Lavender. Obviously we love your presence for this blog and in life!
Here at L&L, we keep going further into the field of lavender. And today we’re specifically talking about lavender oil.
When people think about lavender, likely the first thing that comes to mind is the soothing fragrance of its purple flowers. But, did you know there’s more to lavender than its sweet fragrance and beautiful flowers? The plant is also popular for its many benefits in the form of essential lavender oil.
Lavender oil is used to help alleviate various health problems such as acne, burns, headaches, infections, insect bites, insomnia, and stress.In fact, on my own wedding morning a cousin offered her roll on lavender oil to calm my nerves. I applied a dab to both wrists, and then inhaled its aroma whenever I needed a quick lavender fix. Besides calming nerves, I think it could make for a good bridal shower gift!
Lavender Production Fact
The lavender market is booming in many parts of the world.
When one thinks about the production of lavender, the iconic lavender fields of Provence are the first vision to come to mind. Many think France is the world’s largest producer of Lavender.
According to a 2014 Daily Mail article, the Balkan country of Bulgaria is cited as the biggest producer!
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Why Use Lavender Oil?
In the weeks and days leading up to your wedding (or any other stress filled event for that matter), you may need some extra help in order to stay relaxed. That’s where lavender oil could become your secret weapon. The essential oil has been known to treat various skin, hair, and muscles problems, as well as relieve headaches, stress, and even insomnia.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common health benefits of lavender oil:
1. Acne and Eczema
For people with pimple problems, lavender oil is a natural remedy. This is because it contains antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties, which can fight acne-causing bacteria. All you have to do is dab some lavender oil on your pimples with a cotton swab and wait to see results.
I always remember the scene in the movie”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where the bride gets a zit. Maybe she should have tried lavender instead of putting some Windex on it!
Eczema is another skin problem that causes irritation and embarrassing blemishes. The good news is that lavender oil can help relieve and reduce eczema-related itchiness. It can also speed up the healing process due to the moisture it applies to the irritated area.
2. Burns and Insect Bites
Likewise, lavender oil acts as a treatment for minor burns. It may help relieve the burning pain and speed up the healing process. The oils can also help treat scars caused by minor burns.
After putting the burned skin under running water for 10 minutes, simply add some lavender oil drops to the area. This will help the burned skin to heal more quickly. For more serious burns, you should always consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Lavender oil is also useful for treating and relieving insect bites. Just drop some lavender oil onto the bitten area to help reduce the swelling and itching. Aside from this, the oil can also serve as an insect repellent.
3. Stress and Tiredness
Stressed out and tired after a long day at work? Keep some lavender oil on hand and use it to massage your tired muscles. It is also a good idea to massage some of the oil onto your feet before you go to bed.
Another option is to prepare a lavender soak. Simply add about four to six drops of lavender oil to a bowl of warm water. Place your tired hands or feet in it for ten minutes, and you will find yourself more relaxed and refreshed.
Are you having a hard time going to sleep at night? You could be suffering from insomnia. Don’t worry, though, because lavender oil can help you get the sleep you need.
In the olden days, people used to fill their pillows with lavender blooms. They believed that the flowers help get a good night’s sleep.
Today, we know that there is a scientific explanation.
According to an Elite Daily article, lavender oil is the “best winter friend” you could ever have. It can help soothe your nervous system, thus inducing you to relax and sleep better. The lavender scent can induce alpha waves to work on the part of your brain responsible for sleep and relaxation.
5. Anxiety and Depression
Because of its anti-convulsive and sedative properties, lavender oil can help treat a person who suffers from anxiety and depression. In fact, it is a common ingredient in herbal remedies used to help people feel more calm and relaxed.
The mere presence of lavender in your room is a big help. Simply place some lavender stems in a flower vase. Better yet, place a pot of lavender in one corner of your room. Not only will the plant help you relax, it can keep mosquitoes away too.
6. Hair Loss and Dandruff
Hair loss is one of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Since lavender oil can help treat people who are suffering from these conditions, it can also help prevent excessive hair loss. By massaging some lavender oil into your hair, your blood circulation improves, and so does your hair growth.
Dandruff can be an embarrassing hair problem when not treated properly. To help prevent a dry, itchy scalp that causes dandruff, make a mixture of lavender oil and olive oil. You can make this mixture by combining two tablespoons of olive oil with 15 drops of lavender essential oil.
Massage the mixture into your hair and then put on a shower cap. After one hour, wash the mixture off using a mild shampoo. This is an effective way of getting rid of dandruff.
One common health problem is indigestion. Symptoms include stomach pain, belching, and vomiting. If you are suffering from indigestion, you can try lavender as a solution.
Lavender is able to soothe the lining of your digestive tract, which relieves the pain caused by indigestion. Lavender can also relieve constipation problems. Simply cook a tablespoon of lavender buds in boiling water and drink it as lavender tea.
As mentioned earlier, lavender oil has antiseptic properties. This makes it an effective treatment for cuts, scrapes, and wounds. It also has antimicrobial properties, which help prevent the wound from getting infected.
To use lavender oil as a treatment for wounds, combine with some olive oil or jojoba oil. Mix one part of lavender oil with 10 parts of either olive or jojoba oil. Use this mixture as a topical treatment for your wounds.
9. Natural Perfume
Aside from treating various ailments, lavender oil can also act as a natural perfume. With this all-natural and chemical-free perfume, you won’t need to spray scents that could do damage to either your skin or the environment! Just dab some lavender oil onto your wrists or neck and you’re good to go!
Lavender Oil: Natural Wonder?
It isn’t surprising that some call it the wonder oil. And, all this talk about lavender oil’s many health benefits and uses has me wondering, “Is lavender oil the 8th wonder of the world … that could be used for stressed out brides?”
I will admit that I am currently NOT a full time lavender user. Shocking, right?!
I do love both the aroma and natural beauty of lavender. After researching content for this article and seeing just how positive our favorite namesake plant can be for health, I see that I need to adopt it more fully into my life.
I plan to reach out to top lavender essential oil brands and get their product offerings. Then, I’ll conduct a comparison review in order to do a followup post to determine the best!
In the mean time, pickup a bottle to give therapeutic grade lavender oil a try for yourself. These three top sellers from Amazon that have a number of super positive reviews from other users.
Let us know in the comment section below if you ‘Love Lavender’ and plan to use it before, during, or after your big day.
Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Lavender Wedding Ideas
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