The Healing Properties Of Lavender
Use of essential oils for health and beauty benefits are becoming more and more common nowadays; although they’ve been used for thousands of years. The Egyptians and the Romans used it for mummification purposes to cooking and everything in between. Obviously, the uses are numerous, but we have listed 7, that will be of great benefit to you.
1. Antioxidant Booster
Many Americans suffer from various diseases due to free radicals that consist of chemicals and toxins, which are responsible for the breakdown of the immune system, causing damage to the body. Our bodies naturally create antioxidants, that help in damage prevention. However, our diet and the amount of toxins that penetrate into our bodies through various environmental factors or products can lead to deficiency.
Chinese and Romanian researchers have found that the use of lavender oil can reproduce 3 of our bodies most powerful antioxidants, within a day’s use of the application of the essential oil. Their studies also show that the diffusion of the oil for 60 minutes a day, for just 7 days, protected cells from deterioration that could essentially lead to cancer.
Tunisian researchers sought out to see if lavender oil had an effect on blood sugar, in hopes that it would benefit diabetic patients. In their 15 day study, the results showed promising results in that it protected the body from the following symptoms:
Increase in blood glucose
Liver and kidney dysfunction
Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion
Liver and kidney lipoperoxidation (free radicals “steal” necessary fat molecules from cell membranes)
3. Mood and Brain Function Support
Scientific research has also proven that lavender oil protects from neurological damage, which can be the result of stress, anxiety, depression, migraines or various disorders. Many of the aforementioned were alleviated with the supplementation of 80 mg. capsules, according to the study, and furthermore, it showed that there were no side effects, unlike many pharmaceutical drugs that can have adverse or even dangerous ones.
Moreover, additional analysis has demonstrated that it too reduced symptoms and advancement of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as being a viable treatment option for stroke, and was shown to help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), improving their mood, significantly!
4. Heals Burns and Cuts
Lavender’s antimicrobial properties help in the healing of burns, cuts, and wounds, therefore aiding in the prevention of various infections. Also, the blending of lavender with other essential oils such as tea tree, clove, and cinnamon, with a 1:1 ratio has shown to be effective in fighting infections that can lead to respiratory pneumonia and skin fungi. Blending it with coconut oil, in a 1:5 ratio is a very effective way in the healing process of both burns and eczema, as is 10 drops per 1 oz. of aloe vera.
5. Skin Benefits
We’ve already mentioned the antimicrobial benefits of lavender, in aiding in the healing of wounds, alone, or blended with other oils; but it has additional skin benefits, as well. As we age, our skin tends to darken, due to age spots that appear from increased melanin production. Mixing lavender and frankincense essential oils will assist in the improvement of age and sunspots. Apply twice daily and perhaps you too will see a difference in your complexion.
Surprisingly, there are over 100 types of headaches and of course, that means that their treatment can vary, depending on the type. However, research has shown that inhaling lavender oil for 15 minutes, significantly reduces the symptoms of migraine headaches. Blending frankincense, lavender, peppermint and grapeseed oil on the back of the neck and temples is also an effective way to treat headaches.
7. Sleep and Insomnia
Many people suffer from lack of sleep or insomnia, unfortunately. This will typically affect your life in many respects since a restful night is a necessity in order to function at your optimum. A study on college students found that the use of lavender oil greatly improved their overall quality of sleep by a staggering 60%. It included the amount of time that it took to fall asleep, as well as the length of slumber, relaxation and the reduction of insomnia symptoms. Try diffusing lavender oil or applying it topically on your neck, chest, and temples. Finding the right method for you can be immediate or may take a little experimenting. A blend of lavender, roman chamomile, and magnesium oil is very effective in improving sleep, used in either of the aforementioned methods. Also, adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of Epsom salt to your bath, can be the precursor to a good night’s rest.
Article: Dr Axe