & Massage: It is an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.
Urine Flow: It is good for urinary disorders as it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps.
Respiratory Disorders: It is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
Beauty: It is useful for the hair care as it can be very effective on lice and lice eggs or nits.
Blood Circulation: It is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. It also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.
Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.
Skin Care: It has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. Can heal wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues.
- Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema.
- Other health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to treat leucorrhoea.
- It is also effective against insect bites. The oil is also used to repel mosquitoes and moths. You will find many mosquito repellents containing lavender oil as one of the ingredients.
Who shouldn’t use?
As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that diabetics stay away from lavender oil.
It may also cause allergic reactions to people having sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to usage of lavender oil.
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